LBN – Special Report – Wednesday March 1, 2017

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Trump, in Optimistic Address, Asks Congress to End ‘Trivial Fights’:

President Trump, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, defended his tumultuous presidency on Tuesday and said he was eager to reach across party lines and put aside “trivial fights” to help ordinary Americans. He called on Congress to work with him on overhauling health care, changing the tax code and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and military. But he raised new questions about his policy priorities and how he plans to achieve them, especially on immigration. Only hours before his address, Mr. Trump had broken from his tough immigration stance in remarks at the White House, suggesting that legal status be granted to millions of undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. Many of Mr. Trump’s core supporters had denounced that approach as “amnesty” during the campaign.

EMOTIONAL – Trump Pays Tribute to Slain Navy SEAL’s Wife:

Carryn Owens, the wife of the Navy SEAL killed in a counterterrorism raid in Yemen authorized by President Trump, appeared as a special guest during Trump’s congressional address Tuesday night. The president called attention to her presence as he spoke about the U.S. fight against terrorism, saying that William “Ryan” Owens “died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation.” Owens received a prolonged standing ovation from the room, prompting Trump to remark that her husband is likely happy from the heavens to see such a tribute being paid to his life. Owens was killed in a Jan. 29 raid on an al Qaeda stronghold on the Arabian Peninsula—a Trump-ordered operation that many described as having failed. Bill Owens, the father of the late Navy SEAL, refused to meet with Trump last week and demanded an investigation into the raid.

Trump Condemns Anti-Jewish Threats in Address:

In a speech delivered to Congress on Tuesday night, PresidentTrump opened by condemning the waves of threats against Jewish community centers across the United States and a recent shooting in Kansas that targeted and killed an Indian man. “Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms,” Trump said. “Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty, and justice, and an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. and we will use it to light up the world.” Trump hadn’t commented extensively on the shooting previously and, earlier in the day Tuesday, reportedly suggested that the threats against Jewish communities may have been “false flags” planted by opponents hoping to make him look bad.

Oprah Rethinks Presidential Run in Wake of Trump:

Talk-show host and national darling Oprah Winfrey says she’s reconsidering the possibility of a presidential run in the wake ofPresident Trump’s election to the public office. Winfrey made the comments during an interview with Bloomberg Media’sDavid Rubenstein. “Have you ever thought that, given the popularity you have—we haven’t broken the glass ceiling yet for women—that you could actually run for president and actually be elected?” he asked. Before, she said, she’d “never considered the question, even a possibility.” But now, after seeing Trump win, “I just thought, ‘Oh… oh?’” Rubenstein said, “Because, it’s clear you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States.” She responded: “That’s what I thought. I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough’… And now I’m thinking—Oh.”

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick: I Need to Grow Up:

Travis Kalanick, the embattled CEO of Uber, apologized profusely Tuesday night after a video emerged of him arguing with a driver over the company’s declining fare rates. “To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement,” he said. “It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.” The driver, Fawzi Kamel, 37, leaked the footage to Bloomberg News to highlight the plight of Uber drivers and show the CEO’s careless attitude toward their struggles. When a companion of Kalanick notes that Uber has had a rough year, the CEO cavalierly replied, “That’s kind of how I roll. I make sure every year is a hard year. If it’s easy I’m not pushing hard enough.” When Kamel enters the discussion, he tells the CEO that after the “black car” service-rate cuts, “people are not trusting you anymore… I lost $97,000 because of you. I’m bankrupt because of you.” Kalanick repeatedly responded with the retort of “Bullshit,” eventually telling the driver: “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!” Kalanick also been under fire for his ties to the Trump administration, the company’s treatment of female engineers, and controversial service during a taxi boycott during the White House travel-ban protests.


Obamas Agree to $60M Penguin Random House Deal:

Two memoirs by Barack and Michelle Obama have been nabbed by Penguin Random House for a reported record sum of at least $60 million. “The company has acquired world publication rights for two books, to be written by President and Mrs. Obama, respectively,” the publisher said. CEO Markus Dohle added, “With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same.” The former president and first lady are writing separate books but are jointly selling the global rights to their products. Major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins were in the running. Historically, a $60 million sum far outpaces all other deals offered to former presidents. Bill Clinton was paid $15 million for his post-White House memoir, and George W. Bush received $10 million for his.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Dancing With the Stars season 24 is set to kick off on March 20, and ABC has finally unveiled the official line-up of celebrities set to compete. The season 24 cast of celeb contestants and their professional partners were announced live on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning. Some of the most notable names? The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, beloved Olympians Simone Biles and Nancy Kerrigan, and Glee star Heather Morris, who was once a back-up dancer for Beyoncé.


Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway couldn’t stop fighting before Oscars:

Hollywood insiders say that feuding between Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway may have helped bungle the Best Picture presentation at the Oscars well before the awards showeven started. The “Bonnie and Clyde” stars already had a beef ahead of the rehearsals, leading up to the epic Sunday snafu. A source says that Beatty was not pleased to be presenting with Dunaway in the first place, and that “he refused to let his rehearsal be filmed, which they needed to block out the entire show properly.” The source said that Beatty took off, “leaving Dunaway to do the entire rehearsal herself . . . He left once he was told it was to be televised for studio blocking and other telecast needs.” During the rehearsals, both Dunaway and Beatty wanted to announce the winner and bickered over it, the source said.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Have no fear, Lady Gaga is here.Beyoncé‘s doctors ordered that the singer skip Coachella due to her pregnancy, but Lady Gaga is saving the day, headlining the festival on Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, April 22 in Indio, California. When fans found out that Beyoncé would no longer be performing at the festival, they went as far as to ask for Coachella ticket refunds.   ***Lance Bass is recovering after an emergency appendectomy. “Well this day took a turn,” Bass, 37, wrote on Instagram from a hospital bed Sunday. “I woke up with the worst stomach pains. A few hours later, I’m one appendix lighter! Oscar viewing party in my room!

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Businessman and self-help-book author Tony Robbins is back with a new book after a five-year hiatus. At a party to celebrate his new tome, “Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook,” he said. “There is so much volatility and fear. There is going to be a crash but we all need to prepare for it.”

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Life After Brady? The NewEngland Patriots are not expected to trade highly coveted backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, ESPN reported Wednesday morning, keeping a succession plan to Tom Bradyintact even as the franchise pillar followed his fifth Super Bowl title last month by clearly expressing he has no plans to retire. Garoppolo, 25, a former second-round pick who went 2-0 in relief of Brady in the early weeks of the 2016 season, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Patriots would have to shell out to keep Garoppolo for 2018 and beyond — the franchise tag is a possible tool — but would have security at the sport’s most important position.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:    ***The long and award-winning Emmis era at Los Angeles Magazine came to a crashing end Tuesday when the magazine was sold to a publisher of magazines in Detroit. Editor-in-chief Mary Melton announced in a series of heartfelt tweets beginning just before 5 p.m. that this was her last day at Los Angeles after 16 years. Later in the evening, editor-at-large Amy Wallace tweeted that this was her last day as well. Given their departures, I would expect to see more top staffers leaving.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***“Not That Jewish,” the new comedy written by and starring Monica Piper, got a little more Jewish with Fran Drescher in the audience on Saturday in NYC.   ***Dennis Rodman dining on lobster bisque and scallops at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel, in Livingston, NJ.   ***Former local newscaster Paul Moyer having lunch at Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.

Kirkus Review Praises Jesus Christ, Money Master by W. Neil Gallagher:

The Kirkus Review has regarded W. Neil Gallagher’s book, Jesus Christ, Money Master as “an edifying manual for Christian readers looking to recalibrate their relationship to dollars and cents.”  Gallagher, CEO and President of Gallagher Financial Group, incorporated the morals and sayings of Jesus Christ in order to give advice on money management. In his book, Gallagher repeats the warnings of Jesus about temptations of money and the challenges that wealth can bring to virtue. According to the Kirkus Review, Gallagher notes that Jesus enthusiastically extolled the value of work as a divine gift that gives purpose and fortifies character. Gallagher provides readers with workbooks, complete with discussion questions, prayers, and self-reflection exercises. Although the book is spiritual in nature, many of the lessons are common sense, and relevant for anyone looking to take control of their finances and learn to function as employees, self-employed workers, or bosses.

Acclaimed CPA, Phil Liberatore, Discusses the Internal Revenue Service’s Intensifying Battle This Tax Season:

Phil Liberatore discusses why The Internal Revenue Service’s battle against fraud and identity theft is intensifying in 2017, as tax-filing season opens and the most needy taxpayers are getting caught in the middle. “During recent years, it is quite disheartening to know, criminals now have the skills and capacity to impact our entire system and control how Internal Revenue Service issues refunds,” says Liberatore. The IRS was barred from issuing refunds before February 15, 2017 on any returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. Congress mandated the delay to provide the IRS additional time to review returns and identify potential fraudulent claims before any refunds are issued. According to Liberatore, taxpayers who take advantage of Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, will likely have to wait even longer to receive their refunds. According to the IRS, refunds will be further delayed until the week of February 27th, due to the President’s Day holiday and weekend considerations.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT:  Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and is the author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam:  Zuhdi Jasser – American Islamic Forum for Democracy

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Marion Javits, the widow of Sen. Jacob Javits and a fixture of the city’s arts and charity scene and actress who famously had an affair with Geraldo Rivera, was found dead in her Upper East Side N.Y.C. apartment early Tuesday morning, police sources said. She was 92.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Carole Bayer Sager: As a major critic of Trump, I must give him credit on his speech last night regardless of the fact he clearly didn’t write it. (too many words he’s never used!) Let’s see if he can stay in the character of the man who gave last night’s speech or if he reverts to the Trump we know all too well.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: It’s too bad Democrats wouldn’t enlist a foreigner to deliver their rebuttal to President Trump’s address to Congress. They could have just replayed the speech given 11 days earlier by Tony Blair, the former British prime minister. It was a passionate appeal to hiscountry to reject its version of Trumpism. Blair said the U.K. must reconsider Brexit, the narrowly won 2016 vote to withdraw from the European Union. It is a speech worth reading because the parallels between Brexit and Trumpism are profound. At their core, both seek to undermine the big systems that have stabilized the globe and spread prosperity, security, rule of law, democracy and openness after two world wars: the European Union, the global trading system, Nafta, NATO, the United Nations and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Brexit and Trumpism argue for abandoning or diminishing all of these in favor of an economic nationalism that will — supposedly painlessly — make Britain and America better off.


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