LBN – Special Report – Friday, August 4th

*FBI Forms New Counterintelligence Unit to Investigate Leaks
The FBI has formed a new counterintelligence unit to investigate media leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a press conference on Friday. He also announced that the Department of Justice is reviewing its policing for subpoenaing reporters in an effort to cut down on White House leaks. The announcement comes a day after The Washington Post published leaked transcripts of President Trump’s January phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Sessions said freedom of press is not “unlimited” and while the department respects the media, “they cannot place lives at risk with impunity.”
*Clinical Trial Suggests Parkinson’s Can Be Halted

It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease with exenatide, a drug typically used to treat Type 2 diabetes, a new U.K. clinical trial suggests. Parkinson’s gradually damages the brain as cells that produce dopamine start dying. Currently, drugs can help manage the symptoms, but they do not prevent the progression of the disease. “This is the first clinical trial in actual patients with Parkinson’s where there has been anything like this size of effect,” said Tom Foltynie, a professor who worked on the trial. “It gives us confidence exenatide is not just masking symptoms; it’s doing something to the underlying disease. We have to be excited and encouraged, but also cautious as we need to replicate these findings.”

*North Korea: U.S. Ban on Visiting Is ‘Sordid’

North Korean state media on Friday fired back at the new U.S. ban on visiting Pyongyang, calling it a “sordid” effort to inhibit human exchanges. “Our doors are always open for all Americans who visit our country out of good will and wish to see our reality,” a foreign ministry spokesman said. The U.S. State Department announced this week that the ban will take effect Sept. 1. Humanitarian workers and journalists can apply for exceptions. The travel restriction follows the June death ofOtto Warmbier, an Ohio college student was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly stealing a poster.

*Texas Man Admits He Smuggled U.S. Space Technology to China, Russia

A businessman in Plano, Texas, pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling U.S. space technology to China and Russia by using his companies as a cover. Peter Zuccarelli, 62 years old, said he tried to profit from smuggling the radiation-protected microchips, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. He reportedly used his eyeglass-lens companies to buy the microchips from U.S. manufacturers and then shipped them to customers in the other countries with incorrect labels. Such microchips are typically used in space probes and satellites, but they can also be used for ballistic missiles in the military.


*Israeli Police: Netanyahu Is Suspect in Fraud Investigation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the subject of an investigation into allegations of “fraud, breach of trust, and bribes,” Israeli police have confirmed. Meanwhile, news broke early Friday that Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, Ari Harow, reached a deal with prosecutors to become a state’s witness in the corruption cases against Netanyahu. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing. The accusations were confirmed in police documents provided to a court by detectives Thursday. It marks the first time Netanyahu has been publicly confirmed as a suspect in such a case. Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was also interviewed by police this week in a separate investigation probing household costs in the PM’s home. “We completely reject the unfounded claims made against the prime minister,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s team. “The campaign to change the government is underway, but it is destined to fail, for a simple reason: There won’t be anything because there was nothing.”


“Fish Raincoats: A Woman’s Lawyer’s Life” – by Barbara Babcock

Fish Raincoats: A Woman’s Lawyer’s Life” tells the story of a woman practicing criminal defense law for rich clients and then helping to start the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia, of becoming the first woman on the Stanford Law School faculty in 1972, and of the struggles and triumphs of the feminist movement in its second wave. It includes lots of exciting adventures, as well as the story of the first woman lawyer on the West coast, Clara Foltz, the founder of the public defender movement. “Fish Raincoats” is available on Amazon ( Kindle, Nook, and wherever books are sold.


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*MOVIE NEWS – Here Are the Directors in the Running for ‘Bond 25’

The untitled 25th James Bond in the long-running action franchise is finally starting to heat up. While there have been a number of variables up in the air for the Spectre follow-up, namely if Daniel Craig will actually return, EON Productions set a November 8th 2019 release date the other day, signaling that they are moving forward. Indeed, Deadline now has the list of the three frontrunners in line to direct Bond 25. The three names in Deadline’s report are Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Prisoners), Yann Demange (’71), and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water). Villeneuve is probably the “biggest” name of the bunch, having helmed critically-acclaimed thrillers like “Sicario” and “Prisoners” before making the big leap with this fall’s “Blade Runner 2049”. He can handle action, character, and story in equal measure, and he would likely bring Director of Photography Roger Deakins back into the fold after Deakins shot “Skyfall”.


*Dan(the LBN Editor)’s Movie Recommendation

Red Hill (2010)

In this criminally underseen action-thriller set in the Australian outback, a rookie cop must deal with an a escaped convict terrorizing a small town. The plot is simple and straightforward, but director Patrick Hughes brings a surprising amount of heart, substance, and nail-biting tension to the screen, subverting the “dumb cop movie” genre on its head. To explain anymore of the plot would involve revealing the terrific twist in film’s second half, so all will say is trust me – this film will rock you to your core. (