LBN – Special Report – Tuesday


PayPal announced Tuesday it will not hire more than 400 people in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state repealed anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” the company said in a statement. “As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”

*Trump: Block Cash to Mexico to Fund Wall

Expanding on his plans to force Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile border wall, presidential candidate Donald Trump says he would cut off money transfers to the country. Trump’s idea would cut off billions of dollars from immigrants back to the country, likely causing serious problems between the U.S. and a key ally. Trump’s plan may not be legally (or politically) feasible, as economists say it would likely require crippling a major ally’s economy. Trump told The Washington Post that he would threaten to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act antiterrorism law, a threat he will withdraw after Mexico makes “a one-time payment of $5-10 billion” to pay for the project.

*WHO READS LBN? Animal activist Jane Goodall

*Twitter Wins Deal to Stream NFL Games

Twitter has won the rights to stream Thursday night NFL games online, Bloomberg News reported. The league is reportedly using the deal to reach the growing number of people who no longer subscribe to cable and prefer to watch sports on the Internet.

*Obamacare Didn’t Gut Employer Coverage

Despite predictions that the Affordable Care Act would cause employers to drop employee coverage and force their workers to acquire it independently, The New York Times reports that most companies continue to provide health insurance. According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, around 155 million Americans had employer-based coverage in 2016. The Kaiser Family Foundation also released data last month that is said to show the percentage of adults under 65 with employer-based insurance has remained steady for the last five years after steadily declining since 1999. Even while Obamacare has succeeded in insuring millions of low-income Americans, companies have apparently kept offering coverage because they get sizable federal tax breaks for doing so and because desirable candidates and employees continue to expect it.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: How long DOES sex normally last? Study finds it can range from 33 seconds to 44 minutes – but the average is 5 minutes. Dr. Brendan Zietsch, a psychologist from the University of Queensland, has sought to answer this pressing question. In an article for The Conversation, he examined all the latest research – and found penetration can last from 33 seconds to 44 minutes when an average is taken of all the times each couple has sex. The average time across different couples was 5.4 minutes.


*LBN-LEGAL INSIDER:   ***”They still have an uphill battle,” says noted Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, Vincent Imhoff of the defense’s case in the trial of Lonnie Franklin Jr. for ten counts of murder. Mr. Franklin’s attorney has argue that the evidence of other individuals’ DNA on the victims discredits the prosecution’s case. “The defense has done a good job of distancing Franklin from the two of the ten victims,” Imhoff says. But as for the other eight victims, the experienced defense lawyer concedes, “the DNA evidence narrows the field of possible killers so significantly that the other surrounding evidence could fill in the gaps [in the prosecution’s case].”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***A pack roomed for acclaimed political commentator and attorney Susan Estrich last night at the “City Talk” conversation series at the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood. The private room was overflowing with media and influencers eager to talk about the unusual presidential election, which Estrich described as “part reality-show.” Included in the collection of influencers present with former A.P. writer Linda Deutsch, Priscilla Presley, KNX radio’s Bob Brill, Fox news writer Hollie McKay among others. The discussion was moderated by media expert and author Michael Levine.   ***“Suicide Squad” star Scott Eastwood partying at E11even in Miami hours before participating in a charity triathlon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   ***Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders andSpike Lee eating prime rib together at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain in NYC.   ***Chris Tucker, Helen Mirren, Tony Bennett, Whoopi Goldberg and Christopher Walken at SAG-AFTRA’s “A Call to Arts” at 11 Howard hotel, where Ghetto Film School board member David O. Russell was honored.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Winston Moseley, who stalked, raped and killed Kitty Genovese in a prolonged knife attack in New York in 1964 while neighbors failed to act on her desperate cries for help — a nightmarish tableau that came to symbolize urban apathy in America — died on March 28, in prison. He was 81. Patrick J. Bailey, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, confirmed the death on Monday. A medical examiner would determine the cause of death, Mr. Bailey said.   ***Carl Terzian, founder and chairman of Westwood public relations firm Carl Terzian Associates, died Saturday. Terzian, 80, had suffered a stroke earlier this month and was being treated at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: When you think about it, there are four big forces coursing through modern societies. Global migration is leading to demographic diversity. Economic globalization is creating wider opportunity but also inequality. The Internet is giving people more choices over what to buy and pay attention to. A culture of autonomy valorizes individual choice and self-determination. All of these forces have liberated the individual, or at least well-educated individuals, but they have been bad for national cohesion and the social fabric. Income inequality challenges economic cohesion as the classes divide. Demographic diversity challenges cultural cohesion as different ethnic groups rub against one another. The emphasis on individual choice challenges community cohesion and settled social bonds. The weakening of the social fabric has created a range of problems. Alienated young men join ISIS so they can have a sense of belonging. Isolated teenagers shoot up schools. Many people grow up in fragmented, disorganized neighborhoods. Political polarization grows because people often don’t interact with those on the other side. Racial animosity stubbornly persists.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Levine: Every day, we see examples of otherwise private people who are held up for embarrassment, public shaming or ridicule, when a confidential comment or personal information is broadcast around the world (many of Gawker’s targets over the years have been far less famous and far less eager for attention than Mr. Hogan). True, very few of us have sex tapes widely released. Fewer still have a friend whose legal name is Bubba the Love Sponge. But aren’t we all just one airplane screaming match, ill-advised Facebook post or recklessly shared photo from becoming an online story ourselves? However unusual Mr. Hogan’s circumstances, his essential complaint is one that many of us share in and one that our laws haven’t addressed: How do we control our information in the digital age? Under cross-examination in court, Mr. Bollea admitted that, as Hulk Hogan, he had lied about his sexual endowment. Celebrities, as the saying goes, are really just like the rest of us.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager (Radio talk show host): The most profound thinkers in America are conservative. There are, of course, bright liberal and leftist thinkers, but I can’t think of one who approaches the depth and wisdom of the best conservative writers and thinkers. What liberal historian, for example, approaches the understanding of life and history that author Paul Johnson has exhibited in his many works of history? Who on the left matches psychiatrist/writer Theodore Dalrymple’s insight into the underclass?

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW: Actress Susan Saradon

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Size does matter for reality show wacho Brandi Glanville. While promoting her new series, “Fabulously Single,” Glanville gushed about boyfriend Theo Von. “I’m not like having a baby or anything,” she told E! News. “He’s cool, he’s super inappropriate and super opinionated. I’m sure at some point I’ll be suing him for defamation of character, but he’s cool.”

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