LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

*DEAD – Steve Scalise Shooting Suspect Identified as 66-Year-Old Illinois Man; Shot and Killed by Authorities:

Authorities have identified the suspect in the Wednesday morning shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old from Belleville, Illinois, who was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Alexandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business but his license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, according to state records obtained by the Washington Post reported. The paper also reported that Hodgkinson was charged with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle in April 2006 in St. Clair County, Illinois. Those charges were subsequently dismissed. Belleville is suspected of opening fire with a rifle on a group of Republicans early Wednesday morning during a practice session in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, for the GOP congressional baseball team.
*Rep. Mo Brooks Gives Harrowing Account of Congressional Shooting

Shortly after five people were shot, including Majority WhipSteve Scalise, during a GOP congressional-league baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, Rep.Mo Brooks called CNN to give a harrowing account of the attack. The Alabama Republican recounted standing on-deck to hit when he heard shots break out and hearing Scalise scream that he’d been shot. Brooks said he’d hit the ground as the semi-automatic rifle continued firing, and when he heard a break in shots, he made a run for a plastic-wrapped batting cage and then to the first-base dugout to seek shelter. One staffer, whose name Brooks said he could not recall, was shot in the leg and the congressman said he took off his belt to apply a tourniquet above the wound. Brooks recalled the shooter eventually being “taken down” by congressional security or police, and then everyone running over to a wounded Scalise—now in right field—to administer aid as the Louisiana representative had been “shot in the hip.” Brooks recounted: “[Scalise] was not able to move on his own power. He was dragging his body from the second-base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on… There was a blood trail about 10-to-15 yards long from where he was shot and crawled into right field.

*ISIS Captures Tora Bora, Once Bin Laden’s Afghan Fortress: 
Tora Bora, the mountain redoubt that was once Osama bin Laden’s fortress, fell to the Islamic State early Wednesday, handing the extremists a significant strategic and symbolic victory, according to Afghan officials and local elders and residents. Taliban fighters who had previously controlled the extensive cave and tunnel complex fled overnight after a determined, weeklong assault by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, according to villagers fleeing the area on Wednesday. Hazrat Ali, a member of Parliament and a prominent warlord from the area who helped the Americans capture Tora Bora from Al Qaeda in 2001, said that the offensive was prompted by the American decision to drop the so-called mother of all bombs on an Islamic State network of tunnels in Achin District in April. The 20,000-pound bomb was thought to be the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed.


·  It takes approximately six hours after drinking for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system with a BAC level of .08 g/dL.
·  A driver with a BAC of .08 g/dL is 11 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol.
·  Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3am involve alcohol. Additionally, there are spikes in DUIs at 7:00 p.m. and 3:00pm, which are the end of happy hour and lunch time, respectively.
·  Nearly 75% of drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions are not wearing their safety belts.
·  Beer is the most common type of alcoholic beverage involved in both DUI arrests and fatal crashes. It is also the drink of choice in most cases of binge drinking and underage drinking
·  Drugs other than alcohol (such as marijuana and cocaine) are involved in approximately 18% of fatal motor vehicle collisions and have most often been used in combination with alcohol.

·  Consuming just 3-4 beers for 170-pound male is enough to make him too drunk to drive. For a woman of average size, it may just take 1 to 3.
·  While over 80% of American drivers have heard of the term BAC (blood alcohol content), only 27% of drivers can correctly identify the legal BAC limit for their state.
·  The country with the highest rate of drunk driving deaths is South Africa. Nearly 6 out of every 10 fatalities (58 percent) on South Africa’s roads are due to alcohol. By comparison, in the United States, 31 percent of all road deaths are linked to alcohol.
·  Approximately, 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
·  Drunk driving deaths and damages cost about $52 billion per year in the United States
·  In 2013, 28.7 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol. This is more than the entire population of Texas.
·  In the United States, drunk driving deaths have been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Tom Brokaw is back. Discovery honcho Henry Schleiff has greenlighted a show tentatively titled “Freedom of the Press” for the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor, an insider exclusively tells us. The show will feature “in-depth, one-on-one interviews” that will “reveal the essential role investigative journalism plays in American life today,” said the source. “Each episode will focus on two to three journalists.”

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Anita Pallenberg, the actress/model who was a muse to the Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 73. Born in German-occupied Rome in 1944, Pallenberg famously left troubled Stones founding guitarist Brian Jones for Keith Richards, and the pair went on to have three children together during years of alleged heavy drug use. She also appeared with Mick Jagger in the film Performance and contributed backup vocals on “Sympathy for the Devil.”


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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Some stories have to be experienced to fully grasp — the Korea crisis is one of them. I arrived in Seoul on the evening of May 28. As I was dressing for breakfast the next morning, I was jarred by a news alert ringing on my phone: North Korea had just fired a short-range ballistic missile that had landed in the sea off its east coast. I waited for the sirens to tell us to go to the hotel shelter, as happened when I was in Israel during a Hamas rocket attack. But there were no sirens. Nothing. The breakfast buffet was packed. The mood was: Another North Korean missile test? Oh, pay no attention to our crazy cousins. Could you pass the kimchi, please? I was immediately reminded of my favorite quote from when I lived in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, where people also became inured to the constant threat of violence. It was from a Beirut hostess who asked her dinner guests, “Would you like to eat now or wait for the cease-fire?” A few hours after the missile test, two U.S. B-1B Lancer strategic bombers out of Guam flew right up to the North’s border on what North Korea called “a nuclear bomb dropping drill.” No matter. The South Korean stock market didn’t flinch.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (World renown security expert): The Dignitary Protection team of the Capital Police response was excellent.  From the start of the attack to the response was only 3minutes.  That fast response stopped a  massacre from happening.  Dignitary Protection Units go through a total different training than the Police Academy.  It was the Officers specialized training that stopped this attack.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rachel Maddow: We have a mantra when it comes to this administration: “Don’t pay attention to what they say, focus on what they do.” And that is very helpful, because it’s easier to cover a fast-moving story when you’re not distracted by whatever the White House denials are. It’s fascinating that H.R. McMaster and Dina Powell and Rex Tillerson, these very impressive people, all came out and denied that the president gave the Russians secret intelligence in the Oval Office. But, then, the next morning the president was like, “Yeah, I did tell the Russians!” So that’s a sign to not get too hung up on what the White House is saying at any moment, because even their most credible people are being put forward to lie, bluntly, regularly . . . and it’s O.K.!

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Erica Rhodes (Comedian): LA is losing its mind: Thrift stores are more expensive than normal stores, grocery stores are more expensive than restaurants, and juice is more expensive than booze. I guess I’ll have to shop at Urban Outfitters, eat out, and become an alcoholic in order to save money.


Sarah Partridge —– —— Jazz Vocalist Sarah Partridge debuts songs from her new album, “Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian”.


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