LBN – Special Report – Friday, June 23rd, 2017

*BOMBSHELL — Obama Weighed Massive Retaliation for Election Interference
In his final months in office, President Obama set in motion a massive—and secret—retaliatory program against Moscow for interfering in the U.S. election, The Washington Post reported Friday morning, in a detailed article about the former administration’s struggle to prevent Kremlin meddling in the run-up to Election Day. Obama reportedly ordered security services to set up digital bomb “implants” in Russian networks, which could be triggered in a retaliatory cyberstrike in response to Moscow aggression, along with additional sanctions that could cripple the Russian economy. Ultimately, though, he left it up to President Trump to decide whether to use such a weapon. Others from Obama’s administration noted that Oval Office efforts on what to do about Russia failed, despite Obama’s personal warnings to President Vladimir Putin. “It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” said one former senior Obama administration official. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

*Attorney Says Michael Brown Settlement Amounted to $1.5 Million

A federal judge approved a $1.5 million civil settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed after 18-year-old Michael Brownwas fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police in 2014, a city attorney said Friday. Apollo Carey confirmed the city’s insurance company would pay the settlement amount—disclosed as a result of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch open-records request—to the Brown family “on behalf of multiple defendants.”
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*‘Wonder Woman’ Nears Top-Grossing Live-Action Female-Directed Film Ever
Director Patty Jenkins’ smash hit Wonder Woman is set to make history with record takings for a live-action movie directed by a female during its box-office run. Wonder Woman is expected to eclipse the $609.8 million earned worldwide by Mamma Mia! in 2008 (directed by Phyllida Lloyd). The superheroine action-drama is expected to hit the milestone by the end of this week, and also has a strong chance of beating out Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s animated Kung Fu Panda 2, which raked in even more, $665.7 million. That would make Wonder Woman the top-grossing film of all time from a woman filmmaker with solo directing duties.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: We are more worried about paying for our next vacation than about saving enough for retirement. That’s the finding of a study released this week by COUNTRY Financial, in which Americans report being more concerned about affording vacations (36%) than having adequate retirement savings (32%). That may explain, in part, why more than half of Americans will be broke when we retire, according to a survey from GoBankingRates.com.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Once universally dreaded by banks, the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests are becoming less stressful. The nation’s largest banks breezed through the first phase of their annual tests on Thursday, demonstrating that they have enough capital to withstand the type of financial shock that nearly ruined the industry and the world economy in 2008. The banking system, according to the test results, has an even larger capital cushion than it did going into last year’s exam. That is likely to increase calls from the financial industry and its allies in the Trump administration and Congress to start watering down the regulations. Even the Fed governor overseeing the tests this year has said he wants to pull back some rules.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Michael Musto — the former veteran Village Voice gossip columnist, current Out Magazine scribe and self-described “cultural anthropologist” — is recovering from an accident. Musto said that on Monday, “a crazed bicyclist ran into me and I went flying.” He will be OK, but had to have “leg/foot surgery” at Lenox Hill Hospital.

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

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: 40 Year-Old Vegan: Home —- www.40yov.com  Vegan Recipes & Lifestyle Information for People Ages 40 and Over.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes”, TV’s most revealing interview show — Episode# 3—-“Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 3: Getting Political —-  https://youtu.be/1U_fOo9muOE .

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Natalie Portman at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea in NYC to cheer husband Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project. Portman’s “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky was also in the audience.   ***Tom Brokaw seeingDiana Krall in concert at the Beacon Theatre in NYC.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Producer Robert Evans interviewed byWes Anderson (2002)  —-  https://youtu.be/FL_Y1-knz8s

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Gabe Pressman, the senior correspondent for WNBC-TV and the indefatigable dean of New York’s television reporters, who chased breaking news, interviewed countless celebrities and covered the hoopla of politics, protests and parades for more than six decades, died early Friday morning in New York. He was 93 and lived in Manhattan. His death was confirmed by his station, WNBC-TV.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” —- www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A few months ago I had lunch with a former student named Lucy Fleming, one of the best writers I’ve taught. I asked her what she had learned in her first year out of college. She said she had been forced to think differently. While in school, her thinking was station to station: take that test, apply to that college, aim for a degree. But in young adulthood, there are no more stations. Everything is open seas. Your main problems are not about the assignment right in front of you; they are about the horizon far away. What should you be steering toward? It requires an entirely different set of navigational skills. This gets at one of the oddest phenomena of modern life. Childhood is more structured than it has ever been. But then the great engine of the meritocracy spits people out into a young adulthood that is less structured than it has ever been. There used to be certain milestones that young adults were directed toward by age 27: leaving home, becoming financially independent, getting married, buying a house, having a child. But the information economy has scrambled those timetables. Current 20-somethings are much less likely to do any of those things by 30. They are less likely to be anchored in a political party, church or some other creedal community.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kelly Rohrbach — the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model and ex-girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio — has been trying to launch an acting career, but she hit some major bumps in her big feature-film debut. A studio source tells us that Rohrbach’s diva attitude on the recent film “Baywatch” — which co-starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra — was to blame. “She thought she was better than everyone,” says the insider. “There was no love lost between her and the rest of the cast.” While promoting the film last month, “No one wanted to share a junket room with her. She was flipped around to many different pairings.”   ***Johnny Depp sparked outrage after his bizarre remarks at Thursday’s Glastonbury Arts Festival, during which he pondered the assassination of President Trump. “Can you bring Trump here?” the actor asked the crowd, drawing boos, while introducing a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine. “You misunderstand completely,” he continued, The New York Times reports. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile and maybe it’s time.”   ***Richard Dreyfuss prefers to keep his Oscar cold. The 69-year-old star admitted he stores his coveted prize, which he won for “The Goodbye Girl” in 1978, in his refrigerator because he wants everyone to know he has one without having to say anything. “I don’t like to brag, but I like everyone to know about it,” Dreyfuss told The Hollywood Reporter. “Sooner or later, I know they are all going to go to the refrigerator.”

LBN – Late Breaking News, June 22nd, 2017

*Yikes! 1.4 Million Illegals Working Under Stolen Social Security Numbers: Audit

Most illegal immigrants who pay taxes have stolen someone else’s legal identity, and the IRS doesn’t do a very good job of letting those American citizens and illegal immigrants know they’re being impersonated, the tax agency’s inspector general said in a new report released Thursday.
The theft creates major problems for the American citizens and legal foreign workers whose identities are stolen, and who have to deal with explaining money they never earned.
But the IRS only manages to identify half of the potentially 1.4 million people likely affected by the fraud in 2015, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in its report.
“Cases of employment identity theft can cause significant burden to innocent taxpayers, including the incorrect computation of taxes based on income that does not belong to them,” said J. Russell George, the inspector general.

LBN – Special Report – Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

*Senate Leaders Unveil Health-Care Bill

Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a health-care overhaul Thursday that eliminates many provisions included in the Affordable Care Act. The bill would cut Medicaid, end the ACA’s mandate that Americans must have health insurance or pay a fine, and allow states to drop previously required benefits. The Senate bill maintains the structure of the bill passed by the House last month, but offers more financial assistance to some lower-income people.

*Adam West ‘Had No Idea’ He was Dying, Says ‘Batman’ Co-star:

If there was one person who was shocked to learn of “Batman” star Adam West’s death, it was his sidekick Robin, played byBurt Ward. The Cape Crusader passed away at age 88 on June 9 in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia. “I saw him a couple of weeks ago. We had breakfast before signing autographs all day long,” the 71-year-old actor told Fox News. “We walked to the stage, he walked so fast I could barely keep up with him. “He was in great condition. In my heart, he had no idea [what was going to happen]. He was talking about taking a trip to Europe with his wife next month. He asked me if I wanted to do some appearances in the UK because he was going to Europe … we were supposed to appear next week in Las Vegas. Plus, he was talking about adding bigger appearances.

*Record-Breaking Sniper Kills ISIS Terrorist with Two-Mile Shot: 
A hero sniper took out an ISIS fanatic with an incredible 11,300-foot shot — which is more than 2 miles — the longest confirmed kill ever. A member of Canada’s Joint Task Force 2 killed the insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle during an operation last month in Iraq, according to The Globe and Mail. Sources wouldn’t reveal the names of the elite sniper and his spotter or the exact location where the shooting took place for operational reasons. A military source told the Globe and Mail: “The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces.” “Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”
*Democrats Seethe After Georgia Loss: ‘Our Brand Is Worse Than Trump’

Democrats scrambled to regroup on Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia, with lawmakers, activists and labor leaders speaking out in public and private to demand a more forceful economic message heading into the 2018 elections. Among Democrats in Washington, the setback in Georgia revived or deepened a host of existing grievances about the party, accentuating tensions between moderate lawmakers and liberal activists and prompting some Democrats to question the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader. A small group of Democrats who have been critical of Ms. Pelosi in the past again pressed her to step down on Wednesday. And in a private meeting of Democratic lawmakers, RepresentativeTony Cárdenas of California, Ms. Pelosi’s home state, suggested the party should have a more open conversation about her effect on its political fortunes.

*Murders Hit Record High in Mexico:

Mexico registered a record number of murders last month, officials said, underlining the country’s struggles to deal with the horrific violence surrounding the multi-billion-dollar narcotics trade. There were 2,186 homicides in May, said a report from the National Public Safety System — the highest figure since the country began keeping track 20 years ago. The deadliest state was Guerrero, in the south, a hotspot in Mexico’s war on drugs where 216 people were killed.
*Home Cream-Whipping Device Explodes, Killing French Food Blogger:
A French lifestyle blogger has died after a device for whipping and dispensing cream for desserts at home exploded. Rebecca Burger, 32, who had around 200,000 followers on Instagram, suffered a cardiac arrest after a piece of the machine struck her in the chest. An Instagram post on Burger’s account showed a picture of a similar whipped-cream dispenser and cautioned her followers: “Don’t use this product in your homes! Tens of thousands of the faulty devices are already in circulation.”

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The chief foreign affairs correspondent of The Wall Street Journal was fired on Wednesday after evidence surfaced that he had become entangled in the business dealings of an Iranian-born aviation titan who was one of his key sources. The correspondent, Jay Solomon, was a highly regarded veteran of The Journal and Washington diplomatic circles, and his dismissal came as a shock to the paper’s newsroom.   ***MSNBC, which has been soaring lately in both ratings and in advertising prices, is giving radio host Hugh Hewitt his own show, adding another conservative voice to a lineup that already includes Fox News poach Greta Van Susteren and former George W. Bushcommunications hand Nicole Wallace. Hewitt’s self-titled show will air on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., starting June 24, as part of an expansion of the network’s weekend programming in July. TVNewser first reported the news, which was then announced by the company.


*LBN-SEE IT:…. Ms. Diana Krall at Café Carlyle in New York City:

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Billy Joel having lunch at Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor.   ***Restaurant consultant Lenny Rosenberg having dinner last night at Santa Monica Seafood on Wilshire Blvd.   ***Angelina Jolie lunched at Clementine in L.A.   ***Matt Damon grabbed breakfast at New York Bagel Co. in Brentwood.   ***Jason Statham brunched at Little Beach House Malibu.   ***B.J. Novak hit the Eeeeeats Con food fair at Barker Hangar   ***Sarah Paulao had dinner at the Republique in L.A.   ***Jason Blum and Scott Greenberg shared a table at The Palm in Beverly Hills. Barry Diller, CAA’s Fred Spector, producer, Joe Roth, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Clarence Avant also were in separately.


*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***The Los Angeles LGBT Center will recognize WME-IMG co-CEO Ari Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to the Obama administration, at the 48th anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. The event will take place on Sept. 23 at the Beverly Hilton. The honorees will be recognized for their service towards the LGBT community and dedication to creating positive change. More than 1,200 leaders from civic, corporate, entertainment, and philanthropic communities will attend the celebration.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Walking

·  Brisk walking helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and increase high-density lipoprotein.
·  The longest walk around the world was completed by a former neon-sign salesman, Jean Beliveau. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years.
·  Racewalking has been an official Olympic sport for over 90 years. Distances vary from 1 mile to 95 miles. Racewalking usually is not the most popular sport of the Olympics.
·  The United States walks the least of any industrialized nation. The average Australian takes 9, 695 steps per day (just a few short of the ideal 10,000), the average Japanese takes 7,168; the average Swiss: 9,650; and the average American just 5,117.
·  Given that the world is about 25,000 miles in circumference and that the average walking rate is 3 miles per hour, it would take a person walking nonstop approximately 347 days to walk around the world.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “City Talk” with Gray Davis (former Governor of California) —– https://youtu.be/YCGBkWiHx6w

*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Kodak Announces Discontinuation of Kodachrome Film (2009)

Manufactured by Kodak from 1935 to 2009, Kodachrome was the first commercially successful color film and was used to capture some of the most iconic images of the late 20th century. The film was known for its stability—if stored properly, it could be developed decades after being exposed and would retain its color and density for decades. Yet, advances in digital photography and the development of competing films considerably reduced demand.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: How to Narrate Your Life Story —  https://youtu.be/Brpk26Oq4aE

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The father of ex-Jets quarterback Michael Vick was among 12 people busted in a massive drug ring in North Carolina, according to an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday. Michael Boddie, 55, is accused of running a “large-scale heroin distribution operation” between January 2014 and May 2017. Boddie and 11 others allegedly started the operation to move more than 1,000 grams of heroin, the indictment said. Although seven of the 12 made appearances at U.S. District Court in Virginia, Boddie remains at large. He’s been charged with dealing heroin and money laundering.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by M Zuhdi Jasser: American Airlines sells out 10% interest to the West’s ideological sworn #Islamist enemies in Qatar – Qatar Airways giving #MuslimBrotherhood another insurance policy! What gives? This is like having Soviet investments in American major industry during the Cold War. Who vetted this horrific deal?

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: Gabby Giffords’ call for sympathy and understanding was embraced by normal thinking human beings. But it was also met with a subset of angry internet trolls, attacking her on Twitter and accusing her of all manner of wrongs. Sorry, Congressman Collins. This is what you and especially your president encourages, and blaming this shooting on the Democrats is beneath contempt. This is where we are as a country. Wayne LaPierre is in ecstasy, because his pawns in Congress are going to drive more gun sales legal or otherwise. And there are millions ofTrump supporters who believe whatever nonsense he spouts is a fact.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   **Jenny Slate — the adorably quirky actress who dated Marvel hunk Chris Evans and may have moved on to Jon Hamm — says of her latest role in the 1990s-set dramedy “Landline,” “I don’t think I’m a square. I didn’t have to be taught how to smoke a cigarette.” But, she added at a BAMcinemafest screening, where guests included Lena Dunham and Zoe Kazan, “I did have to be taught how to pretend to not know about weed.”