LBN – Special Report – Thursday March 23, 2017

HUNT FOR ANSWERS — Eight Arrested After London Attack in Armed Police Raids:

Eight people were reportedly arrested across the U.K. overnight in the aftermath of the attack near Britain’s Parliament on Wednesday that left three people dead and at least 29 still hospitalized. Detectives carried out armed police raids at six addresses, in London, Birmingham, and elsewhere throughout the night, said Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley. Seven pedestrians were still in critical condition following the attack, during which a man identified only as a British citizen, said by Scotland Yard to be connected to “Islamic terrorism in some form,” drove a car across Westminster Bridge and ran over everyone in his path. He eventually crashed the car and then fled. He stabbed a police officer before he was finally shot dead.

Theresa May: ‘We Are Not Afraid’:

The Westminster terrorist who brought bloodshed to the heart of London was a British citizen who had been investigated by U.K. security services because of his links to violent extremism, British Prime Minister Theresa May has disclosed to the House of Commons. The prime minister said Thursday that the man was considered a “peripheral” figure and added: “He was not part of the current intelligence picture.” She did not disclose his name. The revelation will raise questions as to whether security services missed an opportunity to stop the man who launched a deadly attack outside and upon the historic building Wednesday in which two civilians, a police officer, and the attacker were killed. May attempted to strike a defiant note in her address, telling lawmakers: “We are not afraid,” and said that the best response to terrorism is “millions of acts of normality.” Speaking in the chamber that less than 24 hours earlier had come under attack, May told lawmakers that 29 people from 11 countries were hospitalized as a result of the terror strike. May said that one American was among those requiring hospital treatment.

U.S.-Israeli Citizen Arrested for JCC Threats:

A Jewish U.S.-Israeli dual citizen was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of carrying out numerous bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States andelsewhere. According to Israeli police, the man, 19, was able to shield himself by using available technological tools to hide the source of his threats, which were also directed at Jewish centers in New Zealand and Australia. The FBI reportedly assisted in the probe. “Today’s arrest in Israel is the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents for hate crimes against Jewish communities across our country,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. Israeli police have not yet been able to identify a possible motive. The string of threats in the U.S. was met with condemnation from the White House, and Vice President Mike Pence helped clean up a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was vandalized.

ISIS Claims London Terror Attack:

The media agency linked to the Islamic State terror group issued a release Thursday claiming that the attacker who killed three people including a British police officer in Westminster was affiliated with ISIS. The group frequently claims global terror attacks even if there is no evidence of its involvement. Amaq quoted an ISIS source saying: “The attacker yesterday in front of the British parliament in London was a soldier of the Islamic State.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: During the de-Nazification of Germany after the war, the three Western powers (U.S., Great Britain, Russia), sentenced over 3.4 million former Nazis to some type of punishment. They also revoked race laws and other repressive measures, disbanded Nazi organizations, and eliminated “racial science” instruction from school.

Utah Man Killed in London Attack:

A Utah man was killed in Wednesday’s terror attack in London. His wife was injured, and is still in the hospital. Kurt Cochranand his wife, Melissa, were at the Westminster Bridge outside the U.K.’s Parliament building when the attack was carried out. According to relatives, the couple was in the U.K. to visit Melissa’s parents, who were Mormon missionaries. The attacker, who was killed by police, drove his car into a crowd of people and then began stabbing others. Family members said Melissa Cochran suffered numerous broken bones in the attack.


DOUBLE-DOWN — Trump Defends Parroting JFK-Cruz Conspiracy:

In a new interview published Thursday, President Donald Trump defends and doubles down on many of the falsehoods that he has repeated throughout the 2016 campaign and his presidency. Notably, Trump defended parroting a baseless attack on Ted Cruz’s father—that he was somehow involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy—by saying it was “in a newspaper.” The charge was first brought to the forefront, though, by the National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid known for peddling hoaxes and conspiracies. “I was referring to a newspaper. A Ted Cruz article referred to a newspaper story with, had a picture of Ted Cruz, his father, and Lee Harvey Oswald, having breakfast,” Trump said in an interview with Time, adding: “I’m just quoting the newspaper.” (The supposed Cruz-Oswald photo has never been authenticated and Cruz did in fact deny the report.) In the interview, Trump also stood by his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, that U.S. Muslims were cheering on the 9/11 terror attacks, and that President Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***AT&T and Johnson & Johnson, among the biggest advertisers in the United States, were among several companies to say Wednesday that they would stop their ads from running on YouTube and other Google properties amid concern that Google is not doing enough to prevent brands from appearing next to offensive material, like hate speech. The companies made the moves, which did not extend to Google’s search ads, amid boycotts of YouTube by several European advertisers that began in the last week.   ***Charlie Beck, the Police Chief of Los Angeles, will be the next Guest of Honor at the prestigious “City Talk” conversation series in the private room of the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood on Monday, April 3rd at 6pm.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Variety announced Tuesday that its new managing editor is Joe Bel Bruno, an alumnus of the LA Times, Wall Street Journal and AP who is currently the news director at the Hollywood Reporter. He will “help guide the continuing global expansion of Hollywood’s top entertainment news organization across its print, digital, and video platforms,” Variety says.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Tom Cruise will go to extreme lengths to defend Scientology — the superstar even intervened in the divorce of a top Hollywood studio exec when his religion was cited. In the upcoming book “Leading Lady,” about former CEO of Paramount Pictures Sherry Lansing, author Stephen Galloway describes how Cruise — Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible” franchise star — was infuriated when John Goldwyn, the studio’s then-president of production, mentioned Scientology in his divorce papers.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The conclusion of the three part conversation with the world’s most famous dominatrix, Isabella Sinclaire —- “Without Notes”, the revealing TV interview show:

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Bono at Añejo Tribeca in NYC.   ***Christopher Walken seeing Kevin Kline in “Present Laughter” in NYC.   ***Clive Davis at Primola in NYC with Acting Company co-founder Margot Harley.   ***Russell Wilson and Ciara at Soho House West Hollywood.   ***Marc Anthony‘s May-December romance with Mariana Downing is going strong. The couple of a few months made their red carpet debut Tuesday night at the Maestro Cares Foundation’s Changing Lives and Building Dreams Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas B. Edsall: What drives success? Cognitive skills are important, but so are harder-to-measure strengths that fall under the heading of what is sometimes called character. Richard V. Reeves, of the Brookings Institution, has been doing research on the persistence of social and economic disadvantage for a long time. He often directs his attention to noncognitive skills. In a 2014 paper, “The Character Factor: Measures and Impact of Drive and Prudence,” Reeves and two co-authors, Kimberly Howard and Joanna Venator, focus on what they call “performance character strengths” and the crucial role played by noncognitive skills in educational attainment, employment and earned income. These character strengths — “perseverance, industriousness, grit, resilience, curiosity, application” and “self-control, future orientation, self-discipline, impulse control, delay of gratification” — make significant contributions to success in adulthood and upward mobility. As the accompanying chart demonstrates, upper-income kids perform well on tests of noncognitive skills, but there are substantial numbers of low-income children who do well also.

LBN COMMENTARY by W. Neil Gallagher: What is the cause or charity you most identify with and why? “’Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.’ Pure unconditional love. In action. No motive but love and hands-on caring. Poured out on those who could never repay. That’s what the world wants. Unconditional love: giving it and receiving it.”


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