LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*OOPS!  Clinton: I ‘Short-Circuited’ on ‘Truthful’ Email Claim:
Hillary Clinton says she “short-circuited” during an interview this week with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, in which she claimed FBI director James Comey had called her testimony on deleted emails “truthful.” Comey did not in fact call Clinton’s testimony truthful, but contradicted a number of Clinton’s public statements regarding classified emails on her private email server. During a Friday public appearance, Clinton told reporters, “I have said during the interview and many other occasions over the past months, that what I told the FBI, which he said was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly.” She further explained: “So I may have short-circuited it and for that, I, you know, will try to clarify because I think, you know, Chris Wallace and I were probably talking past each other because of course, he could only talk to what I had told the FBI and I appreciated that.”

*A Gilded Olympics Begin With the Opening Ceremony in Gritty Rio:
If there was a nation in need of an uplifting spectacle at this moment, even in the form of a public relations exercise, it was Brazil. The first South American country to host the Olympics is reeling from an astonishing combination of political upheaval and economic crisis. Its efforts to stage the world’s biggest sporting event met trouble at every turn, from the Zika virus to polluted waters to budget cuts so deep that basic operations became strained. So the opening ceremony of the Summer Games arrived Friday night as a salve, disguising the wounds for a few hours and letting Brazilians celebrate everything from the waves of immigrants still putting down stakes here to Alberto Santos-Dumont, the aristocratic bon vivant whom Brazilians credit with inventing the airplane.

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*Trump Endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain:
Donald Trump has endorsed Rep. Paul Ryan’s reelection bid, following threats that he might withhold his support. Reading off a sheet of paper during a Friday night campaign rally Trump announced that “in our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.” Trump also endorsed John McCain’s reelection bid. Trump had threatened to withhold his endorsement of both candidates, saying that he was “not quite there yet” on the Republican congressmen. His reluctance to endorse Ryan and McCain inspired a rift in the party, including with his own running mate, who endorsed Ryan earlier this week.

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*Omar Mateen, Pulse Victim Autopsies Released:

Police shot Pulse nightclub murderer Omar Mateen eight times from a distance, Mateen’s autopsy reveals. The Orange County Medical Examiner released Mateen’s autopsy on Friday, along with those of 13 of his 49 victims. Mateen died of gunshot wounds to the head, chest, abdomen, calf and feet, an autopsy obtained by the Daily Beast indicates. Mateen was killed during a standoff with police at approximately 5 a.m. on June 12, after he opened fire on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, shooting more than 100 people and killing 49. The Medical Examiner’s office told the Daily Beast that it would release more victim autopsies in increments, resuming Monday morning. Police shot Mateen from a distance, the lack of “stippling, soot or muzzle imprints” around his bullet wounds, the autopsy suggests. The eight bullets appear to have entered his body while he was facing police. Mateen’s autopsy also revealed multiple cuts, as well as “blunt force injuries” to the torso. Mateen tested negative for drugs and alcohol. And while medical examiners have previously reported that Mateen’s body showed signs of long-term anabolic steroid abuse, his urine did not show abnormal testosterone levels at the time of his death, the autopsy shows.

*Another Freddie Gray Prosecutor Resigns:
Sarah David, one of the Baltimore prosecutors tasked with trying the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, has resigned from the Baltimore State Attorney’s Office. Her departure follows that of Lisa Phelps, another prosecutor on the case, after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced last week that she would drop all charges against the officers involved in the deadly case. Mosby explained the dropping of the cases because, in her estimation, the presiding judge was unlikely to convict any of the officers. Gray, 25, died last April after suffering a severe spinal injury while restrained in the back of a police van. The reaction to his death in police custody led to multiple days of protests, which occasionally turned into violent clashes with law enforcement.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The bicycle was introduced into China around 1891 by two American travelers named Allen and Sachtleben. The bicycle is now the primary transportation for millions of Chinese. The last Qing emperor (Puyi) rode a bicycle around the Forbidden City in Beijing. China is currently the leading bicycle manufacturer.

*Trump Campaign Doesn’t Let You Cancel Recurring Donations:
Donald Trump’s campaign website apparently does not allow contributors to cancel their recurring donations, according to areport. The only way to alter the donation process is to change the credit card information tied to an account. An investigation conducted by Mic.com found that there is no way to remove a credit card—there is only an option to “update card.” By contrast, Hillary Clinton’s campaign website also allows a donor to cancel his or her recurring donations by removing the credit card information completely. An FEC spokesman said there are no specific rules governing the removal of a credit card for recurring donations.

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*LBN-NOTICED:    ***Music entrepreneur  and attorney FredGoldring having lunch yesterday at Baltaire in Brentwood.   ***Jimmy Fallon at Kozu in Southampton.   ***Morgan Freeman at Bobby Van’s on 50th Street in NYC.   ***Leo DiCaprio and Nina Agdal at Serendipity 3 in NYC.   ***Derek Rose at Philippe in NYC.   ***Scott Eastwood at PH-D Rooftop and Avenue in NYC.   ***Nick Jonas at Ocean Cut in Chicago.    ***Rapper Raekwon performing at Cogent Entertainment’s fifth anniversary party.   ***Odell Beckham Jr. getting a Casper mattress delivered to Giants training camp.   ***Uma Thurmanshopping at Citarella in East Hampton.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Gregg Allman has canceled planned live shows until late October due to “serious health issues.” In a statement released Friday, 68-year-old Allman says he’s currently under his doctor’s care at a facility. No further details were provided.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Neil Irwin: One central fact about the global economy lurks just beneath the year’s remarkable headlines: Economic growth in advanced nations has been weaker for longer than it has been in the lifetime of most people on earth. The United States is adding jobs at a healthy clip, as a new report showed Friday, and the unemployment rate is relatively low. But that is happening despite a long-term trend of much lower growth, both in the United States and other advanced nations, than was evident for most of the post-World War II era. This trend helps explain why incomes have risen so slowly since the turn of the century, especially for those who are not top earners. It is behind the cheap gasoline you put in the car and the ultra low interest rates you earn on your savings. It is crucial to understanding the rise of Donald J. Trump, Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, and the rise of populist movements across Europe.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Renée Zellweger criticizes the media for legitimizing tabloid gossip about her looks in a blistering essay published in the Huffington Post on Friday. The “Bridget Jones’s Baby” actress implores the media to not stoop to the level of tabloids and instead focus on more legitimate news and events. Zellweger, 47, has endured much speculation over whether or not she has gotten plastic surgery. She recently was the subject of a widely-criticized essay in which film critic Owen Gleiberman writes in salacious detail about how her face has changed in the last 16 years. She also writes in the essay that she has not in fact altered her face.   ***“Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer is selling his three-bedroom condo in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood for $9.75 million. The condo on 11th Avenue is “framed” by nearly 100 feet of Hudson River frontage, which is a fancy way to say it has a spectacular river view.

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