LBN – Tuesday, April 11th, 2018

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*Trump: Russia—U.S. Relations at Worst Level in History

President Trump has claimed that relations between the U.S. and Russia are at their worst ever level, including the Cold War. Trump sent a series of furious tweets on Wednesday morning including one warning Russia to “get ready” for imminent missile strikes against Syria. In a separate tweet, Trump wrote: “Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?” Russia had warned earlier on Wednesday that it was ready to strike back against any U.S. missile strikes over Syria.

U.S. and North Korea in ‘Detailed’ Talks on Trump-Kim Meeting, South Says: 

The United States and North Korea have been negotiating with “will and sincerity” over the details of the planned talks between President Trump and the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un,President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said on Wednesday.Mr. Trump said on Monday that American officials had been talking directly with the North Koreans to prepare for his meeting with Mr. Kim, which he said would probably take place in May or early June. Mr. Moon said the two sides were discussing where to hold the meeting, among other issues. ”I hear that the United States and North Korea are preparing for the summit with both resolve and sincerity, holding detailed negotiations over the time, venue and agenda,” Mr. Moon’s office quoted him as saying on Wednesday, during a meeting with officials preparing for his own talks with Mr. Kim on April 27. “I am expecting the North Korea-United States summit to produce significant steps toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and establishing permanent peace here,” Mr. Moon said.

*’Outraged’ – World Health Organization: 500 Affected By Syrian Chemical Attack

The World Health Organization has demanded “immediate unhindered access” to Douma in Syria where it believes 500 people were affected by a chemical weapons attack, with more than 70 dead. In a statement, the WHO said its partner, Health Cluster, estimates that 500 patients presented to health facilities showing signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. The organization said over 70 people had died and that two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks. “We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma,” said Dr. Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director- General for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts, and to deliver a comprehensive public health response.”

*Paul Ryan: I’m ‘Really Proud’ of My Career

House Speaker Paul Ryan officially announced his retirement at a press conference on Wednesday morning, noting that he’s “really proud of what we’ve been able to do” since becoming a congressman nearly two decades ago. “I think we have achieved a heck of a lot,” Ryan said. “I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility. The job provides incredible opportunities.” He added that he wants to spend more time with his family, so he’s not just a “weekend dad.” President Donald Trump also chimed in on Wednesdaymorning to praise Ryan for his career. “Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question,” Trump wrote. “We are with you Paul!” Ryan called Trump and Vice President Mike Pence before announcing his retirement to his staff, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported.

*Trump Warns Syria and Russia That Missile Strikes ‘Are Coming’

President Trump appears to have confirmed that the U.S. will unleash missile strikes on Syria after Russia warned that it would retaliate if the U.S. was to launch an attack. A Russian official warned earlier Wednesday that American missiles would be downed and the sources of the strikes could be attacked if there is a U.S. missile attack against Syria. On Twitter on Wednesday morning, Trump hit back: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” The deepening crisis in Syria comes after a chemical attack suspected to have been carried out by President Assad affected 500 people and killed over 70.

*Mariah Carey treated for bipolar disorder:

Mariah Carey hopes that being candid about her battle with bipolar disorder will ease the stigma associated with mental illness. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” Carey, 48, told People in an interview released Wednesday. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.” Carey suffers from bipolar II disorder, the symptoms of which include periods of both depression and hypomania, a type of mania that’s less severe than that associated with bipolar I disorder, but that can still cause insomnia, hyperactivity, irritability and feelings of elation. Periods of hypomania are typically shorter than manic periods.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) In 1963, France blasted the cat into outer space. Electrodes implanted in her brains sent neurological signals back to Earth. She survived the trip.

*Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Marijuana Firm’s Board

Former House Speaker John Boehner has announced he’s joining the board of one of the country’s largest cannabis corporations. In a joint statement with former Governor of the State of Massachusetts Bill Weld, who’s also joining the Acreage Holdings board, Boehner said it was time for a “serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy” and backed the descheduling of the drug. Just nine years ago Boehner said he was “unalterably opposed” to legalization, but has now changed his mind in line with changing public opinion. “While the Tenth Amendment has allowed much to occur at the state level, there are still many negative implications of the Federal policy to schedule cannabis as a Class One drug: most notably the lack of research, the ambiguity around financial services and the refusal of the VA to offer it as an alternative to the harmful opioids that are ravishing our communities,” said Boehner and Weld. We are excited to join the team at Acreage in pursuit of their mission to bring safe, consistent and reliable products to patients and consumers who could benefit.”

*FALLEN – ‘Instagram Stars’ Among Six Dead in Phoenix Plane Crash

The identities of three of the six people who died when a small plane crashed onto a Phoenix golf course on Monday have been confirmed and include Instagram stars and entrepreneurs.Anand Patel was “an entrepreneur with lots of energy and lots of charisma,” according to his twin brother, Akash Patel. “My brother was taken away from us doing what he loved to do the most, which was spending time with his friends and flying,” he said, adding that he lived a “celebrity life” as an “Instagram star.” Another passenger, Mariah Coogan, was a horse trainer who left high school in 2012 to pursue modelling opportunities, said Graham Rutherford, principal of her high school in Santa Rosa, California. Also on board was James Pedroza, who worked as a VIP host at a nightclub at the Mirage in Las Vegas. “I am sad that he is gone, but loved how he lived life to the fullest. He was wanting to see the world and travel. He will be missed,” said Pedroza’s friend and colleague Garrett Pattiani.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***When divorce attorney James Sexton interrogated the man who had ripped off his client, marrying her and stealing half her money before disappearing, it was the greatest moment of Sexton’s career. Because in order for the con man to avoid being deported, he needed to testify in court that he had an incredibly small . . . er, endowment. “Your whole life, you have this idea that you’ll have some Perry Mason moment in the courtroom, or maybe the end of ‘A Few Good Men,’” Sexton says about his new book “If You’re In My Office, It’s Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to Staying Together.” “There’s a feeling when you know someone is lying and you have proof, and you’re about to pull it right out from under them. It’s so exhilarating.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The best Frank Sinatra story you will ever hear. —

*LBN-R.I.P.: Yvonne Staples, who provided background vocals for her family’s hit-making pop and soul group, the Staple Singers, while taking the lead in managing its business affairs, died on Tuesday at her home in Chicago. She was 80. The cause was colon cancer, said Bill Carpenter, a family friend.   ***Comedy Store founder and owner Mitzi Shore has died. She was 87. “It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we report the passing of Mitzi Shore,” the influential store said in a statement posted to Instagram Wednesday, accompanied by a picture of a the owner.

*LBN-VIDEO LINKRoger Maris 1961 – 61st Home Run as Called by Red Barber, WPIX-TV, 10/1/1961 —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager (Radio talk show host and author): The only way to save Western civilization is to convince more people that leftism — not liberalism — is a nihilistic force. Quite literally, whatever the left touches it ruins. So, here is a partial listing of the damage done by the left and the Democratic Party: The most obvious — and, therefore, the one more and Americans can resonate with — is the near destruction of most American universities as places of learning. In the words of Harvard professor Steven Pinker — an atheist and a liberal — outside of the natural sciences and a few other disciplines (such as mathematics and business), “universities are becoming laughing stocks of intolerance.” If you send your children to a university, you are endangering both their mind and their character. There is a real chance they will be more intolerant and more foolish after college than they were when they entered college. When you attend an American university, you are taught to have contempt for America and its founders, to prefer socialism to capitalism, to divide human beings by race and ethnicity. You are taught to shut down those who differ with you, to not debate them. And you are taught to place feelings over reason — which is a guaranteed route to eventual evil.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Anna Lappe: Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.


*LBN- Confirm or Deny – with Adam Christing (founder of Clean Comedians)

1. Newsweek should just fold already – Confirm, “What’s Newsweek?”

2. The secret for success is that you just don’t possess the need to be liked – Deny, “The opposite is true”

3. Flashdance was a great movie – Double Deny

4. I prefer to drive myself everywhere I go – Deny

5. I look at a parking ticket as the price of a good parking spot – Confirm

6. I am afraid of snakes – Sadly Confirm

7. I binge-watch QVC – Vomit

8. I don’t want anyone to talk to me about how great “Hamilton” is ever again. – Deny

9. The next generation of children will only communicate through emoji –  Confirm

10. I would prefer Oprah in 2020 over ANY other democrat – Deny

11. I would rather run Facebook than Disney – Deny

12. I have visited 3/4 of the states in America – Confirm, “I have visited 49/50 states.”

13. Me and Donald Trump have the same favorite movie,Citizen Kane – Deny

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord