Monthly Archives: July 2016

LBN- Special Report- Sunday

*Khan Begs GOP to Stand Up to Trump:
Khizr Khan, the father of the late American war hero U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, has challenged the Republican party for its support of Donald Trump, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to “repudiate” the GOP nominee. In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Khan called it a “moral imperative” for the two to stand up to Trump. “If your candidate wins and he governs the way he has campaigned, my country, this country, will have constitutional crises [like] never before,” Khan warned. Calling Trump’s possible leadership a “threat to our democracy,” Khan begged McConnell and Ryan not to be deterred by “political consequences” and to put an end to Trump’s “schoolyard bullying.” Khan, whose Muslim-American son died fighting for the U.S. in Iraq, delivered an epic speech alongside his wife at the DNC earlier this week in which he railed against Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric and asked the Republican candidate if he’d ever even read the U.S. Constitution. Khan’s speech was hailed as the most powerful speech at the Democratic convention, though Trump’s reaction to it was simply: “I’d like to hear his wife say something.”

*FBI, DOJ Investigating DNC Hack:
The FBI and the Justice Department are now involved in an investigation into a hacking that has penetrated the Democratic National Committee, the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Experts suggest that the Russian government was the culprit and that they could have more unreleased information. Clinton’s campaign said that there was no evidence that their “internal systems have been compromised.”

*WHO READS LBN? Legendary legal journalist Linda Deutsch:

*Donald Trump Responds to Muslim Father Khizr Khan: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’:
One of the most powerful lines in one of the DNC’s most emotional speeches came when Khizr Khan, the Muslim father of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, told Donald Trump, “You have sacrificed nothing!” Now, in his first response to Khan’s address, during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos set to air Sunday morning, Trump responded to that line by saying,“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.” Trump also questioned whether Khan’s wife, who stood silently at her husband’s side at the podium, was “allowed” to speak. Ghazala Khan did speak out during an interview on MSNBC on Friday night, thanking all Americans who “listened from their heart” to her husband’s speech.

*WHO READS LBN? Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Herbalife’s recruitment strategy was to tell prospects they could become wealthy – lavishly so – by pushing the company’s products. The FTC found that just .03 percent of Herbalife distributors (205 individuals) made more than $600,000 in 2014 and that the “over-whelming majority of Herbalife Distributors who pursue the business opportunity earn little or lose money.” The agency banned any Herbalife marketing efforts tied to achieving a lavish lifestyle.

*MY REVIEW: “I have been proudly reading LBN for the last three years because it keeps things really, really real!”—– Megan K., an LBN reader from Toronto, Canada.

*DARING – Man Skydives Without Parachute:
Luke Aikins fell 25,000 feet without a parachute on Saturday becoming the first in the world to skydive without one. He was going 120 mph when he landed in a net above California’s Simi Valley. “I’m here to show you that if we approach it the right way and we test it and we prove that it’s good to go, we can do things that we don’t think are possible,” Aikins said.
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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: This year has seen an accelerating pattern of attacks linked to ISIS in Europe and beyond — from Turkey to Bangladesh, the United States to Indonesia. According to the group IntelCenter, which tracks acts of terrorism, there has been a significant attack directed or inspired by ISIS every 84 hours sinceJune 8 in cities outside the war zones in Iraq, Syria, Sinai in Egypt and Libya.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Susan Sarandon hanging out at Lower East Side in NYC bar Leave Rochelle Out Of It.   ***Livingston, NJ, is buzzing with the PGA Championship under way at nearby Baltusrol. Two-time PGA Champ Vijay Singh ate breakfast at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel, and Zach Johnson, who has 12 victories on the PGA tour, was seen at the restaurant feasting on a rib-eye steak dinner.   ***Jonah Hill hanging out at Condé Nast’s and Cadillac’s Daring 25 party.   ***Mike Piazza celebrating his Baseball Hall of Fame induction at Lavo in NYC.   ***Electronic music publicist Alistair Duncan having dinner with his former boss, media expert and author Michael Levine at Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Channing Tatum is so desperate to get his hands on an advance copy of James Andrew Miller’sbook “Powerhouse” that he is willing to bust out his “Magic Mike” moves for Miller’s agents at ICM. “He offered to give them all lap dances in order to get an advance copy,” an insider said. The book, out Aug. 9, is the inside story of powerful Hollywood agency CAA and exposes some of Tinseltown’s heavy hitters, including Tom Cruise’s and Barbra Streisand’sformer agent, Michael Ovitz.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The reported front-runners for thehighly coveted “Live with Kelly” co-hosting gig are front-runners no more, we’re told. Insiders say that the producers and Kelly Ripa are “amused and fed up” with some of the most hotly tipped successors to Michael Strahan ­using the highly publicized race as a self-promotional opportunity. We’re told Rob LoweJeff Gordon and Mario Lopez have raised the hackles of ABC execs by talking themselves up in the press, and some people close to them have even — gasp! — allegedly leaked items about them being courted to take the seat next to Kelly full time.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The president made his vote-for-Hillary-or-face-doom convention speech only 22 days after his F.B.I. director painted Hillary as reckless and untruthful. He argued that there is no choice but to support Hillary against a “self-declared savior” like Donald Trump,perhaps forgetting that Obama was once hailed as such a messiah that Oprah introduced him in 2007 as “the one,” and it became his moniker. In the end, Obama didn’t overthrow the Clinton machine. He enabled it. It turns out, who we choose is not really about our souls. It’s just politics, man.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Sowell: I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you earned, but not greed to take somebody else’s money. If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Fred Specktor (Agent) : Linda Deutsch is right. The nonsense you (LBN) wrote about Hillary’s tax was wrong to do and not accurate.  Your editor is clearly a Trump fan. One has to be out of their mind or racist to think he would  be good for anything except filing lawsuits or being sued. In my lifetime there has never been a worse person running for president in our country.  He is up there with the worst!

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***John Kerr, an editor, literary muse and confidant for a generation of Freudian scholars and the author of “A Most Dangerous Method,” the book that became the basis for a play and a movie about the famous feud between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, died on July 18 in Portland, Me. He was 66. His brother Gil said the cause was complications of lung cancer.

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LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW?:
Did you know that in addition to being read daily in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, England, Japan, Korea, Israel, France, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Spain, Iraq, Cuba, Sweden, Australia, among others.
*Poll: Clinton Has 6 Point Lead Over Trump:
A poll released Friday put Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the lead by 6 percentage points in the race against Republican Donald Trump. The poll, by Reuters/Ipsos, found that Clinton had the support of 41 percent of likely voters, compared to 35 percent for Trump. The findings, from a poll conducted from July 25-29, come after Clinton gave a landmark speech on Thursday night after accepting the Democratic presidential nomination — the first nomination of a woman by a major party in the U.S.

*2 Arrested for ‘Plotting Attack’ in Belgium:
Late-night raids in Belgium on Friday led to the arrest of two men who were allegedly planning a terrorist attack, Belgian police say. The suspects, identified only as Noureddine H. and Hamza H., were taken into custody after searches in the French-speakingneighborhoods of Mons and Liege in Brussels. No details on the men’s plans have been released, and it is not clear how many attacks were planned and were. But police said no weapons or explosives were uncovered in the raids. Belgium has been on heightened alert after an attack on the Brussels airport and metro in March left 32 people dead. Belgium is considered an epicenter of jihadist recruits, with the country’s interior ministry saying at least 457 have either tried to join or joined jihadists fighting in the Middle East.

*North Korea Sends Delegation to Rio:
North Korean media on Saturday said a high-ranking delegation has set off for Rio de Janeiro for the upcoming Olympic Games.The delegation is led by a top aide to Kim Jong Un, Choe Ryong Hae, the vice chairman of the State Affairs Commission. The Korean Central News Agency reported only that the delegation had left Pyongyang, but did not say how long they would be in Rio. Choe Ryong Hae’s participation has raised eyebrows about possible diplomatic talks with other countries at the games, as the aide once considered the second in command has been known to take part in high-level talks with other nations. North Korea has reportedly sent 30 of its athletes to the games as well.

*WHO READS LBN? Actress Julia Stiles:

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Mistress-dispelling services, increasingly common in China’s larger cities, specialize in ending affairs between married men and their extramarital lovers. Typically hired by a scorned wife, they coach women on how to save their marriages, while inducing the mistress to disappear. For a fee that can start in the tens of thousands of dollars, they will subtly infiltrate the mistress’s life, winning her friendship and trust in an attempt to break up the affair. The services have emerged as China’s economy has opened up in recent decades, and as extramarital affairs grew more common. With greater opportunities and incentives to be unfaithful — not a few businessmen and officials signal status by maintaining fetching young women — new businesses to combat the cheating have apparently flourished.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 31 Professors from Harvard University read LBN daily?
 
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sperm whales can dive as deep as two miles into the water, and their bodies have unique physiological adaptations to allow them to survive the intense cold and crushing pressure of these dives. They can limit circulation to the brain and other organs, slow the heart to 10 beats per minute to conserve oxygen, and collapse the lungs and rib cage to withstand pressure.

*LBN-CATCHING A FAST WORLD IN MOTION:

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***After filming an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill went shopping at Saks on Friday. Fifth Avenue ground to a halt as the block between 49th and 50th was cleared of traffic and eight blacked-out cars screeched up. A crowd of Secret Service agents swarmed outside Saks, whereupon the veep and his wife emerged from a car, waved to confused tourists and went inside.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Haiti

  1. Native Haitians were pre-Columbian Amerindians called Taíno, “the good people.” The Taíno named their land “Ayiti,” meaning “Land of Mountains”—a term that evolved into “Haiti.”
  2. More than 10% of Haitian children die before age five.
  3. Eighty percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and 54% live in abject poverty. The average per capita income in Haiti is $480 a year, compared to $33,550 in the United States.
  4. Because of both violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, the United Nations estimated there were 430,000 orphans.
  5. Nearly 1.5 million people left Haiti in the early 1990s.
  6. A typical worker in Haiti makes only $2.75 a day. Because jobs are so scarce (approximately 70% do not have regular jobs), those who do have jobs are afraid to speak out against unfair labor practices.
  7. Only 53% of Haitians can read and write.
  8. Haiti’s national sport is soccer. Haiti first competed in the World Cup in 1974.
  9. Eighty percent of Haitians are Roman Catholic, 16% are Protestant, and 4% are other. Voodoo is often practiced alongside Christianity.
Haitian currency is named after the gourd
  1. Gourds were so important to the Haitian people that in 1807, President Henri Christophe (1761-1820) made them the base of national currency and declared all gourds the property of the state. Today, the Haitian currency is called “gourdes.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Robert Carswell, a Treasury Department official who was instrumental in choreographing the delicate financial negotiations that coaxed Iran into releasing 52 American hostages in 1981, died on July 22 at his home in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 87. His death was confirmed by Shearman & Sterling, the Manhattan law firm that he joined as an associate in 1952 and retired from in 2014.

*MY REVIEW: “Even though it frustrated me some times, I have to admit LBN is independent.”—–Mary Jo K., an LBN reader from Topeka, Kansas.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Linda Deutsch (Former A.P. Legal writer): I usually enjoy your LBN posts, but I must lodge a complaint about your coverage of one of the most historic days of my lifetime.  Your editor gave short shrift to Hillary’s  speech and the historic moment when a woman was finally nominated to the highest office in the land. It had taken over 200 years to get here and there was no mention in your story that this was a FIRST. Your editor gave more space to the Trump campaign’s idiotic response.  And then before the day was out, we had an urgent E-lert replacing the entire Hillary story with a Hillary bashing story about her alleged plans to raise taxes.  Shame  on your editor.  Maybe she is too young to realize the importance of this day. Or maybe she is, god help us, a Trump fan. We should have been allowed at least one day to bask in the glow of this brave and brilliant woman who had the nerve to take on the last glass ceiling and break through with power and determination to make this a better country…. Arguments about taxes certainly could have waited for another day.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Donald J. Trump: Michael Bloombergis a guy who didn’t have the guts to run for president. Little Michael. He doesn’t know anything about me. But he never had the guts to run. He probably wished he did but he didn’t. He spent millions of dollars on polling but he was missing one thing: guts. Little Michael.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Think about it: What does it mean to love America? Surely it means loving the country we actually have. I don’t know about you, but whenever I return from a trip abroad, my heart swells to see the sheer variety of my fellow citizens, so different in their appearance, their cultural heritage, their personal lives, yet all of them — all of us — Americans.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: There was one especially revealing moment this week at the Democratic National Convention.  It came as Leon Panetta was in the middle of his speech Wednesday evening.  That’s Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense, former Director of the CIA, former Congressman, a man widely respected by members of both parties. It was not surprising that this distinguished American, who knows a thing or two about foreign policy, brought up the fight against global terrorism.  But the moment he did that, many in the crowd erupted in boos and chants of ‘No More War.’  Leon Panetta could only stand at the podium and smile wanly. ‘No More War’ sounds great, but those protesters may want to bone up on the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928.  The nations of the world got together and essentially outlawed war as a means of settling disputes.  Noble in sentiment, foolish and feckless in reality. So Leon Panetta learned a painful lesson Wednesday, namely that terror is the issue that dare not speak its name in liberal circles.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The City Sleeps…..You Dream…..We Are Your Partners – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Harry Brant, the flamboyant 20-year-old son of billionaire art collector Peter Brant and model Stephanie Seymour, was arrested in Greenwich, Connecticut, last week after fleeing a taxi without paying and carrying a baggie full of “a white substance that later tested positive for narcotics.” Wealthy scion Harry, who is a regular on the party and fashion circuit and has a new line with makeup brand MAC, allegedly bailed on a measly $27.85 taxi fare and ran off. When cops caught him, he was “sweating profusely and pale,” according to the police report. He then lied about taking the taxi before finally fessing up that he didn’t have the money to pay.   ***The man whose girlfriend jilted him to marry “Cocaine’’ singer Eric Clapton was busted for running a marijuana-selling operation out of his East Hampton home, public records show. Christopher Loniske, 42, was arraigned Friday on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and growing pot without a license after cops said they discovered “grow rooms” in his basement. Loniske worked as a clerk in a retail store in Los Angeles in 2011 when Clapton wooed Christopher’s then-23-year-old girlfriend, Melia McEnery, away from him.

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LBN- Late Breaking News

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Hillary Clinton says intends to raise taxes on the American people if elected. She has proposed an income tax increase, a business tax increase, a death tax increase, a capital gains tax increase, a tax on stock trading, an “Exit Tax” and more (see below). Her planned net tax increase on the American people is at least $1 trillion over ten years, based on her campaign’s own figures.

Hillary has endorsed several tax increases on middle income Americans, despite her pledge not to raise taxes on any American making less than $250,000. She has said she would be fine with a payroll tax hike on all Americans, she has endorsed a steep soda tax, endorsed a 25% national gun tax, and most recently, her campaign manager John Podestasaid she would be open to a carbon tax.

Hillary’s formally proposed $1 trillion net tax increase consists of the following:

Income Tax Increase – $350 Billion: Clinton has proposed  a $350 billion income tax hike in the form of a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions.

Business Tax Increase — $275 Billion: Clinton has called for a tax hike of at least $275 billion through undefined business tax reform, as described in a Clinton campaign document.

“Fairness” Tax Increase — $400 Billion: According to her published plan, Clinton has called for a tax increase of “between $400 and $500 billion” by “restoring basic fairness to our tax code.” These proposals include a “fair share surcharge,” the taxing of carried interest capital gains as ordinary income, and a hike in the Death Tax.

But there are even more Clinton tax hike proposals not included in the tally above. Her campaign has failed to release specific details for many of her proposals. The true Clinton net tax hike figure is likely much higher than $1 trillion.

For instance:

Capital Gains Tax Increase — Clinton has proposed an increase in the capital gains tax to counter the “tyranny of today’s earnings report.” Her plan calls for a byzantine capital gains tax regime with six rates. Her campaign has not put a dollar amount on this tax increase.

Tax on Stock Trading — Clinton has proposed a new tax on stock trading. Costs associated with this new tax will be borne by millions of American families that hold 401(k)s, IRAs and other savings accounts. The tax increase would only further burden markets by discouraging trading and investment. Again, no dollar figure for this tax hike has been released by the Clinton campaign.

“Exit Tax” – Rather than reduce the extremely high, uncompetitive corporate tax rate, Clinton has proposed a series of measures aimed at inversions including an “exit tax” on income earned overseas. The term “exit tax” is used by the campaign itself. Her campaign document describing this proposal says it will raise $80 billion in tax revenue, but claims some of the $80 billion will be plowed into tax relief. How much? The campaign doesn’t say.

This proposal completely fails to address the underlying causes behind inversions: The U.S. 39% corporate tax rate (35% federal rate plus an average state rate of 4%) and our “worldwide” system of taxation, which imposes tax on all American earnings worldwide. The average corporate rate in the developed world is 25%. Thirty-one of thirty-four developed countries have cut their corporate tax rate since 2000. The U.S. has not.

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LBN- Special Report- Friday

*Hillary Accepts Presidential Nomination:

Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s nomination in a forward-looking speech at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. “We will not build a wall. Instead we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one. And we’ll build a path to citizens for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy,” Clinton said, hitting on Trump’s trademark platforms. “Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger. None of us can do it alone. That’s why we are stronger together.” Clinton also paid tribute to Senator Bernie Sanders, the main competitor of her primary campaign.

*Trump Team: Hil Spoke From ‘Fantasy Universe’:

Donald Trump’s campaign shot back at Hillary Clinton’s historic DNC speech on Thursday night, calling it an “insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric.” Stephen Miller, Trump’s Senior Policy Advisor, said it was “delivered from a fantasy universe.” He added, “She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life.” Clinton, the first female major party nominee for president in the history of the United States, said about Trump: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.” Still, Thursday evening, Trump took to Twitter to slam Clinton and her speech, writing, “Hillary’s vision is a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety,” and “No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton—corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes.”

*French PM Predicts More ISIS Attacks:

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said the government is considering banning the foreign financing of mosques in the country in a bid to prevent more ISIS-style attacks. “We live in a changed era and we must change our behavior. This is a revolution in our security culture… the fight against radicalization will be the task of a generation,” he said in an interview with LeMonde published Thursday. “This war, which does not only concern France, will be long and we will see more attacks,” he said. His comments came as the French government faces heated criticism for its handling of recent attacks, including the attack in Normandy earlier this week in which an ISIS fanatic murdered a priest. Security services were reputedly aware that the suspect was planning an attack but were unable to stop him. Earlier this month, French authorities were urged to take drastic measures after 84 people were killed at a celebration in Nice.

*Weak Spending by Businesses Hinders 2nd-Quarter Growth:

The American economy barely rebounded last quarter from its winter doldrums, weighed down by anemic business spending, overstocked shelves at factories and warehouses, and a surprisingly weak housing sector. Consumer spending remained healthy but it was swamped by the poor showing in other sectors of the economy. Besides the drop in corporate investment, weaker government spending also held back growth, reinforcing a trend that has hobbled the recovery in recent years. The number was well below the 2 percent pace of expansion that economists had been looking for, highlighting the economy’s continued ability to disappoint experts who have been confident that better times are around the corner.

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*Terrorism Scares Away the Tourists Europe Was Counting On:

The shocks have come one after another: Islamic State killings of civilians in Brussels and Nice. A deadly outburst of terrorism in Germany. A fresh terror-linked atrocity in a small French town. Warnings abound that more may be on the way. The surge of attacks in Europe has raised questions over whether a potentially durable new threat to stability is settling in. The political challenges for Europe’s leaders are stark, and the impact on the region’s economy may be just as profound. “We are experiencing a structural change, a phenomenon of war on our doorstep that didn’t exist before,” said Georges Panayotis, the president of the MKG Group, a tourism consulting company based in Paris. “If it’s not resolved, the problem will continue.” The effects of that shift on businesses, large and small, have been deep.

*Pope Francis, Visiting Auschwitz, Asks God for the ‘Grace to Cry’:

Pope Francis walked in the footsteps of his two predecessors on Friday as he visited the former concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz, where he paid silent homage to the more than one million victims, mostly Jews, who perished there during the Holocaust. Right before his visit, Francis told reporters that he “would like to go to that place of horror without speeches, without crowds.” He said he intended to go “alone, enter, pray,” adding: “And may the Lord give me the grace to cry.” The pope began his visit to Auschwitz — in what is now the Polish town known as Oswiecim, about 30 miles west of Krakow — by meeting 12 survivors of the camp. He greeted them, one by one, mostly in silence, expressing his sorrow and respect just by clutching their hands, looking into their eyes and kissing them tenderly, once on each cheek. Francis was the third pope to visit Auschwitz. Pope John Paul II visited on June 7, 1979, declaring “No more war!” and “Only peace!” Pope Benedict XVI, who as a young man was inducted unwillingly into the Hitler Youth and the German Army, went on May 28, 2006, and asked: “Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate this?

*CHARGED: Six current and former Michigan state employees have been charged in a widening criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis, according to a source close to the investigation. The six people face charges ranging from willful neglect of duty to conspiracy for allegedly withholding information from the public about lead contamination of the city’s drinking water.

*Cosby Drops Federal Suit Against Accuser:

Bill Cosby has dropped the last of the federal suits he filed against a woman accusing him of sexual assault. Cosby—who faces at least 50 sexual assault accusations by as many women—had claimed that Andrea Constand violated the terms of a settlement in a 2006 suit. Several others were named in his complaint, including Constand’s attorneys and American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer. Last week, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno ruled that the 78-year-old cannot sue Constand for talking to investigators about the accusations, and on Thursday Cosby gave up the remainder of the suit, which he filed in February. Those claims included that Constand violated the confidentiality agreement via Twitter comments and through an interview she gave to the Toronto Sun.

*U.S. Navy to Name Ship After Harvey Milk:

The U.S. Navy is naming a ship after Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in California. Milk was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955 after serving for four years. “When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn’t tell anyone who he truly was,” said San Francisco politician Scott Wiener. Wiener wrote the resolution requesting that the Navy name a ship after Milk. “Now our country is telling the men and women who serve, and the entire world, that we honor and support people for who they are.” The Harvey Milk Foundation posted on Facebook, “Hope is never silent and will be represented in a world port soon via the USNS Harvey Milk.” Women’s rights activist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth will also be granted this honor.

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*U.S. Drops Snark in Favor of Emotion to Undercut Extremists:

The Obama administration has revamped a program designed to lure foreign fighters away from extremist groups like the Islamic State, focusing on a series of new advertisements and social media posts that seek to appeal to emotion rather than logic. Money for the program, which is managed by the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, tripled this year, to $16 million, after administration officials concluded that past efforts that had attempted to scare potential militants away from the extremist groups were not working. It is the latest in a long series of efforts from the Obama administration at what diplomats and other officials euphemistically call “public engagement,” and the multiple reboots have shown how hard it has been for these programs to find traction. Recent attacks in Turkey, Iraq, France and Bangladesh seemed to show extremism has been spreading.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: During the Great Depression, many people tried apple selling to avoid the shame of panhandling. In New York City alone, there were as many as 6,000 apple sellers.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: 

An Incredible Conversation With An Incredible Women —–Prize-winning legal journalist Linda Deutsch discusses with Michael Levine her experiences covering the murder trial of O.J. Simpson and the molestation trial of Michael Jackson.  https://youtu.be/nraZ8DuduAU.

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*3 Kids Found Living in Shed in KY:

Police in Kentucky say they found three children living in a shed with no electricity, no water, and a bucket where they were forced to go to the bathroom. The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Thursday saying they discovered the children on Tuesday after receiving a complaint of child abuse. The children have been taken into protective custody and treated for rashes and bed bug bites. The children’s caretakers have been charged with three counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. ———-www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 16 member of the Manhattan Club staff in New York City read LBN daily?

*LBN-R.I.P.: Two years ago, Matilda Rapaport, a Swedish extreme skier, survived an avalanche in Haines, Alaska. “I was dragged all the way down the mountain, partially buried and couldn’t get myself out,’’ she said later. “That was a very scary experience. But I don’t want memories of being scared of avalanches.” Rapaport continued to ski on peaks that could be reached only by helicopter and aspired to be next year’s Freeride World Tour ski champion. But another avalanche, this time in the Chilean Andes, claimed her life this month. She was 30. She died on July 18 in a hospital in Santiago, four days after she was buried in snow. The cause was brain damage from oxygen deprivation, said her husband of only three months, Mattias Hargin, a Swedish Alpine World Cup skier and her high school sweetheart.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Donald Trump has found an ingenious way to save the Democratic Party. Basically, he’s abandoned the great patriotic themes that used to fire up the G.O.P. and he’s allowed the Democrats to seize that ground. If you visited the two conventions this year you would have come away thinking that the Democrats are the more patriotic of the two parties — and the more culturally conservative. Trump has abandoned the Judeo-Christian aspirations that have always represented America’s highest moral ideals: toward love, charity, humility, goodness, faith, temperance and gentleness. He left the ground open for Joe Bidento remind us that decent people don’t enjoy firing other human beings. Trump has abandoned the basic modesty code that has always ennobled the American middle class: Don’t brag, don’t let your life be defined by gilded luxuries.


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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lindsay Lohan may need to review her life choices. The troubled star, whose father Michael Lohan told “Page Six TV” she was pregnant, was photographed smoking and drinking beer on a yacht in Italy Thursday. Lohan, 30, has been in the Mediterranean most of the week following an explosive fight and breakup with fiancé Egor Tarabosov.   ***Nearly eight months after finalizing her divorce from Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith is still struggling to find herself. “I’m having a very introspective time right now,” Griffith told People Thursday. “It’s an interesting time … I’m single, and lonely, and bored, and confused – but then at the same time, totally curious. It’s almost like I have to throw myself out of the nest.”

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*U.S. Secures Vast New Trove of Intelligence on ISIS:
The United States is poring over a vast trove of new intelligence about Islamic State fighters who have flowed into Syria and Iraq and some who then returned to their home countries, information that American officials say could help fight militants on the battlefield and prevent potential plotters from slipping into Europe. American-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab militias have seized more than 10,000 documents and 4.5 terabytes of digital data in recent weeks while fighting insurgents in Manbij in northern Syria, near the Turkish border, a major hub for Islamic State fighters entering and leaving Syria, American officials said. An initial American review of the material offers new clues about “foreign fighters, the networks, where they’re from,” according to Brett McGurk, President Obama’s special envoy for combating the Islamic State. Other officials said the information included the fighters’ identities, countries of origin, routes into Syria and the illicit networks that recruited and ferried them to the region. Those details are being shared with allies to help stanch the flow of militants.

*France Was Warned of 2nd Church Attacker:
French officials have identified the second man involved in the Normandy church attack during Mass on Tuesday. Authorities say his photo was distributed to French police on July 22 with a warning that he might be planning an attack. The 19-year-old, Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean, was identified by DNA testing on his corpse. The French anti-terrorism agency, UCLAT, reportedly warned officials that Petitjean “could be ready to participate in an attack on national territory.” Petitjean was spotted in Turkey last month, and officials said he appeared to be heading to Syria before he turned around and returned to France. Another 19-year-old, Adel Kermiche, perpetrated the attack with him, in which they held several nuns and priests hostage before ultimately slashing the throat of Father Jacques Hamel, 86, after forcing him to kneel. ISIS released a video on Wednesday that evidently shows the two suspects pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. News broke on Wednesday that Kermiche was freed from jail before the attack despite his recorded attempts to join militants in Syria. He was awaiting trial. An acquaintance who knew Kermiche said he wasn’t surprised to hear about his involvement in the church attack. “He talked about it all the time. He talked about Islam, the things like this he was going to do. He talked about the Quran and Mecca and he told me ‘I’m going to attack a church.’ He said this two months ago on leaving the mosque. On my mother’s life, I didn’t believe him.”

*N. Korea: U.S. Has Declared War:
A top North Korean diplomat said on Thursday that the U.S. has “crossed the red line” and declared war against the country by placing the country’s leader Kim Jong Un on a list of sanctioned individuals in connection with alleged human rights abuses in the authoritarian state. Han Song Ryol, the top diplomat in charge of U.S. affairs at the North’s Foreign Ministry, said, “The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of [the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].” He added, “The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown. We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war.” North Korea, as a nation, has been sanctioned several times for its nuclear weapons, but Kim Jong Un had not been personally sanctioned before the U.S. announced this new measure on July 6.

*Putin Calls Athlete Ban ‘Discrimination’:
At a Kremlin ceremony to send off Olympic athletes on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out over a ban on Russia’s track and field athletes. “We can’t accept indiscriminate disqualification of our athletes with an absolutely clean doping history,” Putin said, in reference to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s allegations that Russia’s Olympic athletes were part of a state-sponsored doping scheme. “We cannot and will not accept what in fact is pure discrimination,” he said. All of Russia’s track and field athletes, with the exception of one, have been banned from taking part in the Rio Games next month, and Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has been blocked by the International Olympic Committee from attending the games over allegations that he personally oversaw the widespread doping of athletes. While sending off those athletes who have been allowed to participate—fencers, triathletes, and table tennis players—Putin described the ban as part of a conspiracy to make Russia look bad on the world stage. “The situation went beyond the legal field as well as common sense,” Putin said. “It’s a well-planned campaign which targeted our athletes, which included double-standards and the concept of collective punishment which has nothing to do with justice or even basic legal norms.”

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*Backpacks Banned from French Beaches:
Backpacks have been banned from some French beaches, as authorities implement new rules in the wake of recent deadly terror attacks in the country. In particular, large, “non-transparent” bags will be banned from beaches in Cannes. Any bag that could conceal “weapons or explosive substances” will not be permitted, and security has been tightened in other public spaces. Officials said armed police and soldiers will be patrolling beaches, festivals, stations, and airports throughout the summer. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told local officials that any events should be canceled “if conditions do not allow for optimal security.”

*WikiLeaks Releases DNC Voicemails:
WikiLeaks has released what appears to be 50 voicemail recordings from Democratic National Committee members. This latest leak, published on the WikiLeaks website during the third night of the Democratic National Convention, follows a larger leak of DNC emails, which lead to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz. The leaks have become a national security interest, after U.S. intelligence organizations announced that the hack on DNC servers appears to have been perpetrated by the Russian government.

*Debt Collectors’ Abuses Prompt Consumer Agency to Propose New Rules:
For the first time in nearly 40 years, federal regulators are preparing to significantly strengthen the rules that govern debt collection in an effort to clamp down on collectors who hound consumers for debts they may not even owe. Under the proposed regulations, which will undergo a lengthy review process, debt collection companies will have to more fully document the debt they are trying to collect, make it clear how a consumer can dispute the debt, and observe state statutes of limitations that bar them from legally pursuing older debts — all safeguards that are frequently flouted, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal agency that plans to put forth the new rules on Thursday. The regulations also take aim at the stereotype of the harassing debt agency: Collectors would be barred from trying to contact people more than six times in a week. And, after a debtor dies, the collectors would have to wait 30 days before contacting family members about paying up.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Learning requires more than the acquisition of unfamiliar knowledge; that new information or know-how, if it’s to be more than ephemeral, must be consolidated and securely stored in long-term memory.  Mental repetition is one way to do that, of course. But mounting scientific evidence suggests that what we do physically also plays an important role in this process. Sleep, for instance, reinforces memory. And recent experiments show that when mice and rats jog on running wheels after acquiring a new skill, they learn much better than sedentary rodents do. Exercise seems to increase the production of biochemicals in the body and brain related to mental function.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***James Alan McPherson, who overcame segregation and the narrow prism of a legal education to become the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on Wednesday in Iowa City. He was 72. His death was announced by the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he was a professor emeritus. The cause was complications of pneumonia, it said.   ***Forrest E. Mars Jr., a billionaire scion of the reclusive family that satisfied America’s sweet tooth with the Milky Way candy bar and M&M’s and who helped build Mars Inc. into the world’s largest confectionary company, died on Tuesday in Seattle. He was 84. The company, which he inherited with his brother and sister in 1973, said the cause was a heart attack.

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The jump from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is 250 feet. Trauma from the jump is dramatic and can cause ripped blood vessels, demolished central nervous systems, and a transected spinal cord. While a few have died from drowning and one from a shark attack, most die from the impact of the body on the water. Only 1% who jump survive.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sarah Silverman lunching alone at Maison Kayser across from Bryant Park in NYC on Wednesday after her DNC appearance in Philly.   ***Golfer Dustin Johnson and fiancée Paulina Gretzky working out at Equinox in Summit, NJ, ahead of this weekend’s PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy was also seen doing “an intense functional fitness workout”.   ***Lincoln Center’s “Merchant of Venice” star Jonathan Pryce doing karaoke at Birdland Jazz Club for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party.   ***L.A. power attorney Brian Pannish having lunch yesterday at 1 Pico at Shutter’s Hotel on the beach in Santa Monica.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Heath Ledger’s death was his fault, the late actor’s father shared. “It was totally his fault. It was no one else’s — he reached for [the pills]. He put them in his system. You can’t blame anyone else in that situation,” Kim Ledger told the Daily Mail Australia earlier this week. Heath passed away in January 2008 after accidentally overdosing on a cocktail of oxycodone, diazepam, hydrocodone and doxylamine. He was 28.   ***Fifth time’s the charm, at least according to David Foster‘sdaughters. While speaking with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM Wednesday, “Famously Single” stars Erin and Sara Fosterrevealed dad David will likely walk down the aisle again after calling it quits with Yolanda Hadid. “We just want him to be happy,” 33-year-old Erin said. “We love when he is married, in a relationship. He is at his happiest when he is in a relationship. He will definitely get married again. He loves being married. Lucky No. 5!”

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