LBN – Special Report – Tuesday February 14, 2017

Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser:

Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Mr. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given “incomplete information” regarding a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before President Trump’s inauguration. Mr. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, and Mr. Pence repeated that claim in television interviews as recently as this month.

Trump: ‘Real Story’ Is Media Leaks:

President Donald Trump made his first public comments on Tuesday after the resignation of National Security AdviserMichael Flynn amid questions over his contact with Russian officials. Trump bemoaned the “illegal leaks” of information to the media that led to Flynn’s resignation. “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?” Trump tweeted. “Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N. Korea etc?” The tweet was posted just moments after GOP Sen. Ron Johnson went on Fox News and suggested the leaks were illegal and potentially prosecutable.

680 Arrested in ICE Raids:

A total of 680 people were arrested in a series of Immigrationand Customs Enforcement raids last week, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday. The raids targeted undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, San Antonio, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, DHS Secretary John Kelly said. While details on the raids were unavailable, Kelly claimed 75 percent of those arrested were criminals. Kelly also said the raids were routine and not a sign of a Trump initiative to crack down on undocumented immigrants. Previous ICE efforts under the Obama administration have seen more than 2,000 people arrested over a five-day period.


Matt Lauer Grills Kellyanne Conway on Flynn Defense: ‘Makes No Sense!’:

The Today show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning confronted top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over the White House’s remarkable inconsistencies in defending the handling of a scandal involving Michael Flynn. The national security adviser resigned late Monday over his pre-inauguration calls with a Russian ambassador that included discussion of lifting U.S. sanctions; and over his subsequent lying to Vice PresidentMike Pence, who unwittingly fibbed on Flynn’s behalf and told the public that the sanctions were never discussed. Conway claimed in Monday’s interview that “the key” to Flynn’s resignation was his “misleading” the vice president. “You’re saying that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Lauer pushed back, “but the White House knew about that last month, when the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn had not been completely honest.” After Conway responded with “Well, that’s one characterization, but the fact is General Flynn continued in that position,” Lauer took off the gloves: “Kellyanne, that makes no sense. Last month the Justice Department warned the White House that General Flynn misled them; and that, as a result. he was vulnerable to blackmail. And at that moment he still had the complete trust of the president?” Conway never directly answered that question.

Report: Kim Jong Un’s Half Brother Killed in Malaysia:

Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, has been killed in Malaysia, Reuters reports, citing South Korean government sources. A North Korean man died en route to the hospital after he was allegedly poisoned at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport Monday. South Korea’s cable-news network TV Chosun reported that Kim was poisoned by two women believed to be fugitive operatives from the Hermit Kingdom and who fled the scene in a taxi. The television outlet cited multiple South Korean government sources in its report. Officials in Malaysia have also confirmed the identity of the man killed at the airport as Kim Jong Nam.

Appellate Court Takes Up ‘Making a Murderer’ Case:

A federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday will consider the fate of Brendan Dassey, the Wisconsin man made famous by the Netflix series Making a Murderer. Dassey’s conviction wasoverturned in August by a federal magistrate judge, who ruled that investigators in the 2005 murder of auto-sales photographer Teresa Halbach took advantage of his young age and cognitive disabilities. At the time, Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle rape and kill Halbach; a video of the confession appeared in the documentary, leading to accusations of a forced confession. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007. Dassey, now 27, and he remains in prison pending the appeal and subsequent judgment. His uncleSteven Avery, who was sentenced to life in prison in a separate trial, is pursuing another appeal in his case.


YouTube Cuts Ties With PewDiePie:

YouTube is severing ties with video producer PewDiePie over his alleged use of anti-Semitism in recent videos. The website took action specifically to remove a video in which there was a sign that read, “death to all Jews.” YouTube canceled the second season of PewDiePie’s show, which has 53 million subscribers, and removed it from a premium section of the site. He will still benefit from YouTube’s advertising scheme, though. YouTube’s decision to sanction PewDiePie comes after Disney-owned Maker Studios dropped him. In a blog post over the weekend, PewDiePie said he does not support Nazis and acknowledged that the imagery displayed in the videos was “ultimately offensive.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Dr. James Weinstein, a back pain specialist and chief executive of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, has some advice for most people with lower back pain: Take two aspirin and don’t call me in the morning. On Monday, the American College of Physicians published updated guidelines that say much the same. In making the new recommendations for the treatment of most people with lower back pain, the group is bucking what many doctors do and changing its previous guidelines, which called for medication as first-line therapy. Dr. Nitin Damle, president of the group’s board of regents and a practicing internist, said pills, even over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, should not be the first choice. “We need to look at therapies that are nonpharmacological first,” he said. “That is a change.”

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jennifer Aniston is stripping down to her birthday suit! And by that, we mean her birthday swimsuit.  The actress rang in her 48th birthday in Los Cabos, Mexico, this weekend alongside her hubby Justin Theroux as well as her bestie and former Friends co-star Courteney Cox who brought her beau, Johnny McDaid.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, whose fortitude saved most of his outnumbered battalion in 1965 in the first major battle between American and North Vietnamese troops — exploits immortalized in a book and a movie starring Mel Gibson — died on Friday at his home in Auburn, Ala. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his son Col. David Moore who, like his brother Lt. Col. Stephen Moore and their father, was a West Point graduate.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Chris Hurst: I have learned to accept the things I cannot change. In 2015, my late-girlfriend, journalist Alison Parker, was executed on live television along with her photographer, Adam Ward. We had just moved in together, we were blissfully in love and we were ready to begin our new life. As the evening anchor at the television station where we worked, I took some time off, but went back and worked until this past Friday. I left a successful career and am now running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Cate Blanchett (Actress): Language is incredibly powerful: the words we choose to use, and how we choose to use them. I remember ages ago, the word “evil” was purloined, and it’s been very bewildering to me watching the word “refugee” morph into the word “immigrant” morph into the word “terrorist” within the space of nine months. “Truth” is an immutable word: Something is true or it is not. Theater, actually, its currency is language.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: How should one resist the Trump administration? Well, that depends on what kind of threat Donald Trump represents. It could be that the primary Trump threat is authoritarianism. It is hard to imagine America turning into full fascism, but it is possible to see it sliding into the sort of “repressive kleptocracy” that David Frum describes in the current Atlantic — like the regimes that now run Hungary, the Philippines, Venezuela and Poland. In such a regime, democratic rights are slowly eroded. Government critics are harassed. Federal contracts go to politically connected autocrats. Congress, the media and the judiciary bend their knee to the vengeful strongman. If that’s the threat, then Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the model for the resistance. Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor who became an anti-Nazi dissident. Between 1933 and his capture in 1943, he condemned the Reich, protested the persecution of the Jews, organized underground seminaries and joined the German resistance. In the face of fascism, he wrote, it was not enough to simply “bandage the victims under the wheels of injustice, but jam a spoke into the wheel itself.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: Here’s a news flash for Democrats and other Americans on the left: Four years ago, when Barack Obama was re-elected president, conservativeswere just as depressed as you are now that Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won. I describe this as news because this undoubtedly surprises many of you. You probably never gave a moment’s thought to how depressed conservatives were in 2012. (Why would you? Unlike you, we shun hysteria.) But believe me — we were. Many of us believed that President Obama was doing great damage to America. Now we are convinced that he did more damage to America domestically, to America’s position the world and to the world at large than any other two-term president. He left office with racial tensions — many of which he exacerbated — greater than at any time since the civil rights era half a century ago. He left the world’s worst regimes — Iran, China, Russia, North Korea and radical Islamist terror groups — stronger and more aggressive than before he became president. Economic growth never rose above 3 percent, a first for a two-term president. He nearly doubled the national debt and had little to nothing to show for it. Obamacare hurt more people financially than it helped medically, including physicians. More people than ever are on government aid. The list is far longer than this. Moreover, just like most Democrats in 2016, most Republicans in 2012 expected to win.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Melania Trump thanked Emily Ratajkowski for defending her after the model claimed a New York Times reporter called the First Lady a “hooker.” “Applause to all women around the world who speak up, stand up and support other women,” Trump tweeted at Ratajkowski, adding the hashtags “#PowerOfEveryWoman #PowerOfTheFirstLady.” Ratajkowski revealed in a tweet yesterday that an unidentified New York Times reporter called the first lady a “hooker.”   ***Lindsay Lohan‘s homecoming left her feeling more uneasy than welcome. During an appearance on the Daily Mail’s Facebook Live Friday, the “Mean Girls” actress, who is currently studying Islam, said she was “scared” to return to America due to her personal values. “I was scared to come here with everything going on because of my personal beliefs,” she shared. While Lohan, 30, has not converted to Islam, she hinted at the possibility. “It’s a process to convert to anything. I respect all religions … it’s a beautiful religion and I am a very spiritual person … it’s something I’ve been studying,” said the former child star. “You can’t just convert overnight to a religion.”   ***Hugh Jackman was treated for skin cancer for the fifth time in four years this week. “Another basal cell carcinoma,” he wrote on Instagram Monday alongside a photo of himself with a bandaged nose. “Thanks to frequent body checks and amazing doctors, all is well. Looks worse with the dressing on than off. I swear! #wearsunscreen.”

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