LBN – Special Report – Friday

*Prince Estate Judge Orders DNA Test

Bremer Trust of St. Cloud, the special administrator appointed to handle Prince’s assets, was given permission to have DNA tests done on late rocker Prince’s blood via an order issued Friday by the Carver County judge overseeing Prince’s estate. Judge Kevin Eide also issued a separate order in which those with a claim against Prince’s estate will have only four months to file a notice with either the court or the special administrator. A $1 billion claim against Prince’s estate has already been filed by a California man and subsequently dismissed by Eide.

*Report: Obama Transparency Official Stepping Down

The Obama official assigned to improve the operation of the Freedom of Information Act across the administration is reportedly stepping down after taking over as the director of the Office of Government Information Services less than a year ago, Politico reported Friday. James Holzer took over last August as the director of an office that, among other things, suggests ways to streamline FOIA operation processes. Holzer is reportedly returning to the Department of Homeland Security, two sources briefed on the move told Politico. Holzer’s departure caught many by surprise and when he was appointed last August transparency advocates said they would’ve preferred a public champion of disclosure over Holzer, who served as a former agency FOIA officer.

*Turkey Imprisons Two Journalists

A Turkish court on Friday sentenced journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül to five years in prison, on charges of revealing state secrets. The pair, who published footage that allegedly showed Turkish intelligence officials shipping weapons into Syria, faced life in prison for alleged espionage. The ruling reignites a controversy over the Turkish government’s control over the press. Dündar also avoided an assassination attempt outside the Istanbul courthouse Friday, when a man called him a “traitor” and fired several shots, all of which missed.

*Obama to Trump: This Is Not a Reality Show

During a White House press briefing Friday, President Obama offered  stern words in response to Donald Trump’s rise to being the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee. “I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a really serious job,” Obama said. “This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States.” He continued: “What I’m concerned about is the degree to which reporting and information starts emphasizing the spectacle and the circus. Because that’s not something we can afford.” The commander in chief also criticized the media for failing to fact-check Trump when reporting on the candidate’s many controversial proposals: “Every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny,” he said. “It means that you’ve got to make sure that their budgets add up. It means that if they say they’ve got an answer to a problem, that it is actually plausible, and that they have details for how it would work.”


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