LBN – Special Report – Friday, June 16th, 2017

*$240,418,000,000: Feds Collect Record Taxes in May; Still Run $88,246,000,000 Deficit
The U.S. Treasury hauled in $240,418,000,000 in total taxes in the month of May, setting a record for inflation-adjusted tax revenues for that month of the year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released this week. Despite these record revenues, however, the federal government still ran a deficit of $88,426,000,000 in May—because it spent $328,844,000,000 in the month. In the first eight months of fiscal 2017 (October through May), the federal government hauled in $2,169,160,000,000 in total taxes and spent $2,602,013,000,000—thus, running a deficit of $432,853,000,000. Fiscal 2017 will end on Sept. 30, 2017.
*Trump Confirms He’s Under Investigation, Blames Rosenstein

President Donald Trump on Friday morning blamed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for firing FBI DirectorJames Comey, which Trump said he is under investigation for doing. Trump, however, told NBC News after the firing that he already decided to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo criticizing Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clintoninvestigation. Trump is reportedly angry that Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation, following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’recusal from the issue.

*Trump Flip-Flops, Will Allow DREAMers to Stay in U.S.

In a reversal of his campaign promise and anti-immigrant rhetoric, President Trump will not deport so-called DREAMers, the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children who were protected by the Obama administration. A statement late Thursday from the Department of Homeland Security indicated that while the Trump administration will not shield their undocumented parents, it will allow those in the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to remain in the country and renew their work permits every two years.

*Wife of Alexandria Shooter: ‘I Can’t Believe He Did This’

Sue Hodgkinson, the wife of the suspected gunman who targeted Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice Wednesday in Virginia, spoke publicly Thursday evening, tearfully explaining to reporters, “I can’t believe he did this.” Hodgkinson, standing outside the couple’s home in Belleville, Illinois, said her husband, James T. Hodgkinson, had told her he was going to Washington, D.C. to “work on taxes.” Instead, the 66-year-old made his way to Alexandria and attacked the congressmen and their security detail, critically injuring GOP Rep. Steve Scalise. “I had no idea this was going to happen and I don’t know what to say about it,” said Hodgkinson. “I can’t wrap my head around it. I’m sorry he did this.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Walmart has agreed to acquire the men’s clothing company Bonobos for $310 million. The purchase is part of a sweeping effort by the world’s largest retailer to revamp its business model as it tries to better compete with Amazon, which on Friday announced that it would buy the upscale grocer Whole Foods for $13.4 billion.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Neil Diamond and his wife at lunch at Nello’s in NYC having Bellinis, lobster salad and summer truffle pasta.   ***Regis Philbin at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse in NYC.

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Lincoln Assassination Eyewitness (Feb 9, 1956) —–  https://youtu.be/I_iq5yzJ-Dk

*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Abraham Lincoln Delivers His “House Divided” Speech (1858)

In 1858, Lincoln was nominated to challenge incumbent Illinois senator Stephen Douglas for his seat. At the state Republican convention, he accepted the nomination with a now-famous speech explaining his view that the US could not exist with both slave and free states—as “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” He lost the race but won the presidency two years later

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: For 24 Years…..”Guerrilla P.R.” (Harper Collins) has been the best-selling P.R. book of all-time —— www.GuerrillaPRBook.com

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jon Pareles: Four years between albums, and Lorde makes it sound as if all she did was party. Not that she was having much fun. On “Melodrama,” her second album, Lorde’s nights out are a swirl of drunken flirtations and reckless hookups, where she tries to forget herself but ends up more lonely and self-conscious than ever. Momentary pleasures lead to lasting regrets; trivial interactions can seem cataclysmic. It’s an exceedingly narrow slice of life, but Lorde inhabits it with feverish intensity. The album’s opener and lead single, “Green Light,” leaps right into all her conflicting impulses: She’s furious at an ex but still struggling to let go, though, she also notes, “sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom.” Quick, bouncy piano chords, a foot-stomping beat and eager backup singers can only emphasize that she’s “waiting for that green light” of real independence — not that she’s found it yet. But the song’s joyous major chords already sound as though she’s busted loose.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Millions of poor children and teenagers grow up without their biological father, and often when you ask them about it, you hear a litany of male barbarism. You hear teens describe how their dad used to beat up their mom, how an absent father had five kids with different women and abandoned them all. The children’s tales often reinforce the standard image we have of the deadbeat dad — the selfish cad who spreads his seed and leaves generations of wreckage in his wake. Yet when you ask absent fathers themselves, you get a different picture. You meet guys who desperately did not want to leave their children, who swear they have tried to be with them, who may feel unworthy of fatherhood but who don’t want to be the missing dad their own father was. In truth, when fathers abandon their own children, it’s not a momentary decision; it’s a long, tragic process. A number of researchers have tried to understand how father abandonment happens, most importantly Kathryn Edin andTimothy J. Nelson, who moved to Philadelphia and Camden, N.J., immersed themselves in the neighborhoods there and produced an amazing account, “Doing the Best I Can.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: What we are living through in America is not only a division but a great estrangement. It is between those who support Donald Trumpand those who despise him, between left and right, between the two parties, and even to some degree between the bases of those parties and their leaders in Washington. It is between the religious and those who laugh at Your Make Believe Friend, between cultural progressives and those who wish not to have progressive ways imposed upon them. It is between the coasts and the center, between those in flyover country and those who decide what flyover will watch on television next season. It is between “I accept the court’s decision” and “Bake my cake.” We look down on each other, fear each other, increasingly hate each other. Oh, to have a unifying figure, program or party.  But we don’t, nor is there any immediate prospect. So, as Ben Franklin said, we’ll have to hang together or we’ll surely hang separately. To hang together—to continue as a country—at the very least we have to lower the political temperature. It’s on all of us more than ever to assume good faith, put our views forward with respect, even charity, and refuse to incite. We’ve been failing.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Comparisons being made between Trump and Nixon are interesting to say the least. Nixon administration expert Jenny Deason Copeland will bring you up to speed on the mind of Richard Nixon in her recently released work Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Could the Trump era turn into what we experienced during the Nixon administration? Get your Nixon on. The book is available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. Available on Amazon by following this link: Tiananmen West on Amazon

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Drew Barrymore, who divorced ex Will Kopelman in 2016, has found a new man. We hear the quirky actress has been dating David Hutchinson, the senior vice president of Maesa, which makes her Flower Beauty products. “They were in Palm Springs for a wedding last weekend,” says a spy, who tells us they were also seen at Cheeky’s restaurant in the tony California town.

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LBN – Special Report – Thursday, June 15th, 2017

*OUT! – US Arrests Nearly 200 Iraqi Immigrants in Massive Deportation Sweep:

US immigration authorities have arrested and moved to deport 199 Iraqi immigrants, mostly from the Detroit area, in the last three weeks after Iraq agreed to accept deportees as part of a deal removing it from President Donald Trump’s travel ban, officials said Wednesday. In the Detroit area, 114 Iraqi nationals were arrested over the weekend, and 85 throughout the rest of the country over the past several weeks, Gillian Christensen, a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, said in a statement. The actions came as part of the Trump administration’s push to increase immigration enforcement and make countries that have resisted in the past take back nationals ordered deported from the United States.
*After United Passenger-Dragging Incident, Complaints Against Airlines have Jumped 70 Percent:
The same month that a viral video depicted a United Airlines passenger being dragged from his seat, complaints against airlines in the U.S. soared 70 percent. A U.S. Department of Transportation report Wednesday showed that 1,909 complaints were filed in April against airlines flying in the U.S., up from 1,123 complaints in the same month last year. Although flight delays and cancellations increased somewhat in April, the most likely cause of the complaint surge was the public reaction to the bloody incident April 9 that put a focus on the treatment of passengers by the nation’s airlines.

*Trump’s Pledge to Wipe Out MS-13 Gang Paying off in NY:

President Trump’s pledge to wipe out the notoriously violent MS-13 gang is gaining traction — at least in the Empire State. Federal officials have rounded up close to 40 accused members of MS-13 in New York City and Long Island in the 30 days following vows by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crack down on the gang, known for terrorizing immigrant communities. Of the 45 N​ew ​Y​ork​-area gang arrests over the last month by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security, 39 were affiliated with MS-13, which has been blamed for a string of recent murders in normally placid Long Island, the feds said.
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Rockefeller Center subway riders recently caught the performance of a lifetime when they witnessed a dynamic duo perform “Jolene.” Miley Cyrus, 24, took a page out of her “Hannah Montana” playbook and dressed in disguise alongside a costumed Jimmy Fallon for a segment to belt out the song for a segment on “The Tonight Show.” Cyrus and Fallon, 42, performed the Dolly Parton hit for passersby before removing their wigs and sunglasses to reveal their true identities.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes”, TV’s most revealing interview show – Episode #3 of interview with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. —–https://youtu.be/1U_fOo9muOE .

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***A. R. Gurney, a prolific playwright who dissected the fading folkways of the Northeast’s traditional white Anglo-Saxon Protestant society, of which he himself was a member, in plays like “The Middle Ages,” “The Dining Room” and “The Cocktail Hour,” died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 86. His agent, Jonathan Lomma, confirmed the death but did not give a cause.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Bookkeeping Service – “Winner – Best of Los Angeles Award – 2017” –www.KDarleyBookkeeping.com

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: KFC Loves Gays with John Goodman —– https://youtu.be/LSBFTKI-zIM

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mike Shedlock: The state of Illinois has not passed a budget for close to three years. Arguably it’s just as well because Illinois budgets for decades have been nothing but a moth-eaten collection of lies, one time deficits repeated endlessly, and financial wizardry statements designed to disguise Illinois’ real problems: failure to rein in spending coupled with a very business unfriendly environment. As Illinois’ bond rating careens towards junk, Illinois unpaid bills jumped to $14.3 billion. Today, the state told contractors to halt roadwork other than that required for safety.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Richard Williams, the famed father of tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams, is divorcing his wife of seven years. Richard, 75, not only wants to end his marriage to Lakeisha Williams, 38, he claims she’s stealing his Social Security checks and has forged his name on a deed transfer. To make matters worse, Richard and Lakeisha share a 5-year-old son, who Richard claims is in danger while in her care. He says Lakeisha is staying with someone with pending “criminal felony charges.” There are also allegations of alcoholism and gun theft against her.   ***“Saturday Night Live” comic and “Rough Night” star Kate McKinnon was fêted by Elle magazine at the Public hotel with a stand-up show featuring feisty feminist comedy from Jamie Lee, Tiffany Haddish, Cristela Alonzo and Whitney Cummings. “There was a rumor going on for a while that men like strong women,” Cummings joked to the female crowd. “No, they don’t. I’ve seen porn . . . They have categories you can pick from on the side, it’s like ‘girl-on-girl,’ ‘college girl.’ There’s no ‘CEO girl with a book deal.’ ”

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

*DEAD – Steve Scalise Shooting Suspect Identified as 66-Year-Old Illinois Man; Shot and Killed by Authorities:

Authorities have identified the suspect in the Wednesday morning shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old from Belleville, Illinois, who was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Alexandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business but his license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, according to state records obtained by the Washington Post reported. The paper also reported that Hodgkinson was charged with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle in April 2006 in St. Clair County, Illinois. Those charges were subsequently dismissed. Belleville is suspected of opening fire with a rifle on a group of Republicans early Wednesday morning during a practice session in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, for the GOP congressional baseball team.
*Rep. Mo Brooks Gives Harrowing Account of Congressional Shooting

Shortly after five people were shot, including Majority WhipSteve Scalise, during a GOP congressional-league baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, Rep.Mo Brooks called CNN to give a harrowing account of the attack. The Alabama Republican recounted standing on-deck to hit when he heard shots break out and hearing Scalise scream that he’d been shot. Brooks said he’d hit the ground as the semi-automatic rifle continued firing, and when he heard a break in shots, he made a run for a plastic-wrapped batting cage and then to the first-base dugout to seek shelter. One staffer, whose name Brooks said he could not recall, was shot in the leg and the congressman said he took off his belt to apply a tourniquet above the wound. Brooks recalled the shooter eventually being “taken down” by congressional security or police, and then everyone running over to a wounded Scalise—now in right field—to administer aid as the Louisiana representative had been “shot in the hip.” Brooks recounted: “[Scalise] was not able to move on his own power. He was dragging his body from the second-base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on… There was a blood trail about 10-to-15 yards long from where he was shot and crawled into right field.

*ISIS Captures Tora Bora, Once Bin Laden’s Afghan Fortress: 
Tora Bora, the mountain redoubt that was once Osama bin Laden’s fortress, fell to the Islamic State early Wednesday, handing the extremists a significant strategic and symbolic victory, according to Afghan officials and local elders and residents. Taliban fighters who had previously controlled the extensive cave and tunnel complex fled overnight after a determined, weeklong assault by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, according to villagers fleeing the area on Wednesday. Hazrat Ali, a member of Parliament and a prominent warlord from the area who helped the Americans capture Tora Bora from Al Qaeda in 2001, said that the offensive was prompted by the American decision to drop the so-called mother of all bombs on an Islamic State network of tunnels in Achin District in April. The 20,000-pound bomb was thought to be the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Drunk Driving:

·  It takes approximately six hours after drinking for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system with a BAC level of .08 g/dL.
·  A driver with a BAC of .08 g/dL is 11 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol.
·  Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3am involve alcohol. Additionally, there are spikes in DUIs at 7:00 p.m. and 3:00pm, which are the end of happy hour and lunch time, respectively.
·  Nearly 75% of drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions are not wearing their safety belts.
·  Beer is the most common type of alcoholic beverage involved in both DUI arrests and fatal crashes. It is also the drink of choice in most cases of binge drinking and underage drinking
·  Drugs other than alcohol (such as marijuana and cocaine) are involved in approximately 18% of fatal motor vehicle collisions and have most often been used in combination with alcohol.

·  Consuming just 3-4 beers for 170-pound male is enough to make him too drunk to drive. For a woman of average size, it may just take 1 to 3.
·  While over 80% of American drivers have heard of the term BAC (blood alcohol content), only 27% of drivers can correctly identify the legal BAC limit for their state.
·  The country with the highest rate of drunk driving deaths is South Africa. Nearly 6 out of every 10 fatalities (58 percent) on South Africa’s roads are due to alcohol. By comparison, in the United States, 31 percent of all road deaths are linked to alcohol.
·  Approximately, 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
·  Drunk driving deaths and damages cost about $52 billion per year in the United States
·  In 2013, 28.7 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol. This is more than the entire population of Texas.
·  In the United States, drunk driving deaths have been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Tom Brokaw is back. Discovery honcho Henry Schleiff has greenlighted a show tentatively titled “Freedom of the Press” for the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor, an insider exclusively tells us. The show will feature “in-depth, one-on-one interviews” that will “reveal the essential role investigative journalism plays in American life today,” said the source. “Each episode will focus on two to three journalists.”

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES:   ***Bone mass doubles between birth and age two, doubles again by age 10, and doubles yet again during puberty. It continues to increase until about age 30, when the maximum or peak bone mass is attained. After that, more bone tissue is lost than is replaced during bone remodeling, resulting in a 5-10% loss of bone mass per decade of life.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Funny Commercial for Home Depot —-  https://youtu.be/M8r8REVieAk

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Anita Pallenberg, the actress/model who was a muse to the Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 73. Born in German-occupied Rome in 1944, Pallenberg famously left troubled Stones founding guitarist Brian Jones for Keith Richards, and the pair went on to have three children together during years of alleged heavy drug use. She also appeared with Mick Jagger in the film Performance and contributed backup vocals on “Sympathy for the Devil.”


*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab
“The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers – no matter what their skill level – with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. The Purdue Writing Lab serves the Purdue, West Lafayette, campus and coordinates with local literacy initiatives. The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services.”

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Some stories have to be experienced to fully grasp — the Korea crisis is one of them. I arrived in Seoul on the evening of May 28. As I was dressing for breakfast the next morning, I was jarred by a news alert ringing on my phone: North Korea had just fired a short-range ballistic missile that had landed in the sea off its east coast. I waited for the sirens to tell us to go to the hotel shelter, as happened when I was in Israel during a Hamas rocket attack. But there were no sirens. Nothing. The breakfast buffet was packed. The mood was: Another North Korean missile test? Oh, pay no attention to our crazy cousins. Could you pass the kimchi, please? I was immediately reminded of my favorite quote from when I lived in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, where people also became inured to the constant threat of violence. It was from a Beirut hostess who asked her dinner guests, “Would you like to eat now or wait for the cease-fire?” A few hours after the missile test, two U.S. B-1B Lancer strategic bombers out of Guam flew right up to the North’s border on what North Korea called “a nuclear bomb dropping drill.” No matter. The South Korean stock market didn’t flinch.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (World renown security expert): The Dignitary Protection team of the Capital Police response was excellent.  From the start of the attack to the response was only 3minutes.  That fast response stopped a  massacre from happening.  Dignitary Protection Units go through a total different training than the Police Academy.  It was the Officers specialized training that stopped this attack.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rachel Maddow: We have a mantra when it comes to this administration: “Don’t pay attention to what they say, focus on what they do.” And that is very helpful, because it’s easier to cover a fast-moving story when you’re not distracted by whatever the White House denials are. It’s fascinating that H.R. McMaster and Dina Powell and Rex Tillerson, these very impressive people, all came out and denied that the president gave the Russians secret intelligence in the Oval Office. But, then, the next morning the president was like, “Yeah, I did tell the Russians!” So that’s a sign to not get too hung up on what the White House is saying at any moment, because even their most credible people are being put forward to lie, bluntly, regularly . . . and it’s O.K.!

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Erica Rhodes (Comedian): LA is losing its mind: Thrift stores are more expensive than normal stores, grocery stores are more expensive than restaurants, and juice is more expensive than booze. I guess I’ll have to shop at Urban Outfitters, eat out, and become an alcoholic in order to save money.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT:

Sarah Partridge —– sarahpartridge.com. —— Jazz Vocalist Sarah Partridge debuts songs from her new album, “Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian”.

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