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.

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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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LBN – Special Report – Monday February 20, 2017

Pence ‘Disappointed’ That Flynn Misled Him:

Vice President Mike Pence reacted on Monday to the resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, telling reporters in Brussels that he was “disappointed” in Flynn’s conduct. “I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by Gen. Flynn were inaccurate,” Pence said alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.  Flynn resigned last week after it was revealed that he misled Pence about the content of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Flynn initially told Pence that he did not discuss sanctions with the ambassador, a line that both Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus repeated during media interviews. It was later revealed through news reports that Flynn did, in fact, discuss sanctions during those conversations. “We honor Gen. Flynn’s long service to the United States of America, and I fully support the president’s decision to ask for his resignation,” Pence added.

Trump Explains Sweden Remark:

President Trump explained Sunday that baffling remarks about Sweden made during a rally in Florida referred to a TV segment on Fox News—not a terror attack. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said to Florida rally-goers. Those watching the speech assumed he was talking about some kind of incident that had taken place in Sweden, but there was no such terror attack. After an international backlash—including a scathing message from a former Swedish prime minister—Trump tweeted on Sunday: “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.” The segment in question involved a filmmaker who was discussing allegations of increased crime tied to refugees in the country. On Monday morning, Trump tweeted a familiar attack on the news media: “Give the public a break—The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!”

Uber CEO Orders Harassment Probe:

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has ordered an investigation into alleged sexual harassment and gender bias at the company. The probe comes after Susan Fowler, an engineer who used to work for the ride-sharing company, claimed in an online account to have been harassed by her managers. “What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in,” Kalanick said in a statement. “It’s the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations.” Fowler alleges in part that she was coerced into having sex with her manager, and was threatened with termination after she complained to HR.

Iraqi Government Launches New Mosul Operation:

The Iraqi government on Sunday announced the launch of a new operation aimed at re-taking western Mosul from ISIS. The government air-dropped leaflets in the city to inform theremaining fighters that a new offensive was about to begin. “This is your last opportunity to quit your work with ISIS and to leave those foreigners who are in your homeland. Stay at home, raising the white flags as the forces approach,” the leaflet reads. The less populous eastern part of the city was taken back from ISIS in January. Troops will likely enter the western half of the city on foot due to narrow streets, making them susceptible to suicide attacks. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on soldiers “to move bravely forward to liberate what is left of the city.” As many as 350,000 children are believed to be trapped in western Mosul.

Dozens Injured in Bogota Blast:

At least 26 people were injured Sunday in an explosion near a bullring in the Colombian capital. Most of the victims were police officers, Reuters reported, citing authorities in Bogota. The blast occurred outside a bullring where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a protest against bullfights in the city, though it’s unclear if the protesters were the intended targets. Demonstrations against bullfighting have resulted in several clashes between police and protesters since a court ruled to reinstate bullfighting earlier this year. The national police issued a statement after the explosion saying it “rejects and condemns these acts of barbarism that affect the integrity of our police and other citizens.” Bogota mayor Enrique Penalosa called for an urgent meeting of the security council in the wake of the attack, according to the BBC. “The terrorists won’t intimidate us,” he wrote on Twitter. “We are going to do all that’s necessary to capture them,” he wrote.

Polanski’s Last-Ditch Effort to Come Home:

One of America’s most controversial fugitives from justice, theconvicted child rapist and film director Roman Polanski, 83, is reportedly making a last-ditch effort to return to the U.S. without serving extra jail time. TMZ reports that Polanski’s legal team has asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to unseal a long-secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case, which they believe supports the claim that a deal was cut with authorities for the crime of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Polanski, 83, has acknowledged giving a Quaalude and Champagne to the girl he then sodomized. The director spent just 48 days behind bars for rape before being released.

Malaysia Recalls Ambassador from North Korea:

Malaysia has recalled its ambassador to North Korea on Monday, amid heightened tensions between the two nations following the killing of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother at the airport in Kuala Lumpur. Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of the dictator, died last week after he was allegedly poisoned. South Korea has blamed the killing on the north. Malaysia said it was seeking “an explanation” in recalling its ambassador. North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, suggested on Monday that “there is someone else’s hand behind the investigation.” The comments follow a bizarre scenario in which the women accused of poisoning Kim Jong-nam later said they believed they were engaging in a TV prank.

LBN COMMENTARY by Adam Heller (Pain management expert): What is a deal breaker for you in a love relationship? “Anyone that needs me to complete them. Completion is an inside job.”

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LBN – Special Report – Sunday February 19, 2017

Iraqi Government Launches New Mosul Operation:

The Iraqi government on Sunday announced the launch of a new operation aimed at re-taking western Mosul from ISIS. Thegovernment air-dropped leaflets in the city to inform the remaining fighters that a new offensive was about to begin. “This is your last opportunity to quit your work with ISIS and to leave those foreigners who are in your homeland. Stay at home, raising the white flags as the forces approach,” the leaflet reads. The less populous eastern part of the city was taken back from ISIS in January. Troops will likely enter the western half of the city on foot due to narrow streets, making them susceptible to suicide attacks. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on soldiers “to move bravely forward to liberate what is left of the city.” As many as 350,000 children are believed to be trapped in western Mosul.

Leaked DHS Immigration Memos Foreshadow Crackdown on Illegal Immigration:

Leaked memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kellyreveal the department’s new efforts to implement PresidentDonald Trump’s immigration policies. The memos, obtained by CNN, show that the federal government will have broad authority to detain undocumented immigrants, as well as deport some individuals “more quickly with limited court proceedings,” according to CNN. A DHS spokeswoman declined to comment on the memos, which are subject to changes.

Merkel Falls Behind in New Poll:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party fell behind her center-left rival in a new poll. For the first time since 2006, the Social Democrats (SPD) leads Merkel’s ChristianDemocrats (CDU/CSU). The margin is only one percentage point—33 percent to 32 percent—but the SPD’s boost in recent months has baffled Germany’s conservatives. The survey was conducted by the Emnid institute and announced by the Bild am Sonntag publication. It showed that in the last four weeks, the SPD has gained an unprecedented 12 points in the polls, coinciding with the party’s announcement that former European Parliament President Martin Schulz would be its standard-bearer. Germans will head to the polls to pick their new leader on Sept. 24.

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France Rips Russia for Election Cyberattacks:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Sunday that efforts to wage cyberattacks in the country’s presidential election are “acceptable.” Emmanuel Macron, a pro-Europe candidate for the French presidency who is enjoying recent polling success, said through a spokesman that Moscow targeted the campaign’s website and email servers. “It’s enough to see which candidates, Marine Le Pen orFrancois Fillon, Russia expresses preference for in the French electoral campaign,” Ayrault said in an interview with a newspaper, adding: “This form of interference in French democratic life is unacceptable and I denounce it.” Similar allegations have been levied against Russia for its efforts to sway the U.S. presidential election toward Donald Trump.

Bono Lobbies Pence on AIDS Funding:

U2 frontman and human-rights activist Bono met with Vice President Mike Pence in Munich on Saturday to thank him for his past work in securing funding for HIV/AIDS assistance efforts in developing nations, telling the vice president that “we really appreciate” past efforts in support of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. “You’re the second-busiest man on earth,” Bono said of Pence, before noting that “twice on the House floor you defended [PEPFAR] – that’s how we know you.” Pence, for his part, remembered Bono’s appearance in support of the initiative, which has provided anti-retroviral treatment for tens of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa since it was created under PresidentGeorge W. Bush. “You played a leading role in carrying it forward,” Pence recalled. Despite the apparent friendliness of the chat, Bono has been critical in the past of Pence’s boss, calling President Donald Trump “potentially the worst idea that has ever happened to America.”


LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, reshaping the nation’s social and political landscapes and inflaming one of the most divisive controversies of the past half-century, died on Saturday in Katy, Tex. She was 69. Her death, at an assisted-living home, was confirmed by Joshua Prager, a New York journalist who is writing a book about the Roe v. Wade decision and had interviewed her extensively. He said the cause was heart failure.   ***Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Islamic cleric whose fulminating sermons inspired violent fundamentalist movements in Egypt and, an American court found, a 1993 plot for a bombing rampage in New York, died on Saturday at a federal prison near Raleigh, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78. Greg Norton, a spokesman for the prison, the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, confirmed the death, saying the cause was complications of diabetes and coronary artery disease.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Prominent Malibu realtor  DanielleDutcher having lunch on Friday on a rainy day at Tramonto Bistro on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  ***Janelle Monáeat Kola House in NYC for Jidenna’s “The Chief” album release party.   ***Stevie Wonder and The Weeknd at Catch LA.   ***Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo celebrating at Marquee  in NYC.   ***“Lion” star Sunny Pawar, 8, at the Grammys saying he wanted to “meet Beyoncé”.   ***Miss Universe Iris Mittena ere of France saying at New York Fashion Week, “Since being in America I am trying to eat healthy, but I love the hot dogs and hamburgers. They are so good here.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joel Kotkin: Increasingly American politics are driven by generational change. The election of Donald Trump was not just a triumph of whiter, heartland America. It also confirmed the still considerable voting power of the older generation. Yet over time, as those of us who have lived long enough well know, generations decline, and die off, and new ones ascend. In this past election, those over 45 strongly favored Trump, while those younger than that cast their ballots for Clinton. Trump’s improbable victory, and the more significant GOP sweep across the country, demonstrated that the much-ballyhooed millennials simply are not yet sufficiently numerous or united enough to overcome the votes of the older generations. Yet over time, the millennials—arguably the most progressive generation since the ’30s—could drive our politics not only leftward, but towards an increasingly socialist reality, overturning many of the very things that long have defined American life. This could presage a war of generations over everything from social mores to economics and could well define our politics for the next decade.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Barbara Garro (Author) :PRESIDENT TRUMP’S HARD-WORKING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN JUST 27 DAYS IN OFFICE: Rolling Back Administrative Regulations on Financial Institutions.  Refused to Fund Abortion Organizations Worldwide. Nominating Niel Gorsuch for Supreme Court Limiting Obama Care Mandates. Significant Strides to Rebuild & Re-Equip Our Military. Reduced the Scope & Size of the Administration. Reduced the Cost of USA Government: $1 Salary, Paying Living Expenses & Cancelling Presidential Jet. Success in Keeping/Bringing New Jobs Within America’s Borders.  Taking Steps to Rebuild & Restructure Our Intelligence Communities. Re-establishing America’s Preeminent Role as a Great World Power.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Donald Trump is stuck in his own skull. He’s unreachable. “He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,” says Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. Because Trump holds Thor’s hammer, with its notably short handle, we must keep trying to figure out his strange, perverse, aggrieved style of reasoning. So we’re stuck in Trump’s head with him. It’s a very cluttered place to be, a fine-tuned machine spewing a torrent of chaos, cruelty, confusion, farce and transfixing craziness. Of course, this is merely the observation of someone who is “the enemy of the American people,” according to our president. President Trump likes maps. Once it was John King’s analysis of the CNN electoral map that Trump obsessed over. Now he wants policy papers heavy on maps and graphics and not dense with boring words.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Gloria Allred (Feminist attorney):Norma McCorvey was a very complicated  person. When I met her she was very committed to a woman’s right to choose legal, safe ,available  and affordable abortions and she was very proud that   she was  “Jane Roe ”in Roe v. Wade , the landmark  1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which decided that a woman has a constitutional right to choose abortion at certain stages of her pregnancy. She was very disappointed and angry, however, that she was not being recognized as” Jane Roe” by the pro choice movement  and was not being invited to be a leading voice for those who supported Roe v. Wade. Norma asked me to represent her and assist her. I agreed, because I felt  that she should have a voice in support of choice.  Years later , Norma decided to switch to the anti choice, anti Roe v. Wade side. There she found the continuing financial support that she was seeking and needed. She also developed a religious belief that helped her to justify  her new position and which gave her comfort.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Almost any five minutes of Donald Trump’s mesmerizing, terrifying news conference on Thursday would have been enough to do another politician in.Almost every day of his administration so far contains sufficient grandiosity and delusion to be the end of a normal president’s productive relationship with Congress and support from all but the most stubbornly blind voters. And if you rewind to his campaign, you see the same pattern, with each rally, interview and debate packing in more petulance and vulgarity than an adult in a civilized society is supposed to get away with. But that’s actually his secret. That’s his means of survival: the warp speed and whirl of it all. He forces you to process and react to so many different outrages at such a dizzying velocity that no one of them has the staying power that it ought to or gets the scrutiny it deserves.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Zoe Saldana, 38, revealed on her Instagram page Saturday that she and husband Marco Perego, 37, have welcomed their third child, a baby boy named Zen. “Marco and I are elated to share the news of the birth of our son Zen,” the Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy actress wrote. “We couldn’t feel more blessed with the new addition to our family. #threeboys… oh boy!”

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LBN – Special Report – Saturday February 18, 2017

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ISIS Command Center in Mosul ‘Destroyed’:

The U.S.-led military coalition fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq said Saturday it had destroyed what it believed was a command center belonging to the terrorist group in western Mosul. “The coalition was able to determine through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts that ISIS did not use the building for any medical purposes and that civilians were no longer accessing the site,” the coalition said in a statement. While the eastern part of the city has been liberated from the group, the militants are reportedly trying to blend in among civilians in western Mosul, where they are thought to be keeping weapons in schools, hospitals and mosques. There are an estimated 650,000 civilians in the western part of the city. The militant group, perhaps taking advantage of the media blackout in the city, countered the U.S. coalition’s assertion, claiming Friday’s strike did not wipe out a command center but killed more than a dozen civilians.

Pence: U.S. Will ‘Hold Russia Accountable’:

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday reassured U.S. allies in Europe that the White House would “hold Russia accountable” for its aggression in eastern Ukraine. Pence’s comments at the Munich Security Conference in Germany come amid concerns over President Donald Trump’s seemingly soft stance on Russia, and just days after the national security adviser stepped down over his questionable ties to the Kremlin. Pence also sought to assuage concerns over Trump’s stance on NATO, saying the U.S. would “be unwavering in our commitment to this trans-Atlantic alliance” and that Trump “will stand with Europe.” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered similar reassurances to European allies earlier this week, prompting a telling reply from Germany’s defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, who singled out the “secretary of defense’s strong commitment to NATO” rather than the president’s. Trump lambasted the alliance as “obsolete” shortly before taking office, and repeatedly suggested the U.S. could withdraw support of fellow members didn’t spend more.

ISIS is going broke: 

The Islamic State group is hemorrhaging money with every piece of territory it loses, according to a new analysis that found that the group’s “business model” is on the path to failure. The analysis released Saturday by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence and the accounting firm EY found that the self-proclaimed caliphate’s financial resources have been drained substantially since the days beginning in mid-2014 when it captured banks, oil wells and entire warehouses of weapons as it amassed land. The report found that Islamic State revenue has declined from up to $1.9 billion in 2014 to at most $870 million in 2016.

8 People Escape Border Patrol, Scramble Across into Canada:

Eight asylum-seekers fled U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at the border with Canada on Friday, running straight to Canadian authorities on the other side who helped them scramble across. At least one of the asylum-seekers was carrying a Sudanese passport, according to Reuters. The incident reportedly occurred after U.S. customs agents began to question a man in the front seat of a taxi on the border in Champlain, New York. The U.S. authorities had already seized the passports of the taxi’s passengers when seven of the refugees made a run for it, climbing over mounds of snow as Canadian authorities helped them across. One man who stayedbehind with the U.S. border control agents then told journalists at the scene that he and the others were from Sudan and had been working in the U.S. for two years, adding that “nobody cares about us.” He threw several large pieces of luggage into the snow along the border before running away from U.S. authorities and making his way onto Canadian territory, leaving one U.S. officer shouting at him from behind. The officer reportedly told the Canadian side that the man would have been detained for being in the U.S. illegally. The dramatic spectacle played out as President Donald Trump pushes authorities to crack down on illegal immigrants, with raids reported in various cities across the country in recent days. Reuters had earlier reported that nine asylum-seekers ran over the border.

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Pakistan Reels After ISIS Bombing Kills 88:

An attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan that killed 88 people Thursday has created fear and turmoil within the country, as dozens of suspects were arrested and nearly 40 killed in sweeping raids Friday. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State terror group, was reported to be the deadliest in the country in years. Islamabad reportedly lashed out at Kabul, blaming the bombing on militant sanctuaries across the Afghan border. Pakistan fired a round of artillery shells into Afghan territory, and shut down the Torkham border crossing. But Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the shrine attack immediately. “Sufis always preach peace and brotherhood among people,” he said in a statement, adding that “terrorists once again proved that they have no respect for Islamic values.” Pakistani officials said at least 39 suspects were killed in raids on militant hideouts following the attack. An additional 47 suspects were arrested.

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Robert H. Michel, who became the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives while earning a reputation as a genial conciliator who worked with Democrats to get major legislation passed, died on Friday in Arlington, Va. He was 93. His death, at a hospital there, was confirmed by his son-in-law David Norcross, who said Mr. Michel had had pneumonia and the flu.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Alev Aktar: When Hollywood’s most glamorous actresses hit the red carpet at Sunday’sOscars, their bods will be made hotter with an arsenal of enhancers, from“chicken cutlet” bra inserts to Spanx. And in some cases, the ladies will be packing another concealed weapon: butt pads.The caboose boosters are the latest awards-season essential, creating curves back there without the pain, expense and risks of surgery or endless reps in the gym. “Butt pads are a tool for a specific look — they work best to emphasize your body with a very slinky body-hugging gown or pants,” says fashion expert and television personality George Kotsiopoulos. In January, Kristen Bell became the first celeb to come out of the tush-cushion closet when she Instagrammed a hilarious pre-Golden Globes close-up of her bolstered granny panties. When the actress posed for awards-show photos in her black-sequined Jenny Packham gown, her own globes appeared well-rounded.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joshua David Stein: Revolutions can start anywhere—harbors. fruit markets, smoky cafes. So why not from the bed, too? That, I suppose, is the premise of Arianna Huffington’s obsession with sleep, embodied in last year’s book The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time and by much of the content on her new wellness site, Thrive Global. Huffington’s response to most everything that ails us mimics the title of Adam Mansbach’s book Go the Fuck to Sleep. Feeling burned out and stressed about your life? Go the fuck to sleep. Need a simple life hack to make you ten times more productive? Go to sleep. How to fix Donald Trump’s nightmare administration? As Huffington told CNBC at Davos, it would all be OK if he just got a little more shut-eye: “[Trump] is the poster child of sleep deprivation.”

LBN-COMMENTARY By Charles Krauthammer: It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime.  Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still in office and, even worse, discussing with Sergey Kislyak the sanctions then being imposed on Russia (for meddling in the 2016 elections). What’s wrong with that? It is risible to invoke the Logan Act, passed during the John Adams administration, under which not a single American has been prosecuted in the intervening 218 years. It prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers. Flynn was hardly a private citizen. As Donald Trump’s publicly designated incoming national security adviser, it was perfectly reasonable for him to be talking to foreign actors in preparation for assuming office within a month.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Derek Jeter’s pregnant wife, Hannah Davis, had to be rescued by firefighters after she got stuck in an elevator for nearly 30 minutes at a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition event. Davis, who posed in Mexico for a spread in the magazine just before learning she is expecting a girl with the former Yankees captain, appeared at Thursday’s Manhattan event in a shimmering asymmetrical gown that revealed her small bump. Sources at the SI party at 415 Fifth Avenue in NYC said Davis stayed until the end of the party and left around 10 p.m., taking an elevator down one floor with fellow swimsuit model Hannah Ferguson.

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