LBN – Special Report – Tuesday


For almost a decade, humans have been wandering the planet with a small computer in their hands. And to see just how attached we are to our smartphones, researchers at dscout explored in-the-moment behaviors of 94 Android users. The study found that the average person swipes, taps and pinches their display about 2,617 times a day, for a grand total of one million times per year.
*Benghazi Report: No New Wrongdoings by Hillary Uncovered:

Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday released their long-awaited report  about what exactly happened the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in the Libyan city that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. According to the report, no new evidence of wrongdoing or shortcomings on the part of Hillary Clinton were uncovered. Investigators also affirmed that U.S. military forces could not have reached Benghazi in time to save the four Americans. They also said the military was not prepared enough to respond to such attacks, and accused the Obama administration of changing its narrative after the attack, “rather than tell[ing] the American people the truth and increas[ing] the risk of losing an election.”
*Merkel Vows to Keep Europe Together After ‘Brexit’:
Stunned by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, leaders of the bloc’s member states converged in Brussels on Tuesday to respond to one of the greatest challenges ever to confront the 28-nation bloc. Before departing for Brussels, ChancellorAngela Merkel of Germany said she would use “all her strength” to prevent the European Union from drifting apart. In a 20-minute speech to the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, Ms. Merkel said she expected that Britain would want to maintain “close relations” with the European Union after it leaves, but also signaled that Britain could not expect business as usual. “Whoever wants to leave this family cannot expect to have no more obligations but to keep the privileges,” she said.
*WALK OF SHAME – British PM Gets Dressing Down in Europe:

David Cameron was forced to face his fellow European leaders Tuesday after his humiliating defeat in Britain’s referendum on membership in the European Union. Cameron was due to meet Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, to discuss ways to proceed after Britain’s vote to leave. Speaking before the meeting, Juncker slapped down British suggestions that negotiations could begin before London formally triggers its exit from the EU. “They have expressed their view. Now there have to be consequences,” he said. “There can be no secret negotiations. No. No secret negotiations.” Britain had hoped to begin talks without the two-year countdown that would be activated once the British prime minister invokes Article 50.

*Egypt Says ‘Black Box’ Has Been Fixed:

The so-called black box from the crashed EgyptAir flight that disappeared over the Mediterranean in May en route from Paris to Cairo has been successfully repaired, officials said. The plane’s recorders, which contain flight data and voice recordings from the flight deck, were given to French officials when they were damaged and recovered from the wreckage. Egyptian investigators had not been able to download their information. The repaired data recorder is to be returned to Cairo for analysis, but the cockpit voice recorder is still being repaired. French authorities have said there is no evidence linking the crash to terrorism, after a preliminary investigation was opened. Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, has said an inquiry was launched Monday to look into a formal accident investigation.

*WHO READS LBN? Singer / songwriter Jackson Browne:

*Seeking to Improve Ties With Russia, Turkey Apologizes for Downing Warplane:

Turkey continued its diplomatic fence mending on Monday, apologizing for downing a Russian jet near its border with Syria last year. In a letter to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday, the same day Turkey announced a rapprochement with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret about the November episode, in which Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had violated its airspace. The downing infuriated Russia and paralyzed relations between the two countries: The Kremlin ordered sanctions on Turkish food imports, stopped visa-free travel for Turks and barred Turkish tour operators from offering Russian tourists vacation packages.

*China Bans Lady Gaga Over Dalai Lama:

China’s Communist Party has added Lady Gaga to its list of foreigners banned from the country after she posted her meeting with the Dalai Lama to her Facebook account. The party’s propaganda department has reportedly banned her from entering mainland China. Websites and other organizations have been told to stop distributing her songs after she met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and recorded a 19-minute video of it. The two talked about meditation and mental health, but the recording garnered an angry reaction. Officials have called the Dalai Lama a “wolf in monk’s robes,” despite the fact that he claims he’s seeking autonomy for Tibetans. He was exiled in March 1959.

*Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser to testify before Senate Panel in Hearing on Cover-Up of Islamist Terror by Obama Administration:

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy will testify before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. in a hearing titled Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.” “The hearing will examine the Obama administration’s refusal to attribute the terrorist threats we face with radical Islam, hobbling our ability to combat the enemy. The hearing will specifically investigate how the federal government has not only refused to appropriately identify the specific threat of radical Islam, but has sought to undermine the people and information who have sought to highlight the threat.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Volkswagen has solved one big problem stemming from its diesel emissions deception, as the carmaker agreed on Tuesday to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle claims in the United States. But the final financial toll — once the company deals with a long list of fines, lawsuits and criminal investigations around the world — will be far higher. The continuing fallout could leave Volkswagen vulnerable to billions of dollars more in expenses, at a time when profit is already under pressure and the industry is facing a period of technological upheaval. So far, Volkswagen has set aside 16.2 billion euros, or about $17.9 billion, for scandal-related costs.Matthias Müller, the Volkswagen chief executive, said less than two weeks ago that the amount was adequate. But the American settlement, with the government and car owners, will consume most of that money. And Volkswagen still faces more scrutiny in the United States and around the world.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Marion “Suge” Knight has filed a lawsuit against Chris Brown and the owners of West Hollywood nightclub 1 Oak, where Knight was shot seven times at an August 2014 pre-VMA party hosted at the venue by the singer. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Brown and club owners of failing to have adequate security and allowing entry to at least one armed individual.   ***Graham Nash has plenty of experience with the vagaries of rock & roll documentaries. Take Woodstock, for one: “There were three days of really good music and the movie was three hours,” he says, “so there are a lot of great performances that have never been seen apart from bootlegs.” No one knows that more than Nash, since Neil Young refused to be filmed during Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s career-making set at the festival. In the film, you’ll hear an announcer say, “Crosby, Stills, Nash” – but no Young. “Neil threatened to deck anybody who filmed him,” Nash says. “So I heard – after the fact.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Scarlett Johansson and Paul Thomas Anderson seeing “The Humans” in NYC.   ***Warriors playerAndre Iguodala at Philippe in NYC.   ***“Vanderpump Rules” star Stassi Schroeder celebrating her birthday with series frenemies Kristen Doute, Scheana Shay and Katie Maloneyat Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina.   ***Aviva Drescherand her family at 1633 restaurant on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***Sheryl Sandberg and her boyfriend, the billionaire video games mogul Bobby Kotick, dropped in for coffee at Soho café in NYC, Happy Bones over the weekend. The couple visited the coffee shop to see owners Kirsten and Craig Nevill-Manning who have been dubbed New Zealand’s Google-Facebook dream couple.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt died early Tuesday from complications of early-onset dementia at the age of 64. “It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt,” Tyler Summitt said in a statement. “She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.” She was diagnosed with a neurological disease in August 2011. During her entire coaching career, Summitt had a 1,161-212 record, the most wins in NCAA Division I history.   ***Longtime NFL CoachBuddy Ryan passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. Ryan, a defensive guru, coached for 35 seasons in the league, including two stints as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. As defensive coordinator for the unstoppable 1985 Chicago Bears, he was largely credited for the game’s best defensive squad ever, which carried the Bears to a Super Bowl win.*LBN-SEE IT:….Singer Sophie Beem:

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Anybody who spends time in the working-class parts of America (and, one presumes, Britain) notices the contagions of drug addiction and suicide, and the feelings of anomie, cynicism, pessimism and resentment. Part of this pain arises from deindustrialization. Good jobs are hard to find. But hardship is not exactly new to these places. Life in, say, a coal valley was never a bouquet of roses. What’s also been lost are the social institutions and cultural values that made it possible to have self-respect amid hardship — to say, “I may not make a lot of money, but people can count on me. I’m loyal, tough, hard-working, resilient and part of a good community.”  We all have a sense of what that working-class honor code was, but if you want a refresher, I recommend J.D. Vance’s new book “Hillbilly Elegy.” Vance’s family is from Kentucky and Ohio, and his description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Inspired, impactful and important. The right message for our time.”—–Stephen Covey:


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***His marriage to Katy Perry only lasted 14 months — but that hasn’t put Russell Brand off getting hitched for a second time. The serial womanizer and former Bizarre Shagger of the Year has popped the question to long-term girlfriend Laura Gallacher.

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