LBN – Special Report – Friday, July 7th, 2017

*Trump: Putin and I Having ‘Very Good Talks’ in Germany
President Trump said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have “had some very, very good talks” after meeting face-to-face at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday. “It’s an honor to be with you,” Trump said. The pair shook hands and exchanged a few words as Trump grabbed Putin’s forearm and patted him on the back. Trump and Putin have a highly anticipated formal sit-down planned for 30 minutes, where the two will likely discuss several issues, including the Syrian civil war. Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, told reporters that Putin is looking forward to the meeting and that they have “much to discuss.” Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he was also excited about the session.
*U.S. Added 222K Jobs in June, More Than Expected

The U.S. added 222,000 new jobs in June, surpassing expectations and shrugging off analysts’ worries about a weakening market. The unemployment rate, however, rose to 4.4 percent, up from 4.3 a month earlier. The Labor Department also revised its figures for April and May, adding 47,000 more jobs than it had previously reported. Average hourly wages rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier. Economists had expected hiring to ease as employers face a tighter labor market.

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*Garry Kasparov Comes Out of Retirement for U.S. Chess Competition

Former world chess champion turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov will come out of retirement to take part in a U.S. competition next month, organizers say. Kasparov, who retired in 2005, has reportedly been given a wild-card entry at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis from Aug. 12 to 14. Kasparov confirmed the news on Twitter with a lighthearted post. “Ready to see if I remember how to move the pieces! Will I be able to announce my re-retirement afterwards if not?” he wrote. He later joked that his participation would “raise the average age of the field” and “lower the average rating.” Kasparov, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, became a Croatian citizen in 2014 after his self-exile from Russia a year earlier. He will compete against nine other players. The current world champion in chess, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, will also participate in the competition.
*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that nine (9) members of the New York City Ballet read LBN daily?

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Sheila Michaels, who half a century ago, wielding two consonants and a period, changed the way modern women are addressed, died on June 22 in Manhattan. Ms. Michaels, who introduced the honorific “Ms.” into common parlance, was 78. The cause was acute leukemia, said Howard Nathanson, a cousin.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: It’s clear we’re living in a golden age of bailing. All across America people are deciding on Monday that it would be really fantastic to go grab a drink with X on Thursday. But then when Thursday actually rolls around they realize it would actually be more fantastic to go home, flop on the bed and watch Carpool Karaoke videos. So they send the bailing text or email: “So sorry! I’m gonna have to flake on drinks tonight. Overwhelmed. My grandmother just got bubonic plague.…”Bailing is one of the defining acts of the current moment because it stands at the nexus of so many larger trends: the ambiguity of modern social relationships, the fraying of commitments, what my friend Hayley Darden calls the ethic of flexibility ushered in by smartphone apps — not to mention the decline of civilization, the collapse of morality and the ruination of all we hold dear. Bailing begins with a certain psychological malady, with a person who has an ephemeral enthusiasm for other people but a limited self-knowledge about his or her own future desires. In the abstract, the offer to meet up with an interesting person seems great, or at least marginally interesting. The people pleaser wants to make everybody happy so says yes to every invitation, with the unconscious knowledge that he can back out later. The moment of cold reality doesn’t hit until you look at your calendar and find that you have five different commitments at 4 p.m. next Tuesday and not a free evening until 2021. A fog of anxiety descends, good intentions are dashed and the bailer starts bailing.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lea Palmieri: Traditional TV networks are more than aware that their shows live and die by ratings and the advertisers that are so deeply invested in those numbers. So they tried to pull a fast one on Nielsen, the company that tallies up all the eyeballs a particular show attracts, but the Wall Street Journal caught on.  When a network knows the ratings will drop, on holidays or when there’s a big sports event on, they misspell a show’s name so that it doesn’t register with Nielsen and the less than positive numbers can’t be held against them. For example, as The Verge explained, it can be as simple as changing NBC Nightly News to NBC Nitely News — you know, the way you spelled “night” when you were in middle school, as “nite” to be cute and avoid that one extra letter? This way, when the show aired over a holiday weekend and less people were watching, it doesn’t count against the actual program.  Networks can bat their eyelashes and be all, “who, me?” about it to pretend that it was a typo, but the truth is, any organization would be even more embarrassed by such an egregious typo than a dip in ratings. Haven’t you ever blushed at your desk when you fired off an email with the wrong spelling in the subject? They can’t play all innocent this time.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Comparisons being made between Trump and Nixon are interesting to say the least. Nixon administration expert Jenny Deason Copeland will bring you up to speed on the mind of Richard Nixon in her recently released work Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Could the Trump era turn into what we experienced during the Nixon administration? Get your Nixon on. The book is available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. Available on Amazon by following this link: Tiananmen West on Amazon

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” —— .


*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Bill Murray is bringing Caddyshack to his hometown, at least nearby where he grew up and in restaurant and bar form. Murray Bros. Caddyshack will be opening later this year in the village of Rosemont, which is just outside of Chicago and adjacent to O’Hare Airport. Murray and his siblings were reared on the North Shore of Chicago in suburban Wilmette. He and his five brothers (Andy, Brian Doyle, Ed, Johnny and Joel) opened the restaurant’s first location at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL, in 2001.   ***George Clooney has recently made plans to move back to LA, for the safety of his family, after the latest spate of terror attacks in England. “He doesn’t feel like Amal and the twins are safe living in the English countryside,” an insider says. “He’s determined to move his family to LA, where he feels much more secure.”