LBN – Special Report – Friday

*Report: ‘Akhmed One-Arm’ Planned Bombing:

According to a U.S. official and Turkish media, Akhmed Chatayev, also known as “Akhmed One-Arm,” directed the suicide attackers who killed 43 people in the Istanbul airport on Tuesday. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said Chatayev was responsible for the shooting and bombing and his whereabouts are unknown. Chatayev is a well-known top soldier in the ISIS war ministry, CNN reports. “He’s… probably the No. 1 enemy in the Northern Caucasus region of Russia,” McCaul said. “He’s traveled to Syria on many occasions and became one of the top lieutenants for the minister of war for ISIS operations.”

*AG Will Approve FBI Call on Hil’s Emails:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch will accept the FBI’s recommendations about whether or not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a personal email server during her time as secretary of State, the Justice Department will announce Friday. Lynch technically has the power to overrule whatever decisions career prosecutors and the FBI director make about how the case should proceed, but, following revelations of an allegedly unplanned meeting at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport between Bill Clinton and Lynch, Lynch has agreed to let the decision—whatever it may be—stand. The Justice Department had reportedly been moving toward the arrangement for months, but bipartisan outrage at the Phoenix meetup has reportedly forced the issue.

*CLERICAL ERROR – Dylann Roof’s Victims’ Families Sue FBI:

The families of the victims and survivors of the 2015 mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, filed a federal lawsuit over the FBI clerk’s error that allowed suspect Dylann Roof to purchase a gun. After undergoing a background check and waiting three days before acquiring the handgun, Roof killed nine worshippers at the historic black church last June. According to the suit, Roof should have been barred from purchasing the gun by his background check because of his prior admission to possessing an illegal drug. “They were looking in the wrong drawer,” an attorney for the families said.

*Bill Clinton’s Meeting With Loretta Lynch Causes Stir in Both Parties:

It is well documented that Bill Clinton has a propensity for being social when he sees someone he knows in public. But his decision to walk over to Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch for a chat at the Phoenix airport on Monday spurred a firestorm of Republican criticism. The meeting was not preplanned, and Ms. Lynch told reporters that nothing sensitive was discussed. But as attorney general, Ms. Lynch oversees the Justice Department, which oversees the F.B.I., which is looking into the circumstances around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. The reaction to the meeting was so politically fraught that Ms. Lynch announced that she will rely on the recommendations of career prosecutors and the F.B.I for the outcome of the email investigation. “This shows outrageous bad judgement on the part of Attorney General Lynch and adds significantly to a general distrust in a the overall sense of independence or fairness.” said media expert and author Michael Levine.

*Al Qaeda Leader: ‘Gravest Consequences’ if Boston Bomber Executed:
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in an online video message that convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be executed, and that there would be the “gravest consequences” if the U.S. carries out his death sentence. Tsarnaev was sentenced last year to death by lethal injection. The 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

*WHOOPS – Gay Talese Disavows His Latest Book:

Author and acclaimed journalist Gay Talese disavowed his own book ahead of its publication on July 12, after newly revealed records have called his subject’s story into question. The Voyeur’s Motel tells the story of now-82-year-old Gerald Foos, who reportedly spied on guests in his Colorado motel from the late 1960s through the 1990s. But according to local property records, Foos sold the motel in 1980 and didn’t buy it back until eight years later. “I should not have believed a word he said,” Talese told The Washington Post. “I’m not going to promote this book,” he added. “How dare I promote it when its credibility is down the toilet?” The story gained widespread attention after it was excerpted in The New Yorker in April. Steven Spielberghas already bought the movie rights.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Apple is reportedly exploring the option of buying Jay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal, which would bring more artists onboard who exclusively release their content on the rapper’s product, including Kanye West andBeyoncé. The rumored acquisition comes at a time when Apple is attempting to invest more in its music platform, including a new redesign. Tidal has focused primarily on sound quality at a price of $20 a month for subscribers. 

*WHO READS LBN? Screenwriter Thomas Bidegain:


*Adnan Syed, of ‘Serial’ Podcast, Gets a Retrial in Murder Case:

A judge in Maryland has granted a new trial to Adnan Syed, setting aside his conviction for the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend, in a case that was the subject of the first season of the hit podcast “Serial.” Mr. Syed’s lawyer, C. Justin Brown, posted the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon and confirmed by phone that the motion for a new trial had been granted by Judge Martin P. Welch of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. The decision to grant Mr. Syed, 35, a retrial was a major victory for an inmate who has long maintained his innocence and has exhausted all other avenues of appeal. He was convicted in 2000 in the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and had served 16 years of a life sentence.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Yoko Ono made a surprise appearance during the five-hour send-off to revered New York City record store Other Music Wednesday night, which officially closed on Saturday, June 25th. The farewell show was hosted by comedian-actress Janeane Garofalo and started at Other Music’s downtown location before making its way to Bowery Ballroom. “Other Music Forever” included performances from 11 artists, including Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo, Bill Callahan, OM, Julianna Barwick and Frankie Cosmos.   ***Prominent Catholic priest Father Michael Manning in Santa Monica last night filming three episodes of the next edition of the “Without Notes” TV interview show.   ***Sean and Dylan Penn at Serafina Always on 61st and Madison in NYC.   ***Mary-Kate Olsen in East Hampton, stopping by vintage boutique What Goes Around Comes Around.   ***Regis andJoy Philbin at Chazz Palminteri’s Ristorante Italiano in NYC.  ***Carole Radziwill, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Nicole Miller at John McDonald’s one-year anniversary of Sessanta in NYC.   ***Tony Danza seeing Karen King sing at the Cutting Room in NYC.   **K.D. Lang with songwriter and Chalkboard Music co-founder Bruce Roberts at Nobu Malibu.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Does Your Business Have Broken Windows? —-

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Oh Se-jong, a South Korean speedskater who helped his country win the gold medal in the 5,000-meter relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, died in a motorcycle collision in Seoul on Monday. He was 33. The Yonhap News Agency in South Korea reported that his motorcycle had struck a vehicle making a U-turn.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Donald Trump has done something politically smart and substantively revolutionary. He is a Republican presidential candidate running against free trade and, effectively, free markets. By putting trade at the top of the conversation he elevates the issue on which Hillary Clinton is the most squirrelly, where her position reinforces the message that she will say anything to get power. But mostly it’s politically smart because Donald Trump’s only shot of winning the presidency is to smash and replace the entire structure of the American political debate. For the past 80 years that debate has been about the size of government — Republicans for less government and more market and Democrats for more government and less market. If that debate structures this election, Trump will get somewhere between 38 and 44 percent of the votes — where he’s been polling all year.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Dame Judi Dench celebrated her 81st year with a permanent present to herself. The 007 actress inked the Latin phrase, “Carpe Diem,” meaning “Seize the Day,” on the inside of her right wrist, which she debuted earlier this month at the Prince’s Trust Gala in Buckinghamshire, England.

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