LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

*Trump Admits Passing Intel to Russia
President Trump admitted Tuesday morning that he did share highly classified information with two of Russia’s top diplomats during an Oval Office meeting last week. The extraordinary disclosure, which was first reported by The Washington Post, was initially denied by the White House. This morning, the 45th president of the United States contradicted his staff by admitting, via Twitter, that he shared information on terrorism with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their meeting. “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” he wrote. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
*In Computer Attacks, Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea:
Intelligence officials and private security experts say that new digital clues point to North Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects in the sweeping ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems around the world. The indicators are far from conclusive, the researchers warned, and it could be weeks, if not months, before investigators are confident enough in their findings to officially point the finger at Pyongyang’s increasingly bold corps of digital hackers. The attackers based their weapon on vulnerabilities that were stolen from the National Security Agency and published last month. Security experts at Symantec, which in the past has accurately identified attacks mounted by the United States, Israel and North Korea, found early versions of the ransomware, called WannaCry, that used tools that were also deployed against Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Bangladesh central bank last year and Polish banks in February. American officials said Monday that they had seen the same similarities.
*Rod Rosenstein: ‘There’s No Place I’d Rather Be’
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appeared to shrug off the furor surrounding his role in former FBI DirectorJames Comey’s dismissal. Speaking at an awards dinner in Baltimore late Monday, Rosenstein said he wasn’t worried about the situation damaging his reputation. “When I took the oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, there is nothing in that oath about my reputation,” he was quoted as saying by CNN. His comments came amid calls for his recusal from an investigation into theTrump campaign’s ties to Russia, as lawmakers have begun to publicly question Rosenstein’s judgment in light of Comey’s firing. President Trump cited a memo from Rosenstein as the basis for Comey’s abrupt dismissal, a claim that was later called into question by a Washington Post report that said Rosenstein nearly quit over the scandal. Rosenstein rejected those claims on Monday, however, saying he told a friend who suggested he should quit, “There’s no place I’d rather be.” “If you ask me, one of the main problems in Washington, D.C., is that everybody is so busy running around trying to protect their reputation instead of protecting the public, which is what they’re supposed to be doing,” Rosenstein said.
*Fox News: Hillary Clinton Was Worse

While Fox News lagged behind other cable news outlets in broadcasting reports that President Donald Trump had disclosed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, the network eventually hosted a series of guests who downplayed the reports. “If [National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell] thought what Trump was doing was a really, really bad idea, they probably would have spoke up,” Fox News White House correspondentJohn Roberts said on air. Guest Charles Krauthammerargued that Hillary Clinton had committed worse leaks. “The only implication here is that he’s unschooled,” Krauthammer said of Trump. “This is his first go-around with sensitive information and he might’ve slipped up. If he did, it’s not good. On the other hand, if it’s not deliberate, it’s not exactly a high crime and misdemeanor,” he said, implying that Clinton committed worse security infractions by using a private email server.
*Hackers Holding Stolen Upcoming Disney Film for Ransom:
Hackers are demanding a “huge sum” of bitcoins from Walt Disney Studios to prevent a stolen copy of an upcoming film from being released, the company’s chief executive said Monday. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said the movie studio is refusing to pay and working with federal investigators. Iger did not reveal the name of the film the hackers claim to have obtained, but the latest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is due to open Friday, and Cars 3 is slated for release in mid-June. The hackers reportedly threatened to first release a five-minute clip of the film, followed by 20-minute chunks until the ransom is paid. No further details were given on the hacking group behind the ransom scheme. The incident comes just weeks after hackers released the new season of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is the New Black after a ransom was not paid.
*MORE MEXICAN HORROR – Veteran Mexican Journalist Assassinated

Award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was shot to death Monday in broad daylight on a busy street in Culiacan. Valdez, a well-known correspondent for Mexico City’s La Jornada and a co-founder of the weekly publication Riodoce, was a veteran crime reporter covering drug wars and cartels. His death makes him the latest of at least five Mexican journalists assassinated in 2017, in what press freedom organizations describe as an increasingly dangerous climate for Mexican reporters. In a statement on Twitter, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto pledged to protect reporters. “I reiterate our commitment to freedom of expression and press, fundamental to our democracy,” Nieto said. The Valdez news came hours before gunmen in Autlan state attacked Sonia Córdova, an executive at the Semanario Costeno weekly magazine, and her son, Jonathan Rodríguez Córdova, a reporter at the publication. Reuters reports the younger Córdova died at the scene, and the mother was hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

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*Bill Cosby Says He Will Not Testify at His Criminal Trial
Bill Cosby will not testify at his trial next month in Pennsylvania on sexual-assault charges, he said in a radio interview that aired on Tuesday. Mr. Cosby told the radio host Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM radio that he planned to leave his defense to his legal team. “When you have to deal with examination, cross-examination, et cetera, et cetera, more than two sides to every story, sometimes it’s four or five,” he said in the radio interview. “And what people want to say and want you to say and how they maneuver, and, yes, I do have lawyers protect me — objection; sustained. But I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer to whether or not I’m opening a can of something that my lawyers are scrambling.”

*LBN-NOTICED:  ***As the temperatures warmed up in Southern California this past weekend, E! News has exclusively learned that David Foster and Katharine McPhee met up at Nobu in Malibu Friday evening for a dinner date. According to a source, the pair arrived around 8:30 p.m. and was seated at a private, sea-front table in a corner.   “David and Katharine were very intimate during their dinner,” our insider shared. “David was seen grabbing Katharine’s face and kissing her cheek several times. Katharine was doing the same to David’s face and they were acting as if they were a couple.”   ***Angelina Jolie celebrated Mother’s Day evening on Sunday without her brood of six or estranged husband Brad Pitt. Jolie — who is in the process of divorcing Pitt — celebrated the holiday with a one-on-one dinner with her son Pax, 13. The duo were spotted at Tao Asian Bistro in Los Angeles, and we’re told Jolie was in a spiffy black cocktail dress.   ***Hollywood power players mixed with art stars at the Venice Biennale, where Ari Emanuel hosted a dinner for Mark Bradford. At the Italian art fair, “the longest queues are at the American pavilion, where [Bradford is] generally seen as one of the key artists of the moment,” said one report. Another enthused, “Bradford is our Jackson Pollock.” Emanuel, the WME-IMG honcho who’s a Bradford collector, hosted the intimate dinner on the sweeping terrace of the Westin Europa & Regina. Guests included “The Matrix” producer and art collector Joel Silver, billionaire Henry Kravis, Emanuel’s art advisor and curator Jeffrey Deitch, Frieze co-director Matthew Slotover, and Christopher Bedford.


·  Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing in the U.S.

·  When a child goes missing, the first 3 hours are the most crucial in finding the child safely. Approximately 76.2% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within three hours of the abduction
·  It can take over 2 hours to get information about a missing child from a panicked parent.
·  Every year, more than 800,000 children are missing in the United States.
·  A person can be declared dead in absentia or “legally dead” after 7 years of being listed as missing. This time can be reduced in certain cases, such as in mass disasters (e.g., Sept 11, 2001) or major battles.

·  Approximately 2,300 Americans are reported missing—every day. This includes both children and adults. This does not include Americans who have vanished in other countries, individuals who disappear and are never reported, or the homeless and their children.

·  In the mid-1980s, milk cartons with photos of missing children on them made their debut. The first child to appear on one of those milk cartons was Etan Patz, a 6-year-old from New York who disappeared walking to the bus stop in May 1975. He has never been found. However, in 2012, a man named Pedro Hernandez confessed to killing him.

·  Minorities, those who suffer from mental disorders, and substance abusers who go missing often receive little attention from authorities and little sympathy from the press or public.

·  In most jurisdictions, missing persons cases receive low priority. Authorities are already working homicides, robberies, rapes, assaults, traffic issues, and crime prevention.


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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Roger Federer, who has been in rare form at 35, announced on Monday that he will not play in the French Open, which begins in two weeks, and will instead focus on the grass-court and hardcourt events ahead, including Wimbledon and the United States Open. This will be the first year since Federer turned professional in 1998 that he will not play a tour event on clay.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ****Jimmy Kimmel will be back as host of the Oscars.  The Academy said on Tuesday that the late night host will reunite with producersMichael De Luca and Jennifer Todd for the 2018 show.

*‘Powerless’ Revolutionizes Superhero Comic Books:

Imagine a world where everyone has superpowers. That’s the premise of popular new comic book, ‘Powerless.’ This latest release from Vault Comics features characters with a range of incredible powers, such as the ability to travel back in time 37 seconds to change recent events or being able to swap places with someone in the blink of an eye.  “The whole thing takes the conventional superhero comic and turns everything on its head,” said producer Oliver Ridge, who found the material when it was pitched to him at pop culture convention, Wondercon. As a Hollywood moviemaker, he had been looking around the California event for material to adapt into film. But as a long time comic book fan, he decided instead that ‘Powerless’ had to be told in that format. Ridge’s company, Blood Moon Creative, is also behind upcoming movie, ‘The Neighbor,’ an acclaimed drama starring William Fichtner that has already won several film festival prizes, and the short film ‘Bluebird’ starring Eric Roberts. Comic book series ‘Powerless’ certainly has a great twist worthy of a hit film…A virus emerges that takes away the powers of anyone who is unfortunate to contract it, suddenly making the superhero-filled world largely ‘Powerless.’ Creator and writer David M. Booher got the idea for the story from his years spent working as a lawyer in the California justice system.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: At certain timesDonald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabble-rousing populist or a big business corporatist. But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews, and when you study the transcripts it becomes clear that fundamentally he is none of these things. At base, Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them. Immaturity is becoming the dominant note of his presidency, lack of self-control his leitmotif. First, most adults have learned to sit still. But mentally, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom. Trump’s answers in these interviews are not very long — 200 words at the high end — but he will typically flit through four or five topics before ending up with how unfair the press is to him.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: The number of foolish statements made by men and women who consider themselves feminists is essentially equal to the number of people who strongly identify as feminists. I write “strongly identify” because if asked, “Are you a feminist?” most women will say yes. They will do so for two reasons. One is that there is no social price paid for saying that one is a feminist, while there can be a huge price paid — on a college campus, for example — for saying that one is not a feminist. The other is that a great number of women define feminism as “belief in women’s equality.” And by that definition, who isn’t a feminist? I certainly am. Intelligence varies among these women and men as much as it does among members of any group of people; there are both brilliant individuals and dummies who say they are feminists. But the women today — I am not talking about suffragettes in the early 20th century — whose identities are wrapped up in being a feminist are nearly all dummies. That doesn’t mean they all lack brainpower. There are many people with a fine brain who are fools. Indeed, such individuals dominate our universities.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***James Hewitt, the dashing, polo-playing army officer who was Princess Diana’s former lover and the man who has long been the subject of rumors concerning Prince Harry’s paternity, is fighting for his life at a hospital after suffering a stroke and heart attack. The 58-year-old former army officer was rushed into intensive care after an emergency operation relating to a pre-existing illness, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror this weekend. Doctors gave him “just a slim chance” of survival after he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest just before the procedure.   ***Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo and her boyfriend, Dave Cantin, fell victim to a terrifying home invasion over the weekend. The reality star, 46, and the millionaire businessman, 37, were brutally beaten by two robbers in their Holmdel, New Jersey, townhome on Saturday. Although the pair have a home in both California and Holmdel, we’re told the the two flew into N.J. for the weekend to celebrate Teresa Giudice’s daughter, Audriana’sfirst communion. Dina is Audriana’s Godmother.   ***Another Bachelor love story has come to an end. As news broke that Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell called it quits on their year-long engagement, multiple sources reveal that a break up was almost bound to happen.  “No one is that surprised,” an insider close to the ABC series shares. “Lauren was pretty open among her friends that she was struggling. She would talk about how hard it was.”   ***According to a police report, Hayley Hasselhoff – 24-year-old daughter of David Hasselhoff and star of Sharknado 4 – was arrested for DUI on Saturday.

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LBN – Special Report – Monday, May 15th, 2017

*Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59
Brad Grey, the former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO, died on Sunday night of cancer. He was 59. His family issued a statement on Monday morning: Brad passed away yesterday evening at his home in Holmby Hills, CA with his family by his side. The cause of death was cancer. He was 59 years old. Brad is survived by his wife Cassandra Grey, their son Jules, his three grown children Sam, Max and Emily from his marriage to Jill (nee Gutterson) Grey, his mother Barbara Schumsky, his brother Michael Grey and his sister Robin Grey.

*Cyberattack Still Felt Across the Globe
As the second wave of a global “ransomware” cyberattack spread to at least 150 countries over the weekend and into Monday, the National Health Service in Britain—the first high-profile target last week—was still struggling to recover. The initial attack’s malware, dubbed “WannaCry,” hit Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, India, and Japan, paralyzing computers in factories, banks, government agencies, transport systems, and hospitals. FedEx Corp. in the U.S. and Russia’s interior ministry were two of the larger targets. A French plant for carmaker Renault said it wasn’t reopening Monday to prevent further damage while technicians handle the aftermath of its attack. In Japan, Hitachi and Nissan were both reporting problems. In China, at least 29,372 institutions have been infected.
*North Korea Says Latest Missile Test Aimed at Carrying Nuclear Warhead
North Korea says a missile it tested over the weekend was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The medium-long-range strategic missile, which reportedly landed about 60 miles from the coast of eastern Russia, was “capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead,” according to Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency. Japanese officials said the missile flew at an unusually high altitude of about 1,240 miles, indicating it was a different kind of missile than those previously used. The United Nations Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday about the latest test launch, at the request of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. The White House issued a statement late Sunday saying the test launch should “serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”


*HORROR – Man Dies After Burning Alive on Facebook Live
A local Memphis musician died at a hospital after setting himself on fire in an attempted suicide on Facebook Live on Saturday. The man has been identified by reports as 33-year-old Jared McLemore. In the video, the man pours kerosene on himself before bursting into flames and running off. People in a local spot called Murphy’s said the man then ran in around 12:30 in the morning while still in flames.

·  Gaia, or Mother Earth, was the first goddess in Greek mythology. She created herself out of primordial chaos. She also created Earth and the universe.
·  The African Black Eagle typically will lay two eggs. After they hatch, the mother will just feed one of the chicks. The other chick is usually pecked to death by the other chick while the mother looks on.
·  The mother who gives birth to the largest baby on Earth is a mother elephant. After enduring 22 months of pregnancy, she gives birth to a blind, 200-pound calf.
·  A mother koala will feed her baby her own feces. Baby koalas—or joeys—haven’t developed the intestinal bacteria that help detoxify the highly poisonous eucalyptus leaves, which are a koala’s main diet.
·  Polar bear moms put on around 400 pounds during their pregnancy. If the mother doesn’t double her weight, her body will simply reabsorb the fetus.

*‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Reigns Supreme at Box Office

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 claimed No. 1 at U.S. box offices for the second weekend in a row, easily defeating Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in its opening weekend. Marvel’s quirky superhero film pulled in $63 million domestically in its second weekend, bringing its grand total to $246.2 million. The highly anticipated King Arthur fell short of analysts’ expectations, earning $14.7 million in its debut weekend. Snatched, an R-rated comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, managed to beat King Arthur to claim second place, with $17.5 million in North American theaters.


*LBN-NOTICED:   **Christopher Meloni, Dana Delany, Troy Garity, Rachel Roy, Michelle Collins, Daniel Benedict andGreg Calejo enjoying a four-course gourmet dinner at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Beverly Hills restaurant Georgie.   ***Jennifer Lopez’s guitarist Andy Abad strummed for the crowd at the Avión tequila-hosted feast in NYC.   ***Al Roker announcing his new show, “Turn Table,” which combines his love for cooking and music at Rumble Yard’s NewFronts presentation at Sony Music Headquarters.   ***Sen. Ted Cruz dining with GOP strategist Ed Rollins at Smith & Wollensky in Midtown in NYC Thursday night. At a nearby table was real estate attorneyPetro Zinkovetsky with publicist Ronn Torossian.   ***Dave Matthews, Wesley Snipes and Wanda Sykes separately at Del Frisco’s in Midtown in NYC.   ***Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Amy Schumer and the new chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film Stacey Snider at STK Los Angeles for the “Snatched” film premiere party sponsored by Casamigos.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levineinterviewing famed novelist Wally Lamb at the legendary Player’s Club in NYC last week.   ****Hillary Clinton attended a private dinner with supporters Thursday night in Beverly Hills at the home of Haim Saban, “as she works to build a new political group resisting Donald Trump,”. Guests included Bill Clinton, Kevin de León, Eric Garcetti, Warren Beatty, Eva Longoria, Casey Wasserman and Reps. Ted Lieu andMaxine Waters, among others.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cannabis (marijuana) seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Former ESPN anchor Sara Walsh may have settled into her new role as a mother of two, but her road to parenthood wasn’t easy: She revealed she once had a miscarriage on the air. Weeks after she was axed by the sports giant in its dramatic round of layoffs, Walsh, 39, opened up about her struggles to conceive in a heartfelt Instagram post on the first Mother’s Day since the birth of her twins. “My mother bought them these onesies because she thought they were funny. For us, they’re especially poignant,” Walsh wrote alongside a photo of the toddlers in outfits that read “GOOD EGG.”


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – : Random processes are repeating processes whose outcomes follow no describable deterministic pattern. In mathematical, social, and religious settings, the term randomness refers to an innate “fairness” or lack of order or bias. Although randomness is an objective property, people often question whether a process is truly random. Many superstitions rest on the idea that seemingly random processes are actually governed by a hidden set of rules.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer:  It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney GeneralRod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by President Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at a July news conference, Comey publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending against prosecution. It was implausible that Trump fired Comey for, among other things, reopening the Clinton investigation 11 days before the election, something that at the time Trump praised as a sign of Comey’s “guts” that had “brought back his reputation.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Henry Chung, who brought the lessons of Chinese cooking from his grandmother’s rural kitchen to the United States, where he opened one of the first American restaurants to specialize in spicy Hunanese cuisine, died on April 23 in San Francisco. He was 98. His death was confirmed by his granddaughter MacKenzie Fegan.   ***Powers Boothe, the character actor known for playing villainous roles in films like Sin City and Tombstone and television series like Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 68.


*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Pippa Middleton may not be marrying into the royal family, but in a matter of just a few days, she’ll have wealthy and respected new relatives all her own. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s younger sister is set to walk down the aisle on Saturday to her fiancé James Matthews, a former race car champion-turned-hedge fund manager.   ***Jenna Dewan Tatum has set the record straight. Long before she became an actress and judge on NBC’s World of Dance, the world knew Dewan-Tatum as one of Justin Timberlake‘s backup dancers—and that period of her life was briefly touched upon in Lifetime’s unauthorized Britney Spears biopic, Britney Ever After. When Dewan-Tatum stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Sunday, a viewer called in to ask whether the dance-off between Spears and Timberlake really happened.  ***Howard Stern fans can rest easy. After taking a rare day off on Wednesday, Stern was back on the radio Monday morning to explain that he’s been sick with a fever and the flu. “I don’t want to be here,” he said. “There was a lot of speculation, ‘Where was I on Wednesday?’ Many people pointed out that me taking what they call a ‘personal day,’ by the way, I never said ‘personal day.’ I didn’t take a personal day, I took a sick day and I’m still sick, you can still hear it in my voice.”   ***Ozzy Osbourne has backed plans to open a dog care center for up to 30 mutts on his $6.4 million country estate. It comes after wife Sharon Osbourne branded him a “dirty dog” for his alleged affair with a hairdresser last year. A dog walking business is set to use four acres of the rocker’s Buckinghamshire farm for the pet project.

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LBN – Special Report – Sunday, May 14th, 2017

*North Korea Tests Ballistic Missile

North Korea tested a ballistic missile early Sunday that landed close to Russia, U.S. Pacific Command said. The missile was launched from a western part of the country and landed in the Sea of Japan, just 60 miles off the coast of Vladivostok in eastern Russia. According to the Japanese defense ministry, the projectile was airborne for 30 minutes and reached an altitude of 1,240 miles. U.S. Pacific Command does not believe it was an intercontinental ballistic missile, adding that it did not pose a threat to North America. “With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil—in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan—the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. “Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.” The launch is the first since Moon Jae-in, who has shown a willingness to engage diplomatically with the north, was inaugurated as president of South Korea.

*Trump ‘Surprised’ over Democrats’ Reactions to Comey Firing

President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was “surprised” at the Democrats’ reactions to his firing of FBI Director James Comey, given that many of them had criticized Comey for the better part of the part year. “I guess I was a little bit surprised, because all of the Democrats, I mean, they hated Jim Comey,” Trump told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in an interview that aired Saturday. “They didn’t like him, they wanted him fired, or whatever, and then all of a sudden they come up with these glowing reports. You know, look, it’s politics.” Trump echoed similar reported reactions from his administration in expressing shock at the backlash, but contradicted his vice president, among others, when he said he was planning to dismiss Comey “regardless” of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s recommendation. “It’s beyond being a hypocrite. You have these tremendous—the level of hatred toward him, especially during that period of time with Hillary Clinton where he gave her a free ride,” Trump added.

*Europol: Cyberattacks Expand to 150 Countries

Large-scale international cyberattacks have expanded to at least 150 countries, affecting more than 100,000 organizations, Europol said Sunday. The “ransomware” hacks are being carried out using stolen software from the National Security Agency, and were first carried out against hospitals in the United Kingdom. They have since targeted government institutions. The hackers often demand ransom payments in order to restore access to hacked systems. Jan Op Gen Oorth, a spokesman for Europol, warned that the numbers are likely to increase as people return to work on Monday morning and turn on their computers.

*Richard Spencer Leads March Defending Confederate Statue

Alt-right figurehead and white nationalist Richard Spencer led a protest on Saturday in support of a Confederate monument ofRobert E. Lee in Virginia. The protesters were wielding torches and chanting, “You will not replace us,” “Russia is our friend,” and “Blood and soil.” After police were called to the scene to break up a fight, officials say the crowd dispersed and there were no further altercations. The city of Charlottesville has received criticism over its decision to sell the statue of the Confederate general. In a statement, Charlottesville MayorMike Signer said the protest was “either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK.”

*Emmanuel Macron Inaugurated as French President

Centrist Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as France’s new president on Sunday, a week after he defeated far-right populistMarine Le Pen in a run-off. Macron, 39, is now the country’s youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte. “The division and fractures in our society must be overcome. The world and Europe needs France more than ever,” said Macron, who ran a pro-European Union campaign. Macron was formerly an investment banker and a member of outgoing PresidentFrancois Hollande’s socialist government. Macron’s campaign seemed on the verge of unraveling when, just two days before the election last Sunday, it announced that it was the target of a cyberattack—eerily similar to those carried out by alleged Russian operatives during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States. But the hack did not have a significant outcome on the race, as it occurred right before a nationwide blackout on election news.


*Poll: 29 Percent Approve of Comey Firing

Just 29 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director, according to a new poll. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey found that 38 percent disapprove of the decision. Among those who said they have been following the news closely, 33 percent approve, while 53 percent disapprove. Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, and his administration pointed to Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Democrats and many Republicans have decried the move, saying it creates the appearance that Trump fired the man overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as well as the potential role Trump associates played. Trump’s approval rating is still lagging, clocking in at 39 percent in the NBC/WSJ poll.

*Texas College Nixes GOP Senator’s Speaking Invitation

A historically black university in Texas has rescinded an invitation to Senator John Cornyn to give a commencement speech. Students at Texas Southern University threatened to boycott the upcoming commencement speech and started an online petition to prevent Cornyn from speaking, saying his political views were an “insult” to what the university stands for. “The decision to host Mr. Cornyn as a keynote speaker sends the message that the policies and views he has advocated and supported, including both discriminatory policies and politicians, are acceptable by the university and subsequently the student body,” the petition said. In addition to publicly supporting President Trump, Cornyn has come out against expanding a program for children’s health insurance, and voted in favor of requiring a voter ID in federal elections, among other things. Cornyn, a Republican, was also recently named as one of Trump’s four potential nominees to head the FBI. About 800 students at the Texas Southern signed the online petition, and by Friday, the university had heeded their call and canceled Cornyn’s speech. The move follows a wave of incidents in which students rallied to prevent certain figures from speaking at various universities. In the most recent incident, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met with boos and turned backs by students at Bethune-Cookman earlier this week. A speaking engagement by Ann Coulter was also canceled recently, when administrators at University of California at Berkeley pulled the plug over safety concerns amid student protests. The university later offered a new date for the event, but Coulter refused.


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