LBN – Late Breaking News, March 21, 2017

SICK! SICK! SICK! Chicago teen apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live:

A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.

The video marks the second time in recent months that the Chicago Police Department has investigated an apparent attack that was streamed live on Facebook. In January, four people were arrested after a cellphone footage showed them allegedly taunting and beating a mentally disabled man.

Police only learned of the latest attack when the girl’s mother approached the head of the police department, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, late Monday afternoon as he was leaving a department station in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s West Side, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. She told him her daughter had been missing since Sunday and showed him screen grab photos of the alleged assault.
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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday March 21, 2017

GOP Rolls Out Changes to Unpopular Health-Care Bill:

House Republicans unveiled changes to their health-care bill, just days before a planned vote on Capitol Hill. The changes are meant to get reluctant GOP lawmakers—many of whom have called the bill “Obamacare Lite” and a flawed replacement for the Affordable Care Act—on board with the plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act. The changes are said to make iteasier for older Americans to purchase insurance and allow for tax credits to offset higher premiums. President Donald Trumpaddressed the House Republican Conference on Tuesday morning in a bid to rally support for the bill, which will come to a full floor vote Thursday. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney have also been trying to woo wary conservatives. Price has said the legislation is just the first step in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, widely considered to be President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

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Gorsuch: Roe v. Wade ‘Worthy of Treatment as Precedent’:

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, said Tuesday that Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case, should be treated as a precedent of the court and has been repeatedly reaffirmed. “All of the other factors that go into analyzing precedent have to be considered. It is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court,” Gorsuch said during his confirmation hearing. “So a good judge will consider it as precedent of the United States Supreme Court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other.” The 1973 case has been a point of contention for social conservatives, who have long wanted it overturned. Trump said on the campaign trail that he would appoint someone to the high court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. When asked about this, Gorsuch said a settled case “adds to the determinacy of the law. What was once a hotly contested issue is no longer a hotly contested issue. We move forward.”

F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms:

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, took the extraordinary step on Monday of announcing that the agency is investigating whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Mr. Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Mr. Trump, who has insisted that “Russia is fake news” that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency. Mr. Comey placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House and said officers would pursue it “no matter how long that takes.” Joined by Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, Mr. Comey also dismissed Mr. Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor during the campaign, a sensational accusation that has served as a distraction in the public debate over Russian election interference. Taken together, the two provided the most definitive statement yet that Mr. Trump’s accusation was false.

U.S. Limits Devices on Planes From 8 Muslim-Majority Nations:

Starting Tuesday morning, electronic devices larger than a smartphone are forbidden from passenger cabins on foreign airlines’ nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and Africa. The new Trump administration policy, which took effect at 3 a.m. ET, means passengers traveling from those areas must check electronics such as laptops, iPads, Kindles, and cameras in their luggage. The affected airports are Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that he “fully supports” the new regulations because they are “both necessary and proportional to the threat.” Officials told The New York Times the ban did not stem from a specific threat of an attack and is meant to address security measures at the named airports and ongoing intelligence about terror groups in the region. Royal Jordanian, the kingdom’s state-run airline, was first to tweet the news, but deleted the post later Monday. The AP reports Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned U.S. lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on the intelligence behind the new measures, according to a congressional aide close to those talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


U.S. Infant Mortality Rates Down 15%:

Infant mortality rates across the U.S. have dropped 15 percent over the past decade, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures. Between 2005 and 2014, the study shows that the infant mortality rate dropped to 5.82 infant deaths per 1,000 live births from 6.86. Incidences of sudden infant death syndrome alone dropped by 29 percent. “There was a public-health push in the past decade to figure out ways to lower this rate, and it has made an impact,” said report author T.J. Matthews. “We know that there have been a lot of efforts across the country in cities and states where they’re trying to figure out ways where they can lower the infant mortality rate.” However, despite the overall drop, babies born to non-Hispanic black women still have a mortality rate more than twice that of non-Hispanic white women, according to the CDC figures. “It’s good news, but on the other hand, we have so much more to do,” said Paul Jarris, chief medical officer for the March of Dimes. “The inequities between non-Hispanic blacks and American Indians and the Caucasian population have persisted.”

Trump: I’m the Reason Kaepernick Has No Job:

President Trump patted himself on the back Monday night for allegedly helping to keep former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick unemployed. Trump was speaking at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, when he brought up the athlete, who opted out of his contract a few weeks ago after he made season-long headlines for kneeling during the nationalanthem to protest U.S. police brutality and systemic racism. Kaepernick’s demonstration drew criticism from many football fans, but other athletes all over the country joined the silent protest before their own games. “It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” Trump said. “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that.” He continued, “I said if I remember that one I’m going to report it to the people of Kentucky. They like it when people actually stand for the American flag.” Days ago, the Bleacher Report wrote that Kaepernick was in “NFL limbo” because some teams do fear political backlash over his past protests. Kaepernick has said he will stand during the national anthem in the next football season.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Conservative talk-show hostTomi Lahren has been temporarily banned from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network after airing pro-choice abortion views last week. The 24-year-old Lahren — known for tirades against “so-called feminism” and calling refugees “rape-u-gees” — told ABC’s “The View” on Friday she thinks pro-life politics are an example of governmental overreach. “I’m someone that is for limited government, so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Lahren said on the show.   ***Andrew Napolitano, the senior legal analyst for Fox News, has been temporarily sidelined following his unproved assertion last week that former President Barack Obama had asked for British assistance in spying on Donald J. Trump, a person briefed on the decision said on Monday. Mr. Napolitano did not appear on Fox on Monday, even though there were two news events that normally would have called for his services: hearings involving the F.B.I. director James B. Comey, and the Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Basil Charles — owner of the famed celeb haunt Basil’s Bar in Mustique — at Omar’s in the West Village in NYC.   ***Eric Clapton at Le Bilboquet in NYC.   ***Susan Sarandon at Vegan Divas bakery on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***Jessica Lange, Bobby Flay and Cynthia Erivo seeing the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” over the weekend in NYC.   ***“Creed” star Michael B. Jordan at Sons of Essex in New York.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander and Sinn Fein political leader who helped negotiate peace in Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian violence, and became a senior official in its power-sharing government, died on Tuesday in Derry. He was 66. Sinn Fein said on its website that Mr. McGuinness died after a short illness. When he resigned from the Belfast government in January, The Irish Times reported that he had amyloidosis, a rare condition caused by the abnormal buildup of protein deposits in tissues and organs.   ***Robert B. Silvers, a founder of The New York Review of Books, which under his editorship became one of the premier intellectual journals in the United States, a showcase for extended, thoughtful essays on literature and politics by eminent writers, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Rea S. Hederman, the publisher of The Review, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: One of the things we’ve lost in this country is our story. It is the narrative that unites us around a common multigenerational project, that gives an overarching sense of meaning and purpose to our history. For most of the past 400 years, Americans did have an overarching story. It was the Exodus story. The Puritans came to this continent and felt they were escaping the bondage of their Egypt and building a new Jerusalem. The Exodus story has six acts: first, a life of slavery and oppression, then the revolt against tyranny, then the difficult flight through the howling wilderness, then the infighting and misbehavior amid the stresses of that ordeal, then the handing down of a new covenant, a new law, and then finally the arrival into a new promised land and the project of building a new Jerusalem. The Puritans could survive hardship because they knew what kind of cosmic drama they were involved in. Being a chosen people with a sacred mission didn’t make them arrogant, it gave their task dignity and consequence. It made them self-critical. When John Winthrop used the phrase “shining city on a hill” he didn’t mean it as self-congratulation. He meant that the whole world was watching and by their selfishness and failings the colonists were screwing it up.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mimi Swartz: If you haven’t seen therecent paintings by the artist formerly known as President George W. Bush, you can find them collected in a new book called “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.” It’s just become a New York Times best seller. The proceeds from sales will go to a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their families recover and rebuild from America’s post-Sept. 11 wars — otherwise known as Mr. Bush’s disastrous venture in the Middle East. If the notion of Mr. Bush as a portrait painter is one your brain has trouble accommodating, you are not alone. Even his wife, Laura, admitted to some difficulty in her foreword to the book. In the early days of her marriage, she relates, she would have found his election to the presidency less improbable than his artistic achievements. “If someone said, ‘One day you will be writing a foreword for a book that includes George’s paintings,’ I would have said, ‘No way.’ ” But the bigger surprise is that Mr. Bush paints well. His early works, images of which circulated on the internet in 2013, weren’t bad: one showed Mr. Bush’s toes and knees peeking from his bath water, another featured his naked back in the shower, with his all-too-familiar visage peering out from a shaving mirror. There were also some paintings of family pets: dogs and cats with enviably cushy lives.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***WWE star Maria has become the latest wrestler to apparently have X-rated photos leaked online. The pictures circulating online appear to show Maria — real name Maria Louise Kanellis-Bennett — posing naked. Several explicit photos have been posted, showing a woman taking selfies in a bathroom and on a bed. Maria is married to fellow wrestler Mike Bennett.   ***It’s a good thing laughter is the best medicine, because Ellen DeGeneres has some healing to do. “So, you know how in gymnastics when you do a one-handed cartwheel and you have to spread the weight evenly between all your fingers? Well, I had two glasses of wine and fell into a door,” the funny lady said on Tuesday’s episode of her daytime talk show, showing off a finger splint. “The dogs were so excited to see us and I caught the lip of the top step. I was a foot away from the door and I fell into the door and it did something to my finger, I knew something was wrong.” “Portia [De Rossi] drove me to the hospital — to the emergency room,” DeGeneres, 59, said.   ***Michael Lohan is eating his words but still insists that his daughter Lindsay Lohan is not Muslim. He apologized Sunday for celebrating his actress offspring’s Christian value of love — “the light in the darkness” — on Facebook and saying, “PS I guess she’s not Muslim.”   ***Court records show singer and television personality Mel B has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 10 years. The former Spice Girl, whose real name is Melanie Brown, cited irreconcilable differences for her breakup from producer Stephen Belafonte. Her petition was filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. They have a 5-year-old daughter together and Brown is seeking joint custody.

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LBN – Special Report – Monday, March 20, 2017

FBI Director Comey: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump’s tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama:

FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday said there is “no information” that supports President Trump’s claims that his predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the election campaign.  “I have no information that supports those tweets,’’ said Comey, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee’s first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI,’’ and agents found nothing to support those claims, he said.

Poll: Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate’:

A majority of Americans ages 18 to 30 see Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, according to a new poll. The survey of 1,833 adults was conducted from Feb. 16 through March 6, and it was done by GenForward, in cooperation with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago. Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they do not view Trump’s presidency as legitimate, including about three-quarters of young black respondents and large majorities of participants who are Latino and Asian. According to the survey, 53 percent of young white Americans view the 45th president as legitimate, though 55 percent of that same group disapprove of the job he’s doing. A slim 22 percent of young adults said they approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 62 percent disapprove.

NFL: Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Jersey Found:

The National Football League confirmed Monday that the jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at thisyear’s Super Bowl has been recovered. Brian McCarthy, a public-relations representative for the league, said the 2017 jersey as well as the one Brady wore during Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 were “found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” The FBI and other law-enforcement agencies were involved in the search and subsequent investigation after the jersey went missing from the locker room following last month’s game in which the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28.


Neil Gorsuch to Face ‘Rigorous’ Confirmation Hearing:

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to succeedJustice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for his confirmation hearings. The 49-year-old is a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, a position he assumed in 2006 after he was nominated by President George W. Bush. Carl Tobis, a legal expert and law professor, said Gorsuch’s hearings will likely be “rigorous” but “respectful.” Democrats are expected to question Gorsuch on his involvement with national-security policies during his term as a lawyer in George W. Bush’s administration and his rulings against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage requirements, among other areas.

U.K. to Make Brexit Official on March 29:

Theresa May will formally trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union on March 29. By invoking Article 50, a two-year negotiating period will begin for Britain to resolve all of the trade, migration and payment disputes that come with exiting the union. If no deal is reached by March 2019, Britain will be dumped out of the union with no trade deals between the country and its most significant economic partners. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, was informed on Monday morning.


Norway Is the Happiest Country on Earth:

The latest World Happiness Report shows that Norway has jumped from No. 4 to No. 1, becoming the happiest country on Earth. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland make up the rest of top five. Despite a rise in income in the U.S. over the past 10 years, happiness has declined, leaving Americans in 14th place. “It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship betweenpeople, is it worth it?” asked John Helliwell, the lead author of the report. “The material can stand in the way of the human.” The National Academy of Sciences recommended in 2013 that federal surveys and studies in the U.S. be broadened to include more questions about emotional well-being for the sake of implementing policies that help U.S. citizens. Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, “What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good.” The very bottom of the happiness list is made up of the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, and Rwanda.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The number of executive departures from Uber is growing. Jeff Jones, Uber’s president of ride sharing, has left the company after just six months, Uber said on Sunday. In addition, Brian McClendon, vice president of maps and business platform at Uber, also plans to leave at the end of the month. The two men are exiting Uber under very different circumstances. Mr. Jones, who was poached from Target to be Uber’s No. 2 executive, resigned after the ride-sharing company’s chief, Travis Kalanick, said he needed leadership help and began a search for a chief operating officer. Mr. McClendon is departing amicably from Uber and will be an adviser to the company. In a statement, he said he was moving back to Kansas, where he is from, to explore politics. His exit has been in the works for some time, and his last day at Uber is March 28.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Makes Record Debut:

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast made a whopping $170 million debut in North American theaters this weekend, breaking multiple records set in 2016. It beat last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for the biggest March opening, and Finding Dory for the most successful PG film. The new film, a live-action remake of the animated classic, is this year’s top opening so far. Analysts expect it to rake in $1 billion worldwide by the end of its run. The film received both praise and criticism for its first openly gay character, LeFou, the sidekick of villain Gaston. Authorities in Malaysia demanded that the scene be edited out, and lawmakers in Russia requested an investigation into the film’s compliance with the country’s “gay propaganda” law. But that didn’t seem to put a dent in the film’s ticket sales, with $180 million in overseas sales in its debut weekend.

Goalie who had ex fed to dogs: Get over my ‘one mistake’: 

The Brazilian goalkeeper who ordered the murder of his girlfriend before feeding her to his Rottweilers has incredibly claimed he’s “not a bad guy.” Bruno Fernandes de Souza was let out of jail in February on a legal technicality after spending just six years behind bars for his horrendous crime. The goalie had former model girlfriend Eliza Samudio tortured and beaten before being strangled, chopped into pieces and fed to a pack of ­Rottweilers … following a dispute over child support.But in his first interview since leaving jail and controversially signing with Boa Esporte, Bruno is quoted as saying: “Dude, what happened, happened. “I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life – I’m not a bad guy.”

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Demi Moore eating a burger at Oceana in NYC during lunch with HarperCollins’ Jennifer Barth.   ***Robin Wright having a solo lunch at Madison & Vine in NYC.   ***Pierce Brosnan having lunch at Nello in NYC alone with his iPhone.   ***Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at the Kips Bay benefit at Cipriani in NYC.   ***David Blaine having lunch and drinking Blanton’s bourbon with friends at local Tribeca sports bar Warren 77 in NYC. Blaine did some impromptu magic tricks for the crowd and watched college basketball.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Tommy Mottola is considering offers to turn his book about his career, “Hitmaker: The Man and His Music,” into a TV show. A source tells us that “several studios are vying to turn the book into a TV series, which would also contain all the original music and hits from his career.” The music executive’s book includes details on his romance and breakup with Mariah Carey and working with stars such as Michael Jackson.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. He was 101. A family spokesman,Fraser P. Seitel, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Avlon:  The great ones don’t age. You can pick up almost any Jimmy Breslin column from his prime and it reads clean. The punches land with precision. He’s fearless. Funny as hell. And he can break your heart. You can pick up almost any Jimmy Breslin column from his prime and it reads clean. The punches land with precision. He’s fearless. Funny as hell. And he can break your heart. Line up your Pulitzer Prize winners for commentary, the Oscars of the columnist world, and not all of the other honorees fare as well. Some are stuck in the amber of self-importance or talk in jargon about political fights that fade with time and distance. But Breslin managed cinematic scope whether writing about forgotten men or fallen presidents.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joel Whitebook:  Sometimes, whenpsychoanalysts begin treatment with a new patient, they quickly find themselves feeling that they can’t make sense of what is going on. The patient’s statements and behavior simply don’t add up, and the flurry of dissociated statements and actions can quickly begin to produce something like a disorienting fog. Most seasoned clinicians will have learned that they shouldn’t attribute this confusion, which is typically accompanied by a distinct form of anxiety, to their lack of skill. Instead, adept clinicians take the experience itself and the accompanying anxiety as significant data, indicating that they are dealing with, if not psychosis in the strict diagnostic sense, at the very least something in the vicinity of psychotic-like phenomena. Freud distinguished between neurosis and psychosis by arguing that while the former is psychically localized, the latter is relatively global. In neurosis, individuals break with a portion of reality that they find intolerable. As a result, their overall relation to reality remains more or less intact, but becomes impaired in one aspect of their personality. In contrast, because psychotic individuals tend to find reality as a whole too painful to bear, they break with it globally, and construct an alternative, delusional, “magical” reality of their own. This alternate relation to reality, manifesting itself in the initial meetings with the patient, is at the root of the clinician’s confusion.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Wrestling fans have delivered a touching response after explicit photos and videos of WWE starPaige (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis) were leaked over the weekend. Naked photos and videos of her engaging in sex acts were put online, and Paige confirmed she was the victim of phone hacking.   ***A former wife of actor Charlie Sheen hastaken a plea deal on charges she wouldn’t stop her car for police. Citing court records, the Deseret News reports that Brooke Mueller pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to stop at police command, which was downgraded from a felony.   ***Glen Campbell‘s wife says Alzheimer’s disease has robbed the 80-year-old singer’s ability to play guitar. But Kim Campbell tells The Tennessean that her husband occasionally breaks into a solo air guitar routine, which she says is “kind of fun.” Glen Campbell was diagnosed with the brain-ravaging disease in 2011 and went on a world tour afterward. The singer known for such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” ”Wichita Lineman” and “Southern Nights” was moved to a long-term care facility in 2014.

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LBN – Special Report – Sunday, March 19, 2017

Legendary Rocker Chuck Berry Dies:

Music legend Chuck Berry, considered one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll icons of his generation, passed away on Saturday at Berry Park, his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was 90 years old. Berry, whose distinctive guitar riffing brought him to the top of the charts in the 1950s, was most famous for “story songs” like “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Beautiful Delilah,” as well as for infusing rock music with high-energy dancing like his signature “duck walk.” Berry also served as an inspiration to fellow rockers like Keith Richards, John Lennon, and Eric Clapton. The rocker was humble about his influence on rock music, telling NBC in the late ’70s that “It’s not for me to say, but I’m surely a cog in the wheel.”

Trump Advisor Roger Stone Told to Save Evidence of Contact With Russia:

Roger Stone, a longtime advisor and confidant of PresidentDonald Trump, was asked by the Senate IntelligenceCommittee to preserve any records—electronic or otherwise—pertinent to the committee’s investigation into attempts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, according to the New York Times. A letter from the committee to Stone, a lobbyist and conspiracy theorist, ordered Stone to “preserve and retain all hard copies and electronically stored information as specified below in furtherance of the committee’s ongoing investigation into Russian actions targeting the 2016 U.S. elections and democratic processes globally.” Stone admitted last week to engaging in private conversations with Guccifer 2.0, the persona behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, but insisted to The Washington Times that the chats were “innocuous.”

Russia Wants to Investigate U.S. Media:

Russia’s State Duma has approved a proposal to investigate several U.S. news outlets working in the country in retaliation for U.S. scrutiny against Kremlin mouthpiece RT. The investigation, which got approval from Russian lawmakers late Friday, will be conducted by a special committee of the Duma and determine whether CNN, the Voice of America and Radio Liberty are complying with Russian law. Konstantin Zatulin, a lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, suggested the investigation in response to what he called a “repressive” move by U.S. authorities against Russia’s RT. Zatulin was referring to an initiative by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who has introduced a bill that would allow the Justice Department to probe RT for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act in connection with alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Both the Kremlin and RT have denied that the state broadcaster played any role in a Russian campaign to influence the outcome of the U.S. The country’s foreign minister has railed against Shaheen’s initiative, and RT’s editor-in-chief compared Shaheen’s move to McCarthyism earlier this week.

Syrian Rebels Begin Evacuating Homs Enclave:

Syrian rebels and their families have begun evacuating al-Wair, their last remaining enclave of Homs, as part of a long-delayedevacuation agreement. Homs Governor Talal Barazi said about 1,500 people will leave the area and head to Aleppo on Saturday, and the opposition Homs Media Center estimates that up to 15,000 people will leave in the next few weeks as part of the Russian-backed evacuation deal. The deal was reached in December 2015, but its implementation had been halted repeatedly. The Syrian regime has described the deal as a crucial step to “reconciliation,” though rebel forces say they were forced to agree to the terms to avoid bombardment. Al-Wair, home to about 75,000 people, was the last rebel-held district on the outskirts of Homs after a government siege of the city in 2014 sent rebel forces fleeing to surrounding areas.

China to U.S.: Stay Cool About North Korea:

After ominous warnings from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about potential military action against North Korea on Friday, China called for a “coolheaded” approach to dealing with Pyongyang. In a joint news conference on Saturday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tillerson emphasized the need for unity with Beijing in dealing with North Korea. “We share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level, and we’ve committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,” Tillerson said. China’s foreign minister agreed, but stressed the need to “stay committed to diplomatic means” in seeking a resolution. “We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a coolheaded and comprehensive fashion, and arrive at a wise decision,” he said. His comments came as President Trumpappeared to fan the flames on Twitter, lambasting China for doing “little to help” deal with North Korea “behaving very badly.” China has consistently called for dialogue in recent weeks, as North Korea tests the new U.S. administration, having recently conducted a new ballistic test-launch it said was a practice run for striking U.S. bases in Japan.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Episode 3 of “Without Notes”, America’s premier revealing TV interview show featuring an intriguing conversation with the world’s most famous dominatrix Isabelle Sinclaire –

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LBN COMMENTARY by Sherri Murphy( What charity/causedo you most identify with and why? There are so many nonprofits and organizations out there, it can be mind boggling to figure out who you want to donate to. I always wondered how much of my money would really make it to the group that I was trying to help. So I started my own nonprofit to help needy LA children and this way I knew that every penny donated would go directly to the children in need. I didn’t have the best childhood but I have a wonderful life now and so that’s the reason I have the heart for doing this event. We give the homeless teens of LA the absolute best day they’ve ever had in their lives. This year will be our 18th year hosting the children’s event. My daughter Tammi and I host a black tie holiday fundraiser and all the money made goes to do the children’s event a couple weeks later. Join us this year… don’t miss the fun.

LBN NOTICED: ***Veteran manager Howard Lapides having dinner at Baltaire in Brentwood. ***Singer/Songwriter, Brett Hool at M Street Kitchen in Santa Monica.


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LBN – Special Report – Saturday March 18, 2017

Report: Canadian Border Patrol Detaining Record Number of Mexicans:

The first 67 days of 2017 saw a huge spike in the number of Mexicans detained by Canadian border authorities, with more detentions made in that time than in any of the three previous years, Reuters reported Saturday. The influx of Mexican citizens, which comes after the Canadian government removed visa requirements, comes as more and more immigrants shift their focus from the U.S. to Canada in light of President Donald Trump’s ongoing crackdown on immigration. Between Jan. 1 and March 8, the Canada Border Services Agency detained 444 Mexican citizens – compared to 410 for all of 2016 and 351 for 2015, the report said. Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Minister Ahmed Hussen said the situation is being closely monitored. But he warned that it would be “premature to draw conclusions or to speculate on future policy at this point,” according to Camielle Edwards, his spokeswoman. It was not immediately clear on what grounds the 444 Mexicans were detained, but the CBSA can detain foreign citizens if they pose a threat to the public, if their identity is unclear or if they are unlikely to appear for immigration proceedings in court.

Trump: Germany Owes ‘Vast Sums’ to NATO:

President Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to proclaim that Germany better pay up to NATO for the “vast sums” it owes. Despite describing his meeting with German ChancellorAngela Merkel as “great,” he said, “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO,” adding that “the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany.” Trump’s latest comments on the matter follow repeated warnings from Trump to NATO allies that the U.S. might withdraw support for the alliance if other countries don’t pay up for defense spending. In January, Trump angered European leaders by blasting NATO as “obsolete” and complaining that member countries weren’t “paying what they’re supposed to be paying.”

Police Fatally Shoot Attacker at Paris Airport:

Thousands of people were evacuated at France’s Orly Airport on Saturday after a man seized a soldier’s weapon, prompting police to fatally shoot him. French Defense MinisterJean-Yves Le Drian said the man attacked a patrol of three soldiers, wrestling one of them to the ground in a bid to take her weapon. The two other soldiers promptly opened fire. Authorities have determined that the attacker was also involved in an earlier incident near the airport in which he fired birdshot at police officers during a traffic stop and hijacked a civilian’s car. It was not immediately clear what the man’s motive was, but Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said he was known by both police and the country’s intelligence service. Anti-terrorism investigators have taken over the probe into the attack, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office. The interior ministry reassured on Twitter that “the events this morning at the airport caused no injuries.” Authorities took no chances with the latest incident and sent explosives experts to the airport to make sure the attacker didn’t plant any bombs in the vicinity. By about noon local time, authorities had completed their searches of the airport and allowed passengers who had been blocked on board arriving flights during the panic to disembark.


YIKES – WH Fence Jumper Roamed Grounds for 16 Minutes:

The Secret Service acknowledged on Friday that 26-year-old Jonathan T. Tran who leapt the White House fence last Friday night was inside the secured perimeter for almost 17 minutes before being taken into custody near the South Porticoentrance. He was reportedly carrying mace at the time. In a letter Friday to Acting U.S. Secret Service Director William J. Callahan, House Committee on Oversight on Government Reform chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz said his panel had received potentially troubling allegations about security protocols pertaining to the incident. “I worry this is the worst one yet,” Chaffetz said. “The time on the White House grounds really concerns me. With the President in the White House the intruder was evidently able to hide behind a pillar and get to a door undetected. The problem has persisted for years and is totally unacceptable. It scares me.”

Tesla Discontinuing Its Least-Expensive Model:

Tesla is planning to discontinue its least expensive versions of the Model S next month. Electrek reported on Friday that the American automaker warned potential buyers of its discontinuation, which will take effect on April 16, 2017. Both the Model S 60 and 60D, which were the least-expensive models available from Tesla—starting at $68,000—will be affected by the change. The reason for this move, the company said, is to streamline their offerings because customers have been opting for higher-powered batteries available in other models, but only available in the Model S 60 or 6D for a fee.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Media expert and author Michael Levineat the Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. for last night’s St. Patrick’s Day Van Morrison sold out concert.   ***Damon Wayans dining alone at Carmine’s in Times Square in NYC.   ***Elvis Duranvacationing with boyfriend Alex Carr at the $20,000 La Casa Villa at Jumby Bay resort in Antigua. ***Jimmy Fallon watching the Nets defeat the Knicks with his niece and nephew at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur Brooks: When is politics like a tree? If you study and write about happiness as I do, you become attuned to patterns. For instance, when I walk into a workplace, I can usually tell, based on my first few conversations, if the environment is happy or not. And in the past couple of years, I have noticed a happiness pattern that relates to politics. Namely, the people most in the know tend to be unhappier than those who pay less attention. I subjected thisobservation to a bit of analysis, and sure enough, the numbers bear it out. I analyzed the 2014 data from the General Social Survey collected by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago to see how attention to politics is associated with life satisfaction. The results were significant. Even after controlling for income, education, age, gender, race, marital status and political views, being “very interested in politics” drove up the likelihood of reporting being “not too happy” about life by about eight percentage points. My results did not prove causality: People who pay close attention to politics might also tend to have some latent source of unhappiness. But behavioral science shows that the link might just be causal through what psychologists call “external locus of control,” which refers to a belief that external forces (such as politics) have a large impact on one’s life. An external locus of control brings unhappiness. Three social psychologists showed this in a famous 2004 paper published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review. Studying surveys of college students over several decades and controlling for life circumstances and demographics, they compared people who associated their destinies with luck and outside forces with those who believed they were more in control of their lives. They conclude that an external locus is correlated with worse academic achievement, more stress and higher levels of depression.

LBN-COMMENTARY by JULIE REHMEYER and DAVID TULLER: What are some of the treatment regimens that sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome should follow? Many major medical organizations cite two: psychotherapy and a steady increase in exercise. There’s just one problem. The main study that has been cited as proof that patients can recover with those treatments overstated some of its results. In reality, the claim that patients can recover from these treatments is not justified by the data. That’s the finding of a peer-reviewed preliminary re-analysis of previously unpublished data from the clinical trial, the largest ever for chronic fatigue syndrome. Nicknamed the PACE trial, the core findings of the British study appeared in The Lancet in 2011 and Psychological Medicine in 2013. Patients battled for years to obtain the underlying data, and last spring, a legal tribunal in Britain, the General Regulatory Chamber, directed the release of some of the study’s information. The impact of the trial on treatment options for the estimated one million chronic fatigue patients in the United States has been profound. The Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, WebMD, the American Academy of Family Physicians and others recommend psychotherapy and a steady increase in exercise. But this approach can be harmful. According to a 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine, even minimal activity can cause patients prolonged exhaustion, muscle pain, cognitive problems and more. In severe cases, a short conversation or a trip to the bathroom can deplete patients for hours, days or more. In surveys, patients routinely report deterioration after a program of graded exercise. The psychotherapeutic intervention also encourages patients to increase their activity levels.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer : The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care. There’s a reason not one Western democracy with some system of national health care has ever abolished it. The genius of the left is to keep enlarging the entitlement state by creating new giveaways that are politically impossible to repeal. For 20 years, Republicans railed against the New Deal. Yet, when they came back into office in 1953, Eisenhower didn’t just keep Social Security, he expanded it.  People hated Obamacare for its highhandedness, incompetence and cost. At the same time, its crafters took great care to create new beneficiaries and new expectations. Which makes repeal very complicated.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Comedian Artie Lange — a formerHoward Stern sidekick who has battled drug addiction in the past — was busted for possession of heroin and cocaine near his Hoboken home, police said Friday. The 49-year-old funnyman was arrested Sunday in the parking garage of his building at 14th Street and Shipyard Lane, according to the Hoboken Police Department. “Hey guys. I was arrested. I’m doing great. Physically too!” Lange tweeted Friday. “I’m such a flawed person guys. Tryin!”

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