*Illegal Immigration Arrests Rise Sharply as a Trump Mandate Is Carried Out:
Illegal Immigration arrests shot up 38 percent in the first three months of the Trump administration compared with the same period last year, according to figures released Wednesday, one of the first clear indications that the president’s hard-line policies are being carried out on a grand scale. While President Trump’s more attention-grabbing ideas have been blocked or stalled, like building a border wall and temporarily stopping travel from some Muslim-majority countries, the statistics released by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement suggested that the more street-level aspects of his immigration agenda have achieved significant results, and quickly. From Jan. 22 to April 29, ICE officers arrested 41,318 people, at a rate of more than 400 people per day, compared with 30,028 over roughly the same period in 2016, the data showed.
Robert Mueller, Former F.B.I. Director, Is Named Special Counsel for Russia Investigation:
The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’scampaign and Russian officials, dramatically raising the legal and political stakes in an affair that has threatened to engulf Mr. Trump’s four-month-old presidency. The decision by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, came after a cascade of damaging developments for Mr. Trump in recent days, including his abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the subsequent disclosure that Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey to drop the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Rosenstein had been under escalating pressure from Democrats, and even some Republicans, to appoint a special counsel after he wrote a memo that the White House initially cited as the rationale for Mr. Comey’s dismissal.
*Trump: Where Was Special Counsel for Hillary and Obama?
fired off a series of tweets in which he called the investigation into his campaign’s links with Russia “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” He posted, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in theClinton
campaign & Obama
Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!” His furious response overturned the White House’s spin effort, which claimed that he was reacting calmly to the announcement of a special counsel. A New York Times
report published early Thursday described an account of Trump’s initial response to the news. Just 30 minutes before the rest of the world knew, the White House was informed the Justice Department would be appointing a special counsel—with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner
, said to be one of the only advisers who wanted to put up a fight. According to the Times
, Kushner, who had urged Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey
, suggested a “counterattack” after the announcement. When Trump was informed at 5:35 p.m.
, and his team, including Press SecretarySean Spicer
, Communications Director Michael Dubke
, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
, longtime aide Hope Hicks
, Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway
, and Chief StrategistStephen Bannon
were all summoned to his office, the Times
reports. Nearly everyone, except Kushner, suggested that Trump take a conciliatory stance and publicly accept Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s
decision. In the end, the White House released a statement declaring the president’s innocence and its hope for a quick investigation.
*GOOD NEWS – Women With Advanced Breast Cancer Are Surviving Longer:
Women of all ages who are diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer in the United States are surviving longer, according to a new study published Thursday. Lead authorAngela Mariotto, of the National Cancer Institute, said the findings were largely due to better treatments, including a drug called Herceptin, which lengthens the lives of women with aggressive breast cancers. It was approved in the late 1990s. The study results showed the five-year survival rate among women under 50 years old who were diagnosed with advanced disease doubled from 18 percent in the mid-1990s to 36 percent between 2005 and 2012. Among those with Stage 4 cancer, the study reports five-year survival rates rose by 4 percent from 1990 to 2000, and by 17 percent between 2000 and 2010, with projections of an increase by a third by 2020. More than 154,000 American women are estimated to be living with cancer that has spread beyond the breast.
Joseph Lieberman and 3 Others Interview to Be F.B.I. Director:
President Trump, hoping to nominate a new F.B.I. director before leaving on a long foreign trip on Friday, interviewed four potential candidates on Wednesday, including Joseph I. Lieberman, the former senator from Connecticut. The task of coming up with a credible replacement for James B. Comey, whom the president fired as director last week, has taken on new urgency over the last few days. Mr. Trump accelerated his search after The New York Times reported on Tuesday that he had pressured Mr. Comey to drop his investigation of Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, amid a broader F.B.I. inquiry into possible collusion between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russian officials.
*Man Dies After Falling Over Railing at Wrigley Field
A baseball fan died Wednesday after he fell over the railing at Wrigley Field in Chicago while trying to exit the ballpark. The 42-year-old, who has not been identified, fell at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and hit his head. He was taken to a hospital and died the following afternoon from his injuries. “The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time,” the Chicago Cubs said in a statement Wednesday.
*WHO READS LBN? Model Emily Ratajkowski
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Model Europe’s love affair with Facebook may be coming to an end. On Thursday, the European Union’s powerful antitrust chief fined the social network 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company’s $19 billion acquisition of the internet messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. ***Jimmy Au’s, the popular L.A. men’s clothing store for men 5′ 8″ and under, taped a segment for an episode of “This is L.A.” yesterday.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Miley Cyrus is once again atop the pop charts, doing a hoedown dance on the beach in her new music video for “Malibu,” a whimsical song showing off the softer side of a singer who for several years projected an image that was anything but soft. Gone are the nipple pasties, naked wrecking ball riding, and that infamous masturbating foam finger from the 2013 VMAs. Instead, we now see a turtleneck sweater, floating balloons and the manicured fingers of a 24-year-old pop star who has reinvented herself by going back to the mainstream roots that made her a Disney darling in the mid-to-late 2000s. ***Selena Gomez has just released the single “Bad Liar” after teasing the track for days on social media. The Instagram queen posted lyrics and clips to get her fans around the world hyped up for the highly anticipated single and she definitely didn’t disappoint. ***Acclaimed jazz singerSarah Partridge’s performance at the legendary “Bitter End” in NYC was sold-out and reviewed with raves. Partridge and her six piece band debuted their new album, which is a tribute to legendary singer – songwriter Janis Ian.
*LBN-NOTICED: Rising actress Fagun Thakrar was invited by the Cannes Film Festival to attend the opening night gala. Invited as a result of her recent work in international films in which she is gaining critical acclaim. ***Tracy Morgan at Junior’s Times Square in NYC. ****TONY nominee Ernestine Jackson seeing a revival of her show “Raisin” at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in NYC. ***David Byrne performing at the Edison Ballroom for Peter Gabriel’s Witness foundation in NYC. ***Power lawyer Nancy Chemtob at Fred’s at Barneys New York. ***Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dr. Rock Positanoat Rao’s in NYC celebrating their new books after appearing on “Charlie Rose”. ***Matthew Broderick at Añejo in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC. ***Charles Oakley at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in NYC. ***Former Santa Monica MayorNat Trives having lunch yesterday at the popular Izzy’s Deli discussing the significant homeless problem in Santa Monica. ***Prominent literary agent Bob Diforio having breakfast last week at the popular Pershing Square café in New York City. ***Dana Carvey, SNL alumni, Emmy winner and comedy icon chatting with Edward Lozzi, Beverly Hills PR man on the backstage stairway off the green room in the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom last night after Carvey blew the roof off with his new Presidential comedy routines as the headliner for the Benefit: CASA of Los Angeles 5th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams Gala Honoring actress Mary Beth Evans, star of Freeform Network’s “The Fosters”.
*LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***When 19-year-old Kathy McKeonarrived to the United States from her native Ireland in 1964, she was hired to become the personal assistant to former first lady Jackie Kennedy. Not only would she spend the next 13 years with the notoriously private icon, but she said she developed a lasting friendship that few knew about, until now. McKeon, who chronicled their relationship in her memoir “Jackie’s Girl,” wrote that she helped raise Jackie’s two young children, Caroline and John Jr.
*From Manson to O.J.: Super-Lawyer Tom Girardi’s New Exhibit Spotlights the Fading Art of the Courtroom Sketch:
A great courtroom sketch radiates with the power of intimacy. You are right there, peering with a voyeur’s view of an iconic mob boss, or cult-leader killer, or world-famous celebrity trying to squeeze into a bloody glove. You get to look square into the eyes of the accused, thanks to the trained eyes of an artist. To celebrate this art form, some of the most resonant courtroom sketches of the past half-century will be on display at the Library of Congress. The new exhibit, titled “Drawing Justice,” kicked off with a panel discussion — two weeks — as several featured illustrators illuminate this sublime but fading field. The extraordinary exhibit was made possible by the contribution of power-attorney Tom Girardi
. The nearly 100-work exhibit will feature historic sketches such as Howard Brodie’s
drawing ofJack Ruby
at his sentencing for killing Lee Harvey Oswald
trial drawing of Martha Stewart
; Pat Lopez’s
capturing of a nervous Ken Lay
looking at evidence during the Enron
trial; Bill Robles’s
drawing of the haunting, dead-eyed Charles Manson
on the witness stand; and Joseph Papin’s
image of “Son of Sam” murderer David Berkowitz
in mental anguish. “While the legal system is generally open to all of us, courtroom artists open the door — via our newspapers, televisions and now computers — to gain privileged access to a trial,” the library’s Sara Duke
, the show’s curator, says of the unique role of these talents. “But artists don’t act merely as recorders of a moment. They distill for us how people gesture, their relationships to other people in the room and moments of action in the court that define the trial.”
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*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died Thursday morning. He was 77. His wife, Elizabeth, issued a statement announcing his death, which was confirmed by Fox News. “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement reads. ***Chris Cornell, the powerful, dynamic singer whose band Soundgarden was one of the architects of grunge music, has died at 52. Mr. Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, his representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement that called the death “sudden and unexpected” and that said the singer’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.”
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: National Meningitis Association
www.nmaus.org. ——- A nonprofit organization founded by parents to educate parents, students, health professionals and public policy makers.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Ada Calhoun:
Working on my new book, I spoke with dozens of long-married people who described themselves as monogamous. And yet, when pressed, most of them offered something along the lines of, “Well, there was this time . . .” They didn’t cheat, had zero tolerance for cheating, would kill a cheater dead, and yet . . . they would admit that they get crushes, once kissed someone at a work party, watch a lot of porn, have intense friendships with members of the opposite sex, slept with someone on vacation once but will take it to their grave, had a disastrous affair 10 years ago and it took a lot of therapy to trust each other again, went through a phase where they and their spouse had threesomes. There was nearly always something. This is the messy truth of many a long marriage: There are temptations. There are negotiations. Sometimes there are even affairs, whether condoned, forgiven or secret. Sometimes they aren’t such a big deal. Sometimes they are devastating. But even then, they don’t always end the marriage. Some people have even found their marriages enlivened by extramarital intrigue. There are as many recipes for figuring this out as there are marriages. It’s messy, but so is life.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens:
In case you’ve had the pleasure of forgetting, “The Flight 93 Election” was the title of a portentous essay, published last September under a Roman pseudonym in The Claremont Review of Books, that declared the stakes for the United States in 2016 thus: “Charge the cockpit or you die.” In the lurid imagination of the author — it turned out to be Michael Anton
, who now holds a senior job in the White House — the American republic was Flight 93, a plane deliberately set on a course for destruction by liberals and their accomplices in the Republican establishment and the globalist “Davoisie.” As for Donald Trump
, Anton implied that he was the political equivalent of Todd Beamer
, the heroic passenger who cried “Let’s Roll” in a desperate bid for salvation. “You may die anyway,” Anton warned. “You — or the leader of your party — may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees. Except one: If you don’t try, death is certain.” And here we are, not four months into the collapsing Trump presidency, living Anton’s dreams.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dick Morris:
Administration may never recover from the decision of Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein
to cave into Democratic pressure and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the totally fictitious “scandal” of Trump’s relationship with Putin
. The prosecutor, hired to investigate something that never happened, will not report Trump’s innocence. Special prosecutors never do. They justify their own existence, importance, budget, and staff by finding something to prosecute. Usually the “crime” they end up going after is one that his own investigation has created. Remember the Valerie Plame
affair? After years of work the special prosecutor found that no crime had occurred. The person who leaked her link to the CIA was authorized to do so. With no crime to come up with, Patrick Fitzgerald
, the prosecutor, indicted poor Scooter Libby
, an aide to VP Dick Cheney
, for perjury, a crime that would never have taken place had there been no investigation.
*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by William Shakespeare:
Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Chelsea Manning, who walked freely out of military prison Wednesday, is getting the Vogue treatment, WWD has learned. The 29-year-old Manning, who spent about seven years in prison for disclosing archives of secret files to WikiLeaks, will be in an upcoming issue of Vogue. It could not be determined which issue, but sources said editor in chief Anna Wintour is asking designers to submit looks for the fashion spread. ***Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have renewed their wedding vows, after putting their recent marriage crisis behind them. The couple’s relationship was rocked last year when it emerged rock legend Ozzy, 68, had enjoyed a secret affair with hairstylist Michelle Pugh.
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