LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

An estimated 2/3 of students who are unable to read with proficiency by the end of 4th grade will end up on welfare or in jail.
*Trump Recertifies Iran Deal but Announces New Sanctions

President Trump has agreed to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal and extend sanctions relief, but Tehran will now face a new round of sanctions for non-nuclear activities, the White House said late Monday. The decision on Iran’s compliance with the deal—a quarterly requirement for the Trump administration—reportedly came after hours of chaotic discussions between Trump and his top national security advisers. Ultimately, the administration announced it would extend sanctions relief for Tehran but impose new sanctions for non-nuclear activities, including the development of ballistic missiles and supporting terrorism. A top official said both Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson believe Iran “remains one of the most dangerous threats to U.S. interests and to regional stability,” according to Reuters. While Tehran may be abiding by the nuclear requirements, the White House said, “the entire administration judge that Iran is unquestionably in default of the spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal.

*OOPS – $5B in Student Loan Debt May Be Wiped Away Over Flawed Paperwork

Thousands of people struggling to pay off their private student loan debt may get a reprieve, as at least $5 billion in debt is missing crucial paperwork to enforce payments. Creditors seeking to collect on past debts have reportedly hit a roadblock when trying to seek payment through the courts, with insufficient ownership records and flawed documentation, The New York Times reported Monday. The National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, one of the biggest owners of private student loan debt, has reportedly been unable to present legal paperwork showing it owns more than $5 billion in student loan debt. The result is that many debts simply get wiped out in court. Samantha Watson, a 33-year-old mother of three, was taken to court over $31,000 in student loans. But the judge erased her debt after finding that National Collegiate “failed to establish the chain of title” on the loans, according to the Times. Several other court cases in Texas, New Hampshire, and Ohio have been tossed due to missing or flawed paperwork.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Katie Holmes having brunch at Tavern on the Green in NYC with her sister, Tamera.    ***”Dancing With the Stars” hoofer Tony Dovolani celebrating his birthday seeing “Blue Man Group” at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.   ***Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp and Kevin Dillon enjoyed a “Platoon” reunion party at Depp’s Hollywood Hills home on Sunday to mark the film’s 30-year anniversary. The movie premiered on Dec. 24, 1986.   ***Denzel Washington shared a table with Barry Jenkins at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills.   ****Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson had dinner with Vince Vaughn at Salt in L.A.   ***Nancy Meyers was at Toscana in Brentwood. Dan Adlersat nearby. On a different day, Bob Daly and Jim Wiatt were there separately.   ***Attorney Howard Weitzman had dinner at Charcoal Venice.   ***Reese Witherspoon ate at Pizzana in L.A.   ***Norman Lear held court at The Palm in Beverly Hills.   ***John Mcllwee and Martha Henderson lunched at The Grill on the Alley.   ***Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner popped by Croft Alley in L.A.    ****Ed O’Neill checked out Holy Cow BBQ in Santa Monica.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The unheard story of David and Goliath |Malcolm Gladwell —–

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a shooting outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Two people were shot by a suspect who fled the scene by car before police arrived in an incident that “appears to be gang related,” Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD said. The shooting occurred at 8:10 p.m. Monday night near Van Ness Ave. and Lemon Grove Ave. around the block from the iconic Paramount Studios gates on Melrose Ave. Both victims — one a teenager shot in the arm and the other an adult male shot in the stomach — have been hospitalized and are currently in stable condition. The investigation is still ongoing, according to police. No further details were disclosed.  ***Former Paradigm communications boss Brad Turell has joined ICM Partners  as SVP Corporate Communications. It will bring him back in the agency fold and fill the spot to be vacated by ICM Partners Head of Communication Michelle Suess, who has overseen corporate communications for the agency for the past 11 years and said last week she is exiting. She will work closely with Turell through the transition.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: How to Triple Your Reading Speed in 20 Minutes (Tim Ferriss) —


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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Having a fierce sense of urgency, to obligation, is the start of a successful path to accelerated success. That’s the underlying theme of this video. Super Success is defined by those individuals who have a sense of responsibility to deliver, work hard and fierce, blaming no other but yourself, and owning up to your actions whether it be good or bad

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I’m not in the habit of recommending left-wing French intellectuals, but I’m beginning to think that Pierre Bourdieu is helpful reading in the age ofTrump. He was born in 1930, the son of a small-town postal worker. By the time he died in 2002, he had become perhaps the world’s most influential sociologist within the academy, and largely unknown outside of it. His great subject was the struggle for power in society, especially cultural and social power. We all possess, he argued, certain forms of social capital. A person might have academic capital (the right degrees from the right schools), linguistic capital (a facility with words), cultural capital (knowledge of cuisine or music or some such) or symbolic capital (awards or markers of prestige). These are all forms of wealth you bring to the social marketplace. In addition, and more important, we all possess and live within what Bourdieu called a habitus. A habitus is a body of conscious and tacit knowledge of how to travel through the world, which gives rise to mannerisms, tastes, opinions and conversational style. A habitus is an intuitive feel for the social game. It’s the sort of thing you get inculcated with unconsciously, by growing up in a certain sort of family or by sharing a sensibility with a certain group of friends. For example, in his surveys of French taste, Bourdieu found that manual laborers liked Strauss’s “The Blue Danube” but didn’t like Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” People who lived in academic communities, on the other hand, liked the latter but not the former.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Dowd: As a society, we have done millennials a disservice. An entire generation of young people in America came of age during a decade of sluggish economic growth, and as a result, many are skeptical of free enterprise and capitalism. A stunning 2016 Harvard University survey of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Millennial support for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary was proof that young people today aren’t enamored with capitalism. During the Obamayears, the 18-29 age group heard countless presidential speeches railing against the evils of “crony” capitalism. President Obama told impressionable young voters if only the rich paid more taxes, everyone would be better off. But Obama’s tax and spend policies produced a predictably stagnant economy that stifled economic opportunity for young people. The Obama agenda also attacked the notion of personal responsibility, killed on the altar of universal “rights” and the politics of victimhood. The Left preached that everyone has a “right” to free child care, free health care, a free college education and a roof over their head. And that the State will provide no matter what, so there’s no need to save, no need to work hard or pay your mortgage or student loans. This is also the first generation raised by “helicopter parents,” who did their part, however well-intentioned, to undermine personal responsibility. Too many of today’s parents do everything for their children and shield them from learning life’s hard lessons.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Bart: Hollywood is like a narcotic, as Ray Stark, the fabled producer, liked to put it — one that captures women power players as well as men. Amy Pascal, whose Sony executive career was abruptly terminated by the hacking scandals, this week has been aggressively unveiling an array of producing deals, reflecting her acknowledgement of Stark’s doctrine. “She’s a survivor — and more ambitious than ever, Tom Rothman told the New York TimesSherry Lansing, by contrast, firmly shut the door on movies when she quit Paramount in 2004 to move on to a formidable career in education and health. “I never defined myself by my job,” Lansing observed the other day. “When I decided it was time for my next chapter, I worked hard to prepare myself. It was like prepping for college — I started to take home books, not scripts, studying up on possible future areas of interest.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Miley Cyrus: No one’s ever died from weed, but no one’s ever smoked as much as I did.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by John Cage: I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Bella Thorne‘s spring fling with Scott Disick was anything but. During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Jenny McCarthy Show” Monday, the “Famously in Love” starlet addressed the nature of her relationship with the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” lothario. “I was never with him sexually,” Thorne, 19, told McCarthy, adding she never felt pressure from Disick’s extended family.   ***After splitting with her long-term partner Liev SchreiberNaomi Watts has sparked rumors that she is romancing actor Billy Crudup, her co-star on the Netflix drama “Gypsy.” Watts and Crudup, who have been filming the new psychosexual drama since late last year, were spotted holding hands in Tribeca in NYC over the weekend. They play husband and wife on the show. One witness said that he was eating at a cafe at lunchtime when “Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup walked in holding hands. We didn’t know they were a couple. Pretty cool seeing two big stars so into each other.” The witness said that a casually dressed Watts and Crudup, who wore a black hat, ate lunch together and “looked happy and were laughing a lot, then left again holding hands.”