LBN – Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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*Trump: ‘I Have the Absolute Right to Pardon Myself’:

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday morning that the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller was not constitutional and again called the investigation into Russian interference a witch hunt. “The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!” the president wrote. “Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!” Trump earlier tweeted that he had the “absolute right to PARDON” himself according to “numerous legal scholars,” and the investigation was being led by “13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats.” This comes after White House lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that the president “probably does” have the authority to pardon himself but has “no intention” of doing so, and called it a “hypothetical point.”

*Saudi Arabia Issues First 10 Female Driver’s Licenses:

Saudi Arabia has issued its first 10 driver’s licenses to women,RTE reported Monday. The licenses come after the kingdom reversed its longstanding ban on female drivers—which many considered emblematic of the regime’s ultra-conservative domestic policies. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced last September that he would end the ban, as part of a plan to revitalize the Saudi economy, and it will be officially lifted on June 24. Prior to the crown prince’s announcement, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world that prohibited women from driving. Meanwhile, the government on Sunday released eight activists who had been jailed last week for protesting the ban—but kept nine others detained, citing confessions and “significant evidence against them.”

*Parkland Cop Branded a ‘Coward’ by Trump Speaks Out: ‘It’s Haunting’:

Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who failed to enter the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, during the deadly shooting in February that killed 17 people, has spoken out about how he’s “haunted” by his inaction. Speaking to The Washington Post, the man who was branded a “coward” by Donald Trump in the wake of the shooting said he’s plagued by thoughts about what he could have done differently during the massacre. “It’s haunting,” said Peterson. “I’ve cut that day up a thousand ways with a million different what-if scenarios, but the bottom line is I was there to protect, and I lost 17.” However, the deputy believes he’s been treated unfairly by the press, which has accused him of failing to do anything during the shooting. “How can they keep saying I did nothing?” he said. “I’m getting on the radio to call in the shooting. I’m locking down the school. I’m clearing kids out of the courtyard. They have the video and the call logs.” But he admits he’s haunted by his failure to enter the building, saying: “I just didn’t know. Why didn’t I know to go in?”

*Three Top North Korean Military Officials Replaced:

North Korea’s top three military officials were replaced ahead of the country’s summit with the U.S. in Singapore, according toReuters and South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. A U.S. official told Reuters that there was believed to be “some dissension in the military” on leader Kim Jong Un’s approach to South Korea and the United States. Yonhap identified the officials as defense chief Pak Yong Sik, Korean People’s Army’s staff chief Ri Myong Su, and director of the Army’s Political Bureau Kim Jong Gak. President Trump’s demand for the North Korea to denuclearize is running against the reported beliefs of their defense leadership, who allegedly see their nuclear arsenal as “crucial to its survival.” Trump announced the summit was back on last week immediately following a meeting with a North Korean official at the White House. The president previously cancelled the summit in late May via letter to Kim Jong Un.

*Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz to Step Down:

Howard Schultz announced that he is stepping down as executive chairman of Starbucks on June 26, a move that “will most likely stoke speculation” that he intends to make a 2020 presidential bid, according to The New York Times. Schultz, who expanded the coffee giant to 28,000 stores in 77 countries over three decades, is interested in “giving back” but is not sure what that means, he said. “For some time now, I have been deeply concerned about our country—the growing division at home and our standing in the world,” he told the Times. When asked if he would consider running for president, Schultz said: “I intend to think about a range of options, and that could include public service. But I’m a long way from making any decisions about the future.” Schultz said his departure was going to be announced last month, but the incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks that sparked protests and racial-bias training put those plans on hold. Current JCPenney chairmanMyron E. Ullman will become Starbucks’ new chairman, and Schultz will be given the honorary title chairman emeritus.

*Serena Williams Out of French Open Due to Muscle Injury:

Tennis star Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open due to a muscule injury, and just before a match with archrival Maria Sharapova. “I unfortunately been having some issues with my pec muscle… right now I can’t actually serve so, it’s actually hard to play when I can’t physically serve. I’m beyond disappointed,” Williams said in a press conference shortly after pulling out of the match. “I’ve never felt this in my life. This is so painful. I’ve pretty much had every injury in the book.” Williams said she was “going to get better” and is hoping to play at Wimbledon, but was disappointed she couldn’t go toe-to-toe with Sharapova. “It’s very difficult because I love playing Maria. It’s a match I always get up for,” she said. “Its extremely disappointing but I made a promise to myself that if I’m not at least 50 percent, I shouldn’t play.”

*SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Baker Who Denied Gay Couple Wedding Cake:

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to craft a wedding cake in 2012 for a gay couple in a 7-2 decision. Justice Kennedy—who was joined in the majority by Justices RobertsThomasAlitoKagan,Gorsuch, and Breyer in part—wrote that the “reason and motive for the baker’s refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions” and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was being “inconsistent” with the “obligation of religious neutrality” from the state. Kennedy also wrote that such “disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.” The dissenting opinion, written by Justice Ginsburg and joined by Justice Sotomayor, underscored that Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to sell to the gay couple “for no reason other than their sexual orientation, a cake of the kind he regularly sold to others.”

*Woody Allen- I’m a ‘Great Defender’ of #MeToo Movement:

Woody Allen believes he is a “great defender of the #MeToomovement” and that his face should be on the movement’s posters. “I worked in films for 50 years, I worked with hundreds of actresses and not one, big, famous, beginner, no one has suggested any kind of indecency. I have always had a wonderful behavior with them. I created wonderful roles for many women,” Allen told Argentinian journalist Jorge Lanata. The filmmaker also said that it bothers him how he is often linked to the abusers and harassers in the entertainment industry: “People who have been accused by 20 women, 50, 100 of abuse. I, who was once charged by a woman in a child custody case that was analyzed and proven to be false. They group me with these people,” he said. When asked about allegations that he abused his daughter Dylan Farrow, Allen flatly denied it and said it was “terrible to accuse a person of something like that.” Allen also said he intended his movie Manhattan—which features a young woman entering a relationship with an older man, portrayed by the director himself—to be funny with the age difference, but said it was “misdirected” and he “made many mistakes” while producing it.

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*LBN- ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Chris Hemsworth saysAvengers 4 is ‘even more shocking’ than Infinity War

Marvel fans may still be reeling from the climactic events of Avengers: Infinity War, but they won’t have to wait long to find resolution. The fourth (and technically still untitled) Avengers movie is due out May 3, 2019. And according to franchise star Chris Hemsworth, it’s a doozy. “If you were shocked by [Infinity War], I think the second one is even more shocking, for other reasons entirely,” Hemsworth told Esquire in a new interview. “That’s what kind of blew me away the first time I read both scripts, is how they managed to orchestrate so many different characters but give them each their own separate shot and moments, and have it be elevated and feel fresh and unique—not just like a messy, thrown-together assembly of these guys.”

*LBN- QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I haven’t had the time to plan returning to the scene because I haven’t left it.” ~ Mick Jagger

*LBN- TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Mark Wahlberg (June 5, 1971)

Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, businessman, former model, rapper, and songwriter. From his early music career Wahlberg transitioned to acting, with his screen debut inRenaissance Man (1993) and his first starring role in Fear(1996). He received critical praise for his performance as porn actor Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. Wahlberg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 29, 2010.

*LBN- ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center is now home to a wide assortment of monsters, talking frogs, and other entertaining puppets as it welcomes the traveling exhibition The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited. From June 1 through Sept. 2, the Skirball will feature more than 100 objects and 25 historic puppets from the Jim Henson collection, highlighting his contributions to media and the moving image.

*LBN- MUSICAL ARCHIVE:   Duke of Earl- Gene Chandler


1. Rats Laugh When They’re Tickled: Rats laugh when they’re tickled, and the more they play together, the more they laugh. Psychologist Jack Panksepp first observed laughing rats in the 1990s; he needed special equipment to hear it, as rats’ laughs are very high pitched.

2. Laughter Is Contagious: The saying “laugh and the whole world laughs with you” is more than just an expression: laughter really is contagious. The sound of laughter triggers regions in the premotor cortical region of your brain, which is involved in moving your facial muscles to correspond with sound and prepare to join in.

3. Laughing Burns Calories: Laughing raises both your energy expenditure and heart rate by about 10 percent to 20 percent. This means you could burn about 10-40 calories by laughing for 10 to 15 minutes. While this sounds good in theory, you’d have to laugh solidly for an hour or more for this calorie burning to have any meaningful effect.

4. Laughing Is Good for Your Relationships: Research shows that couples who use laughter and smile when discussing a touchy subject feel better in the immediacy and report higher levels of satisfaction in their relationship. They also tend to stay together longer.

5. Laughter Really is the Best Medicine: Study after study has pointed to the health benefits of laughter. Research from Loma Linda University showed that laughing improved the memory of adults in their 60s and 70s; University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers found that hilarious movies improved the function of blood vessels and increased blood flow in a group of 20 thirty-somethings. And other research has shown that laughing can improve immunity, help regulate blood sugar levels, and improve sleep.

*LBN- VIDEO CLIP: Schweddy Balls – SNL

*LBN- A Different View:…

*LBN- OVERHEARD: ***Trey Songz is being sued by a Detroit cop who says the rapper punched him in the face with a closed fist.  Sgt. Avery arrested Trey, tried to take him into custody when he says Trey fought him and struck him in the face. The officer fell to the ground and hit his head on the concrete. Trey was arrested and charged with assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer as well as aggravated assault. He pled guilty to 2 counts of disturbing the peace.   ***Well, now we know whyFloyd Mayweather took his private jet to Mexico … his sister got married this weekend in Cabo! Floyd — along with severalTMT staffers and bodyguards — hit up the Paradisus Los Cabos resort to watch his sister, Deltricia Tawanna Howard, trade “I Dos” with her boyfriend George Forte III.   ***”Roseanne” may be on the verge of rising from the dead with a second reboot, but this time centered around Sara Gilbert‘s character … TMZhas learned. The powers that be at ABC are exploring the possibility of re-branding the show and focusing on the character Darlene instead of Roseanne.

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