LBN – Special Report – Saturday, July 29, 2017

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Former White House Chief of StaffReince Priebus said that he offered his resignation on Thursday. But his actual exit could not have been more brutal or unceremonious. He accompanied the president on a trip to Long Island, was on Air Force One when Trump tweeted out the news of his departure (to the surprise of White House staff) and was left sitting in a car as the press corps came by to ask questions. Ultimately, his vehicle peeled off from the presidential motorcade, drifting alone through the pouring rain to an unknown destination as Trump and company returned to the White House.  Six months in, Trump has fired or replaced his chief of staff, his deputy chief of staff, his communications director, his press secretary, his national security adviser, a deputy national security adviser, and one of his White House spokespersons.


*TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE – President Trump Pledges to Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he intends to sign into law a widely supported bill that gives Congress sweeping powers to prevent him from easing sanctions against Russia, after publicly wavering about signing such legislation. “Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it,” a White House statement issued on Friday read. “He has now reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it.” The bill, which also includes new sanctions on North Korea and Iran, was passed by massive, veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress: 98-2 in the Senate and 419-3 in the House of Representatives. Russian PresidentVladimir Putin has threatened to retaliate if the legislation is signed into law, calling the sanctions “illegal” under international law


*Hamburg Attacker ‘Known as an Islamist’ to Authorities

One person was killed and six others injured Friday in a knife attack at a Hamburg grocery store. The city-state’s interior minister, Andy Grote, said Saturday that the attacker, a 26-year-old migrant, was known to German security forces as an Islamist. “He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,” Grote said, adding that “there are indications of radicalization.” The man, who has not been identified, also suffered from psychological problems, Grote said, and it’s unclear whether the “overriding element” was Islamist ideology or mental issues. The attacker reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he fled the scene, though he was quickly overpowered and restrained by onlookers. Police in Hamburg say the attacker appears to have acted alone, though they have not ruled out that he had accomplices. He had arrived seeking asylum but was facing deportation, a process that was delayed because he lacked the proper identification papers, Grote said.

*Trump, on Long Island, Vows an End to Gun Violence: Hours after another defeat at the hands of the Republican-held Senate, President Trump launched into a speech about immigrant gang violence on Friday and wound up delivering a de facto campaign rally with a spray of Long Island police officers applauding behind him. In his second brief appearance in his home state since taking office – this time in a small auditorium at the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood – Mr. Trump described cities as “bloodstained killing fields” that were overrun with undocumented immigrants before his inauguration in January. He described the perpetrators of violent crimes as “animals” and said his administration seeks to “dismantle, decimate and eradicate” gangs. He also used his roughly 30-minute speech to bolster the police, urging them to be less “nice” in arresting immigrant criminal suspects or gang members whom he described as enraptured by slow torture of their victims. The gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has been accused of a string of heinous gang murders on Long Island. As expected, Mr. Trump called on Congress to fund hiring 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the United States, including those he said pose a criminal threat, and added that the initial spending for his proposed wall on the Mexico border was just approved by the House.

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*Tesla Sells Its First Model 3 Electric Cars


Tesla sold the first of its highly anticipated Model 3 electric cars to employee buyers Friday at an event marking the unveiling of the company’s first mass-market vehicles. Chief executive Elon Musk personally handed over 30 Model 3s to the 30 employees selected to be the first proud owners at the company’s factory complex near San Francisco. “We finally have a great, affordable electric car, and it is absolutely what’s needed,” Musk said at a briefing. The event marked a major milestone for the company as it shifts from selling pricey luxury cars to more affordable electric cars available to ordinary consumers. Thousands of prospective buyers have already put down $1,000 deposits to reserve their own $35,000 Model 3s, though it’s unclear when Tesla will officially begin selling the vehicles. The Model 3 travels up to 220 miles before requiring a battery charge and will reportedly be equipped with software enabling the company’s partially self-driving system.


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*Trump once ordered Priebus to rush to Oval Office to kill a fly report: The chief of staff was also head of the SWAT team. Reince Priebus was once ordered by President Trumpto rush into the Oval Office and exterminate a fly, a report said. Trump was holding a meeting in the West Wing office when he became outraged at an insect buzzing around him, according to The Washington Post. Priebus was summoned into the Oval to take care of the situation. The outgoing chief of staff, who was pushed out of his gig on Friday, had been demeaned and humiliated by his colleagues, the paper said. Priebus’ loyalty had been in doubt by Trump ever since he urged the then-candidate to drop out of the presidential race when a 2005 video of Trump bragging about sexual harassment became public.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. Constitution does not state when Election Day should be, which meant that in the early 1800s, people could vote from April to December.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Katie Couric is leaving her full-time post at Yahoo and is also departing agency CAA for WME.  The journalist had been global anchor for Yahoo News — a position created for her in 2013. She re-upped with a $10 million deal in 2015, the same year she became a special contributor for ABC News as part of an expanded partnership between the two companies. Rather than extending her contract with Yahoo parent company Oath, Couric has struck a pact to work with the Verizon subsidiary on a project basis.



*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Dr. Phil at Bobby Van’s on Central Park South in NYC.   ***Bill Bratton and former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis dining with Bratton’s wife Rikki Klieman and PR man George Regan at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston.   ***Music mogul Clive Davis was in Newport, RI — home of the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz festivals — for the first time in 30 years for a screening of his doc, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.” Newport was where Bob Dylan in 1965 blew the minds of folkies by daring to “plug in” and play electric guitar at the fest. (As a lawyer before he took over Columbia and Epic, it was Davis’ job to tell Dylan some incendiary lyrics on his 1963 second album could be libelous.)

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Popular musician Kid Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, has been flirting with a Senate run in Michigan and a poll out Friday shows him far ahead in the Republican primary and within the margin of error in the general election. Ritchie has yet to decide whether to run for office, and released a statement on Wednesday about all the speculation in which he announced he is starting a non-profit group to encourage voter registration.



*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: CFHU —–  —- Volunteer! A Trip To Israel Of Meaning And Purpose Like No Other.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsigh—–Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell tells the tale of the Norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of World War II technology with a deeply unexpected result. —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by JEREMY KRYT:  It’s summertime on the South Side of Chicago, and the sirens never seem to stop. In neighborhoods with names like Little Village, Back of the Yards, and Dolton, squad cars and ambulances scream day and night past shuttered storefronts and boarded-up houses. Welcome to the one of the most violent cities in America. There were 764 homicides here in 2016, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab. That’s a jump of more than 50 percent from the previous year, with most of them occurring in poor “ghetto” communities on the South and West Sides. All that killing is fueled, at least in part, by the city’s booming drug trade.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Scarlett Johannson having a smoke while receiving a ping pong lesson from Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Match Point.—–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by JON PARELES: Mick Jagger has released a pair of bitterly political songs, “England Lost” and “Gotta Get a Grip.” His post-Brexit statement is “England Lost,” a rant about isolationism — “You can’t get in and you can’t get out” — set to a minor-key riff akin to “Miss You,” with plenty of harmonica. One video for the song features the actor Luke Evans as a man in a suit, desperate to get away, but its “lyric video” adds an appearance by the grime rapper Skepta, who points out that for an exploited underclass, “nothing’s changed.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by BRET STEPHENS: In 1993 The Wall Street Journal published a famous editorial called “No Guardrails,” which tried to locate the source of the moral chaos that had engulfed much of America. “How, in T. S. Eliot’s phrase, did so many become undone?” the editors wanted to know. heir answer, in a nutshell, was 1968 — specifically, the culture of excess, excuses and permission that abruptly supplanted the old American ethic of modesty, responsibility and restraint. “Certain rules that for a long time had governed behavior also became devalued,” the editorial noted. “Whatever else was going on here, we were repeatedly lowering the barriers of acceptable political and personal conduct.” I’ve always admired that editorial, but it needs updating. How did so many of the same people who spent the past 50 years bemoaning the decline of morality and decorum become the agents and enablers of the most morally grotesque administration in American history?


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Shaun Weiss, the actor who played Goldberg the Goalie in “The Mighty Ducks,” has been sentenced to 150 days in L.A. County Jail after allegedly shoplifting from an electronics store this month. Weiss allegedly stole $151 worth of merchandise but was hit with a harsh sentence because it was a repeat offense, the report said, citing law enforcement sources. Don Gibble, Weiss’ manager, was quoted by TMZ saying the actor “hopes jail will help him, and maybe while he is in jail he will write something.”   ***Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s potty-mouthed new communications director, has been dumped by his beautiful blond wife because of his “naked political ambition,” multiple sources say. Deidre Ball, who worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, the firm he founded in 2005 and sold to ascend to the White House, has filed for divorce from “The Mooch” after three years of marriage after getting fed up with his ruthless quest to get close to President Trump, whom she despises. One source said, “Deidre has left him and has filed for divorce. She liked the nice Wall Street life and their home on Long Island, not the insane world of D.C. She is tired of his naked ambition, which is so enormous that it left her at her wits’ end. She has left him even though they have two children together.”