LBN – Wednesday, September 27th, 2017


The population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet. And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion. State and local governments are getting ravaged by the costs, at over $88 billion. The federal government, by comparison, is getting off easy at $45 billion in costs for illegals.

*Report: Russian-Funded Facebook Ads Backed Sanders, Stein, Trump

Russian-funded political ads on Facebook allegedly promoted Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, President Donald Trump, and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, according to a new report from Politico. Federal officials now suspect that such ads — some of which criticized Hillary Clinton — were meant to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Unnamed sources cited by the news outlet even claim that such ads backed Sanders long after his campaign ended and Clinton had won the Democratic primary. There is no indication that any of the candidates were aware of the Russian-funded ads.

*U.S. to Cap Refugee Admissions at 45,000 Annually

The Trump administration is reducing overall annual refugee admissions to the United States, allowing, at most, 45,000 to be admitted next year. Officials said the State Department recommended 50,000, while the Department of Homeland Security wanted the number to be 40,000. The cap hasn’t been this low since 2006, when around 41,000 refugees were admitted. In contrast, during the last year of the Obama administration, the U.S. allowed nearly 85,000 refugees to enter the country. Trump campaigned on a strict immigration crackdown, and often said he wanted to limit refugee admissions.

*Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive:

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the ban on women driving has done to the kingdom’s international reputation and its hopes for a public relations benefit from the reform. Saudi leaders also hope the new policy will help the economy by increasing women’s participation in the workplace. Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives.

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*Rapper Young Dolph Expected to Survive Multiple Gunshot Wounds

The 32-year-old rapper Young Dolph is expected to survive multiple gunshot wounds following a shooting outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel near the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopeztold the Los Angeles Times that the shooting began as an argument between Young Dolph—whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr.—and three other men. He was initially listed in critical condition but police said late Tuesday evening that he should be able to recover.

*Police: Killer Clown Unmasked After 27 Years:

Florida police say they have solved a 1990 cold case involving a killer clown who murdered 40-year-old Marlene Warren while holding balloons and a bouquet, while in full costume, including a red ball nose and floppy shoes. Two decades later, police say the suspect in the Palm Beach County clown murder was the current wife of Marlene’s widower: Sheila Keen Warren. She is now in custody in Virginia, awaiting extradition proceedings. Police say new DNA evidence proves that Sheila Warren allegedly shot Marlene Warren at least once in the face and then walked away. “I didn’t think that it would ever happen; there’s always hope, but I’d prefer to have her instead,” Marlene Warren’s mother, Shirley Twing, told The Sun Sentinel on Tuesday night.

*AT&T’s DirectTV Is Offering Refunds Over NFL Protests

AT&T’s DirecTV is offering refunds to some Sunday Ticket subscribers who are angry with the wave of national-anthem protests sweeping National Football League games, The Wall Street Journal reports. The regular policy for DirecTV’s SundayTicket prohibits refunds, but customer-service representatives have reportedly said they are making exceptions in light of the recent protests. The protests, which began last season to call attention to racism and police brutality, gained momentum last Friday after President Trump publicly condemned the practice and called for protesting NFL players to be fired. While DirecTV has not issued an official statement outlining its response, several customer-service representatives contacted by phone confirmed the new policy, with some saying a complaint against the protests is enough to get a full refund. Marc Hoffman, one subscriber interviewed by the Journal, said he received a refund of about $280 after calling simply to “make a point.”

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Aerosmith canceled a handful of tour dates as Steven Tyler recovers from an undisclosed “unexpected medical issues.” A Twitter post from the singer’s account said he was “seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time.” The band subsequently canceled the last four dates of the South American leg of its AeroVederci tour.   ***A recent draft of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for his iconic 1965 song “Like a Rolling Stone” is headed to auction via Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. The new draft was handwritten in 2017 and has been authenticated by Bob Dylan’s manager, according to a statement from the auction house.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Stevie Nicks: “I Used to Carry a Gram of Cocaine in My Boot” —-

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Joseph M. McDade, an 18-term Republican congressman from northeastern Pennsylvania who helped revive the local coal-driven economy, and who late in his career was accused and acquitted of helping himself to $100,000 in illegal gifts, died on Sunday at his home in Fairfax, Va. He was 85. His death was confirmed in a statement from his family. He had had Parkinson’s disease since the 1990s.   ***Orville Lynn Majors, who was convicted in 1999 of killing six people while he was a nurse at a rural Indiana hospital, died on Sundaywhile serving a 360-year prison sentence. He was 56. Mr. Majors was having difficulty breathing and became unresponsive on Sunday at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, corrections officials reported. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there. Preliminary autopsy results showed that he had heart problems, the officials said.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Howard Stern says ‘I will never vote Democrat again, they are Communists ‘ —


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*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jay Leno: I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good. Maybe you’re not the best, so you should work a little harder.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas F. Friedman (Former Secretary of State): Dean Acheson wrote a famous memoir, “Present at the Creation,” about the birth of the post-World War II order — an order whose institutions produced six decades of security and growth for a lot of people. We’re now at a similar moment of rapid change — abroad and at home. Many institutions have to be rethought. But any book about Washington today would have to be called “Absent at the Creation.”Surely one of the most cynical, reckless acts of governing in my lifetime has been President Trump and the G.O.P.’s attempt to ram through a transformation of America’s health care system — without holding hearings with experts, conducting an independent cost-benefit analysis or preparing the public — all to erase Barack Obama’s legacy to satisfy a few billionaire ideologue donors and a “base” so drunk on Fox News that its members don’t understand they’ll be the ones most hurt by it all. Democrats aren’t exactly a fire hose of fresh ideas, but they do respect science and have a sense of responsibility to not play around with big systems without an ounce of study. Not so Trump. He scrapped the Paris climate treaty without consulting one climate scientist — and no G.O.P. leader protested. Think about that. That failure is particularly relevant because, as this column has been arguing, “climate change” is the right analytical framework for thinking about how we shape policy today. Why? Because we’re going through three climate changes at once: We’re going through a change in the actual climate — disruptive, destructive weather events are steadily on the rise.

*LBN-ETC: 100+ Volunteers Needed for “Stand Down 2017” Homeless Veteran Benefit Event in Los Angeles

From October 26th-October 27th, Village for Vets and Brentwood School are partnering to coordinate volunteers for “The Stand Down 2017,” an event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. The event is taking place at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. 1500 homeless and family members expected to partake in one day of food, showers, housing, assessments, services and more. Volunteers needed for all services. To volunteer, sign up here:


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have announced they’re getting married. The pair, who played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte in the HBO series, published an official announcement of their engagement in the Times of London, although the wedding date has yet to be revealed. The couple met on the hit show in 2012 and only went public with their romance last year. Harington has previously said his work opposite Leslie in the show made it “easy” for the two to become romantically involved.   ***Julia Stiles is officially off the market. The “Save the Last Dance” actress used Instagram to announce that she and fiancé Preston J. Cook tied the knot in Seattle. Stiles’ rep confirmed that the nuptials took place over Labor Day Weekend.   **At this rate “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” could go on for another 40 years – now Khloé is also pregnant, a source has confirmed. We’re told that Khloé, 33, is in her second trimester with her first child, and the father is Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson.   ***Pete Davidsonrevealed that he has borderline personality disorder. The “Saturday Night Live” star, 23, explained that he thought the symptoms he had been experiencing were because of his “pothead” nature.