LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

*Media Expert: 81% of Americans Say Trump Must Not Stop Mueller Probe
A full 81 percent of Americans do not want President Trump to halt or otherwise interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, according to media expert and author Michael Levine(  Most Americans surveyed—56 percent—also said they believe Mueller’s investigation will be impartial. That view, according to Levine, runs across partisan lines. Notably, Trump’s approval rating is at the lowest it has been measured by CBS News—at 36 percent. Fifty-seven percent say they now disapprove of the job he’s doing.

*Apple Hired NSA, FBI Veterans to Stop Leaks
Apple hired National Security Administration, FBI, Secret Service and military veterans to investigate and prevent the leaking of confidential product information, according to a leaked recording obtained by The Outline. The security team monitors factory employees, investigates leaks from the Apple campus and helps to create a culture of secrecy within the company. Factory employees are screened in ways comparable to that of the TSA, according to The Outline’s report. The strategy was allegedly discussed in an internal presentation to employees.
*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 31 Professors from Duke University read LBN daily?

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A survey released Tuesday by found that 24% don’t have even a single dollar saved for an emergency. And that’s just one of many surveys showing how little we have saved: A survey released in January by Bankrate found that nearly 60% of Americans wouldn’t have enough savings to pay for a $500 expense if it came up unexpectedly. What’s more, more than one in five say they’d slap down their credit card to pay that expense and more than one in would mooch off family to get the cash. Experts recommend that Americans have a least three to six months of income in the bank to pay for unexpected emergencies.
*Hidden Trove of Suspected Nazi Artifacts Found in Argentina

Authorities in Argentina believe they have found the largest collection of Nazi artifacts in the nation’s history, inside a hidden room in a house near Buenos Aires. The 75 pieces include a macabre medical device used to measure head size, magnifying glasses inside boxes with swastikas, a large statue of the Nazi Eagle above a swastika, a Nazi hourglass, a box of harmonicas, and a bust relief of Adolf Hitler. Authorities believe the objects belonged to high-ranking Nazis during World War II, after which Argentina became known as a refuge for fleeing war criminals. “Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrichsaid. She noted that some of the objects were with old photographs. “This is a way to commercialize them, showing that they were used by the horror, by the Fuhrer. There are photos of him with the objects.”

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***White House chief strategistSteve Bannon knows why spokesman Sean Spicer is holding off-camera press briefings — “Sean got fatter.” Bannon responded to a question from the Atlantic on Monday on why the White House has been downgrading the briefings to gaggles and then to off-camera events. “Sean got fatter,” he wrote in a text message.   ***A retired veteran editor at the Los Angeles Times who keeps track of these things says that Monday’s print edition of the Times “matches the known all-time low” page count: 32 pages all told. That’s not good. Not too many years ago, the A section alone could be that many pages on a good day. This is a sign, on top of last week’s buyout offer to newsroom employees with more than 15 years at the paper, that times are still tough and perhaps getting tougher at the LA Times.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Gold is so rare that the world pours more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Kevin’s Impressions – Impersonations —Kevin Spacey’s Impressions or impersonations of 8 famous people —
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***British singer Adele met with London’s fire department this week, following the devastating blaze at the 24-story Grenfell Tower, which killed 79 people on June 14. On Tuesday, the department posted the pictures on Twitter, showing the popular musician surrounded by the emergency responders. She reportedly shared a cup of tea with the firefighters on Monday and thanked them for their bravery. The London Fire Brigade tweeted: “We are so humbled by everyone’s support.”   ***Bill and Hillary Clinton at Apple Seeds in Chelsea in NYC for their grandson’s 1st birthday.   ***Rudy Giuliani at the Old Homestead Steakhouse in NYC for son Andrew’s bachelor party dinner, where the proud dad picked up a five-figure tab.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Carla Fendi, one of the founding sisters of the global Fendi fashion house, died on Monday following a long illness. She was 79 years old. The Rome-based fashion house is known for its luxury furs and was first opened in 1964. The Fendi fashion house confirmed Fendi’s death, expressing pain and gratitude for Fendi’s contributions. Each of the five Fendi sisters had a role in the company—Carla Fendi served as Fendi president and honorary president until her death.   ***Bill Dana, a comedian and comedy writer whose most famous character, the bumbling, English-mangling José Jiménez, provoked anger as well as laughter, died on Thursday at his home in Nashville. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his friend Jenni Matz, who is working on a documentary about him.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: George Carlin: The Islamic Extremists Will Win —–

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: I will be in New York next week for an event benefiting the organization of my disease,, on 6/22 from 6-9pm. There will be beautiful art and other items for auction. It promises to be a meaningful, inspirational gathering. Proceeds will help fund much needed ongoing research for a cure, including a new clinical trial. Please come if you can and please share with those who may be interested. —– Robert G. Zuckerman.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I was the op-ed editor at The Wall Street Journal at the peak of the Whitewater scandal. We ran a series of investigative pieces “raising serious questions” (as we say in the scandal business) about the nefarious things the Clintons were thought to have done back in Arkansas. Now I confess I couldn’t follow all the actual allegations made in those essays. They were six jungles deep in the weeds. But I do remember the intense atmosphere that the scandal created. A series of bombshell revelations came out in the media, which seemed monumental at the time. A special prosecutor was appointed and indictments were expected. Speculation became the national sport. In retrospect Whitewater seems overblown. And yet it has to be confessed that, at least so far, the Whitewater scandal was far more substantive than the Russia-collusion scandal now gripping Washington. There may be a giant revelation still to come. But as the Trump-Russia story has evolved, it is striking how little evidence there is that any underlying crime occurred — that there was any actual collusion between the Donald Trumpcampaign and the Russians. Everything seems to be leaking out of this administration, but so far the leaks about actual collusion are meager.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jeff Wald (Veteran personal manager): History can repeat itself. Years ago a young man name Jeff Zucker managed to take  over NBC, then the number one network, and in the space of one year it was the fourth ranked network. In the process he almost destroyed the Tonight Show, then the number one late night show. The “repeat” part of the story is Andy Lack being on the wrong side of a trend. Fox News is on a downward spiral losing most of the people who taught others to accept fake news as truth. He has now brought in Megyn Kelly who thinks it is okay to give airtime to Alex Jones, one of the most repugnant of the alt right bullshitters who claims that Sandy a Hook was fake and played by actors. Let’s not forget “pizza gate” with Hilary Clinton running a child porno ring in a pizza parlor. Andy Lack is on the wrong side of history going to the right as the right is failing thanks to Trump, whose Game of Thrones like cabinet give fealty to the King, I mean President. Andy Lack must leave before NBC news loses all credibility.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Hollywood star Halle Berry says social media often frustrates her because she ends up being romantically linked to random men. The Oscar-winning actress, talking at Cannes Lions about connecting with fans on social media, explained, “There are some things that can kill a brand, things that can happen today because of social media. Everyone is allowed to have an opinion, but that power can be misused. “If I am having dinner with a friend, and a man comes up and asks to take a picture, most times I will always say, ‘Of course!’…But then that person posts the picture on the social media as if I am dating that person, and suddenly I am dating, like, 100 people. It seems silly…but I think that is frustrating at social media.”