LBN – Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

*Some Supporters Fear Trump Will Lose Hard Edge in State of Union Speech:

“American carnage” appears to be out. Bipartisanship is in. And not everyone is happy about it. When President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address today at 9 p.m. ET, his most fervent supporters are anxious that he will squander the most high-profile moment of his presidency with a soft speech that bends more to the predilections of the political establishment in Washington and less to the populist army that sent him there to drain the swamp. Mr. Trump has always veered between ideological extremes in his speeches: He railed against “American carnage” in his inaugural address last year, then gave a speech to a joint session of Congress a few weeks later that seemed restrained and conventional compared with the chaotic first weeks of his tenure. He has delivered partisan red meat at his campaign-style rallies, promising to rip up Nafta and demand better treatment for the United States around the world, but at a gathering of the globalist elite in Davos, Switzerland, last week, he spent most of his speech trumpeting the United States as a place to do business. Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser, is in charge of writing this year’s address, which could foreshadow the inclusion of the kind of hard-edge, anti-immigrant language that was a hallmark of Mr. Miller’s speeches for Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

*Kellyanne Conway Claims the Media ‘Interfered’ in 2016 Election

On CNN’s New Day, Kellyanne Conway identified the true culprits who interfered in the 2016 presidential election: the members of the press who covering it. While discussing Russian interference during the election, the senior Trump adviser declared: “Everybody who said Donald Trump couldn’t win… every screaming headline, every wrong poll, every anchor, every pundit who said this is over, it’s a joke, he can’t win… tried to interfere in the election.” She also asked CNN’s Chris Cuomo if he felt “the least bit pushed back or a little ashamed” that people on CNN and elsewhere are “promising Russian collusion, impeachment, treason is coming around the corner?” Conway concluded the interview by telling the audience to, “Get out of bed, go breathe air, and have a great day.”


*Putin: U.S. List of Russian Oligarchs Is a ‘Hostile Step’

Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed the U.S. government for publishing a list of Russian oligarchs linked to him, even though many in Congress believe the Trump administration has watered down new anti-Putin measures that could have included additional sanctions. As well as the list of oligarchs published by the Treasury Department, the administration produced a report on the oligarchs and their wealth creation; that document remains classified. Putin said the public list was a “hostile step.” The document was was initially requested by Congress over allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, and it names 114 officials in the Russian government, as well as 96 oligarchs with fortunes estimated at more than $1 billion.

*‘ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEASURES’  – U.S. Lifts Ban on Refugees From 11 Countries but Toughens Admission

The Trump administration announced Monday it would resume admitting refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries after a 90-day security review, but refugees from those countries will now face “additional security measures.” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said refugees will face risk-based assessments before being granted entry, stressing that “these additional security measures will make it harder for bad actors to exploit our refugee program.” The resumption of admissions was seen as a positive development by refugee groups, but many say the Trump administration still seems to be unfairly targeting Muslim countries. The list of countries affected has not been officially disclosed, but they are widely reported to be Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Officials declined to give specifics about the additional screenings, saying only that they would involve “in-depth” interviews and “deep-dive” background checks. Some refugee groups say that added hurdle could just be a way to indefinitely delay refugee admissions, as it can already take up to two years under existing security protocols for a refugee to go through the process.

*Saudi Arabia Says Detainees Handed Over More Than $100 Billion:

Saudi Arabia has collected more than $100 billion from prominent citizens who were detained in what the government has called a widespread crackdown on corruption, the kingdom said on TuesdaySheikh Saud al-Mojeb, the attorney general, said in a statement that 381 people had been summoned as part of the investigation. Many were brought in as witnesses, while others were accused of corruption and released only after handing over significant assets to the government, the statement said. The release of many of the detainees appeared to signal the wrapping up of the two-and-a-half-month campaign, in which some of the kingdom’s richest and most powerful men were locked in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where the authorities pressed them to hand over assets said to have been stolen from the state. The detainees included businessmen, current and former government ministers, and at least 11 princes, including Alwaleed bin Talal, the kingdom’s most famous investor, who was released on Saturday.

*END OF AN ERA – San Francisco’s Oldest Gay Bar Closes Down

The Gangway, San Francisco’s oldest continuously operating gay bar, has shut its doors for the final time. It will become the Kung Fu Action Theater & Laundry, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The haunt first opened in 1910—surviving even Prohibition—and began specifically catering to a gay clientele by 1960. Among its most notable frequenters: Harvey Milk. A former employee said the Gangway was “full of relics and homages to our struggle… a living museum.

*DISTURBING – Toronto Police: Serial Killer Landscaper Hid Bodies All Over City

Toronto police on Monday said an accused serial killer arrested this month is believed to have hidden the dismembered remains of his victims in gardens and backyards throughout the city while working as a landscaper. Bruce McArthur has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of five people, and police suspect there are more victims. Customers of McArthur’s landscaping business were advised to contact police, who believe he may have hidden bodies on the properties where he worked. The remains of at least three people were already found hidden underneath large planters in the backyard of a home where McArthur worked for his landscaping business, authorities said. “We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we are working to recover,” Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at a press conference. “There are at least two sites that we do want to excavate where people might be buried,” he said. Several of McArthur’s alleged victims were members of Toronto’s gay community, though police say the alleged killing spree “encompasses more than the gay community.”

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced on Tuesday that they would form an independent health care company to serve their employees in the United States. The three companies provided few details about the new entity, other than saying it would initially focus on technology to provide simplified, high-quality health care for their employees and their families, and at a reasonable cost. They said the initiative, which is in the early planning stages, would be a long-term effort “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The partnership brings together three of the country’s most influential companies to try to improve a system that other companies have tried and failed to change: Amazon, the largest online retailer in the world; Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company led by the billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett; and JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States by assets.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   **Roger Daltrey will perform The Who’s Tommy in its entirety on a 10-city summer tour, with the singer teaming with a local orchestra to play the classic 1969 album at each stop. “I’m really looking forward to singing Tommy, not only with my great backing group, but also some of the finest orchestras in the country,” Daltrey said of the tour in a statement. “Pete Townshend’s rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. With the arrangements written by David Campbell, it should make a memorable night of entertainment for all those who love the arts.”

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Megyn Kelly “threw an Olympic fit” when NBC offered the job of anchoring next month’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony to Katie Couric, sources say. Television insiders say that Kelly insisted, when signing her $23 million-a-year contract with NBC last spring, that she could not be forced to do special events such as the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which start airing on the Peacock Network on Feb. 9.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that seven (7) leading executives from Berkshire Hathaway read LBN daily?

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Barbra Streisand remembers the way we were — but she’s having trouble finishing her autobiography. Viking Books announced in 2015 that it would be published last year, but the diva hasn’t even turned in a rough draft, and the book won’t come out this year, either. “She’s been working on it for 2 ¹/₂ years,” one insider told me. “She’s such a perfectionist. She’s probably going over it word by word.” Streisand might also be struggling with how many misty watercolor memories to reveal about her rumored affairs with Warren Beatty, Ryan O’Neal, Kris Kristofferson, Don Johnson, Jon Voight, Richard Gere and Liam Neeson. “My guess is it will be a little sanitized,” an insider said.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:    ***People with severe gum disease may be at greater risk for cancer, a U.S. study suggests. “What this report does is continue the support of the idea that gum disease is not just a matter of what happens to our teeth,” said Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. Researchers performed dental exams on 7,466 individuals from Mississippi, Maryland, Minnesota and North Carolina and then monitored them for an average of 15 years. None of the participants had cancer at the start of the study. Fifteen years later, individuals with severe gum disease on the dental exam had a 24 percent higher risk of developing any kind of cancer, and more than double the risk of lung cancer, compared to those with no or mild gum disease.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Paul Simon – Graceland —

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Robert Parry, a tenacious investigative reporter and author who exposed details of the Reagan administration’s secret support for Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s, died on Saturday in Arlington, Va. He was 68. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Diane Duston.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: There Is Only One Way Out of Poverty –

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bari Weiss: Imagine this: The author of the most popular book in the country goes on Bill Maher’s show and says the following about President Barack Obama: “There is something in the book that I was absolutely sure of but it was so incendiary that I just didn’t have the ultimate proof,” he says. “I didn’t have the blue dress.” The host pushes the coy writer for a hint. “You just have to read between the lines toward the end of the book,” the writer answers. “When you hit that paragraph you’re going to say, ‘Bingo!’” Within moments, every person with a copy turns to the last bit. The woman’s name jumps out as if it was printed in boldface:Samantha Power, the United Nations ambassador. “The president has been spending a notable amount of private time,” the book says, with her on Air Force One. Do I have to tell you what the reaction to this rumor-mongering would be? Heads would explode on every cable channel (except for Fox, of course, which would be calling for a special investigation). Editorials would issue forth condemning this gutter journalism as thinly veiled sexism. Some would insist that it be viewed as a #MeToo moment — unambiguous evidence of the deep discomfort men feel in the face of powerful women.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Every few years I try to write a column staking out a reasonable middle ground on immigration. After all, most big, important issues are clashes in which both sides have a piece of the truth. The case for restricting immigration seems superficially plausible. Over the last several decades we’ve conducted a potentially reckless experiment. The number of foreign-born Americans is at record highs, straining national cohesion, raising distrust. Maybe America should take a pause, as we did in the 1920s. After all, that pause seemed to produce the cohesive America of the 1940s that won the war and rose to pre-eminence. Every few years I try to write this moderate column. And every few years I fail. That’s because when you wade into the evidence you find that the case for restricting immigration is pathetically weak. The only people who have less actual data on their side are the people who deny climate change. You don’t have to rely on pointy-headed academics. Get in your car. If you start in rural New England and drive down into Appalachia or across into the Upper Midwest you will be driving through county after county with few immigrants. These rural places are often 95 percent white.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager (Author, radio talk show host): On one thing we can all agree: The left wants more and more immigrants — including immigrants who enter or are in the country illegally — to come to America and become American citizens. The question is, why? The first and most obvious reason is political. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, chain migration, sanctuary cities and citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally will give the left political power. An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Latin American immigrants will vote Democrat. So, with enough new voters from Latin America alone, the Democrats would essentially be assured the presidency and Congress for decades. Conservatives and Republicans fool themselves when they argue that Latin Americans are “social conservatives” because they oppose abortion and support a strong nuclear family. Even to the extent that those statements are true — and regarding the second claim, it is worth noting that Latinos have the third-highest percentage of births to unwed women in America — those arguments are irrelevant. Latin Americans are overwhelmingly on the political left, and they vote accordingly. Think about the Latin American Pope Francis’ beliefs about big government, small militaries and the social welfare state, and his contempt for capitalism (“terrorism against all humanity”) — and you know how the vast majority of Latin Americans think.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Walt Whitman: Keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.


LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord