LBN – Special Report – Sunday, July 16th, 2017

*Macron Thinks He Charmed Trump into Shifting Stance on Climate Change
French President Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump might have changed the U.S. president’s mind about climate change. Macron defended his outreach to Trump, saying in an interview Sunday in the Journal du dimanche newspaper “our countries are friends, so we should be too.” After a tense, white-knuckle handshake at their first meeting in May, Macron said they gained “better, intimate knowledge of each other” during Trump’s visit last week. Macron said “Trump listened to me” on their main point of contention —Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement— and, “said he would try to find a solution in the coming months.” The French leader acknowledged Trump’s visit was carefully choreographed to give Americans a “stronger image of France” after deadly Islamic extremist attacks damaged tourism.
*Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence ‘Greatest Risk We Face as a Civilization’
Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a dire warning about artificial intelligence, calling it “the greatest risk we face as a civilization.” Speaking at the National Governor’s Association, Musk said the government should intervene. “AI’s a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation, instead of reactive. Because by the time we are reactive with AI regulation, it’s too late,” Musk said. “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization, in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs, or bad food were not.”
*Trump’s Approval Rating Sinks to 36 Percent

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has tanked to 36 percent as he approaches six months in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Up five points since April, 58 percent of Americans now say they disapprove of Trump’s performance as president, while 48 percent “disapprove strongly”—a number never reached by PresidentsBill Clinton and Barack Obama, and only once by PresidentGeorge W. Bush. The poll also found that nearly half of Americans do not trust Trump in negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while the same percentage of Americans believe the U.S.’s standing in the world has weakened since Trump became commander-in-chief.

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*Aaron Carter Arrested for DUI, Marijuana

Singer Aaron Carter was arrested on Saturday and charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, officials in Habersham County, Georgia said. Carter’s girlfriendMadison Parker was in the car with him, and was also arrested. She was charged with obstruction and drug charges. Before he was arrested, Carter’s representatives wrote on Twitter that Carter, 29, would miss a scheduled show in Kansas City later in the night due to “transportation issues.”

*Disney Reveals Cast for Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Remake

Actors Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will star as Aladdin and Jasmine in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Aladdin, the film studio announced Saturday. Massoud, a relatively unknown actor, was chosen after Disney auditioned more than 2,000 individuals for the titular role over several months. The movie will also feature Will Smith in the role of the Genie. Aladdin is the latest live-action adaptation of a classic Disney animated film. Others in the works include the upcoming Mulan movie, from director Niki Caro, and Jon Favreau’s Lion King.
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Last week, Ben Affleck stepped out with his latest fling, “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus, whisking her away via limo for a romantic lobster dinner at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, Calif.   ***Veteran plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at Louise’s Trattoria on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.   ***Alan Cumming eating at Vegan Glory Thai restaurant in Los Angeles Friday night with a group of friends. He jumped up and paid the tab before anyone else could.
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*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who was fired in May by President Trump, is writing a book about his experience in public service, including his tumultuous and brief tenure in the Trump administration. Mr. Comey has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York in recent days, and is being represented by Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer, partners at the literary agency Javelin. The book is expected to go to auction this coming week, and all the major publishing houses have expressed keen interest, Mr. Latimer said. The book will not be a conventional tell-all memoir, but an exploration of the principles that have guided Mr. Comey through some of the most challenging moments of his legal career. Among those are his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server during a contentious election, and his recent entanglement with the president over the F.B.I.’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Babe Parilli, a two-time all-American under Coach Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky and then a quarterback for 15 seasons for five National Football League and American Football League teams, died on Saturday in Parker, Colo. He was 87. The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, which he had been fighting for years. Fran Black, a longtime family friend, said. The New England Patriots, for which Parilli played, also released a statement on confirming Parilli’s death.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul A. Offit: Discussions about weight loss may soon take a dramatic turn. At issue will be the microbiome, a collection of bacteria that lines the intestine, nose, throat, skin, and genital tract. Although people are blissfully unaware of its existence, humans have about 10 times more bacteria lining the surface of their bodies (about 100 trillion) than they have cells in their bodies (about 10 trillion). In many ways, we live in peace with our microbiome, which helps to digest food and balance glucose levels. But the microbiome has also been associated with various problems, including asthma, allergies, eczema, and diabetes. The microbiome also helps to store fat, which can lead to obesity. Obesity isn’t a trivial problem—it affects life-expectancy, quality of life, and health-care costs. The problem is far more common than most people realize. More than 44 percent of the world’s population is obese; 300 million people are morbidly obese. In the United States, about 35 percent of the population battles obesity.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Wicked siblings willing to do anything for power. Secret deals with sworn enemies. The shock of a dead body. A Wall. Foreign bawds, guns for hire, and snakes. Back-stabbing, betrayal and charges of treason. Little birds spying and tattling. A maniacal mad king and his court of scheming, self-absorbed princesses and princelings, swathed in the finest silk and the most brazen immorality, ruling with total disregard for the good of their people. The night in Washington is dark and full of terrors. The Game of Trump has brought a pagan lawlessness never before seen in the capital. So far in life, Donald Trump has survived and thrived on the same philosophy espoused by Littlefinger in “Game of Thrones”: “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” But is the rampant deception and corruption in his gaudy, jangly realm about to engulf the Emperor of Chaos? Is this the grisly endgame for Cersei in King’s Landing and Donald in Washington? A talent to distract on Twitter, our Joffrey-like president will learn, is not the same as the ability to walk through fire.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Conservative columnist Ann Coulterflew into a fit of fury Saturday after Delta Airlines booted her from her reserved “Comfort+’’ seat — which comes with 3 additional inches of legroom — and gave it to another passenger. In a two-hour tweeting tantrum, she quoted her exchange with a flight attendant: “Why are you taking me out of the extra room seat I specifically booked?’’ she asked. Their answer, she said, was “I don’t know.’’

LBN – Special Report – Monday, July 17th, 2017

In 2006, Princeton computer science professor Edward Feltenreceived an anonymous message offering him a Diebold AccuVote TS, one of the most widely used touch-screen voting machines at the time.  Manufacturers like Diebold touted the touch-screens, known as direct-recording electronic (DRE) machines, as secure and more convenient than their paper-based predecessors. Computer experts were skeptical, since any computer can be vulnerable to viruses and malware, but it was hard to get a hold of a touch-screen voting machine to test it. The manufacturers were so secretive about how the technology worked that they often required election officials to sign non-disclosure agreements preventing them from bringing in outside experts who could assess the machines.  Felten was intrigued enough that he sent his 25-year-old computer science graduate student, Alex Halderman, on a mission to retrieve the AccuVote TS from a trenchcoat-clad man in an alleyway near New York’s Times Square. Felten’s team then spent the summer working in secrecy in an unmarked room in the basement of a building to reverse-engineer the machine. In September 2006, they published a research paper and an accompanying video detailing how they could spread malicious code to the AccuVote TS to change the record of the votes to produce whatever outcome the code writers desired. And the code could spread from one machine to another like a virus. That was more than a decade ago, but Georgia still uses the AccuVote TS. The state is one of five ― the others are Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina ― that rely entirely on DREs for voting. Ten other states use a combination of paper ballots and DRE machines that leave no paper trail. Many use a newer version of the AccuVote known as the TSX ― even though computer scientists have demonstrated that machine, too, is vulnerable to hacking.

*Border Patrol Union Chief Praises ‘Miraculous’ Drop in Illegal Immigration Under Trump: 
The significant downturn in the number of illegal border crossers between the U.S. and Mexico is “nothing short of miraculous,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said on C-SPAN Monday. “As far as the Trumpadministration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on,” he said. “At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have.” “There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before in 20 years that I’ve been in the patrol,” Judd added in a separate Fox News interview
*Parents: R. Kelly Holding Our Daughters in Sex-Obsessed, Abusive ‘Cult’

A bombshell BuzzFeed News report quotes several sets of parents claiming their daughters are being held against their will in a sex-obsessed, abusive “cult” by legendary R&B singerR. Kelly. Three former members of Kelly’s entourage also spoke to the outlet, confirming the parents’ claims of the singer’s cult-like and predatory behavior—one is quoted as saying “[Kelly] is a master at mind control…. He is a puppet master.” According to parents and the former crew members, Kelly: keeps a collection of young women at his homes in Atlanta and Chicago; replaces their cell phones with ones specifically used to communicate with him; requires they call him “daddy” and ask permission to leave their residence; films their sexual encounters with him; and punishes them verbally and physically when they break his “rules” such as appearing remotely flirtatious towards other men. The daughter of one set of parents have attempted to contact their child—now 21 years old—for two years but have been rebuffed by her claims that she is in a consenting relationship and is not being held against her will.

*Reality Reasserts Itself in Summer TV With Record 11 New Shows: 
The volume of scripted TV may be at an all-time high, but you’d never know it from the Big Four’s summer schedules, with 11 new reality shows set to debut this summer — up from four last year. That reverses a trend launched by CBS’ scripted summer hit Under the Dome in 2013. One reason is money: Scripted programming is less and less financially appealing in the off-months. Hence it accounts for only about 20 percent of Big Four originals airing this summer. “When you have a hit reality show, you can scale [it],” says NBC Entertainment president of program planning, strategy and research Jeff Bader. “World of Dance can be like Ninja Warrior and America’s Got Talent and expand to many more hours. That’s not easy with scripted.”


*70-Year-Old Home Depot Worker Fired for Confronting Shoplifters

A 70-year-old veteran lost his Home Depot job in Texas after confronting three shoplifters trying to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of tools from the store. Jim Tinney said he acted instinctively when he threw a paint roller extension at the feet of one of the three suspects in an effort to stop them from making off with tool sets last month at the Pearland store, KTRK reports. “In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” Tinney told the station. “I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet.” The suspects dodged the obstacle and got away. About two weeks later, Tinney, who thought the incident was behind him, learned that his altruistic actions would cost him his job. Tinney admitted to the station that company representatives were clear during training sessions not to confront suspected shoplifters. Tinney said he understood the policy, but still thinks the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. “I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” he told the ABC affiliate. “I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers figuring out
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Grossing $151.5 million, Guns N’ Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime” tour leads the list of top tours during the first six months of 2017, according to the mid-year report from live entertainment trade Pollstar. The concert industry pulled in an estimated $1.97 billion worldwide so far this year. U2’s “The Joshua Tree” anniversary trek came in second with $118.1 million, which was good enough to land them at the head of the class for North America, where music tour grosses were up 11% for a record of $1.64 billion.   ***Former LA Weekly publisher Michael Sigman is out with his History of the Music Biz Volume 2.


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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Martin Landau, the tall, intense, sometimes mischievously sinister actor best known for his role in the television series “Mission: Impossible” and his Oscar-winning portrayal of Bela Lugosi in the film “Ed Wood,” died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his publicist.   ***George A. Romero, a horror visionary who created the modern zombie genre with his 1968 cult film, “Night of the Living Dead,” which has influenced generations of horror enthusiasts, died on Sunday in Toronto. He was 77. His death came after “a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” his family said in a statement.

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LBN – Special Report – Saturday, July 15th, 2017

*ISIS Leader in Afghanistan Is Killed by Drone, Pentagon Says:

The leader of the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed by an American drone strike this week, the Pentagon said on Friday. The strike, on Tuesday, targeted the militants’ headquarters in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Other members of the group were also killed in the operation, the Pentagon said in a statement, which asserted that the attack would “significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.” The Islamic State, however, has proved its resilience by replacing its leaders soon after they are killed.
*Dropping the Bluster, Trump Revives Banter With Reporters:

The Donald J. Trump who turned up in the press cabin of Air Force One on Wednesday evening, as his plane crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the way to Paris, was starkly different from the one who publicly pillories the news media but surprisingly familiar to reporters who know him well. The president had taken off his tie but kept on his jacket — a wardrobe change that for him qualifies as casual Friday — and he was in a happy-hour frame of mind. Expansive, engaging, even at times ebullient, Mr. Trump held forth for an hour, addressing reporters by name and alighting on topics as different as Chinese history and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. It was a loose, good-humored side of Mr. Trump that the public rarely sees amid the fusillade of angry speeches and venomous tweets that have characterized the president’s first six months in the White House. And it came to light only because he retroactively put the session on the record, asking a reporter the next morning why she had not quoted his remarks. White House aides say they see more of this side in the Oval Office, where the president has debated advisers about issues like sending more troops to Afghanistan. Diplomats say their bosses see more of it in meetings, where Mr. Trump has engaged even those who are deeply skeptical of his views, like Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.
*BACK TO COURT — Trump Admin to Appeal New Travel Ban Challenge

The Trump administration will appeal a new challenge to the president’s travel ban to the Supreme Court, Attorney GeneralJeff Sessions said Friday. The high court ruled last month that parts of the president’s initial ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations could go into effect, but on Thursday a federal judge in Hawaii narrowed the application of the ban. When the new ban went into effect, “close” relatives of those living in the U.S. were exempt. But that definition did not include grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others. U.S. District JudgeDerrick Watson ruled that those family members also be exempt from the ban.
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*Report: Don King Still Advises President Trump

According to an interview published in Politico Magazine on Friday, the famous boxing promoter Don King is still advising his old friend, President Donald Trump. “I call my connection to him, if I want to get a meeting or whatever it is,” King, who was a celebrity campaign-trail surrogate for Trump last year, said. “But I can talk to him every day through his assistant. And if it’s something that’s got to be of urgency, I can get him.” King—who says he can “be like a Tillerson without the portfolio because I’ve been around the world”—told the magazine that Trump “wanted to get my estimation of what’s going on [and] he said, ‘What you think about me firing [National Security AdviserMichael] Flynn?’ I said, ‘With all due respect, Mr. President, Flynn fired himself.’ … Trump’s loyal to a fault.” One White House official confirmed to The Daily Beast that King and Trump still keep in touch and remain “close friends” with “deep respect and admiration” for one another. A former Trump campaign official noted that King is “one of [Trump’s] favorite people” who Trump “loved talking about” during the 2016 campaign.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Idaho achieved a notable distinction last year: It became one of the hardest places in America for someone to quit a job for a better one. The state did this by making it easier for companies to enforce noncompete agreements, which prevent employees from leaving their company for a competitor.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The vanishing bus benches were Anaheim’s response to complaints about the homeless population around Disneyland. Public work crews removed 20 benches from bus shelters after callers alerted City Hall to reports of vagrants drinking, defecating or smoking pot in the neighborhood near the amusement park’s entrance, officials said.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:  ***The “Double Fantasy” album that John Lennon signed for his killer Mark David Chapmanjust five hours before he was assassinated is up for sale for $1.5 million. One of the most gruesome artifacts of rock history is up for sale through dealer Moments in Time. On Dec. 8, 1980, just hours before Lennon’s death, Chapman was photographed approaching the Beatle outside his home at the Dakota building to get him to sign the record. When Lennon returned home later with his wife, Yoko Ono, from a recording session, he was shot dead by Chapman.


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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: During the 1872 election, presidential incumbent Ulysses S. Grant ran against a corpse. His opponent, Horace Greeley, died before the election was finalized. Grant won the election.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***After struggling with the burden of winning her first Grand Slam singles title, Garbiñe Muguruza now must cope with the reality of winning a second. She triumphed at Wimbledon on Saturday by defeating the five-time champion Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-0. At 23, Muguruza is 14 years younger than Williams, the American star who was playing in her first Wimbledon singles final since 2009.   ***For the first time since 2013, the public will see O.J. Simpson live next week when he appears at a televised parole hearing. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, July 20, from Nevada and will be broadcast in a video pool, with networks including ESPN airing it live.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on fallout fromDonald Trump Jr.’s emails, GOP health care reform   —– Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Donald Trump’s trip abroad, fallout over a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, and the latest version of a GOP Senate health care bill.——


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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Ray Phiri, the South African guitarist who reached an international audience backing Paul Simon on the albums “Graceland” and “The Rhythm of the Saints” and who founded Stimela, a widely acclaimed, long-running band that confronted apartheid, died on Wednesday at a clinic in Nelspruit, South Africa. He was 70. A family friend and spokesman, Paul Nkanyane, announced the death and said that the cause was lung cancer.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: Liu Xiaobo, the dissident writer who became China’s first Nobel Peace laureate when he won the prize in 2010, died in state custody on Thursday, having spent almost the last nine years of his life in prison. His death is a tragedy and an outrage. It’s also a warning to his jailers. To wit: No nation that defames and imprisons its best people is going to become great. No country that is afraid to let a man such as Liu speak freely can possibly be described as strong. Regimes that are fearsome are brittle, too. That’s a thought that ought to vex those China enthusiasts who for years have been predicting that the country’s rise to global primacy is merely a matter of time. This is geopolitical analysis by way of grade-school math: If the United States, with a gross domestic product of $18.6 trillion, continues to grow at its current sub-2 percent rate a year, and China, with a G.D.P. of $11.2 trillion, grows at its plus-6 percent rate, then China will overtake us in about a decade. Tick-tick-tick.