LBN – Special Report – Friday

*UNQUALIFIED – Major Clinton Donor Given Intel Role

Newly released State Department emails show a major Clinton Foundation donor landed on a government intelligence advisory board despite the fact that he had no experience in the field. After years of litigation, ABC News was finally able to obtain documents through the Freedom of Information Act that show Clinton’s aides allegedly tried to “protect the name” of the individual when ABC News inquired about his identity. Other emails indicate that they tried to “stall” the reporter and then accept the board member’s resignation days later. The donor,Rajiv K. Fernando, a Chicago financial-securities trader, sat with former Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, and nuclear scientists who were all advising the now-Democratic presidential nominee on the use of weapons. The decision to place him in the position reportedly confused the department’s staff. A board member told the news site: “We had no idea who he was.”
*Gordie Howe, ‘Mr. Hockey,’ Dead at 88

Gordie Howe, regarded by many including Wayne Gretzky as the greatest hockey player ever, has died at age 88. Mr. Hockey won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings from 1946 to 1971. Born in Canada, Howe began his NHL career in 1947 and retired in 1980 at age 52. Howe is the only player to have played in five decades and remains the oldest player to have played. Howe ranks third all-time in points (1,850) scored with 801 goals and 1,049 assists. Not only was Howe a skilled shooter, he was also a bruiser, collecting 1,685 minutes in the penalty box. Howe is a legend in his native Canada and adopted hometown of Detroit, both of which have dedicated a new crossing as the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

*Study: Stem-Cell Treatment Can ‘Halt’ MS

A new study published in The Lancet suggests that chemotherapy together with a stem-cell transplant may be able to entirely halt the development of multiple sclerosis. The research, which studied 24 patients between 18 and 50 years old from three hospitals in Canada, showed promising signs, the BBC reports. Twenty-three of the patients involved experienced a significant reduction in the disease’s onset. In one of the cases, a person died. The treatment, while offering hope, also creates “significant risks,” said an MS Society spokeswoman.
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*Hillary’s Emails Discussed Drone Strikes

Emails that are part of the criminal investigation over Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information include exchanges between diplomats in Islamabad and State Department officials about drone strikes. Some of the emails were sent by Clinton staffers to her personal email account via a server she kept at her New York home. Authorities have long fretted the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s personal server was not secure enough for the classified information she was handling as secretary of State. The dispatches were frequently written within the small window of time—20 minutes to several days—during which State officials could object to drone strikes before the CIA initiated them. One official said “If a strike was imminent, it was futile to use the high side, which no one would see for seven hours.” (“High side” is slang for a secure system.) According to The Wall Street Journal, on about six occasions  officials were away from secure equipment and sent vague emails on their smartphones discussing whether or not to back an impending strike. None of the messages in question use the words “drones,” “CIA” or reportedly give away any details about specific targets. Based on U.S. security classification rules, government officials are prohibited from discussing strikes publicly or at all outside of secure communication formats.

*Cavs Fan Fired for Abusing Curry Family

A Cleveland real-estate company fired a Cavaliers fan Wednesday for tweeting offensive comments to Steph Curry’ssister Sydel Curry. The tweets included expletives aimed at Curry’s 3-year-old daughter, Riley. The posts have since been deleted, but not before the owner of Holton-Wise Property Group fired the apprentice who had sent the messages. “We do not condone or tolerate hate speech of any kind, let alone hate speech that is directed towards a child,” James Wise said in a statement.

*Even Trump Wants Hillary to Make Warren VP

As rumors mounted of potential VP choices for the Democrats,Donald Trump again took to Twitter, posting Friday morning that he’s in favor of Elizabeth Warren sharing the ticket with Hillary Clinton: “Pocahontas is at it again! Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth. Hope she is V.P. choice.” Warren officially endorsed Clinton on Thursday night, saying “I’m ready to jump in this fight and make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States and be sure that Donald Trump gets nowhere near the White House.” Ahead of her planned endorsement of the presumptive Democratic nominee, Warren condemned presumptive Republican nominee Trump in a speech in Washington, D.C. In what was perhaps her harshest attack on Trump yet, Warren assailed the Republican candidate for his recent attacks on a judge presiding over litigation pertaining to Trump University. “What would you expect from a thin-skinned racist bully?” she asked. In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Warren declared that she is ready to be Hillary’s running mate, if asked. 

*Lead Found in Water at 14 Chicago Schools

More than a dozen Chicago public schools have been forced to shut down water fountains and bring in bottled water after test results revealed dangerously high levels of lead. Chicago school district officials said Thursday that out of 65 schools tested, 14 had been found to have lead in the drinking water. Parents of the children will be notified and the full list of schools released afterward. The tests began in April after it became known that the water quality hadn’t been checked in years. A representative for the school district described the testing as “proactive steps” taken amid increased awareness of lead poisoning following the scandal in Flint, Michigan. It is unclear how long the water at the affected schools was contaminated. Lead poisoning can cause permanent damage to the brains of young children, as well as numerous other health problems.

*United Nations Chief Exposes Limits to His Authority by Citing Saudi Threat:

The United Nations secretary general is supposed to answer to every nation on earth — and no nation at all. So the unusually frank admission by the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday that he had essentially been coerced into removing a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from an ignoble list of armies that kill and maim children was a rare window into the limits of his moral and political authority — and an object lesson for whoever succeeds Mr. Ban next year. On Thursday, Mr. Ban told reporters that he had been threatened with the loss of financing for humanitarian operations in the Palestinian territories, South Sudan and Syria if he did not temporarily delete the Saudi-led coalition from the list.

*LBN-SEE IT:….The singer and songwriter Margaret Glaspy has released her début album, “Emotions & Math.”

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. —-

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Michael Douglas sharing lunch withJann Wenner at the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC.  ***Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte and David Dinkins at the Children’s Health Fund’s annual benefit in NYC.   ***Lin-Manuel Miranda at Better Being in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC.  ***Leo DiCaprio at Blue Ribbon Sushi in NYC.   ***Helen Mirren and Tyne Daly seeing “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”.   ***Eva Longoria at Serendipity 3 in NYC.   ***Josh Groban and Thomas Sadoski seeing Beth Behrs in MCC Theater’s “A Funny Thing”.

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization dedicated to helping alcoholics stop drinking and maintain their sobriety. It functions through local groups that meet regularly and emphasizes a 12-step recovery program that includes acknowledgment of the problem, faith in a “higher power,” and a desire to change for the better and to help others recover.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Paul Ryan says it’s time for Republicans to unite with the presumptive nomineeDonald Trump. Sure, Trump says racist things sometimes and disagrees with most of our proposals, but Republicans have to go into this campaign as a team. There has to be a Republican majority in Congress to give ballast to a Trump presidency or block the excesses of a Clinton one. If Republicans are divided from now until Election Day they will lose everything. Unity will also be good for the conservative agenda. Congressional Republicans are currently laying out a series of policy proposals. If they hug Trump, maybe he’ll embrace some of them. Or, as a Wall Street Journal editorial put it this week: “There’s no guarantee Mr. Trump would agree to Mr. Ryan’s agenda, but there’s no chance if Mr. Ryan publicly refuses to vote for him.” These are decent arguments. Unfortunately, they are philosophically unsound and completely unworkable. For starters, this line of thinking is deeply anti-conservative. Conservatives believe that politics is a limited activity. Culture, psychology and morality come first. What happens in the family, neighborhood, house of worship and the heart is more fundamental and important than what happens in a legislature.



*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lindsay Lohan’s fiancé, Egor Tarabasov, is throwing her a 30th birthday party in Greece. The 22-year-old Russian trust-fund kid and real estate agent told Lohan’s pals to save the date for a giant July 2 bash in Mykonos.   ***Nick Cannon swears he’s not delaying his divorce from Mariah Carey. “She’s such a beautiful spirit,” the “America’s Got Talent” host, 35, told Extra on Thursday. “We put the kids first and that’s all we care about. We get along great despite of all the rumors out there. There’s nothing to tell,” he insisted. “It’s a process, nobody’s holding nothing up. Why would I do that?”   ***Jude Law was apparently offered the role of Superman for 2006’s “Superman Returns,” but he toldStephen Colbert on “The Late Show” that he turned down the role because he wasn’t exactly comfortable with the costume, saying it didn’t really “float his boat.” “I’m an Englishman and, I don’t know, it just didn’t seem to fit [the role]. I was always worried about the outfit. I just didn’t fancy it,” said Law.

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