LBN – Special Report – Tuesday April 18, 2017

British PM Calls General Election in Face of Brexit Fight

British Prime Minister Theresa May stunned political observers Tuesday when she called a snap general election to take place June 8th. In a dramatic statement outside Downing Street, May said she was calling the election to stop the “political game playing” of politicians seeking to oppose or water down the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. May had previously ruled out an early election, but, explaining her change of mind, said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.” Stating that “the country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” May fired the starting gun on an election campaign by attacking anti-Brexit politicians, saying: “In recent weeks, Labor have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union. The Liberal Democrats said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union. And un-elected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way. If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue.”

U.S. Considers Shooting Down North Korean Missile Tests

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has reportedly briefed Congress on the option to begin shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang. The Guardian reports the Pentagon is considering the approach in its attempt to find ways to pressure North Korea out of nuclear development without engaging in all-out war. Tensions have been rising in anticipation of Pyongyang’s sixth scheduled nuclear test. “I would see such an action as escalatory, but I couldn’t guess how Kim Jong Un would interpret it,” saidAbraham Denmark, who served in former President Obama’s administration as a senior Pentagon policy official for Asia. “But I would be concerned he would feel the need to react strongly, as he would not want to appear weak.

Trump Looks to Toss H-1B Lottery System

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday calling for the end of America’s lottery system for H-1B work visas in favor of a merit-based system, Axios reports. The “Buy American, Hire American” order will look to scrap the existing visa application system, which enters applicants into a lottery for limited number of visas. The executive order will not be able to change the number of visas awarded annually, however. The executive order will also reportedly call on the U.S. trade representative and the Commerce Department to cut back on exceptions to “Buy American” laws.

SMC Pharmacy Wins Best of Los Angeles Award for “Best Pharmacy” 2017

SMC Pharmacy has won the 2017 Best of Los Angeles Award for “Best Pharmacy” according to Aurora DeRose, award coordinator for the Best of Los Angeles Award community (
SMC Pharmacy is a full-service, family run independent pharmacy that fills all prescriptions (brand and generic) as well as specializing in compounding, medication synchronization and medication therapy management. Since opening in 2011, SMC Pharmacy has grown by hiring trained professionals who focus on customer service. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians receive special training in compounding techniques from the Professional Compounding Centers of America, allowing them to modify prescribed medications to a specific strength, dosage form or allergen-free formula when a doctor recommends doing so. SMC Pharmacy is committed to being your everyday health resource.

SCOTUS Blocks Arkansas Request for Executions

The U.S. Supreme Court early Tuesday rejected a request by the state of Arkansas to execute one of its condemned men scheduled to die before the end of April. The state is racing against the clock to carry out the death sentences before its lethal-injection drug supply expires April 28. The high court’s decision followed a chaotic Monday of legal arguments, according to local reports. There was no explanation for the ruling other than the court decided it would not lift an order already handed down by the state’s Supreme Court on Monday. That ruling blocked the executions of two inmates who were scheduled to be put to death that evening. The death warrant for 56-year-old Don Davis was set to expire just 10 minutes after the Supreme Court decision came down. Davis was sentenced to death in 1990 after he was convicted of killing a 62-year-old woman named Jane Daniel.

LBN-INVESTIGATE: More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults — about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population — suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said.

WHO READS LBN? British Rock Icon Ray Davies

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Following a week of record-bad PR, sources say that United and its passengers are facing a new kind of horror: the stopping of United’s signature ice cream sundaes. The classic dessert has been taken off United flights following an incident that saw a passenger served a sundae containing glass. First-class passengers are now facing the horror of eating pre-packaged ice cream containers on flights while United works on the situation. No first-class passengers could be reached for comment on how they’re handling the taste of a cardboard container. However, it appears that United’s re-accommodation of this situation has not yet caused any facial fractures.


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 withSarandon 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-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The New York Times continued to shake up its newsroom leadership on Tuesday by naming Ellen Pollock, formerly the editor in chief of Bloomberg Businessweek, the next top editor of its business section. The move comes just weeks after the company announced thatDean Murphy, who had led the section, known as Business Day, for the last four years, was being promoted to associate editor.

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Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove:

Today, Steve Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments. Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways. Mr. Ballmer calls it “the equivalent of a 10-K for government,” referring to the kind of annual filing that companies make.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hershey’s produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses – every day.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***CAA has partnered with CMC Capital Partners to form media and entertainment platform CAA China. As part of the pact, CMC — a major Chinese investment firm with stakes in Oriental DreamWorks and Warner Bros.’ Chinese studio Flagship Entertainment, among other Hollywood companies — has made a minority investment in CAA, and CMC chairman Li Ruigang will join the agency’s board of directors.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Close friends media experts Elliot Mintzand Michael Levine continued their annual tradition of birthday dinners. Last night Levine’s birthday dinner was celebrated in the private room at Il Segreto Ristorante Belair at the Beverly Glen Center with Mintz offering a soulful toast to Levine.     ***Chelsea Clinton seeing new musical “Bandstand” in NYC A spy said that after the show, “she wanted to stay and meet the stars, but had to get home to the baby sitter”.   ***Sen.Chuck Schumer seeing “Indecent” at the Cort Theatre in NYC.   ***Jessica Chastain in the audience at the Pulitzer-winning play “Sweat” in NYC. ***Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner whispering to each other and making their way to the bar next to the Batiste Dry Shampoo Styling Studio at a NYLON party.  ***NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and former commish Bill Bratton at Davio’s in Boston having Easter lunch with Kathryn White, wife of former Boston mayor Kevin White, as well as Bratton’s wife, Rikki Klieman, and PR man George Regan.

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LBN-VIDEO LINK: Best one liner ever  —-

LBN-COMMENTARY by Clive Davis: There were artists likeMelissa Manchester. She was on her way to a platinum-plus career, and she said, “I want to be Joni Mitchell and I want to write my own material.” So, of course, you allow that to happen. You have to have respect for the artist and the kind of career they want. But that’s only in the entertainment pop world, where either you have a hit or you don’t. It’s not “the answer is blowin’ in the wind.” When you’re a Patti Smith, when you’re a Bruce Springsteen, when you’re a rock artist, I would never think of submitting material.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Richard Simmons was hospitalized this week with stomach problems, but is on his way to a full recovery, according to a report Tuesday. “Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California,” his rep, Michael Catalano, told ABC News. “After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment,” he said. “He’s already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery.”   ***Kid Rock put a rock on it. The singer and his longtime girlfriend, Audrey Berry, quietly got engaged earlier this year, a source confirmed.   ***This American wife is no more. “This American Life” radio host Ira Glass filed for divorce Monday from his writer spouse of 16 years, Anaheed Alani. The pair actually “separated a few years ago,’’ Glass revealed in an emotional aside during a broadcast last month.

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