LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

*Biden: I Would Have Been the Best POTUS

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he intended to enter the 2016 presidential race but his son’s death changed his plans. “It’s an awful thing to say—I think I would have been the best president” out of the current contenders, he told Good Morning America. When Biden’s son Beau died last May after a long battle with brain cancer, the VP decided against a run and has said it was the right choice for his family. “No one should ever seek the presidency unless they’re able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that,” he said. “And, Beau was my soul. I just wasn’t ready to be able to do that. But, so, my one regret is my Beau’s not here. I don’t have any other regrets.”

*ISIS Launches Mobile App for Children

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has launched an Android app for children, intended to teach the Arabic alphabet and vocabulary words—with jihadi themes and illustrations. The program has games complete with tanks, guns, and rockets, combining military terminology with basic words. Though it’s not the terror group’s first mobile app, it is the first of the technology to be marketed for young children.

*Trump Won’t Release Tax Returns

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says he has no plans to release his tax returns before the general election. He said Tuesday: “There’s nothing to learn from them.” For months, the reality-TV personality has told the public that he’s undergoing an audit and cannot release the documents; he’s also said he doesn’t think voters are even interested in the documents. In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump also said for the first time that he won’t take public funds for his campaign. “I don’t like the idea of taking taxpayer money to run a campaign,” he said. “I think it’s inappropriate.”

*ISIS Car Bomb Kills 60+ in Baghdad

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack in a predominantly Shiite Baghdad neighborhood that killed at least 64 people. Police say the bomb—among the deadliest in recent history in the Iraqi capital—was detonated in a parked car at a crowded outdoor marketplace. ISIS said in a Twitter post that it had targeted Shiite militia in the attack.

*LBN-SEE IT: Joe Allen, the proprietor of a small restaurant empire on West 46th Street, sitting at his regular spot at the end of the bar at his namesake restaurant.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a $6.3 billion proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot, dashing another huge deal and handing the Obama administration one more antitrust victory. The decision is a setback for the beleaguered retailers, which have each endured years of slumping sales and increased competition from Amazon and other rivals. The Federal Trade Commission had sued the two companies late last year, arguing that combining them would effectively create just one dominant retailer focused on pens, paper clips and Post-it notes.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***”Vanderpump Rules” star Scheana Shayat Foxwoods Resort Casino celebrating her 31st birthday with husband Mike and co-stars Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz and Kristen Doute.   ***Joe Biden, Barbara Walters, Clive Davis and Ralph Lauren at the Polo Bar in NYC.   ***Mariano Rivera with his family at Patsy’s Pizzeria in New Rochelle on Mother’s Day.    ***Publishing icon Judith Regan and media expert and author Michael Levine having dinner at Restaurant Omen in downtown NYC last week.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Gene Simmons has apologized for saying that Prince’s death was “a choice” due to his alleged addiction to painkillers. In a note on Twitter, the outspoken Kiss member wrote, “I just got such shit from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene.”



1.Several factors increase the risk of cancer (officially known as malignant neoplasm), including pollutants, tobacco use, certain infections, radiation, obesity, and lack of physical exercise.

2. An estimated 5 to 10% of cancers are entirely hereditary. Most cancers develop through a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

3. Smoking causes an estimated 90% of lung cancer. Tobacco has killed 50 million people in the last decade. If trends continue, a billion people will die from tobacco use and exposure this century, which equates to one person every six seconds.

4. Those who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to develop colon cancer than those who sleep more.

5. Cancer has two main characteristics: abnormal cell growth and the ability to spread to other parts of the body (metastasis).

6. In 2008, there were an estimated 12,667,500 new cases of cancer worldwide. Eastern Asia had the most new cases (3,720,000) and Micronesia the fewest (700). North America had approximately 1,603,900 new cases.

7. One in eight deaths in the world are due to cancer. Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

8. Cancer is the leading cause of death in developed countries and the second leading cause of death in developing countries, after heart disease. Globally, heart disease is the number one killer.

9. In 2008, 7.6 million people died of cancer globally, which equates to 21,000 cancer deaths a day. By 2030, 21.4 million new cancer cases are expected to occur globally with 13.2 million cancer deaths.

10. In 2006, a virus called xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) was discovered in prostate cells, leading scientists to believe the virus may play a role in causing aggressive prostate cancer.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Friedman: O.K., it’s easy to pick on Donald Trump’s foreign policy. But just because he recently referred to the attack on the World Trade Center as happening on “7/11” — which is a convenience store — instead of 9/11, and just because he claimed that “I know Russia well” because he held a “major event in Russia two or three years ago — [the] Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big, incredible event” — doesn’t make him unqualified. I’m sure you can learn a lot schmoozing with Miss Argentina. You can also learn a lot eating at the International House of Pancakes. I never fully understood Arab politics until I ate hummus — or was it Hamas? And, by the way, just because Trump’s big foreign policy speech was salted with falsehoods — like “ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libyan oil” — it doesn’t make him unqualified. The New York Times Magazine just profiled one of the president’s deputy national security advisers, Ben Rhodes, reporting how he and his aides boasted of using social media, what the writer called a “largely manufactured” narrative, and a pliant press to, in essence, dupe the country into supporting the Iran nuclear deal. The Donald is not the only one given to knuckleheaded bluster and misrepresentation on foreign policy.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Edsall: No one is more perplexed by Donald Trump than the leaders of the Republican Party. On May 5, after Trump effectively clinched the Republican nomination, Paul Ryan famously asked: Does he share our values and our principles on limited government, the proper role of the executive, adherence to the Constitution? As the speaker of the Republican-dominated House, Ryan could have posed a harder question: Do Republican voters “share our values and our principles”? The answer to this question, based at least on the 10.7 million votes cast for Trump in Republican primaries and caucuses so far, is “no.” But that’s not all. There is also strong evidence that most traditional public opinion surveys inadvertently hide a segment of Trump’s supporters. Many voters are reluctant to admit to a live interviewer that they back a candidate who has adopted such divisive positions.

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Heather Locklear can’t get enough of her ex-husband Tommy Lee. On Tuesday, Locklear wished Lee a happy 30th wedding anniversary on Instagram by posting a sultry tongue-kissing photo. “Happy 30 years baby,” she captioned the snapshot. The actress also posted a black and white photo from their wedding day, where the couple is surrounded by his Mötley Crüe buddies.   ***Bristol Palin and ex-fiancé Dakota Meyer are finally playing nice. The 25-year-old daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palinhas agreed to change her 4-month-old daughter’s last name from Palin to Meyer. According to People, little Sailor Grace Palin’s birth certificate will now read Sailor Grace Palin Meyer.


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