*N. Korea Calls Diplomat Defector ‘Human Scum’:
North Korea has called a high-ranking diplomat who defected to South Korea “human scum” and demanded that he be returned to face criminal charges for embezzlement, leaking state secrets, and sexually assaulting a minor. The allegations were made by the government mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency, which claimed Seoul was using the diplomat’s defection as propaganda aimed at discrediting North Korean authorities. It also lashed out at British authorities for not extraditing the diplomat, Thae Yong Ho
, back to North Korea, and instead handing him over to the South. The report accused Thae of “showing himself to be human scum who lacks even an elementary level of loyalty and even tiny bits of conscience and morality that are required for human beings.” The accusations against the defector came as the country’s leader Kim Jong Un
reportedly ordered the execution of North Korean authorities who failed to prevent the high-profile defection. The defection of Thae, a former minister at the North Korean Embassy in London, was announced by South Korean authorities earlier this week.
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*AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio Referred for Criminal Contempt Charges:
A federal judge in Arizona is referring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
to the U.S. attorney’s office for criminal contempt charges. The case stems from racial profiling lawsuits in which Arpaio, an immigration hardliner and supporter of Donald Trump
who spoke at last month’s Republican convention in Cleveland, was found to have violated various court orders. Immigration activists have long accused Arpaio of racially profiling Hispanics with his department’s policing and immigration enforcement techniques, particularly during traffic stops. He was found to have “engaged in multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith” surrounding lawsuits against him, according to Friday’s court filing. It is unclear if the U.S. attorney for Arizona, John Leonardo,
will accept U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow’s
recommendation to indict Arpaio, who was held in civil contempt of court in May.
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*Police: Drug Dealing Fugitive Wore ‘Old Man’ Disguise:
Police in Massachusetts say they found a 31-year-old fugitive in Cape Cod wearing an elaborate disguise: a realistic-looking “old man” mask. When police officers went to a home on Thursday in search of Shaun Miller, a fugitive wanted on drug charges for heroin distribution, they say an unknown “elderly man” came out of the home. After police began talking to the man, who appeared to be in his seventies, they realized it was actually Miller wearing a disguise. They proceeded to search the home and found $30,000 in cash and two loaded guns. Miller was taken into custody and faces a hearing on Aug. 31. He was one of 13 people charged in a huge Cape Cod drug bust in April, but he managed to elude capture for several months, perhaps thanks to the “old man” mask.
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*IOC Sets Up Disciplinary Commission for Lochte Incident:
The International Olympic Committee has decided to establish a disciplinary commission to investigate American swimmer Ryan Lochte
and three others who allegedly fabricated the details of a robbery incident at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, and determine whether penalties are necessary. Lochte, who along with teammate James Feigen
was indicted for falsely reporting a crime, apologized earlier Friday, saying he should have been “more careful and candid” in describing the events of the night. Lochte originally said men posing as police officers stopped their taxi and robbed them at gunpoint. Despite a CNN report stating that Lochte would be suspended, a U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman told Reuters, “It’s absolutely not true.” Still, the organization could impose penalties on Lochte and his teammates.
*Ex-SEAL Member Who Wrote Book on Bin Laden Raid Forfeits $6.8 Million:
a former member of Navy SEAL Team 6 who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, agreed on Friday to forfeit $6.8 million in book royalties and speaking fees and apologized for failing to clear his disclosures with the Pentagon, according to federal court documents. Mr. Bissonnette also recently forfeited $180,000 in fees forconsulting work that he did for military contractors while he was still on the SEAL team, his lawyer, Robert D. Luskin
, said in an interview. If approved by a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., the royalty settlement would bring an end to more than two years of civil and criminal investigations into Mr. Bissonnette, who won several awards for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan before writing “No Easy Day,” his best-selling book on the Bin Laden raid, under the pen name Mark Owen.
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The Defense Department’s Inspector General says the U.S. Army’s finances were so out of order in 2015 that it had to make trillions of dollars of accounting adjustments in an attempt to cover up sloppy spending. According to a report released in June, in one quarter alone in 2015, the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments, and $6.5 trillion for the whole year. Yet no receipts or documents were provided to back up the figures, the report said, leaving the impression that the numbers were simply made up. The report focused on the Army’s General Fund, the bigger of its two accounts. The Defense Department has been notorious for accounting problems for decades, and the issue has gotten so out of hand that Congress demanded the Defense Department be prepared for a full audit by Sept. 30, 2017. According to the June report, the Inspector General has gotten used to including a disclaimer on all military financial reports: “The basic financial statements may have undetected misstatements that are both material and pervasive.”
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*LBN-NOTICED: ***Diane Lane seeing off-Broadway show “Men on Boats”. ***Joe Torre at Primola in NYC. ***James Carville and Steve Madden having lunch at Freds at Barneys New York, talking about love and politics. ****“Billions” star Malin Akerman at the Southampton Inn. ***Aviva Drescherat Angelo David Salon in NYC. ***50 Cent on the mike at AM Southampton. ***Stacey Bendet at Buick Studio Envision in East Hampton. ***Jackie Cruz performing at the Bow ***Donald Trump’s daughter Tiffany, 22 — who’s been rarely seen at political events — was spotted in East Hampton on Thursday night having an intimate dinner with her boyfriend, Ross Mechanic. We’re told the pair dined on pasta and chicken outside at Serafina in NYC.
*LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The CAA book that’s been the talk of Hollywood could be headed to the big screen — but it’ll be rival ICM Partners that’ll get any commissions. We hear that ICM, which reps author James Andrew Miller, is shopping “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency” for film and TV. “It’s a hot property,” an insider said. “There’s been a ton of interest . . . from feature film to limited series to regular series.”
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Neil Gabler: People run for the presidency for all sorts of reasons. But Donald J. Trump may be the first to run because he sees a presidential campaign as the best way to attract attention to himself. There seems to be no other driving passion in him, certainly not the passion to govern. He isn’t an ideologue like Ted Cruz, an opportunist like Marco Rubio, a movement builder like Bernie Sanders, a political legatee like Jeb Bush or a policy wonk like Hillary Clinton. For all of them — for any serious candidate — attention is a byproduct of a campaign, not its engine. For Mr. Trump, attention is the whole shebang. That may be the lesson of his campaign “shake up” earlier this week. The shift is from politics to grabbing attention, and, quite possibly, from winning the election to winning the defeat, which is how he has spent practically his entire career. Mr. Trump, the real estate magnate, is, after all, the master of taking a property, squeezing out the profit and leaving it for dead, then miraculously turning the loss to his advantage. A failing building or a failing Republican Party: To Mr. Trump, it may be the same thing.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Have You Ever Considered Becoming A Catholic Priest? Hear the words of one America’s most prominent U.S. Catholic Priests on the revealing TV interview show, “Without Notes” with Father Michael Manning – Episode 1: A Calling to Priesthood
*LBN – COMMENTARY by DELIA EPHRON: I know it’s not a good idea to hate anyone. I know from an article I read that negative emotions are bad for my health. I would hate to have a heart attack because my internet isn’t working. But I do hate Verizon. I spent four hours on the phone with the company on a recent Saturday morning. I know for sure I was disconnected three times. Once I didn’t realize it and just hung around for 20 minutes expecting someone to come back on the line. One person promised me he wouldn’t disappear and even said, “Have I yet?” I said no, and then he disappeared. I keep forgetting that I don’t have internet, sitting down at my desk, clicking on a browser window and getting the blank screen with the message “Unable to connect.” I was feeling crazy that I was getting so upset about this. My husband died last October. I blamed my hysteria on the loss of Jerry, not to mention the long summer of the fascism of Trump. With senseless tragedies all over the world, and my own loss, I am for sure anxious and despairing. Feeling on all counts helpless.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: https://youtu.be/M_xkEtXYMZw —- Having a fierce sense of urgency, to obligation, is the start of a successful path to accelerated success. That’s the underlying theme of this video. Super Success is defined by those individuals who have a sense of responsibility to deliver, work hard and fierce, blaming no other but yourself, and owning up to your actions whether it be good or bad.
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