LBN – July 4th – Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

*DEFIANCE – North Korea Tests Missile, Claims It Could Hit Anywhere in the World
North Korea conducted a missile test on Tuesday and claimed it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could strike anywhere in the world. The launch was into the sea towards Japan, South Korea’s military said. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch came from North Phyongan province. Japanese authorities said the missile was thought to have landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone, though there were no reports of damage to ships in the area. The latest launch, which came on the eve of the U.S. holiday to mark independence, followed a series of missile tests in recent months that have raised fears of Pyongyang becoming capable of launching a missile at the U.S. In the wake of the latest launch, President Trump took to Twitter to ask whether China will “put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all.” Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting Tuesday in Moscow, called on North Korea to cease all nuclear and missile activities, and asked the U.S. and South Korea to halt joint military exercises.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Uber suffered a blow to its expansion plans in Europe on Tuesday after a senior adviser to the region’s highest court said that the ride-hailing service should have to abide by tough rules governing taxi services. The recommendation, a nonbinding opinion by an advocate general for the Court of Justice of the European Union, adds to an array of challenges that Uber is facing worldwide. This year alone, the company has grappled with a sexual harassment scandal and the resignation last month of its chief executive,Travis Kalanick. The case before the court hinged on whether Uber should be treated as a taxi service in France, and therefore be subject to rigorous safety and employment rules, or as a digital platform that merely connected independent drivers with passengers.

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Julianna Margulies talking to cosmetics mogul Peter Thomas Roth in Nice, France.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past two months the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress have proposed a budget and two health care plans that would take benefits away from core Republican constituencies, especially working-class voters. And yet over this time Donald Trump’s approval rating has remained unchanged, at 40 percent. During this period the Republicans have successfully defended a series of congressional seats. What’s going on? Why do working-class conservatives seem to vote so often against their own economic interests? My stab at an answer would begin in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many Trump supporters live in places that once were on the edge of the American frontier. Life on that frontier was fragile, perilous, lonely and remorseless. If a single slip could produce disaster, then discipline and self-reliance were essential. The basic pattern of life was an underlying condition of peril, warded off by an ethos of self-restraint, temperance, self-control and strictness of conscience. Frontier towns sometimes went from boomtown to Bible Belt in a single leap. They started out lawless. People needed to impose codes of respectability to survive. Frontier religions were often ascetic, banning drinking, card-playing and dancing. And yet there was always a whiff of extreme disorder — drunkenness, violence and fraud — threatening from down below.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Fareed Zakaria: The more I study this subject, the more I am convinced that people cast their vote mostly based on an emotional bond with a candidate, a sense that they get each other. Democrats have to recognize this. They should always stay true to their ideals, of course, but yet convey to a broad section of Americans — rural, less-educated, older, whiter — that they understand and respect their lives, their values and their worth. It’s a much harder balancing act than one more push to raise the minimum wage. But this cultural realm is the crossroads of politics today.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Robert Southey:  It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Nina Agdal has already moved on from Leonardo DiCaprio. The model, who split from Leo in May, is dating Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook’s son,Jack Brinkley-Cook. “It’s serious,” says an insider. “They are really cute together.”   ***Keeping up with Scarlett Johansson’s post-divorce love life is a full-time occupation. First, she was making out with “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost, then she was spotted holding hands with her lawyer Kevin Yorn — and now she’s back to Jost. Johansson and the “Weekend Update” co-host, who turned 35 on Thursday, were spotted at the Palm at the Huntting Inn in East Hampton, NY, the next evening, “looking cozy on a love seat,” says a spy.