BN – Special Report – Sunday, July 9th, 2017

*VICTORY – Iraqi Prime Minister Claims Victory over ISIS in Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday to declare victory in the fight against ISIS there. Abadi declared the city liberated and congratulated Iraqi troops for successfully pushing out the militants. Reuters reported earlier Sunday that remaining ISIS fighters desperately jumped into the Tigris river to escape. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadideclared the terror group’s caliphate in Mosul in 2014.
*Donald Trump’s Family Members, Campaign Chair Met With Russian Lawyer At Trump Tower

Members of President Donald Trump’s family and inner circle met with a Russian lawyer with close ties to the Kremlin two weeks after he clinched the Republican presidential nomination, the New York Times reports. The meeting, held at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, included Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, campaign chair Paul Manafort, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya—a powerful critic of an American law that blacklists Russian officials suspected of involvement in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitskyin 2009. Donald Trump Jr., who had previously denied meeting with any Russian nationals in connection with the campaign, told the Times that the meeting “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.” A lawyer for Kushner stated that the president’s son-in-law, who now serves as a senior adviser to the president, only “briefly” met with Veselnitskaya at the request of his brother-in-law.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Scarlett Johansson dining at Harbor East in the Hamptons.   ***Media experts and close friendsElliot Mintz and Michael Levine attending the annual Concern Foundation block party at Paramount Studio, which raised 1.7 million dollars for cancer research.
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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Nelsan Ellis, the actor best known for playing Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood on HBO, has died at the age of 39 due to complications from heart failure. “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement.

*LBN-VIDEO LINKSimon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace — .

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kyle Smith: Happiness is not to be confused with fleeting pleasures delivered by artificial, drug-like stimulants. Genuine life satisfaction is closely linked to the feelings of productivity we derive from doing jobs well and to the security of enduring close relationships, especially marriage. Gamer zombies risk losing touch with both the world of work and with the potential for real human relationships. The parents and friends of these young men are doing them no favors by thinking, “I never see him anymore but he seems happy.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Why the U.S. pays more for health care than the rest of the world —- .

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Hark! What light from yonder West Wing window breaks. A bright idea has somehow emerged from the dysfunctional, dystopian TrumpWhite House. And from the Grim Reaper, no less. Steve Bannon has not been partying in the Hamptons with Jared, Ivanka and Kellyanne. He has instead been lurking in his lair, scheming about a plan to raise taxes on the richest people in America and give tax cuts to the people who need them.

*LBN-HISTORIC COMMENTARY by John Dryden: If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.

*LBN-LYRICS OF LIFE by Norah Jones:  It’s not the pale moon that excites me That thrills and delights me, oh no It’s just the nearness of you. It isn’t your sweet conversation That brings this sensation, oh no It’s just the nearness of you. When you’re in my arms and I feel you so close to me All my wildest dreams came true. I need no soft lights to enchant me If you’ll only grant me the right. To hold you ever so tight And to feel in the night the nearness of you.