LBN – Special Report – Tuesday April 11, 2017

Putin: U.S. Trying to ‘Plant’ Future Chemical-Weapons Attacks in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday claimed the U.S. is gearing up to “plant” chemical-weapons attacks in Syria and blame them on Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared… in other parts of Syria, including southern Damascus where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using [chemical weapons],” Putin said. The Russian president is reportedly refusing to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he travels to Moscow this week, deepening the rift between the two nations over Russia’s support for the Assad regime in Syria.

P.R. DISASTER – United Airlines Stock Nosedives Notes Media Expert:

United Airlines share prices took a hit early Tuesday, plunging 4 percent amid fierce backlash over its treatment of a passenger who was physically dragged off an overbooked flight notes media expert and author Michael Levine( On Monday, after word of the incident spread online, shares of United Continental actually rose by nearly 1 percent. The passenger was identified as 69-year-old David Dao, a doctor and a father of five. Videos from inside the plane showed officials dragging him down the aisle, his face bloodied. United CEO Oscar Munoz apologized in a letter but added that Dao was being “disruptive and belligerent,” despite videos suggesting an apparent overreaction by the airline. “This is a P.R. disaster that will not go away in a day or week” said Levine. “United must make some changes in policy to get beyond this nightmarish episode.”

Tillerson: Russia Must Choose Between Assad and U.S.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said Russia must soon choose between its relationship with the U.S. or its relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tillerson, speaking at the Group of 7 conference, said it still is not clear if Russia failed to take its obligations to Syria seriously or just did a poor job, but that distinction, he said, “doesn’t much matter to the dead.” Tillerson spoke of those killed in the chemical attack suspected to have been carried out by Assad on Syria’s civilians, which killed more than 80 people, including at least 20 children. “We cannot let this happen again,” he said. There is no future for Assad in Syria, Tillerson said. The Italian foreign minister said Tuesday that there was no consensus in the G7 for new sanctions on Russia. Tillerson will travel to Moscow later in the day.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: U.S. airlines bumped 40,000 passengers last year, not counting those who volunteered to give up their seats. United booted 3,765.

ICE Quietly Confirms 367 Immigrants Were Detained in Raids Across the Country:

Immigration officials announced last week they detained at least 367 individuals in a series of raid operations—nearly one a day—across the country. The arrests were announced throughout the week starting last Monday when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said they arrested 153 individuals in South Texas during a 12-day operation that ended last month.  On Tuesday, ICE said 75 individuals were arrested in a three-day operation in North Texas. Then, on Wednesday, ICE said 82 individuals were arrested over the course of five days in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In the New York City area, there were 31 individuals picked up in three days. And finally, on Thursday, ICE said 26 individuals were detained in Colorado and Wyoming over four days.

North Korea Warns U.S. of ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ After Navy Strike Group Deployment

North Korea has warned it will defend itself “by powerful force of arms” against the U.S. Navy, which has angered Pyongyang by deploying a strike group to the Korean Peninsula. North Korea’s foreign ministry on Monday railed against what it described as “reckless moves for invading,” saying the deployment of U.S. forces proves Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons program is vital to the country. The USS Carl Vinson Strike Group, led by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was diverted from Singapore to the Pacific over the weekend in a move the U.S. Pacific Command says is meant to maintain readiness in the region amid escalating North Korean provocations. North Korea sees the deployment as preparations for an invasion, however. “We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions,” the foreign ministry said in a statement quoted by state-run news agency KCNA. The statement also said North Korean forces are “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The United Airlines passenger who was hauled off an overbooked plane is a poker-playing doctor from Kentucky with a sordid past. Dr. David Dao, 69, who was captured in a now viral video being forcibly dragged off the Louisville, Ky-bound flight at Chicago O’Hare Airport on Sunday, was working as a doctor specializing in pulmonary disease in Elizabethtown when he was convicted of trading prescription drugs for sex favors. According to documents filed with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Dao was arrested in 2003 on the drug-related offenses following an undercover investigation.

Nancy Kerrigan Reveals She Suffered Six Miscarriages:

Motherhood has not been an easy journey for Nancy Kerrigan. “Since I was 10 years old, I always wanted to have three kids by the time I was 30,” the 47-year-old Olympian shared on Monday’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” “Sort of what my mom had done.” After marrying agent Jerry Solomon in September 1995, Kerrigan would welcome her first child, son Matthew, a year later. Given how smoothly her first pregnancy had been, Kerrigan and Solomon naturally wanted to expand their family. “Not long after having Matthew, we thought we wanted to have more kids so I got pregnant, but I had a miscarriage,” she recounted. “It makes you feel like a failure.” Kerrigan later revealed she endured six miscarriages in eight years.
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LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre is now available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. It is a non-fiction study of the Nixon era.   Author, Jenny Deason Copeland, pitched the screenplay for 20 years only to hear Hollywood execs suggest it be a book first. The heroine and villain parts were written with Sarandon and Nicholson in mind. Nixon confesses to ordering the massacre in his autobiography RN. After three decades of research using FOIA procedures, the book uncovers the possible motive behind the massacre. The FOIA results are available free at

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There was no reason for the patients to receive vitamin D tests. They did not have osteoporosis; their bones were not cracking from a lack of the vitamin. They did not have diseases that interfere with vitamin D absorption. Yet in a recent sample of 800,000 patients in Maine, nearly one in five had had at least one test for blood levels of the vitamin over a three-year period. More than a third got two or more tests, often to evaluate such ill-defined complaints as malaise or fatigue. The researchers who gathered the data,Dr. Kathleen Fairfield and Kim Murray of the Maine Medical Center, were surprised. Perhaps they shouldn’t have been. Millions of people are popping supplements in the belief that vitamin D can help turn back depression, fatigue, muscle weakness, even heart disease or cancer. In fact, there has never been widely accepted evidence that vitamin D is helpful in preventing or treating any of those conditions.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie will release their first album as a duo, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVieJune 9th via Atlantic. The album is available to pre-order digitally, as well as on CD and vinyl. The first single, “In My World,” will be available April 14th on digital and streaming services. Buckingham and McVie will also embark on a North American tour this summer, starting June 21st in Atlanta and wrapping July 27th in Denver. Tickets go on sale April 21st.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the least popular governor in the United States, according to a poll released Tuesday. Seventy-one percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Christie while just 25 percent approve, according to the Morning Consult poll.


Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated by American Troops (1945)

Buchenwald was one of the first and largest concentration camps in Nazi Germany. As US forces closed in on the camp near the end of WWII, the Nazis began evacuating its prisoners, forcing them on “death marches” during which an estimated 13,500 were killed. On April 9, inmates at the camp used a makeshift radio transmitter to inform the Allies about the evacuations and beg for help.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***CAA has signed former NFL great Ray Lewis, now an analyst with Fox Sports.   ***Comedy touring agent Joe Eshenbaugh has joined UTA.


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LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “If your organization requires success before commitment, it will never have either. Part of leadership (a big part of it, actually) is the ability to stick with the dream for a long time. Long enough that the critics realize that you’re going to get there one way or another … so they follow.” —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by Erin Gloria Ryan: When the same idea espoused by different parties leads to opposite reactions, is that reaction driven by principles or by fandom? The millennial left has had to deal with some uncomfortable truths since Donald Trump’s election. That they don’t live in a country with the same ideological makeup of their peer groups. That, while wokeness may be a virtue on their favorite media, it’s certainly not among vast swaths of the population they may never have met. That millions upon millions of people do not give a shit about things like sitcom diversity or ads that don’t photoshop models or using correct pronouns for a person’s chosen gender. That each person gets only one vote, no matter how ugly their reasons for casting it. Another one of the more unmooring truths millennial progressives have had to confront post-Nov. 8 is the fact that when it comes to issues like immigration and foreign relations, many of the actions that President Obama took, and many of the actions that President Hillary Clinton would have taken are not necessarily in line with what they think those candidates’ values are.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Lizzie Crocker: In the month since Charles Murray’s scheduled talk at Middlebury College was thwarted by violent demonstrations on campus, several student groups at elite universities like Columbia and Harvard are courting Murray and other controversial speakers in attempt to challenge what they view as ideological intolerance on college campuses. At Harvard University, the newly established Open Campus Initiative—dubbed the “free speech club” on campus—has booked Murray for a speaking engagement next semester and is hosting another campus pariah, University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson, for its first official event tonightMonday.  Harvard’s Open Campus Initiative spent roughly $1,000 on security reinforcements surrounding Peterson’s arrival on campus, which has provoked backlash from LGBT students.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If you were a certain sort of ideas-oriented young person coming of age in the 20th century, it was very likely you would give yourself a label and join some movement. You’d call yourself a Marxist, a neoconservative, a Freudian, an existentialist or a New Deal liberal. There would be certain sacred writers who would explain the world to you — from Jung to Camus, Dewey or Chesterton. There’d probably be a small magazine where the doctrines of your sect would be hammered out. People today seem less likely to give themselves intellectual labels or join self-conscious philosophical movements. Young people today seem more likely to have their worldviews shaped by trips they have taken, or causes they have been involved in, or the racial or ethnic or gender identity group they identify with. That’s changed the nature of the American intellectual scene, the way people approach the world and the lives they live.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Phil Collins’ third ex-wife and back-for-more girlfriend Orianne Collins settled her bitter divorce with businessman Charles Fouad Mejjati on Friday. She says in a statement, “We have amicably resolved our disputes in the best interest of our family and desire to move forward in a peaceful manner and to otherwise jointly raise our son. We both desire to put this chapter of our lives behind us and for others to respect our desire for privacy.”

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