LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

Obama Met by Riots While Visiting Greece

President Barack Obama’s visit to Greece on Tuesday was met by angry protesters held back by riot police firing tear gas. About 7,000 people marched through central Athens while Obama attended a banquet at the presidential mansion just a few miles away. Hooded protesters and members of the Communist Party held up signs reading “We don’t need protectors,” “Yankees go home” and “Unwanted,” while some demonstrators tried to break through police cordons to get to the U.S. embassy. The protest saw violent clashes, with some demonstrators throwing petrol bombs at police. While Obama met with Greek leaders to express support for the debt-stricken country, the protesters appeared to be angry about the timing of the visit. Obama, the first U.S. president to visit Athens since Bill Clinton in 1999, was in town just two days before the anniversary of a 1973 revolt that helped oust a military junta backed by the U.S.

Trump: I Didn’t Request Clearance for My Kids

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is not attempting to acquire “top level security clearance” for his children. “This was a typically false news story,” he wrote. Several reports over the last few days have claimed that Trump is seeking clearance for Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Trump Jr., who all plan to remain in New York during their father’s presidency. NBC News reported Tuesday evening that Trump’s team also requested top-secret security clearance for Jared Kushner, his son-in-law. Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump and publishes the New York Observer. Such clearance would allow Kushner to take part in the presidential daily briefing and would be unprecedented.

Google CEO: Fake News Could’ve Swung Election

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the scourge of fake news on the internet could have swung the presidential election in Donald Trump’s direction. “Look, it is important to remember this was a very close election and so, just for me, so looking at it scientifically, one in a 100 voters voting one way or the other swings the election either way,” Pichai said in an interview with the BBC, adding that Google is “doing better” to combat fake news sites on its search results. In recent days, the company has moved to prohibit fake-news sites from using Google’s platform for its ads.

WHO READS LBN? Harvard professor and PBS host Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Report: 3 NBA Teams Won’t Stay at Trump Hotels

At least three NBA teams will not be staying at hotels bearing President-elect Donald Trump’s name in New York and Chicago, according to an ESPN report. The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Dallas Mavericks are reportedly worried about the Trump association in particular. Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban was a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton during the campaign, as was Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry.

BYE – Twitter Suspends Alt-Right Accounts

Twitter has suspended a number of accounts associated with the alt-right movement, a group that supports white nationalism. Richard Spencer, who runs an alt-right think tank, had his account suspended, along with Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn, and John Rivers. Spencer’s think tank, the National Policy Institute @npiamerica, and his online magazine @radixjournal, were also suspended on the social-media platform. “This is corporate Stalinism,” Spencer said. “I am alive physically but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt-right,” he continued on a YouTube video. “There is a great purge going on and they are purging people based on their views.”


Putin Withdraws Russia From International Criminal Court

President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that  Russia will pull out of the International Criminal Court. The body, which exists to try war crimes, had issued a report calling Russia’s annexation of Crimea an “international military conflict.” The resolution condemned Russia’s “temporary occupation of Crimea,” in addition to noting human-rights abuses, including discrimination against Crimeans. Putin has ordered the Russian foreign ministry to inform the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it is no longer a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC. In addition to the Crimean annexation, a withdrawal would release Russia from international obligations in Syria, where the U.K.—among others—has requested a probe of alleged Russian war crimes during its bombing campaign in Aleppo.

Analysts: Some U.S. Phones Secretly Send Data to China

Some Android smartphones in the U.S. have a secret backdoor that sends data, including text messages, to China every 72 hours, according to a new report in The New York Times. Security contractors have reportedly found pre-installed software in some of the devices. The software allegedly monitors users’ travels and text messages. Authorities say it is unclear whether Chinese officials are using the stolen data for advertising or for more nefarious intelligence purposes. Those most vulnerable to the affected phones are international customers and customers with prepaid phones. Shanghai Adups Technology Co., the Chinese firm that wrote the software, says its code runs on more than 700 million phones and other smart devices.


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Prince’s Label Sues Jay Z

The late, great Prince, who died on April 21 of this year, was always fiercely protective of his music. And now his label is carrying the torch after his death. TMZ reports that Prince’s record label, NPG Records, has filed suit against Jay Z’s Roc Nation for allegedly “overstepping an agreement Prince signed with them before his death.” Prince’s label claims the late artist had struck a deal for Jay Z and Roc Nation’s Tidal service to stream Prince’s last album he released before his death, Hit N Run: Phase One, but then Tidal began streaming most of Prince’s full catalog without authorization. It’s now reportedly suing Roc Nation for copyright infringement as well as attempting to block the steaming of Prince’s music—save that one album.


There was still plenty of anger between Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1971 — as Linda McCartney found out when she reached out to her husband’s old bandmate! RR Auctions has put up a fascinating artifact of the Beatles’ bitter split, with a typed and hand-annotated letter in which John blasted his ex-partner’s wife for reaching out to him.


Publishing genius Judith Regan has done it again. This holiday season offers up the ultimate gift for fans of the 1972 classic The Godfather — as legendary director Francis Ford Coppola reveals how a cinematic masterpiece came together. “When I realized that I was actually going to make a movie out of The Godfather,” said Coppola, “I sat down and began to read the book again, very carefully, my pencil poised.” Now those writings — and many more secrets behind the legendary classic — are seen for the first time in The Godfather Notebook. It’s a publication packed full of Coppola’s original notes on the novel by Mario Puzo, plus script pages that show the evolution of the director’s epic vision of a new kind of gangster film. The Godfather Notebook is a reproduction of a genuine artifact from the movie — reproducing the pages that Coppola carried with him as he met the major talents who’d come together to make The Godfather one of the most acclaimed films of the 20th century.


If there is one thing decades of studies with tens of thousands of heart disease patients have revealed, it is that lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk of heart attacks and deaths. Now, with new drugs on the market that can plunge cholesterol levels lower than ever thought possible, researchers are eagerly waiting for an answer to the next question: Is there a limit to the benefits in high-risk patients? After a certain point, do benefits level off or even reverse? A new study suggests there is no leveling off. But that good news comes in the context of unexpected problems with the new drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors. On Nov. 1, Pfizer, one of three companies developing such drugs, announced that it was stopping the project after spending years and huge sums on the drug’s development and after clinical trials with 27,000 patients were well underway. Patients developed antibodies to the drug, which canceled its effects. And while two other PCSK9 inhibitors approved for sale last year do not have such a problem, they have another issue. With their high price — Amgen’s list price for its drug is $14,000 a year — insurers are refusing to pay for them.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” –

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Paula Abdul at Whiskey Blue in NYC.   ***Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Billy Idol and Pharrellseeing Chris Cornell’s Temple of the Dog at LA’s Forum and all hanging at the Forum Club.   ***Alan Dershowitz at Monica Piper’s “Not That Jewish”.   ***Rochelle’s creative director Brett David dancing shirtless at the hot spot’s third-anniversary bash.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:    ***Year three of the critically acclaimed, revealing TV interview show “Without Notes” got a start last night with the taping of the first show schedule for January 2017. Produced and directed by TV wunderkind Adam Saada, it is feature a three (3) part discussion with “Isabella” the world most famous dominatrix.

*LBN-R.I.P: Anthony Brooklier, a prominent and well-liked Los Angeles lawyer whose clients included “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss and his own mob-boss father, has died at age 70. LA County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz says Brooklier died at his home in Century City on Tuesday. Dietz could not immediately give the cause of death.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Dear President-elect Trump: Well, you won. You were not my choice, but you’re soon going to be my president. I have no intention of forgetting or forgiving the abhorrent things you said and did during the campaign. They hurt real people, debased our political process and erased social norms vital for keeping our diverse society together. I am not done resisting all that just because you won. However, I’m not going to spend every day hoping you fail. Too much is at stake. Since you’re clearly rethinking some of your extreme campaign promises, the right response for me is principled engagement. So let’s start now: Please revisit your claim that climate change is a hoax. Nothing would get the attention of your opponents more than if you declared your intent to take a fresh look at the climate issue. It would force many of them to give you a second look — and virtually none of your supporters would care, because few voted for you on this issue and they all know that their kids understand the climate is changing and would be heartened if you did, too. Speaking of kids, Mr. Trump, yours run your golf course business. Surely they’ve mentioned that Doral will be your first course threatened by global warming, because parts of Miami are already flooding due to sea-level rise from melting ice. According to The Real Deal, which covers South Florida real estate news, “Parts of Miami Beach could be inundated with floodwaters in as little as 15 years.” That would make your oceanside courses into ocean-floor courses.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: I love college football and my alma mater, the University of Texas. Over the last dozen years, I’ve watched them win a national championship inarguably the most thrilling game in the history of college football and then witness their painful march into mediocrity.  In 2006, head coach Mack Brown had it all going. He rebuilt a brand, won a national championship, and a created a machine. He was a firm believer in senior leadership and with few exceptions, a senior was going to start each game. It was fine when the NFL was drafting droves of Longhorns and their second string could beat most team’s starters. But then Mack got lazy on the recruiting trail and the roster wasn’t as deep with NFL prospects. He was still starting seniors when more talented underclassmen should’ve been there. By the time he was fired, the cupboard was bare and what was left its place was a team full of entitlement and hubris. How they slid into that morass is a metaphor for what happened in this election.  Democrats were so busy reveling in the 2008 Obama landslide they got lazy in 2010 and allowed the Koch Brothers to implement their long game and gerrymander districts in key states like Virginia, NC, Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin. That set the stage for artificial control of the state houses now enjoyed by Republicans, followed by similar results in the US House of Representatives.


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