LBN- Special Report- Monday

*McCain to Trump: Stop Defaming Khan Family:
In a lengthy statement out Monday morning, Arizona Sen. John McCain rebuked Donald Trump for his attacks on the Khan family. “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement,” the former GOP nominee said, adding that his remarks do not reflect the beliefs of the Republican Party at large. “It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party,” McCain continued. “While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” Trump once suggested that McCain, a former prisoner of war, was not a war hero, and McCain decided to skip the GOP convention in Cleveland two weeks ago. Khizr Khan, the father of Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, spoke at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last week. Trump has since criticized the family, but Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan have rushed to defend the Khans.

*Clinton’s Post-DNC Bump Overtakes Trump:
Following the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Donald Trump in a CBS poll. According to the site, 46 percent of voters across the U.S. say they would vote for Clinton in the general election, while 39 percent said they’d vote for Trump. That’s a change from the virtual tie (according to CBS) following the Republican National Convention. Other polls claimed that Trump was further ahead of Clinton following the RNC. Clinton has climbed four points from her position before the DNC, according to CBS. Trump had garnered a two-point bump after the RNC. President Obama received a similar bump to Clinton’s in 2012 and 2008, but President Bill Clinton had achieved a whopping 13-point bounce following his DNC in 1992. When the CBS poll includes those who are leaning one direction or another but have not decided, Clinton leads Trump by about six points. About 90 percent of voters say their minds are already firmly made up about their choice for presidential candidate.

*‘Pocket Constitution’ Sales Soar After Khan-Trump Feud Say Media Expert:
According to media expert and author Michael Levine( sales of the so-called pocket version of the U.S. Constitution have reportedly soared following the DNC speech of Muslim-American lawyer and “Gold Star” father Khizr Khan, and his subsequent public feud with Donald Trump. “A 52-page booklet, titled Pocket Constitution, is the No. 2 best-selling book on Amazon on Monday morning, charting just behind the new Harry Potter novel” reported Levine. The $1 pamphlet was printed by the National Center for Constitutional Studies—a religious conservative organization founded by the late Mormon writer W. Cleon Skousen—and does not appear to be the same booklet Khan held up during his speech criticizing Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants. “As of Monday morning, the booklet was also the No. 1 seller in U.S. History books” said Levine.

*Texas Balloon Pilot Was Arrested for DWI in 2000:
Police said the pilot of the Texas hot air balloon that crashed, killing 16 people on Saturday, had been arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2000. He pleaded guilty to that charge in 2002. The crash near Austin is being heavily investigated, the AP reports. The news agency also writes that the Better Business Bureau reportedly warned consumers against doing business with the pilot, Alfred “Skip” Nichols, 49, after they received complaints about his company. According to the initial investigation, the balloon reportedly hit high-tension power lines before it crashed into a pasture. Two passengers, a newlywed couple, posted social media photos at sunrise and of themselves in the basket shortly before the crash. Nichols’ friends and family identified him to the press. Authorities have not publicly named the victims of the crash, though several local reports have begun naming those who were allegedly in the balloon.

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*Uber Surrenders to Its Chinese Rival:
Didi Chuxing will absorb Uber’s Chinese business after a long and expensive battle between the two ride-hailing apps in the country. According to a statement, Didi Chuxing will gain the business operations, brand, and data for Uber’s China operations. “I have no doubt that Uber China and Didi Chuxing will be stronger together,” Travis Kalanick, an Uber chief executive, reportedly said. Uber has not publicly commented on the move as a company, the Los Angeles Times reported. The joint operations will be worth an estimated $35 billion.

*Paul Ryan Sides with the Khans Vs. Trump:
Following Donald Trump’s criticisms of the father of a fallen war hero, several GOP leaders condemned the Republican presidential nominee’s attack. House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice—and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan—should always be honored. Period.” He added, “America’s greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it,” Ryan’s statement read. “As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it.” Jeb Bush also said of Trump’s comments on Sunday evening, “This is so incredibly disrespectful of a family that endured the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”  Former Marine Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman also slapped down Trump’s comments, saying that he was “deeply offended when Donald Trump fails to honor the sacrifices of all our brave soldiers who were lost in that war.”

*ISIS Urges Followers to Attack Russia:
The Islamic State on Sunday released a video urging its followers to wage attacks on Russia. In the nine-minute video, a masked man is shown threatening Russian President Vladimir Putinpersonally. “Listen Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes… Oh Brothers, carry out jihad and kill and fight them,” the man says. A link to the subtitled video was sent out on the Telegram messaging app, which the group has been known to use. The video also shows armed men ransacking armored vehicles and collecting weapons in the desert, though it’s not clear if they are meant to be stocking up on Russian weaponry. The terrorist group has repeatedly threatened Russia in recent years, and Putin directly, in videos published to YouTube. Russia’s Federal Security Service has warned in recent months that militants in the country’s turbulent North Caucasus are becoming increasingly susceptible to ISIS propaganda, and hundreds if not thousands of young men from the region are thought to have gone to Syria and Iraq to join the group.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Elon Musk took another step in combining his electric-car company with his solar-energy company, announcing on Monday that the two had reached a $2.6 billion agreement. Independent members of both boards approved a deal in which the car company, Tesla Motors, will acquire SolarCity for stock, valued about $2.6 billion based on last week’s average price, a Tesla blog post said. SolarCity shareholders would receive 0.11 Tesla shares for each SolarCity share they own.   ***The new owner of the Playboy mansion J. Daren Metropoulos may be thinking about turning the 29-room house into a hotel, The New York Times reports. The 32-year-old co-owner of Hostess Brands bought the home for $100 million and has a history of turning a tattered home in New York into a hotel. If he does plan to make the iconic home into a hotel, the president of the Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association said he will have push back from both the association and the community.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***“The Color Purple” star Cynthia Erivo and Matthew Morrison hosting a preview screening of Meryl Streep’s movie “Florence Foster Jenkins” for the Broadway crowd in NYC.   ***Katie Holmes and her daughter, Suri Cruise, catching Broadway’s “Finding Neverland” over the weekend. Chris Rock was also spotted there last week.   ***Eric Trump with friends having dinner at restaurant Le Bilboquet on the Upper East Side on Thursday night.   ***Rock n’ roll photographer Jimmy Steinfeltd having dinner last night at the popular Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.

*UNIQUELY, LBN: Attorney Bruce Ramer (left) and agent Fred Specktor (right), both LBN readers from Los Angeles, California with director Clint Eastwood (center).

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***A Paris-based publishing house has revised its decision to publish a French version of the German bestseller “Der Islamische Faschismus” (The Islamic Fascism). Written by German-Egyptian author Hamed Abdel-Samad, the book was due to hit the French bookstores in September. Piranha Edition reportedly changed its mind after this month’s ISIS-inspired terror attack in Nice that killed 84 people and injured more than 300. Piranha Edition justified the decision of not going ahead with the publication by citing the threat of Radical Islam as well its desire of not wanting to strengthen the right-wing French groups critical of Islam. Interestingly, the head office of the Piranha Edition is just within a few minutes of walk from Bataclan, the theatre where 89 people were murdered by Islamic terrorists in November 2016.
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FEMA: Coastal Flood Risks
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MTV Is Launched (1981)
MTV is an American cable television network that was originally created to broadcast videos of pop and rock musicians. It quickly gained a wide following, and soon virtually all major pop and rock performers were making videos to be aired on MTV. In the 1990s, MTV diversified its programming, airing game shows, cartoons, sitcoms, documentaries, and reality shows. The network has had a profound impact on both the music industry and popular culture.


Herman Melville (1819)
Neglected for much of his career but now considered one of the greatest American writers, Melville was born into an impoverished family and had little formal schooling. He sailed for the South Seas on a whaler in 1841, jumped ship after 18 months, and spent the next 2 years on various Pacific islands. His popular first novels were based on these adventures. His masterpiece, Moby-Dick, is both an intense whaling narrative and a symbolic examination of US democracy.
*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dave Schwartz, a longtime Weather Channel meteorologist who early this year told his viewers about his struggle with cancer, died of the disease on Saturday. He was 63. The Weather Channel, based in Atlanta, announced his death on its website but did not say where he died. Mr. Schwartz learned he had stage 2 pancreatic cancer 10 years ago, the station said, but twice overcame it before it resurfaced last year.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kenin M. Spivak (Chairman, SMI Group LLC): For centrists and conservatives, this election is dreadful.  The most progressive platform in Democrat history.  A self-absorbed, dissembling, scandal-plagued candidate pledged to support its redistributive, socially engineered, tax and deficit-busting spending spree and unlikely to restore our military readiness, though she is thoughtful, experienced and offers a largely sane foreign policy.  Or, a narcissistic, bombastic, thin-skinned, demagogue who might reverse America’s odious Europeanization and rebuild our military, but whose erratic conduct and incomprehensible foreign policy would exacerbate social and global instability.  The Supreme Court is in play.  We have rejected talented, conscientious politicians merely to achieve “change.” Change is overrated.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Illusionist David Copperfield has fallen under a deep spell that has him spending millions of dollars. The transfixed magic man, 59, just plunked down $17.55 million for an eight-bedroom spread with its own movie theater and nightclub! The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors says that’s the most money ever paid for a Las Vegas home.   ***Michael Douglas’ troubled son Cameron has been quietly released from jail after nearly seven years — and is planning to write a tell-all book about his descent from the privileged scion of a Hollywood dynasty to a solitary-confinement jail cell. The “Wall Street” star’s eldest son Cameron, 37, was sentenced to five years for possessing heroin and selling drugs including methamphetamine in 2010, but his term was extended after he confessed to smuggling drugs into prison. He was placed in solitary confinement from 2012 to 2014 at Maryland’s Cumberland Federal Corrections Institute. He had been scheduled for release in early 2018 and is now living in a halfway house.   ***Add Kat Dennings and Josh Groban to the list of unexpected summer splits. The couple of nearly two years have decided to call it quits, sources confirmed.

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