*No Surprise! Paul Manafort Resigns from Trump Campaign:
campaign chairman Paul Manafort
resigned Friday morning, the candidate announced in a statement. “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said. “Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.” Despite the kind words, Trump essentially demoted Manafort this week by hiring Brietbart News executive Steve Bannon
and pollster Kellyanne Conway
to run the campaign. Kevin Cirilli
, of Bloomberg Politics, reports that Trump had stopped taking advice from Manafort and that the chairman’s deputy, Rick Gates
, left alongside him. Manafort, Cirilli reports, left over a concern that his widely-reported consulting past would prove distracting for the campaign, as opposed to over any internal conflict on Trump’s team. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski
was fired in June, after Trump’s first polling collapse just after he clinched the Republican nomination. Manafort was helping Trump marshal delegates for the convention when he was promoted. Manafort, a longtime D.C. insider and lobbyist, has come under scrutiny for his ties to Russia during his work in Ukraine for the country’s former president.
*Ryan Lochte: I’m Sorry:
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte
released a statement via Instagram apologizing for the way events unfolded in the aftermath of the alleged “robbery” incident at the Rio Summer Games. Police later said Lochte’s version of events at a gas station was untrue, and he and teammate James Feigen
wereindicted by officials on a charge of falsely reporting a crime. Feigen will be allowed to leave Rio on Friday after he pays about $11,000 in fines, per a settlement Feigen reached with a judge. Lochte left Brazil on Tuesday. Lochte’s statement appears to maintain his story of events in lieu of admitting the alleged lie. He apologized for his “behavior,” adding that he should’ve been “more careful and candid” in his description of the night. He also said he was sorry for “my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics.” Fellow Team USA swimmers Gunnar Bentz
and Jack Conger
were both at the gas station that night and allegedly vandalized the property. The two left the country Thursday after providing testimony to police officials. “It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country,” Lochte wrote, “and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event.”
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*Trump Apologizes for ‘Saying the Wrong Thing’:
offered a vague apology Thursday night for not choosing “the right words” throughout his campaign, telling a crowd in North Carolina, “I will never lie to you.” “Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and believe it or not I regret it,” Trump told supporters at the rally in Charlotte. “I do regret it particularly where it may have caused personal pain,” he said. He didn’t offer specifics on what statements he was apologizing for, but he has been criticized for everything from implying Mexicans are rapists to hinting that opponent Hillary Clinton
might be assassinated. He has also been accused of using misogynistic and racist rhetoric, and encouraging violence against protesters at his rallies. Thursday’s speech took on an entirely new tone, with Trump saying, “I’ve traveled all across this country laying out my bold and modern agenda for change. In this journey, I will never lie to you. I will never tell you something I do not believe. I will never put anyone’s interests ahead of yours.” “So while sometimes I can be too honest, Hillary Clinton is the exact opposite: She never tells the truth. One lie after another, and getting worse each passing day,” he told supporters. During his speech, Trump apparently read from a teleprompter, which he had refused to do earlier in the campaign and slammed Clinton for doing. Trump’s new campaign managers Kellyanne Conway
and Breitbart’s Steve Bannon
, who may very well be behind Trump’s more mild-mannered tone, reportedly watched the speech from New York.
*Twitter Suspends 235,000 More Accounts Over Extremism: According to media expert and author Michael Levine (www.MichaelLevineMedia.com )
Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts that promoted terrorism over the last six months, as part of a continuing effort to keep people from using the social network for extremist causes, reported Levine. “The world has witnessed a further wave of deadly, abhorrent terror attacks across the globe,” Twitter said in a statement. “We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform.” Levine feels this a good but over-due step from Twitter and demanded that other social media platforms follow.”Twitter’s latest action brings the total number of accounts that the company has suspended to 360,000 since it began cracking down on terrorism and violent extremism in mid-2015. While Twitter has long championed free speech on the web and said that it was a “global town square,” its positioning has drawn bullies, racists and extremist groups to the service to spread their messages. That has drawn criticism from government agencies and the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and media expert and author Levine, among others.
- Researchers claim that most Irish and Britons can trace their roots to Iraq and Syria.
- The Martyr’s Monument (al-Shaheed Monument) in Baghdad was constructed in the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi soldiers who died in the Iran-Iraq War. Shaped like an egg split open with an “eternal flame” in the middle, it houses the names, weapons, and clothing of some of the soldiers.
- Iraqis celebrate two New Year’s Days. The first celebration is Muharram on the first month of the Muslim calendar. Some Iraqis also celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 of the Gregorian calendar.
- Traditionally, marriages in Iraq are arranged, though more and more Iraqis are choosing their own spouses, especially in larger cities.
- Dance has played an important role in Iraq culture for thousands of years. One dancing style in Iraq, the hacha’a, is similar to belly dancing, but there is more neck and hand motion and less hip movement. A woman must have long hair because part of the dance involves swinging her hair to the music.
- The traditional music of Iraq is the maqam, which is based on Arabic poetry and is very heart wrenching and slow. Maqam musical scales are said to have been influenced by the courts of ancient Arabic kings and by the Persians (ancient Iranians).
- In Iraq, as it is in many predominately Muslim countries, it is offensive to use one’s left hand while eating because the left hand is considered to be unclean.
- It is not considered rude in Iraq to eat food quickly or without utensils. In fact, it is a sign to the host or hostess that the food is delicious. Iraqis are also extremely offended if the family pet comes near the table during the meal.
- If someone admires an Iraqi’s possession, such as a vase, the Iraqi will usually insist that the person takes it. Therefore, it is proper etiquette to avoid lavishly praising another person’s possessions.
- Iraq’s national dish is Masgouf (impaled fish) and its national cookie is Kleicha (meaning circle or wheel), both of which can be traced back to antiquity.
Nearly half of all married couples in Iraq are first or second cousins
- Traditionally in Iraq, more than half of all brides and grooms marry their first or second cousin.
- According to the Arab American Institute, there are approximately 140,000 Iraqi Americans living in the U.S.
- The fertile region between the two famous rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, allowed early stable populations in Iraq as far back as the 7th century B.C. This area has had many names throughout history, including Al-Jazira (“the island”) in Arabic and Mesopotamia (“the land between two rivers”) in Greek.
- Iraq first took part in the Olympic Games in 1948 and has only won one medal, a bronze in weightlifting in the 1960 Rome Games. Iraq has never competed in the Winter Games.
- Women in Iraq traditionally had more freedom than in other countries in the region. However, since the Gulf War, their situation has become increasingly worse. Religious groups try to force women to cover up and threaten women wearing Western-style clothes. Additionally, increasing numbers of Iraqi women are being sold into sex slavery due to the waning economy.
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*CEO Dauman Ousted from Viacom, Ending Redstone Feud:
has been ousted as CEO of Viacom, ending a long-running legal war and behind-the-scenes saga with company founder Sumner Redstone and his daughter, Shari Redstone
. The decision came at a board meeting Thursday night, when members voted to remove Dauman and install Thomas Dooley
as the interim chief executive. Dauman, after 10 years at the helm, would reportedly get a $72 million exit package. The agreement would also see Dauman drop a lawsuit seeking to be reinstated at the Redstone trust and theater company National Amusements. Dauman and Viacom director George Abrams
were removed by Sumner Redstone in May, but they say he wasn’t “mentally competent” enough to make such a decision, and that his daughter is pulling his strings. Dauman will remain as non-executive chairman until Sept. 13.
*Mexico’s Rights Agency: Police Killed 22 at Ranch:
Mexico’s federal police killed 22 people during a ranch shootout last year, and then moved bodies and planted guns to back up their official story, according to the country’s human-rights commission. Police initially said 42 alleged cartel members were killed during the bloody gunfight last May in the western state of Michoacan, but now the National Human Rights Commission says at least half of those deaths were “grave human-rights violations attributable to public servants of the federal police.” The agency could not sufficiently establish the circumstances of death for 15 others who were shot to death, but they did find two cases of alleged torture and four more of deaths related to excessive-force. The large death toll suggests the police killed at random, the agency claims, and they question the official narrative of what led to a gun battle with supposed members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
*Germany Proposes Partial Ban on Face Veils in Public Places:
Under growing pressure from the far right in German state elections next month, Chancellor Angela Merkel’sconservative bloc said on Friday that Muslim women should be barred from wearing face veils in schools, universities and when driving. The proposal, which would ban the wearing of veils in any circumstance in which showing one’s face is essential to establishing identity, was announced by the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, who has been under increased pressure after a series of terrorist assaults and a gun rampage last month. More than a million refugees, many of them Muslim, have come to Germany over the past 18 months, seeking asylum in a country that has traditionally granted it to those fleeing war. In September, Ms. Merkel extended a special welcome to Syrian refugees, a move that swelled the intake and that eventually led to a backlash and contributed to a rise in support for the far right. Recent attacks by refugees, including a stabbing on a train and a suicide bombing at a music festival, have added pressure on Ms. Merkel, who faces a general election next year, to show that she can balance security concerns with her “we can do it” policy.
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*U.S. Swimmer Pays $11K to Leave Rio:
U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen
will be allowed to leave Rio de Janeiro after he pays about $11,000 in fines, his attorney said. Feigen, the last remaining U.S. swimmer involved in the robbery scandal still stuck in Brazil, was indicted Thursday (along with Ryan Lochte
) by officials on a charge of falsely reporting a crime. The city’s police chief had confirmed that no robbery of Lochte or any of his teammates had taken place, despite their allegations over the weekend that they’d been held at gunpoint at a gas station. Fellow Team USA swimmers Gunnar Bentz
and Jack Conger
, who were both at the gas station that night, left Brazil on Thursday after giving police testimony. Lochte left the country Tuesday, before police began investigating the claims in earnest. Under Feigen’s agreement with a Brazilian judge, he will donate about 35,000 Brazilian reals to an unspecified “institution” and then may leave. Feigen’s lawyer Breno Melaragno
said, “After this donation is done, his passport will be given back to him, and he will be free to return home.” Separately, the U.S. Olympic Committee has issued an apology to the host nation for the athletes’ behavior.
*‘Brady Bunch’ House Raided by Burglars:
The iconic house in Studio City, California, made famous on The Brady Bunch was ransacked this week, Los Angeles police said. Officials said the elderly woman who lives in the home scared off the burglars, and escaped without injury. The home was used for all exterior shots of the TV family’s residence. The show aired from 1969 to 1974. Though the suspects left quickly, physical evidence was left behind, NBC News reports. The suspects broke a sliding glass door, threw the den into disarray, and smashed the bedroom door of the woman who lives there. When she woke up and turned a light on, they fled the property.
*Clinton to FBI: Colin Powell Told Me to Use Private Email:
According to notes the FBI gave Congress this week, Hillary Clinton
told agents that former Secretary of State Colin Powell
had strongly advised her to use her personal email account, calling it “transformative” when he ran the department. Clinton’s nearly four-hour interview with investigators in July eventually led the bureau to decide against pursuing criminal charges. The notes—and other reporting—show that Clinton said she spoke with Powell on more than one occasion about his email practices before she assumed the post. Joe Conason’s
soon-to-be-published book on Bill Clinton’s
life after the presidency also includes a description of one such exchange, according to The New York Times
. Clinton attended a dinner party thrown by Madeleine Albright
, who asked each of the former secretaries of state present to offer one piece of advice to Clinton before she began her job. According to Conason, “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.” In that moment, Conason wrote, Powell “thus confirmed a decision she had made months earlier—to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.”
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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs has delayed his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour by one week in order to recover from shoulder surgery. The rapper-mogul announcedFriday that the all-star trek will kick off September 1stin Chicago, rather than its previously scheduled launch of August 25th in Columbus, Ohio. The Family Reunion Tour will feature Combs performing alongside Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, French Montana, the Lox, 112, Mario Winans, Total and Carl Thomas. A spokesperson for Combs told AP that the delay will allow the Bad Boy founder “the much needed time he needs in order to recover and give fans the incredible stage experience they have come to expect from a Puff Daddy production.”
seeing Sean Hayes’
Broadway show “An Act of God” in NYC. ***Chris Rock
and Jason Sudeikis
hanging at a New York Yankees game. David Cross
seeing PJ Harvey at Terminal 5 in NYC. ***Katie Holmes
at Morandi in NYC. ***Calvin Harris
at Soho House in the Meatpacking District in NYC. ***Neil Sedaka
at Frank’s Steaks in Jericho, LI. ***Dennis Quaid
at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Austin, Texas. ***Rob Shuter
at Bottino in Chelsea with friends celebrating that he’s co-hosting “Good Day New York” with Rosanna Scotto on Friday
.***Acclaimed author, Larry Grobel
having lunch at Izzy’s Deli on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. ***Actress Christina Fulton
having dinner at the popular Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica.
*LBN-R.I.P.: Gen. John W. Vessey Jr.
, a soldier’s soldier who lied about his age to enlist in the service, won his commission on a battlefield in World War II and became a four-star general and then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Reagan administration, died Thursday night at his home in North Oaks, Minn. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Sarah Vessey Krawczyk. ***Harry Briggs Jr.
, whose parents originated the pivotal lawsuit that struck down public school segregation in 1954, but whose name was relegated by fate to a forgotten legal footnote, died on Aug. 9 in the Bronx. He was 75. The cause was complications of cancer, his wife, Helen, said.
*LBN SITE OF THE DAY:
Social Security: Actuarial Life Table
“A period life table is based on the mortality experience of a population during a relatively short period of time. Here we present the 2011 period life table for the Social Security area population. For this table, the period life expectancy at a given age is the average remaining number of years expected prior to death for a person at that exact age, born on January 1, using the mortality rates for 2011 over the course of his or her remaining life.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Chris Barrett (Veteran Hollywood Agent): Communication, amplification, listening and comprehension are age old challenges. Listening is the hardest skill to cultivate and those that listen well live well.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
Pessimism has flavored this election campaign. America is in decline. The country is on the wrong track. We’re getting our clocks cleaned in global trade deals. We’re still suffering from the humiliation of Iraq.The share of Americans who say that democracy is a “fairly bad” or “very bad” system of government is rising sharply. A quarter of young Americans feel that way, according to data drawn from the World Values Survey. A majority of young Americans believe that the United States should stay out of world affairs, according to a Chicago Council on Global Affairs report. Yet when you watch the Olympics, we don’t seem like some sad-sack country in terminal decline. If anything, the coverage gets a little boring because we’re always winning! And the winners have such amazingly American stories and personality types (Biles, Ledecky, and, yes, Lochte). American Olympic performance has been astoundingly consistent over the recent decades. With rare exception, we can be counted on to win between 101 and 110 medals Olympiad after Olympiad. The 2016 team seems on pace to win at least that many. We’re not great when measured by medals per capita (New Zealand, Denmark, Hungary, Australia and Britain are the big winners there), but America does have more medals than any other nation in history, and that lead is widening. Moreover, America doesn’t win because we have better athletes (talent must be distributed equally). America does well because it has such great systems for preparing athletes. Medals are won by institutions as much as by individuals. The Germans have a great system for training kayakers, equestrians and throwers — the discus or javelin. The U.S. has amazing institutions to prepare jumpers, swimmers, basketball players, gymnasts, runners and decathletes. The big question is: Is the greatness of America’s sports institutions reflective of the country’s strong institutions generally, or is it more like the Soviet Union’s sports greatness, a Potemkin show masking national rot?
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Once one of TV’s hottest actresses, former “Charlie’s Angels” star Kate Jackson is now a tragic recluse who’s hit rock bottom — losing her fortune, beauty, health, and a $2 million home while battling drug demons. ***The party’s over for Malia Obama! After RadarOnline.com released the shocking video of an eyewitness accusing President Obama‘s 18-year-old daughter of smoking pot, furious Barack confronted the teen on their summer vacation, said a source. The source said that Barack went intocrisis mode after the “First Wild Child” had to be hauled out of a house party on Martha’s Vineyard — just before local cops went in for a raid! Sgt. Skip Manter with the West Tisbury Police Department confirmed that neighbors “complained about noise.” Malia, 18, was hurried out of the rowdy bash by Secret Service right before police arrived. “This is the president’s worst nightmare!” a source told Radar. “The end of his term is in sight — and the carefully crafted image of a world-beating family is unraveling right before his eyes!
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