LBN – Tuesday, June 19, 2018

*Nationwide Rallies Planned Against Trump’s Family Separation Policy:

A Washington state lawmaker has mobilized numerous immigrant advocacy groups to call President Trump out on his zero tolerance border policies at nationwide protests on June 30. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsMoveOn, and theNational Domestic Workers Alliance are among the organizations expected to take part in more than 100 events across the country. The Families Belong Togetherdemonstrations will also include a large rally directly across from the White House to demand an end to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. Rep. Pramila Jayapal(D-WA) told MSNBC on Monday the aim is to force Trump to take responsibility for the family-separation policy that has widely been condemned as inhumane. “The end game is really to say, ‘This is about Trump,’” despite the fact that the president “would love to make this… about Democrats,” Jayapal said. Trump and other White House officials have repeatedly blamed Democratic lawmakers for the policy announced by Trump’s attorney general in April.

*Senate Rebukes Trump With Vote to Block ZTE Deal:

The Senate delivered a rebuke to President Donald Trump on Monday when lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation that blocks the Trump administration from scrapping tough penalties on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE. The annual defense appropriations bill, which sailed through the Senate by a vote of 85 to 10, includes a provision that would reinstate the Commerce Department’s penalties that ban U.S. companies from selling to ZTE. The company has been accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Additionally, U.S. intelligence officials have warned that the company’s equipment could be used for cyber-espionage purposes on behalf of the Chinese government. But the Trump administration recently struck a trade deal with Beijing that lifts the penalties on ZTE in exchange for a fine of more than $1 billion. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were critical of that concession, and they quickly drafted an amendment to the defense bill that would reverse the administration’s decision. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) led the effort on the GOP side, with Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as the leading Democrats. The legislation must now be reconciled with the House version, which does not include the ZTE provision. The White House is expected to lobby lawmakers intensely to scrap the measure from the final product that both chambers will soon consider.

*Trump Threatens New Tariffs on Chinese Goods After Beijing Retaliates:

President Donald Trump threatened on Monday night to impose new tariffs on China after Beijing retaliated against his initial decision to slap tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. In a statement, Trump said he asked the U.S. trade representative to “identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 percent.” Trump also threatened to repeat that action if China retaliates again in response to the latest U.S. penalties. “I have an excellent relationship with President Xi, and we will continue working together on many issues,” Trump said. “But the United States will no longer be taken advantage of on trade by China and other countries in the world.”

*Polls: Two-Thirds of Americans Say Trump’s Family-Separation Policy Is Unacceptable:

Two-thirds of Americans believe that the Trumpadministration’s family-separation policy at the southern border is unacceptable, while just 17 percent believe it is acceptable, according to a new CBS News poll. The survey also found that 90 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of independents oppose the so-called “zero tolerance” policy, which was implemented by the Justice Department in April. Nearly 40 percent of Republicans said the policy is unacceptable. Polls conducted by Quinnipiac and CNN found that a similar chunk of Americans disapprove of separating families.

*Ex-CIA Staffer Charged With Feeding Info to WikiLeaks:

Joshua Adam Schulte, a former engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency, was indicted on Monday for allegedly stealing classified information from the agency and sharing it with WikiLeaks. Schulte, 29, was already facing child pornography charges. The Justice Department also said Schulte lied to the FBI about his activities and “intentionally caused damage without authorization to a CIA computer system by granting himself unauthorized access to the system.”

*John Kelly No Longer Cares if Trump Gets Impeached:

President Trump’s chief of staff has reportedly become so demoralized amid mounting White House scandals that he no longer cares if the president gets impeached. Sources cited byPolitico on Monday say John Kelly told a confidant he is giving up on trying to rein Trump in and will let the president do what he wants even if that results in impeachment because, as Politico paraphrased it, “at least this chapter of American history would come to a close.” Reports have swirled in recent weeks about Kelly planning to step down amid ongoing friction with Trump, and he is now said to have begun working out frequently in the middle of the working day, a sign some officials see as proof he has mostly checked out from Trump’s White House.

*Migrant Children Wail After Separation From Parents:

Children who were separated from their parents last week and are being detained at the border can be heard sobbing as aU.S. Customs and Border Protection agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here,” in an audio recording obtained byProPublica. The agent continues, “What’s missing is a conductor.” In the recording, the children repeatedly cry “Mami” and “Papá,” and one girl begs someone to call her aunt. In April, the Trump administration announced a “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal immigration and has since separated 2,300 children from their parents at the border. The policy has received condemnation from moderate Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democrats like Trump’s former opponent Hillary Clinton.


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*LBN-TODAY’S FAMOUS QUOTE: “The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.” ~Bob Marley


1. Legend has it a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats.

2. New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.

3. Coffee is a psychoactive. And at high doses it can make you see things… It can also kill you…

4.  The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee.

5. Unlike the hip 20-something Baristas in the US, in Italy the average Barista age is 48, and it is a very respected profession.

*LBN-ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: XXXTentacion Shot and Killed

The controversial chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in South Florida. TMZ reported that while 20-year-old Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy was shopping for motorcycles in South Florida, “a gunman ran up to his vehicle and shot him,” and that “an eyewitness tells us he appeared lifeless with no pulse.” The Broward County Sheriff’s Officelater confirmed that the rapper was pronounced dead at a local hospital. TMZ noted how Onfroy was not involved in any prominent feuds, although he most recently made news for allegedly battering his pregnant girlfriend. In March, his latest LP, titled ?, debuted in the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

*LBN-VIDEO CLIP:  David Blaine Magic Tricks– The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


1. The cowardly lion’s costume weighed 100 pounds and was made of real lion skin.

2. The snow in the poppy scene was made of asbestos.

3. Judy Garland had to wear a super-tight corset to make her figure seem younger.

4. The Tin Man’s oil was actually chocolate syrup.

5. Toto reportedly earned $125 per week of filming—but eachMunchkin actor just $50.

6. The horses in the Emerald City were colored with Jell-O, which they kept trying to lick off.

7. Toto was played by a female dog named Terry.

8. Temperatures on set often soared about 100 degrees due to the lighting needed to shoot in early Technicolor.

9. The film was nominated for six Oscars, but lost Best Picture to Gone with the Wind.

10. The fire that blazes out from Dorothy’s shoes when the Witch tries to touch them was actually apple juice spraying out of them, sped up on film.

*LBN-MUSCIAL SELECTION:  Aramaic rendition of the ‘Our Father’ that moved the Pope

*LBN-TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Laura Ingraham (June 19, 1963)

Laura Anne Ingraham is an American conservative television and radio talk show host. Since 2001, she has hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette, and beginning in October 2017, has been the host of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News Channel. Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Reaganadministration in the late 1980s, and then worked as a judicial clerk in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and then for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She began her media career in the late 1990s.



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*LBN-FUN FACTS: Did you know that in 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price rose to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.

LBN-OVERHEARD:  ***Heather Locklear was taken to a hospital for a psych evaluation after a family member claimed the actress was threatening to kill herself, TMZ has learned. According to the dispatch audio, the caller claimed Heather was acting erratically and threatening to hurt herself … the caller said Heather was trying to find a gun to shoot herself. Locklear was then transported to a hospital — we’re told the incident was only medical, nothing criminal.   ***Tom Brady … praised his former teammate, LeGarrette Blount, on the newSuper Bowl ring he got by BEATING the Patriots! Blount signed with the Eagles last season and was a key member of the squad that beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. So, when LB posted his 3 rings on Instagram, Brady felt compelled to comment — saying, “You have EARNED them my brother!”


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