LBN – Special Report – Thursday February 23, 2017

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Iraqi Troops Storm Mosul Airport in Fight Against ISIS:

Iraqi troops—backed by U.S. drones and jets—stormed Mosul’s airport on Thursday, seizing control of the important base in a move to recapture the city from ISIS control. The advance will allow troops to launch operations into a key part of the city’s western suburbs. Several thousand of the Islamic State’s veteran fighters had installed defenses in the area. The runway was secured by noon on Thursday, though militants had laid landmines through much of the abandoned complex. “Our forces started a major operation this morning to storm the Ghazlani airport base and I can confirm that it is only a matter of time before we control the whole area,” said Sabah al-Numan, a spokesman for the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces.

Muslims Raise Over $100K to Help Vandalized Jewish Cemetery:

In a show of support for Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans have raised more than $108,000 to help clean up a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was vandalized over the weekend. The attack on the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery – which saw hundreds of gravestones toppled and destroyed – garnered nationwide attention and prompted a visit from Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday. Muslim Americans used online fundraising to show their support for those affected by the vandalism. “Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” the fundraisers wrote in their appeal on The goal of the fundraising campaign was not only to raise funds to help repair the gravestones, they said, but also to “send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.”


Collins: I’m Open To Trump Tax Subpoena:

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Wednesday that she’s open to using a subpoena to investigate the tax returns of President Donald Trump in order to ascertain potential connections to Russia. Collins is on the Senate Intelligence Committee which is looking into Russian interference in the election last year. Collins said on Maine public radio that she would hope for “voluntary cooperation” but would be open to the subpoena if necessary. She also said that she would be calling for former national security adviserMichael Flynn to testify. Trump has refused to disclose his tax returns throughout the election.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin’.” The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes “meritocracy,” the idea that the best and brightest will rise to the top based on their efforts, even if it means stepping on toes to get there. Those values have helped propel Uber to one of Silicon Valley’s biggest success stories. The company is valued at close to $70 billion by private investors and now operates in more than 70 countries. Yet the focus on pushing for the best result has also fueled what current and former Uber employees describe as a Hobbesian environment at the company, in which workers are sometimes pitted against one another and where a blind eye is turned to infractions from top performers.   ***Westwood Village, once the place where big films opened in Los Angeles, is about to be down to just two remaining movie houses. The owner of the Landmark Regent Theatre on Broxton Avenue has filed plans with the city to convert the auditorium space into two restaurants.  The Regent opened in 1966 as a Laemmle theatre, in a 1946 building that originally housed retail stores — including the Oakley Barber Shop, a Westwood Village fixture now located on Gayley Avenue. Laemmle ran it until Mann Theaters took over in the 1970s. Landmark began operating the Regent in 2002.

Social Media Are Driving Americans Insane Reports Media Expert:

 If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health reports media expert and author Michael Levine( According to Levine, the APA released a study finding that Americans were experiencing the first statistically significant stress increase in the survey’s 10-year history. “In January, 57 percent of respondents of all political stripes said the U.S. political climate was a very or somewhat significant source of stress, up from 52 percent who said the same thing in August” said Levine. According to Levine’s report, social media use has skyrocketed from 7 percent of American adults in 2005 to 65 percent in 2015. For those in the 18-29 age range, the increase is larger, from 12 percent to a remarkable 90 percent.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Men who exercise strenuously may have a lower libido than those whose workouts are lighter, according to one of the first studies to scientifically delve into the relationship between men’s workouts and their sex lives. For years, scientists and active people have debated whether and how exercise affects sexual desire and human reproduction. But most past studies have centered on women. Typically, this research has found that when some female athletes, such as marathon runners, train intensely for many hours a week, they can develop menstrual dysfunctions. These problems seem caused by hormonal imbalances occurring because of physical stress and frequently affect a woman’s interest in sex and her ability to conceive.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Priyanka Chopra at Omar’s in NYD having dinner with her “Quantico” castmates Yasmine Al Massri, Josh Hopkins and Graham Rogers.   ***Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and Chris and Adrienne Boshenjoying a preview of sbe’s soon-to-open restaurant Leynia at Delano in Miami. ***

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Alan Colmes, a political commentator for Fox News, died Thursday morning after a “brief illness,” the network announced. He was 66. Colmes was a prominent liberal voice on the network, often appearing on-air. He also hosted a radio show on Fox News Radio. “He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral,” a family statement reads.   ***Ed Garvey, who led the National Football League players’ union to two strikes during a dozen years as its executive director and later became a progressive political activist and office seeker in his native Wisconsin, died on Wednesday in Verona, Wis. He was 76. The union confirmed his death.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Meet the World’s Most Famous Dominatrix – Isabelle Sinclaire on the revealing TV interview show “Without Notes”- Episode # 2 – .

Acclaimed Executive Protection Company, World Protection Group Welcomes Bill Phillips as Security Consultant:

Bill Phillips has joined the World Protection Group, Inc., as a security consultant. WPG is a full service international security firm that specializes in Executive Protection. Their philosophy and techniques are based on the United States Secret Service method of providing proactive and preventative protection. The World Protection Group has worked with some of the most high profile individuals in the world, and in the history of the firm has never experienced an incident that might have caused harm or embarrassment to their client. Their core client base is Political Dignitaries, Corporate CEOs and their staffs, High Net- Worth Individuals and their Families, Entertainment Organizations, Celebrities and Corporate Security. With over 40 years of corporate and consulting experience, Phillips has a unique background and experience providing him with expertise in all aspects of Risk/Threat Management, Continuity of Business/Contingency Planning, Security and Safety Management and Security Convergence. A thought leader and innovator in security and safety, Phillips has made presentations to professional, governmental and industry groups, serves on national standard committees, testified before Congressional committees and government agencies and lectures at universities and colleges.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Sinéad O’Connor is sorry for saying Arsenio Hall was a drug pusher for Prince — or at least she’s saying as much to avoid a lawsuit. In May, Hall, 61, sued O’Connor for $5 million over a Facebook post in which she wrote, “Two words for the DEA investigating where Prince got his drugs . . . Arsenio Hall (a.k.a. Prince’s and Eddie Murphy’s bitch). Anyone imagining Prince was not a longtimehard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land. Arsenio I’ve reported you.”   ***Pamela Anderson says she has been inspired by her friendship with Julian Assange to campaign for men who have been falsely accused of rape. In an interview on Russia’s RT network, Anderson said that Sweden — where WikiLeaks founder Assange is accused of sex crimes — “has these very progressive laws against sexual crimes, whatever you want to call it. It’s almost too progressive, it’s almost paralyzing,” she added on the “Going Underground” show. “I’m going to actually start campaigning for men who have been victims of being accused of rape when they haven’t actually done anything.”

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LBN – Late Breaking News February 22, 2017

REMEMBER ENGLISH? Over 100 student languages in Iowa school district:

Teachers in Des Moines Public Schools are using special accommodations to help a flood of immigrant and refugee students — who come to school speaking 100 different languages — to learn English.

Many of the students come from violent countries like Honduras and El Salvador, and teachers are taking numerous steps to accommodate their cultures while introducing them to the language.

“When they first come, if we know that their culture is where they’ve only been used to all girls together or all boys together, then we make sure we seat them near the same gender students. Then we ease them into working with others,” Meredith Middle School Intensive English Language teacher Jillea Bueso told the news site.

Bueso said educators also take special steps to ensure they don’t offend their immigrant student.
“Passing things out with your right hand and not just your left” is important, she said, because “in some cultures the left hand is like a dirty hand.”
Other teachers are using music to coax non-English speaking students into participating in school, and to learn new ways educators can craft culturally sensitive lessons.
“Their cultural backgrounds just give me energy,” teacher Meredith Marlou Sayor told WHOTV. “My mission is to get to know those cultures and then to let our regular staff know it too because it’s the not knowing that keeps us from connecting with students.”

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday February 22, 2017


Iran Threatens to Give U.S. a ‘Strong Slap in the Face’:

A commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard threatened Wednesday to give the U.S. a “strong slap in the face” if it underestimates Iran’s military. After taking office, PresidentTrump warned Iran that he would be tougher than his predecessor on the Islamic Republic and that the country was “on notice” following a ballistic missile test last month. Gen.Mohammad Pakpour, chief of the Guards’ ground forces, said, “The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake.” He added, “The message of these exercises… for world arrogance is not to do anything stupid… Everyone could see today what power we have on the ground.” Pakpour’s comments came as the Revolutionary Guard concluded three days of military exercises.

Report: Ex-Gitmo Detainee Turns Bomber:

Jamal al-Harith, a 50-year-old from Manchester, England, who was born Ronald Fiddler, was identified by his family as the man ISIS claims carried out a suicide bombing near Mosul in Iraq. Al-Harith was formerly a detainee at the prison at Guantanamo Bay and reportedly paid by the U.K. government after his release. He had been taken to Guantanamo after being found in a prison in Afghanistan in early 2002 after being intercepted by Taliban fighters who believed he was a British spy. According to his Guantanamo file, al-Harith was taken to the U.S. military prison because he was “expected to have knowledge of Taliban treatment of prisoners and interrogation tactics.”

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions:

President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport thosein the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes. Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations. The new enforcement policies put into practice language that Mr. Trump used on the campaign trail, vastly expanding the definition of “criminal aliens” and warning that such unauthorized immigrants “routinely victimize Americans,” disregard the “rule of law and pose a threat” to people in communities across the United States.

U.S. Falling Behind in Life Expectancy:

A new study says South Korean women will have an average life expectancy above 90 years by 2030, while the U.S. is projected to have one of the lowest lifespans among rich nations. The study, conducted by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization, examined life expectancy in 35 developed nations. South Korea leads the ranking, with South Korean women expected to live beyond the age of 90 thanks to the nation’s low obesity rates and overall good health care. The study’s U.S. findings weren’t as optimistic, with the average lifespan of men expected to be 80 and that of women to be 83 by 2030. Majid Ezzati, the study’s lead researcher, said the trend in the U.S. was basically the opposite of that in South Korea. Society in the U.S. is “very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected—it is the only country without universal health insurance,” Ezzati told the BBC. “And it is the first country that has stopped growing taller, which shows something about early-life nutrition,” he was cited as saying. The study, published in The Lancet, also showed the gap between men and women narrowing, and life expectancy increasing in most developed countries. Macedonia and Serbia were at the bottom of the list, with women’s life expectancy at 78 in the former and men’s at 73 in the latter. The study calculated the average lifespan for a baby born in 2030.

U.S. Shutting Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp:

The Army Corps of Engineers has told those who remain at acamp protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that they must clear out by 2 p.m. Wednesday. The protest site is on federal land between the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the pipeline route, and has been the location of several clashes between law enforcement and, at times, thousands of demonstrators. Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswomanMaxine Herr said authorities hope to make Wednesday’s evacuation “diplomatic,” but said there could be large-scale arrests at the site if they don’t receive cooperation. Native American activist Chase Iron Eyes said many “will engage in peaceful, civil resistance… holding hands, standing in prayer.

Bill Maher Takes Credit for Milo Yiannopoulos’s Fall:

After taking flak for inviting incendiary alt-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos onto his show Real Time, Bill Maher is now claiming credit for the pundit’s downfall. “What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage,” Maher said. “And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.” Maher still distanced himself from the idea that Yiannopoulos’s ideas could do any real harm. “Can he do damage? I suppose he can. To a degree. Not a great degree, I don’t think,” Maher said. “It just rubs me the wrong way when somebody says, ‘I don’t like what this person is saying—he should go away.’” Most of the criticism faced by Maher in the wake of the program centered on the fact that he didn’t correct Yiannopoulos when he misspoke or said something offensive. He responded, “It’s not my job to hold him accountable to everything he’s ever said or done. I had eight minutes with him, on the show itself.” He added, “You know what he is? He’s the little impish, bratty kid brother. And the liberals are his older teenager sisters who are having a sleepover and he puts a spider in their sleeping bag so he can watch them scream.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***McDonald’s Corp., reeling from an industrywide restaurant slump and slowing growth from its all-day breakfast push, is looking to beverages to help perk up the business. The world’s biggest food-service company, which last year focused its advertising on cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches, plans to offer $1 sodas and $2 McCafe specialty drinks across the U.S. It’s turning to higher-margin beverages at a time when cheap grocery prices are prodding more Americans to eat at home. The drink promotion may also help McDonald’s cope with the eventual rebound in food costs.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: An illegal immigrant gang member from El Salvador was allowed to walk free from Rikers Island under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Sanctuary City” law — in defiance of a federal petition to hold him for deportation, officials said Tuesday. “This man is by his own admission a member of a violent street gang and he was released back into the community,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in New York. “Honoring a detainer request is not about politics, it is about keeping New York citizens safe.”

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: L.A.’s Best Computer Consultant – Winner  of “Best of Los Angeles Award” Three (3) Years In A Row —— – Call Mr. David Slon —– (310) 788-3480

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Artist Shepard Fairey being honored at Art Wynwood in NYC.   ***Clive Davis dining with friends in the wine room at Myles Chefetz’s Prime 112 in Miami.   ***T.I.performing at Story nightclub in South Beach.   ***Malia Obama has been spotted repeatedly hitting the bars now that she’s out of the White House and working in New York. The former first daughter, who is interning for the Weinstein Company, was seen partying in the VIP section of Up&Down Friday in NYC.   ***Valerie Harper and Ed Asnercame to the Sedona Film Fest this weekend to support Cloris Leachman receiving a lifetime achievement award.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine attending a Distinguished Speakers speech by author Ayaan Hirshi Ali at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

LBN-SEE IT:…Some believe Ronda Rousey‘s acting role on NBC’s “Blindspot” is a signal her UFC career is coming to a close.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Kenneth J. Arrow, one of the most brillianteconomic minds of the 20th century and, at 51, the youngest economist ever to win a Nobel, died on Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95. His son David confirmed the death.   ***Kaci Kullmann Five, a former Norwegian political leader who was the chairwoman of the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize, died here on Sunday. She was 65. The cause was breast cancer, according to the Norwegian Nobel Institute, which helps the committee select the winners and organizes the annual prize ceremony.   ***Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, known for operating The Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home surrounded by her children. She was 97.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involve responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: It should be clear by now that there are five different Trump administrations swirling before our eyes — Trump Entertainment, Trump Cleanup, Trump Crazy, Trump G.O.P. and the Essential Trump — and no one can predict which will define this presidency, let alone make a success of it. Trump Entertainment shows up every day now in the form of an outrageous “alternative fact,” a pugnacious press conference, a tweet denouncing the news media as “the enemy of the American people” — or as a pep rally in Florida, unconnected to any particular legislative agenda and organized entirely for the purpose of giving the president an ego sugar high. The country, though, is getting addicted to Trump Entertainment. It is hard to avert your gaze from a president who will say anything about anything. It’s so unusual, like a flying elephant or a horse that can talk, that you can’t help but stare. But it’s such a waste of energy. I wonder if the Chinese are spending their days this way. I suspect they’ve added another high-speed rail line just since Trump’s election. Trump Cleanup comprises the adults on his team who follow in the wake of Trump Entertainment and “clarify” what the president meant. It’s Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis assuring the South Koreans that — despite what Trump said — we’ll honor our security commitments to them, or assuring the Iraqis that we’re actually not going to steal their oil. It’s the U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, clarifying that — despite what Trump said — we’re still committed to two states for Israelis and Palestinians.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: After the election of Donald Trump as president, a professor at Orange Coast College in California, Olga Perez Stable Cox, went into an extended hate-rant against the president-elect. Among other things, she described the Trump election as an “act of terrorism,” labelled him a “white supremacist” and called Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.” And this wasn’t even a political science class in which one might expect political talk, no matter how irresponsible. Stable Cox is a professor of human sexuality.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – ) : A little charm and grace can take you many places mere hustle never will.

LBN COMMENTARY by Adam Heller: Living begins when you crawl out of the skinny branches.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***As one of the world’s most famous ex-porn stars, a XXX icon who’s appeared in close to 200 adult films, it is pretty surprising that Jenna Jameson has rebranded herself as an alt-right firebrand. Then again, the 42-year-old formerly known as Jenna Marie Massoli has, in recent years, become a major proponent of far-right thought, tweeting and retweeting provocative messages criticizing Muslims and immigrants to her 693,000 followers (some of whom, we assume, may have thought they were going to receive more than regurgitated Breitbart headlines).  Jameson, a vocal supporter of Trump—who claims to have converted to Judaism in order to wed her fraudster fiancé, and once cameoed on The Celebrity Apprentice—has spent much of the last 48 hours engaged in an anti-Muslim Twitter tirade, which began after she leapt to the defense of President Trump’s spurious implication at a Florida rally that Sweden had suffered some sort of terrorist attack when it had not, prompting the former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt to question on Twitter what Trump had “been smoking.”

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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday February 21, 2017

Feds Detail Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants:

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday issued aseries of memos detailing how the Trump administration plans to crack down on undocumented immigrants and implement President Trump’s executive actions with regard to immigration. The memos, which were sent to U.S. agency heads and released publicly, do not include information about implementation of the travel ban that Trump issued last month, which is still on hold in court. The guidelines show plans for a significant increase in the number of individuals who will be deported under the Trump administration’s “expedited removal” regulations. Undocumented immigrants who are unable to prove that they have been living in the U.S. for two years could be subject to “expedited removal.”

Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser: 

President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days. Mr. Trump made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he interviewed candidates over the holiday weekend to replace Michael T. Flynn, who was forced out after withholding information from Vice President Mike Pence about a call with Russia’s ambassador.

NO SURPRISE! – Millennials are the most narcissistic generation ever:

We might not agree on phone etiquette, or what to put on the radio – but there’s one thing older and younger generations agree on. Millennials (born between 1980 and 1994) are the most narcissistic – according to a study that consulted both millennials and their grandparents’ generations,  But there is one thing they disagree on: the extent of their narcissism. Older generations think millennials’ narcissism goes beyondwhat millennials themselves will admit. Joshua Grubbs, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University, asked millennials and adults 60 years and older to rank generations on their narcissism. The older group ranked millennials 65.3 on a 100-point narcissism scale, whereas millennials rated themselves as 61.4, according to the Huffington Post. He also found that millennials don’t like being called narcissistic, even though they admit to having the trait. But having this label might not be a good thing. Grubbs said: Over time, the ‘narcissistic’ label could impact how millennials feel, their mental health (and) their attitudes about themselves and general generation.

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Trump Denounces Anti-Semitism as ‘Horrible’:

President Trump on Tuesday denounced the spike in anti-Semitic attacks occurring across the U.S. in recent days. “Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop,” Trump told NBC News’s Craig Melvin, while answering reporters’ questions during a tour of Washington, D.C.’s new National Museum ofAfrican American History and Culture. “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful,” Trump said. He was referring to the more than 10 bomb threats on Jewish community centers on Monday alone, as well as the vandalism of a Missouri cemetery full of Holocaust survivors. Meanwhile, Trump said the museum was “fantastic” and a “beautiful” tribute to American heroes. “They’ve done an incredible job,” he added. Trump was accompanied by Ivanka Trump; Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson; Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC); and presidential aide Omarosa Manigault.

‘Trump Bump’ for Dow Industrials Is Biggest Post-Inaugural Move Since FDR: 

President Donald Trump has been doing a lot of bragging about the stock market rally lately. How does it measure up? By some measures, the rally that took place during Mr. Trump’s first 30 calendar days in office has been the largest for any president’s first month on the job since 1945. Since inauguration day on Jan. 20 through Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed more than 4%. That’s the biggest gain over the first 30 days of a presidency since Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated for is final term 72 years ago, according to WSJ Market Data Group. During that period, the Dow rallied 4.1% to 159.01 points.

Texas Surgeon Gets Life in Prison for Maiming Patients:

A former Dallas neurosurgeon was sentenced to life in prison Monday on charges that he maimed patients on whom he operated. Christopher Duntsch, 44, was convicted of first-degree felony injury to an elderly person by a Dallas County jury last week, and prosecutors lodged several other claims of malpractice against him. Two of Duntsch’s patients died. He allegedly wrongly placed screws and plates along the spines of patients and left a surgical sponge inside another person. One surgeon testified during Duntsch’s trial that it was like he watched an amateur being let loose in a surgery. His lawyers had argued his intentions weren’t criminal.

Student Discovers Walt Whitman Novel:

A University of Houston doctoral student is being credited with the discovery of a previously unknown novel by poet Walt Whitman. The student, Zachry Turpin, noticed an ad in a newspaper from 1852 that teased a six-part “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle.” Turpin eventually discovered the novel, which was published anonymously and reveals information about Whitman’s early life. The novel will soon be published by the University of Iowa Press. An English professor at the university, Ed Folson, said Turpin’s discovery “is going to change everything we thought we knew about Whitman’s writing career.” Turpin said it would “probably please” Whitman, whose work was often published uner a pseudonym, to know that his work was discovered.

WHO READS LBN? Actress Margo Martindale:

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Milo Yiannopoulos, a polemical Breitbart editor and unapologetic defender of the alt-right, tested the limits of how far his provocations could go after the publication of a video in which he condones sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and laughs off the seriousness of pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests. On Monday, the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded their invitation for him to speak this week. Simon & Schuster said it was canceling publication of “Dangerous” after standing by him through weeks of criticism of the deal. And Breitbart itself was reportedly reconsidering his role amid calls online for it to sever ties with him.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Robert Redford in the audience at “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Janelle Monáedancing at Lobby Lounge at Dream Downtown in NYC.   ***Degrees star Jeff Timmons and AMP 92.3’s Astra on the Air at Beautique.   *** deep in conversation with yogi-to-the-stars Rainbeau Mars at his I Am Angel charity event.   ***Kevin Hart watching the NBA All-Star Game at Bounce Sporting Club in NYC.   ***Base Coat execs Ali Elman andTran Wills at Ryan Seacrest’s Purse Party.   ***Malia Obama’s glamorous winter tour continues. The former first daughter — who has been recently seen partying at the “Girls” premiere after-party in New York and shmoozing at Sundance in Park City, Utah — has also been spotted hanging with the fashionable set in Aspen, Colo.   ***On Saturday night, John Travolta shared a joint birthday party with John Gotti Jr. and Kevin Connolly, who is directing Travolta in the upcoming biopic of John Gotti Sr. We’re told the group serenaded each other with “Happy Birthday to You,” and drank red wine “late into the night” at Hunt & Fish Club in NYC.   ***Sen. Bernie Sanders packed the Ace Hotel theatre on Sunday for a book talk at the Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange that resembled a political rally.   ***Jane Fonda, Troy Garrity, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and FatherGregory Boyle were among the speakers at a Sunday memorial for Tom Hayden at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Singers during the event included Bonnie Raitt, Holly Nearand Barbara Williams, Hayden’s widow.   ***Former Los Angeles Richard Riordan, 86, was married on Sunday toElizabeth Gregory, the director of admissions at Harvard-Westlake School — Eric Garcetti‘s alma mater in Studio City. The ceremony, Riordan’s fourth marriage, was conducted at St. James’ Episcopal Church. “It was a beautiful day,” the mayor tweeted.’

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: It’s good news for awkward teenagers all over the world, as it turns out you really do become a completely different person as you get older. Scientists carried out personality tests on people at the age of 14, and then again more than sixty years later when they were 77 years old. The team found hardly any relationship between traits people had as adolescents and those in their golden years.  —–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Richard Schickel, who was so captivated byWalt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” when he was 5 years old that he grew up to be a noted film critic, Hollywood historian and prolific author and documentarian — and estimated that he had watched 22,590 movies — died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 84. His daughter Erika Schickel said the cause was complications of dementia.   ***Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, who represented his country through times of domestic tumult and rising tensions with the West, died on Monday morning while at work in Manhattan. He would have turned 65 on Tuesday. The Russian government said he died suddenly but did not specify a cause. The New York City police said there were no indications of foul play.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era. It was, all things considered, an unusually happy period. No world wars, no Great Depressions, fewer civil wars, fewer plagues. It’s looking like we’re not going to get to enjoy one of those times again. The 21st century is looking much nastier and bumpier: rising ethnic nationalism, falling faith in democracy, a dissolving world order. At the bottom of all this, perhaps, is declining economic growth. As Nicholas Eberstadt points out in his powerful essay “Our Miserable 21st Century,” in the current issue of Commentary, between 1948 and 2000 the U.S. economy grew at a per-capita rate of about 2.3 percent a year. But then around 2000, something shifted. In this century, per-capita growth has been less than 1 percent a year on average, and even since 2009 it’s been only 1.1 percent a year. If the U.S. had been able to maintain postwar 20th-century growth rates into this century, U.S. per-capita G.D.P. would be over 20 percent higher than it is today.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Noam Chomsky: If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Hoda Kotb has breaking news—she is a mom. The Today co-anchor announced Tuesday that she adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb. “She’s a Valentine’s baby,” the proud new parent said while phoning into the show. “She is the love of my life.”   ***Kris Jenner doesn’t sound like she’s ready to be married for a third time. During Monday’s appearance on “Ellen,” the Kardashian matriarch revealed she and boyfriend Corey Gamble won’t be exchanging vows anytime soon. “You know, I’ve done that twice and it didn’t work out so well,” said Jenner. “So I don’t know. You never know.”   ***Angelina Jolie and her children aren’t squeamish — they indulged in cooked tarantulas, crickets, and other bugs during a recent visit to Cambodia. “I think it’s always been a part of the diet, the bugs, but then I think there is a truth to the survival during the war of course,” she said in a short segment for the BBC. “When people were being starved they were able to survive on things like this and they did.”   ***Former “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy says he’s struggling with memory loss. The 66-year-old actor-singer tells People magazine his family has a history of dementia and he sensed “this was coming.” He says for now he wants to stay focused and “enjoy life.”

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