LBN – Sunday, March 18th, 2018

*Britain Says It Has Proof Russia Stockpiled Lethal Nerve Agent:  

Britain has evidence that Russia has been manufacturing and stockpiling the nerve agent used in an attack on a former Russian double agent on British soil, the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said on Sunday. Mr. Johnson said Russia has been actively researching the use of nerve agents for use in assassinations within the past decade. The foreign secretary’s statements, made in a BBC interview, came 12 days after the former spy, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were found unconscious on a bench in the quiet city of Salisbury, in southwestern England, on March 4. Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain announced the following week that the poison used in the attack was novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists for use on NATO troops.

*Trump: Russia Probe Should Never Have Been Started

President Trump says special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference should never have been started, and tore into the investigative team for what he described as Democratic bias on Sunday via Twitter. Trump made the remarks after his legal team received preliminary interview questions from Mueller, according to The New York Times. The president’s tweets also came shortly after his personal lawyer told The Daily Beast he hoped the probe would be shut down after the firing of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s deputy director. McCabe’s dismissal has faced mounting scrutiny with some viewing it as an effort to undermine Mueller. The investigation “was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!” Trump wrote on Twitter. He said “there was no collusion and no crime” to warrant the investigation, despite a federal indictment against 13 Russians found to have conspired to interfere in the 2016 election.

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*Corker: Trump Is on Track to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said on Sunday he expects President Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement. Speaking to CBS’ Face the Nation, Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump’s decision would be made around May 12, the next deadline for the White House to recertify Tehran’s compliance with the deal. “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and right now it doesn’t feel like it’s gonna be extended,” he said. Trump has repeatedly railed against the landmark 2015 deal with Iran, which he has described as the “worst deal ever.” In January, he delivered an ultimatum to European signatories to “fix the terrible flaws” in the agreement or see the U.S. refuse to offer further sanctions relief. Britain, France, and Germany have reportedly proposed slapping new EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and activities in the Syrian war.


*OUT OF CONTROL – United Airlines Diverts Flight After Third Dog Mishap in a Week

United Airlines on Saturday confirmed it had accidentally loaded a dog onto a plane bound for St. Louis this week, leaving several dozen passengers delayed for a last-minute flight diversion. Natalie Noonan, a spokeswoman for the airline, told The Washington Post that Flight 3996 was diverted to Akron, Ohio on Thursday because the company “chose the fastest option to reunite the dog with his family.” Passengers forced to accompany the dog on its journey were compensated for the delay, Noonan said. At least 33 passengers were on board, according to CNN. The airline has made headlines this week for three separate dog-related incidents, one of which was fatal. A French bulldog forced into the overhead compartment for the duration of a three-hour flight died Monday. A day later, a German shepherd meant to be shipped to Kansas City was mistakenly sent to Japan by the airline.

*New York Jets Clinch Blockbuster Trade With Colts to Get No. 3 Draft Pick

The New York Jets climbed three spots in the 2018 NFL draft on Saturday to become No. 3 overall after a clever trade with the Indianapolis Colts. As part of a blockbuster deal, they sent the Colts their first round-pick, No. 6 overall, as well as their two second-round picks—No. 37 and No. 49 overall—this year. They also agreed to send their second-round pick in 2019. With the move, the Jets have ensured they will get one of the top-rated quarterbacks available, with USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield all in the running. The other New York team, the Giants, will get the No. 2 pick of the draft season, giving New York football fans plenty to look forward to in the months ahead.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***China plans to name a new central bank chief on Monday in a move that signals Beijing will continue with an ambitious — and, some say, much needed — financial shake-up undertaken by the bank’s current governor, two people familiar with the decision said. Yi Gang, the American-educated economist, is set to succeed Zhou Xiaochuan, the central bank’s governor for more than 15 years. The choice of Mr. Yi, a protégé and deputy of Mr. Zhou, almost guarantees continuity in policy as China tries to slow its rise in debt while avoiding any sharp deceleration in economic growth.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***One of the nation’s leading AIDS researchers and an expert in the treatment of heroin addiction is the leading candidate to oversee the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A formal announcement about the candidate, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, could come as early as Tuesday, once the vetting has been finished, said an administration official with knowledge of the appointment, who was not authorized to speak publicly. The review process is likely to be thorough. President Trump’s first C.D.C. director,Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned in January after about six months amid reports that she held investments in tobacco and health care companies that posed potential conflicts of interest.

*LBN-BOOK NEWSRaakhee Mirchandani — editor of Dow Jones’ — has sold a children’s book, “Super Satya Saves the Day,” to publisher Bharat Babies. Inspired by Mirchandani’s daughter, the book — set in Hoboken, NJ, and expected to be the first in a series — follows an “everyday superhero” who is “ready to have a super day, including conquering the tallest slide in Hoboken.”

*Americans binge 17 billion drinks a year, CDC estimates:

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, to determine how much booze United States citizens down. To do so, they examined information from CDC’s 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which included self-reported data on individuals’ liquor consumption habits over 30 days. They calculated the annual binge drinking by “multiplying the estimated total number of binge drinking episodes among binge drinkers by the average largest number of drinks consumed per episode,” the authors wrote. After analyzing the results, they found the Americans guzzled 17 billion drinks in 2015. That equals 470 total binge drinks per binge drinker. “This study shows that binge drinkers are consuming a huge number of drinks per year, greatly increasing their chances of harming themselves and others,” co-author Robert Brewer said in a statement.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: One billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Rory McIlroy is having a great week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, on the leaderboard at least. McIlroy started Sunday alone in third at 10-under, just two shots back of leader Henrik Stenson heading into the final round. But he’s also getting frustrated by unruly fans on the course, one of whom he says was repeatedly yelling out his wife’s name. And McIlroy says alcohol might be the root of the problem.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Nokie Edwards, whose virtuosic electric guitar playing helped define the surf-rock style of the Ventures, the immensely popular instrumental band that rose to prominence in the 1960s, died on Monday in Yuma, Ariz. He was 82. His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his wife, Judy, who said he had a recurring infection after surgery for a broken hip in December.   ***Adrián Lamo, a hacker best known for breaking into the computer networks of The New York Times and other major corporations, and for reporting the Army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning to the authorities, was found dead on Wednesday in Wichita, Kan. He was 37. Mr. Lamo’s body was discovered in an apartment in the city, The Wichita Eagle reported. His father announced the death in a post on Facebook on FridayKate Flavin, a spokeswoman for Sedgwick County, Kan., said on Saturday that the cause of death was unknown.   ***Jordan Feldstein, the manager of Maroon 5 and brother of actors Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein, died due to a blood clot in his leg, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has concluded. The 40-year-old was found dead in his home on Dec. 22, 2017. The primary cause of death, as detailed in a March 2018 coroner’s report, was pulmonary thromboembolism as well as deep leg vein thrombosis. Additional “significant” factors included acute bronchopneumonia and obesity.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: This was the week Donald Trump became president. Or at least the week he became the president we were always expecting. He ceased bothering to pretend that he was ever going to do the job in any normal sense of the word. He decided to totally own the whole, entire joke that he is. He started hiring people right off TV. He extended his tiny fingers into his giant flat screen, “Purple Rose of Cairo”-style, and dragged cable conservatives directly into the administration. We’ve always known Trump makes stuff up. But now he has stopped bothering to pretend that he doesn’t. Truthful hyperbole is out. Outlandish fabrication is in. Trump began bragging to Republicans at a private fund-raiser in St. Louis Wednesday: Oh, get a load of this trade stuff I made up to outfox that fox, Justin Trudeau. I felt bad doing it to such a nice, good-looking guy. But it’s hilarious!

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*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by George S. Patton:Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Barbra Streisand said she’s never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media. During a tribute to Streisand’s decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews. “Never,” she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. “I wasn’t like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that’s why.” She acknowledged the power of protests against gender inequality sweeping through Hollywood and society. “We’re in a strange time now in terms of men and women and the pendulum swinging this way and that way, and it’s going to have to come to the center,” Streisand said during Friday’s Paley Center for Media event held at a packed theater.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord