LBN – Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

*‘PRETTY DAMN SCARY’ – Former DNI Chief Clapper Questions Trump’s ‘Fitness’ to Be President

The former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said Tuesday night on CNN that he now questions PresidentTrump’s fitness for the executive office and worries about his access to the nuclear-launch codes, in an unprecedented critique of a commander in chief by a top intel official. Following a rally in Phoenix that Clapper called “downright scary and disturbing,” he said, “I really question his ability to be—his fitness to be—in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it.” Referring to Trump’s standoff with the North Korean regime, Clapper said he worried that if “in a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” adding “the whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.” Clapper went on to condemn Trump’s “behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral, and ethical void,” adding, “How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?”
*Hillary: My ‘Skin Crawled’ When ‘Creep’ Trump Stood Near Me

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir about the 2016 presidential election, called What Happened, reveals that Trump’sintimidation tactics during the second debate made her “skin [crawl].” She writes: “Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling, and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly: ‘Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’” Clinton also shares that she regrets “letting down” the American people when she lost the election. “I couldn’t get the job done. And I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life.

*MY REVIEW: “My girlfriend preferred Instagram to LBN. I’ll miss her.” —— Reggie D., an LBN reader from Denver, Colorado


*Google, Walmart Team Up to Take On Amazon

Google and Walmart announced Wednesday they are partnering up to confront the growing threat they both face from Amazon.com. Google will start selling Walmart products on Google Express, the site’s online shopping facility. “We are trying to help customers shop in ways that they may have never imagined,” said Walmart’s Marc Lore, who heads the company’s e-commerce division

*OFF THE HOOK – Trump Hints He’ll Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trumpon Tuesday night suggested he would soon issue a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying the convicted Maricopa County official will be “just fine.” The White House said earlier Tuesday that the president would not announce a pardon at his rally in Phoenix, leaving the door open for an announcement in the future. “Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?” Trump said. “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?… I won’t do it tonightbecause I don’t want to cause any controversy.” Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a court order to end patrols that often target immigrants.
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*McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency:
The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense. The rupture between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell comes at a highly perilous moment for Republicans, who face a number of urgent deadlines when they return to Washington next month. Congress must approve new spending measures and raise the statutory limit on government borrowing within weeks of reconvening, and Republicans are hoping to push through an elaborate rewrite of the federal tax code. There is scant room for legislative error on any front.
*Egypt Cancels Kushner Meeting With Minister After U.S. Pulls Aid:
Egypt called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushneron Wednesday after the United States decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would meet the U.S. delegation led by Kushner later in the day as scheduled, Sisi’s office said. Two U.S. sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday that Washington had decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sandra Bernhard running into Madonnain American Airlines’ first class from London to NYC.   ***LA Eater editor Farley Elliot having dinner at a packed Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.

*WHO READS LBN? Comedian Adam Christing


*LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Cliques

  • The word “clique” is from the French word claque, which means a “band of clappers,” or a group of audience members who give pre-arranged responses in a theater performance.
  • In the 2004 movie Mean Girls, the primary mean girl is named Regina, which means “queen” in Latin.
  • In the 2004 movie Mean Girls, the “nice girl,” Cady, is named after Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a 19th-century pioneer in the American women’s rights movement.
  • Cliques are a result of universal instincts, such as desire for familiarity and certainty, control and dominance, and security and support.
  • According to one survey, 80% of 12- to 14-year-olds said that the most important factor of fitting in at school is physical appearance, such as clothes and being attractive.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 11 member of the staff of the Beverly Hills Hotel read LBN?


*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Canter’s, the iconic Fairfax district Los Angeles deli, was closed by health inspectors in early August due to vermin and other major violations. It reopenedthree days later on Aug. 10 — but with a dreaded C grade in the window.  When people ask, we are an 85-year-old restaurant and are having some growing pains as we evolve,” co-owner Jacquelyn Canter said – “We messed up and the basement wasn’t up to our standards and we won’t let it happen again.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: What is Emotional Intelligence?  —- https://youtu.be/LgUCyWhJf6s

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The Village Voice, the left-leaning independent weekly New York City newspaper, announced on Tuesday that it will end print publication. The exact date of the last print edition has not yet been finalized, according to a spokeswoman. The paper’s owner, Peter D. Barbey, said in a statement that the move was intended to revitalize the 62-year-old Voice by concentrating on other forms, and to reach its audience more than once a week.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  “City Talk” with Adam Carolla – August 14th, 2017  —  https://youtu.be/n6y8pi7l_OM

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Thomas Meehan, who won Tony Awards for writing the books for three of the most successful Broadway musicals of the past 40 years — “Annie,” “The Producers” and “Hairspray” — died Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Carolyn Meehan.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I slept well in the U.S. Embassy green zone in Baghdad, which is protected outside by Iraqis. Two nights earlier we slept at the Bagram base near Kabul and were repeatedly awakened by a blaring loudspeaker saying “take cover,” because another rocket was coming in. For the moment — and I stress moment — we have a sustainable military strategy to defeat ISIS in Iraq. But a sustainable political outcome depends on Iraqis rising to the occasion. I do not see that in Afghanistan and I did not hear it in Trump’s speech. I fear our choices there are unchanged: lose early, lose late, lose big or lose small.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Kimmel: The jackpot is up, an enormous sum. Playing the Powerball is a great way to spend quality time with strangers outside gas stations.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Mel B threw a glass of water overSimon Cowell after he made a crude joke about her wedding night on “America’s Got Talent.” The Spice Girl — who is currently going through a bitter divorce from her second husband, Stephen Belafonte — stormed off stage, leaving a shocked Cowell soaked. The trouble started when Cowell, 57, critiqued escape artist Demian Aditya’s performance duringTuesday’s show by saying: “I kind of think it will be like Mel B’s wedding night. A lot of anticipation, not much promise.”   ***Charlize Theron is being unfairly criticized for allowing her son, Jackson, to dress as a girl, say other Hollywood parents. The “Atomic Blonde” star is a hands-on mother of two who doesn’t rely on nannies to raise son Jackson, 6, adopted from South Africa, and daughter August, 2, who was adopted in the US. The Internet exploded last summer when photos surfaced of Jackson dressed up as Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” The boy has since been photographed in a variety of skirts and tutus, pink Ugg boots and with his hair in long braids.

 

LBN – Tuesday, August 22nd

*Trump: New Afghanistan Strategy Is ‘Killing Terrorists,’ Not ‘Nation-Building’

President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States’ new approach to the war in Afghanistan does not amount to “nation-building,” but rather “killing terrorists.” He said U.S. support for Afghanistan is “not a blank check,” and acknowledged his recent skepticism of increased involvement in the Middle Eastern nation. “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office,” Trump said during a primetime address at Fort Myer outside Washington. “So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every angle.” Trump said pulling out of the country would create a “vacuum” similar to one that was created in Iraq, when American gains there “flipped back into the hands” of terrorists, namely ISIS. “We cannot repeat the mistake in Afghanistan that our leaders made in Iraq,” Trump said, adding future decisions on troop levels will be based on conditions, rather than time. He also urged Pakistan, a neighbor of Afghanistan, to work with the U.S. rather than “harbor criminals and terrorists.”
*U.S. Issues New Sanctions on Russia, China to Pressure North Korea

The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against 10 Russian and Chinese entities and six individuals on Tuesday in an attempt to pressure North Korea to back off its nuclear program, CNBC reported. The sanctions are aimed at entities and people who help those dealing “in the North Korean energy trade” and missile program. In the past, the U.S. has tried to use economic pressure from China to curb the rogue country’s behavior. Earlier this month President Trump warned that he would respond to North Korean threats with “fire and fury.” U.S. officials are hoping to avoid military action and want to continue using diplomatic efforts to get China to cooperate.

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*UN: North Korean Shipments to Syria Chemical Arms Agency Were ‘Intercepted’

North Korea has been shipping goods to the Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program, according to a new, confidential report from the United Nations. Two such shipments were intercepted in the last six months by UN member states, according to the 37-page document, which was turned in to the UN Security Council earlier this month. “The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea),” according to the report. The panel was also notified that the goods in the shipments may have been part of a Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation contract with Syria. The trading corporation—Pyongyang’s main arms dealer—was blacklisted in 2009 by the Security Council.
*Pic Convinced Trump to Keep US Troops in Afghanistan:

National ​security adviser HR McMaster used a 1972 photo of Afghan women wearing miniskirts to help convince PresidentTrump to stay the course in Afghanistan, according to a reporton Tuesday. ​McMaster showed the president a black-and-white photograph of three women walking down a Kabul street in miniskirts to ​convince him that Western culture had once thrived in Afghanistan and could again, the Washington Post reported. The photo was among the arguments the president’s staff used to make the case that he should not pull troops from Afghanistan – the site of America’s longest war, the newspaper said.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: DEATH

  • Just three days after dying, the enzymes that help break down a person’s food begin to eat that person’s body.
  • Approximately 150,000 people die each day around the world.
  • In New York City, more people commit suicide than are murdered.
  • During the death process, the larynx loses it cough reflex, which creates a buildup of mucous. This causes a “death” rattle, or the gurgling or rattle-like sound of someone dying.
  • Soon after death, a person’s eyeballs flatten due to the loss of blood pressure.
  • Between 1 to 9 minutes after death, a person’s pupils begin to dilate and cloud over. The cloudy look is from the potassium in the red blood cells breaking down. Because most people die with their eyes open, the process usually occurs fairly quickly, though it can take up to 3 hours in some cases.
  • Just three days after dying, the enzymes that help break down a person’s food begin to eat that person’s body.

  • The emergence of funeral rites is the best indicator of the emergence of modern man (Homo sapiens).
  • Even after 6 hours of dying, a person’s muscles continue to spasm periodically.
  • Compared to right-handers, left-handers die at least 3 years earlier.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The Indian owners of the Plaza Hotel have hired a broker to sell the New York City landmark, a sign that a world-wide scramble among investors, celebrities and governments to acquire the property could be nearing an end. Sahara Group, a Lucknow, India-based conglomerate and the hotel’s majority owner, has enlisted JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group, a unit of real-estate firm JLL , to find a buyer, according to a person familiar with the matter.

*MY REVIEW: “As a liberal, I have to admit that LBN is independent and unbiased. I read it daily and don’t always agree with everything but give praise to it’s fearless independence.”—– Zoey W., an LBN reader from Carmel, California.


*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Seahawks defensive endMichael Bennett said last week that it would take a white player to kneel for the national anthem “to really get things changed.” Seth DeValve is testing that belief. The second-year Browns tight end knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner” duringMonday’s game in Cleveland against the Giants, part of a circle of more than a dozen players who bowed their heads in silent protest. They were flanked by several more teammates who stood and put their hands on the kneelers’ shoulders.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Meet One of America’s Most Intriguing Women – Susan Estrich:  —— “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years —-  https://youtu.be/tlBBRnSATa8

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jerry Seinfeld taking in the eclipse from the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island, where he and a friend lounged in Adirondack chairs, drinking coffee after arriving together in a ’68 Porsche.   ***Coldplay rocker Chris Martinwith a mystery woman at “Top Chef” star Katsuji Tanabe’sBarrio restaurant in Chicago.   ***Bill Maher and Ariana Huffington joining Michael Moore onstage as surprise guests at his Belasco Theatre show in New York City.   ***Selena Gomez moderating a Q&A for Robert Pattinson’s latest film, “Good Time,” at Los Angeles’ Arclight Cinema Dome in L.A.   ***Spies were buzzing that Uma Thurman is back with hotelierAndré Balazs after the on-again/off-again pair was spotted spending time together last weekend on Shelter Island. Thurman was also seen taking a class at Shelter Island Pilates & Barre.   ***A spy at a Target store in Los Angeles says that on SaturdayAngelina Jolie took her daughters Shiloh andVivienne to the cafe inside — but the family was disheartened to find the location did not serve hot dogs. “The kids were disappointed, so they all left,” said our man in aisle five. Added the shopping source at the megamarket’s Eagle Rock location: “One weird thing is that Angie was totally bundled up in a big sweater, and it was probably 85 or 90 degrees out.”

*LBN-SEE IT: The glasses John Lennon wore when he was assassinated (1980).


*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:Donald Trump is not the answer to this nation’s problems, so the great questions of the moment are: If not Trump, what? What does the reaction to Trump look like? For some people, the warriors of the populist right must be replaced by warriors of the populist left. For these people, Trump has revealed an ugly authoritarian tendency in American society that has to be fought with relentless fervor and moral clarity. For others, it’s Trump’s warrior mentality itself that must be replaced. Warriors on one side inevitably call forth warriors on the other, and that just means more culture war, more barbarism, more dishonesty and more dysfunction. The people in this camp we will call moderates. Like most of you, I dislike the word moderate. It is too milquetoast. But I’ve been inspired by Aurelian Craiutu’s great book “Faces of Moderation” to stick with this word, at least until a better one comes along. Moderates do not see politics as warfare. Instead, national politics is a voyage with a fractious fleet. Wisdom is finding the right formation of ships for each specific circumstance so the whole assembly can ride the waves forward for another day. Moderation is not an ideology; it’s a way of coping with the complexity of the world.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:Jerry Lewis on Late Night, 1982 —–  https://youtu.be/zkoG-wI9_2g

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I just spent eight days traveling with the Air Force to all of its key forward bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. So the president’s speech on Monday night was very timely for me. It was also unnerving. It was so full of bombast and clichés, so larded with phrases like “we will break their will,” so lacking in details and, most of all, so lacking in humility in confronting a problem and a region that has vexed better men for ages that I still don’t know where he’s going — only that he is going there very definitively. I totally agreed with the president’s remarks that our men and women serving in the Middle East “deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home.” But the rank hypocrisy of this man — who has done so much to divide us in recent months to satisfy only his “base” — using our troops as a prop to extol the virtues of national unity made me sick to my stomach. It also made me recall a lunch I had last week in the mess hall at Bagram Airfield, near Kabul, with Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. Olson explained that working in Afghanistan he was really disconnected from all the political turmoil in America. And then he told me this story: “I was talking to this civilian contractor the other day who just came back from a couple of weeks’ home leave in Dallas. And this guy told me he was really relieved to get back to ‘reality’ in Kabul — because the politics back home was so crazy.”

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Dozens of nude photographs of celebrities including Tiger Woods, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey VonnMiley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart have been hacked and released on an internet porn site. Although the stars’ lawyers are reported to be working around the clock to try and get the images taken off the Celeb Jihad website, the images are now being copied and shared across the internet, much as images were after a series of leaks in 2014 that includedJennifer Lawrence among its victims. Lawrence called the hacking and publication of her private images a “sex crime” in a subsequent interview with Vanity Fair, and the person ultimately found to be responsible, Ryan Collins, a Pennsylvania man, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.  Collins used a phishing scheme to obtain the login credentials of at least 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts, most of which belonged to female celebrities, over a period of almost two years. TMZ reports that the images of Woods and Vonn were hacked from Vonn’s phone.   ***Two members of the Kennedyclan were arrested for refusing to tone down a raucous party early Sunday. Police in Barnstable, Mass., collared Matthew “Max” Kennedy, 52 — the ninth son of assassinated former New York senator Robert F. Kennedy — and his daughterCaroline, 22, at a home near the family’s famed Hyannis Port compound at 1 a.m. Cops showed up after several noise complaints about the rager, where party-goers were also lighting off fireworks. Officers asked them to keep it down, but they refused, so police cuffed them, according to CapeCod.com

LBN- Wednesday, August 16th

*Trump: N. Korea Made ‘Very Wise and Well-Reasoned’ Choice to Back Off of Guam

President Trump on Wednesday tweeted in apparent approval of North Korea’s latest move to back off of its threat against Guam, writing, “Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!” The news comes just days after North Korean leader Kim said he decided not to launch an attack on Guam—but warned he could always change his mind. Also on Wednesday, China urged North Korea and the United States to “hit the brakes” on their threats against one another. “The most important task at hand is for the U.S. and North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an ‘August crisis,’” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi saidon Tuesday. Wang, on a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, noted that Russia and China should work together to lessen tensions so that no one is able to “stir up an incident on their doorstep.”
*Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

Authorities in Baltimore removed Confederate statues throughout the city early Wednesday morning, only a few days after the similar removal of monuments in Virginia sparked days of protests and violence. Just after midnight on Wednesday, a group of police officers and a crane made their way through public squares and city parks, tearing down the monuments and carrying them out of town. The small crowds that did appear were “celebratory,” said Baynard Woods, the editor at large of The Baltimore City Paper. “The police are being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies,” Woods said.

*Rudy Giuliani Rushed Into Emergency Surgery After Fall

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was rushed into emergency surgery over the weekend after he fell while on vacation in Long Island. “I was a catcher from a very young age, and I have suffered with ‘catcher’s knee’ for years, and the doctors said it would deteriorate,” Giuliani said after he had surgery on his quadriceps tendon. “I tried to get up but [my wife] Judith ordered me not to move. If it hadn’t been for her, the injury would have been a lot worse.” The former Republican presidential candidate said he is doing better and “already up and limping around.”
*13 Accused ‘Columbus Clique’ MS-13 Gang Members Arrested in Ohio, Indiana:
More than a dozen alleged members of the feared MS-13 street gang were arrested during early morning raids Tuesday in Ohio and Indiana, the Department of Justice said. Federal prosecutors said a grand jury had charged 10 gang members of the “Columbus Clique” with conspiracy to commit extortion and money laundering, as well as the use of firearms during a violent crime, in an indictment returned in late July. The indictment alleges the 10 “conspired to commit extortion through the use of threatened or actual force, violence or fear to intimidate their victims into paying money to the defendants and their co-conspirators.” Prosecutors said money was then sent “usually by wire transfer and often through intermediaries,” to MS-13 members and associates in El Salvador and elsewhere to promote the group’s criminal activities.
*MY REVIEW: “I reason I read LBN daily is that is there is no bull-shit in it.”—– Clyde B., an LBN reader from Dallas, Texas


*Michael Moore Takes Audience of Broadway Play to Protest Outside Trump Tower

Filmmaker Michael Moore wrapped up his one-man show on Broadway on Tuesday night by leading the audience over to Trump Tower to join a protest against President Trump’scomments on Charlottesville. Moore announced the move on Facebook, saying he and his audience members wanted to “nonviolently express our rage” over Trump’s assertion that counter-protesters were partly to blame for violence at a white nationalist rally that left one woman dead and 19 people injuredon Saturday. Joined by actor Mark Ruffalo, Moore and at least a dozen of his fans called for Trump’s impeachment, chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go.” In a video of the protest, Moore and Ruffalo were seen weighing whether to invite former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to join in, as he was apparently spotted having a drink nearby. They ultimately decided against it because he “still likes Trump,” Moore said.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Newborns are more likely to turn their head to the right than to the left.

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*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Daniel Craig, who once said he’d rather “break glass and slash my wrists” than play 007 again, told “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday that he will return for another James Bond film. “I think this is it,” the British actor said. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Publishing icon Judith Regan and media expert and author Michael Levine having dinner last night at a packed Madeo’s restaurant in West Hollywood.   ***Former congressman Barney Frank at Le Pain Quotidien on West 40th Street in NYC.   ***Comic David Steinberg and his producer wife, Robyn Todd, were seen celebrating Steinberg’s birthday at Primola on the Upper East Side in NYC with good friends, including former Viacom honcho Tom Freston and Carey Lowell, producer Jean Doumanian and “Ray Donovan” creator Ann Biderman.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Brand is the perception someone holds in their head about you, or a product, service, organization, cause, or idea.   It can be negative, positive, or somewhere in between. As far as your perception goes, that is your colleague’s brand.  Can you think of a band you love, a product that disappointed, a service that you couldn’t live without? Brand, brand, brand. —– www.MichaelLevineMedia.com

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve been on the road since the Charlottesville killing. I am traveling around the Arab world and Afghanistan with the chief of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein; his civilian boss, the Air Force secretary, Heather Wilson; and their aides. We’re currently at the giant Al Udeid Air Base, from which America’s entire ISIS-Syria-Iraq-Afghanistan air war is run. With all the news from Charlottesville, I was feeling in the wrong place at the wrong time. And then I looked around me here, and the connection with Charlottesville became obvious. Just one glance at our traveling party and the crews at this base and you realize immediately why we are the most powerful country in the world. It’s not because we own F-22s. And it surely isn’t that we embrace white supremacy. It’s because we embrace pluralism. It’s because we can still make out of many, one. I am a pluralism supremacist.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Award-winning attorney, mediator):  Supporting Trump at this point does not indicate a difference of opinions. It indicates a difference of values. Values aren’t like hobbies or interests. They don’t change over time, and they more or less define who you are….  ‘If you saddle yourself with someone who fundamentally does not share your values, you’re going to be unbelievably, achingly lonely.’… Most successful couples do seem to have moral compasses that point in roughly the same direction.”

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: World Protection Group —— www.worldprotectiongroup.com.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Conan O’Brien: Chipotle has closed a location in Dallas after diners filmed three rats falling from the ceiling. Don’t worry, the rats died of E. coli before they hit the ground.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Benjamin Franklin: Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Seth Meyers: A truck carrying 22,000 pounds of ravioli and jalapenos caught on fire while on a highway in Indiana — and immediately became Guy Fieri’slatest restaurant.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT:

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***More than six months after “Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa filed for divorce, estranged wife Christina finally got around to filing her own petition in response. Christina, 34, cited “irreconcilable differences” in paperwork obtained by People, and requested joint legal and physical custody of her and Tarek’s daughter, Taylor (6), and son Brayden, who will turn 2 on Aug. 20. The blond bombshell requested spousal support from Tarek, 35, and requested that a judge nix Tarek’s own requests for spousal support from his January divorce filing.   ***Natalie Cole’s son Robert Yancywas found dead in his San Fernando Valley, Calif., apartment on Monday night. He was 39 and Cole’s only child. The death was attributed to natural causes.