LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trump Tax Reporter, David Cay Johnston: I’m Getting Threats:

David Cay Johnston, who on Tuesday night reported on the first two pages of one of President Trump’s undisclosed income-tax returns, says he was the victim of harassment and threats overnight. “Trump fans call & harass my wife & one of my children after I break story White House confirmed. Sad! Let’s have open debate, not threats,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tweeted. “To be clear, folks, I don’t intimidate. But calls to family are out of bounds, a disturbing sign of how Trump damages civil debate.” Johnston, who is a Daily Beast contributor and has covered Trump and his business dealings for more than 30 years, appeared on MSNBC to break the news that Trump owed $38 million in federal taxes on income of more than $150 million, according to two pages of his 2005 tax return. The White House responded to the report before Johnston even appeared on TV, stating, “Mr. Trump paid $38 million even after taking into account large-scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that.” Trump also tweeted Wednesday morning about the story: “Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!” Trump has refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing IRS audit.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang: We Don’t Want a ‘Trade War’:

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday that while “we don’t want to see a trade war,” U.S. companies would bear the brunt of such a conflict. “Our hope on the Chinese side is that, no matter what bumps this relationship may run into, it will continue to move forward in a positive direction,” he said. Li told journalists that because the two world powers share such extensive mutual interests, their leaders should “sit down to talk to each other” to build trust. Several sources have reported that a meeting with President Xi Jinping has been scheduled for April 6 at President Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.

Texans Get First Land Notices for Trump’s Border Wall:

Texans who live in the path of President Trump’s proposedborder wall with Mexico have received the first letters, called a “Declaration of Taking,” from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. One of the notices, received by Yvette Salinas, offers her family $2,900 for 1.2 acres near the Rio Grande. Even if her family does not accept the federal government’s offer, their land can still be seized through eminent domain. “It’s scary when you read it,” Salinas said. “You feel like you have to sign.” Salinas said her family has owned the entirety of their 16-acre property for at least five generations. During President George W. Bush’s tenure, her family received a similar condemnation notice so that 110 miles of border fencing could be put on private land in Texas. They were never made to sell, and then Bush’s term ended.

Report: ‘The Matrix’ Reboot in the Works:

Warner Bros. has reportedly started work on a relaunch of the 1999 cult film The MatrixThe Hollywood Reporter cited sources close to the matter Tuesday saying the project was in its early stages, though very few details have been revealed.Zak Penn, the writer behind the Syfy network’s Alphas and a writer for the X-Men franchise, is said to be in talks to write the screenplay’s first draft. The Wachowskis—the minds behind the original film and its two sequels–are not involved in the project. Similarly, Joel Silver, the producer of the original film, will not play a major role, though he did reportedly pitch the idea of creating a new film out of the original. Silver sold his interest in the series to Warners in 2012, however. Actor Michael B. Jordan of Fantastic Four fame is being considered for the starring role, according to the report. No timeframe has been given for when fans might expect to see the reboot.

Report: Indictments to Be Announced in Massive Yahoo Hack:

The Justice Department is expected to announce indictments Wednesday against suspects in a massive hacking attack against Yahoo, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday. Four people face indictments for their involvement in the online security breaches, which saw hundreds of millions of user accounts compromised. Three of the suspects live in Russia, and the fourth resides in Canada, Bloomberg reported, citing an anonymous source familiar with the situation. U.S. authorities were expected to arrest the suspect in Canada as early as Tuesday. It was not immediately clear which data breach the suspects were accused of involvement in. Yahoo has suffered a series of hacking attacks in recent years, with hackers stealing users’ personal data in a 2013 breach and 500 million user accounts compromised in 2014. The breaches—and the company’s delay in disclosing them—prompted a $350 million price reduction in the company’s sale of its web operations to Verizon Communications.

LBN-MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: “Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper.” Demi Lovato made that musical vow in 2011 when she released “Skyscraper,” the lead single off of her third studio album, Unbroken. The emotional track marked a public shift in the then-18-year-old’s personal life as she turned her back on years of living like a self-described “nightmare.”As she has since publicly revealed, the former child star secretly spent her teenage years grappling with substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, depression and self-inflicted harm as she rose to fame on the Disney track.

Jack H. Harris, Producer of Cult Horror Classic ‘The Blob,’ Dies at 98:

Film producer Jack H. Harris, 98, died peacefully at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on March 14, 2017, from natural causes after enjoying a long and full life. He was surrounded by his beloved family. Jack is survived by his wife Judith Parker Harris, daughter Lynda Resnick, son Anthony Harris, grandchildren, great grandchildren, son-in-law Stewart Resnick and daughter-in-law Alizon Harris. His memorial service is scheduled for Monday, March 20th at The Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

LBN SPOTLIGHT: Newly released and available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats is a non-fiction study of the Nixon era, Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Author, Jenny Deason Copeland, emphasizes Nixon’s own confession in his autobiography RN. The book took over three decades of research using FOIA procedures. The work ends with a call to action in hopes that Nixon would be the final marginally sane president the U.S. would suffer. The book uncovers the possible motive behind the massacre. The FOIA results are available free at

LBN-VIDEO LINK: America’s Premier Revealing TV Interview Show —- “Without Notes” with Isabella Sinclaire – Episode 3:

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Diabetes has been reported in horses, ferrets, and ground squirrels. In environments where animals are liberally fed, diabetes has been reported in dolphins, foxes, and even a hippopotamus.

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