The U.S. conducted a successful test of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system with a medium-range ballistic missile, officials said. The U.S. Air Force fired the missile over the Pacific Ocean, and it was intercepted by the THAAD system, which can shoot down short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The U.S. has THAAD technology in Guam and South Korea, where it could shoot down missiles from North Korea aimed at either South Korea or the U.S., if needed. The test was conducted in order “to stay ahead of the evolving threat,” Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said.
President Trump has threatened to withhold crucial payments to insurance companies if a health-care bill is not approved “quickly.” In his second Twitter tirade of the day on Saturday, Trump said if legislation is not passed, “BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” He was apparently referring to Cost Sharing Reduction payments to insurance companies, which reduce co-payments and deductibles for lower income customers under Obamacare. The White House said earlier that the payments would be made until the end of this month, though no commitment was made past July. The president made similar threats back in April, saying at that time the ensuing chaos in insurance markets would force Democrats to compromise on health-care legislation.
*Portland ‘Sanctuary’ Releases Felony Illegal — Who Then Rapes Elderly Woman…
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
*Elizabeth Smart Helps Make New Film About Her Kidnapping Ordeal
*LBN-SEE IT: In his new book, photographer Gerald Fearnleypresents never-before-seen photos of his studio session with a 20-year-old David Bowie.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Jon Jones reached the pinnacle of mixed martial arts and then fell harder than just about anyone ever had before. When he got back on top Saturday night by stopping his greatest rival in dramatic style, Jones vowed to appreciate everything he had lost and regained. Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title by stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick and a finish on the ground at UFC 214, completing his rocky journey back to the top after 2 1/2 years of drama with his 14th consecutive victory.
*LBN-LOOKING AT THE WORLD FROM BOTH SIDES:
*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Medicare and Medicaid Are Established (1965)
The Social Security Act of 1935 established national social insurance, welfare, and other assistance programs in the US, but it did not address healthcare. Years later, President Harry Truman drew attention to this issue when he unsuccessfully lobbied for the establishment of a national healthcare program. By the 1960s, the political climate was more open to reform, and the Social Security Act amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid were passed, headed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
*Phil Liberatore, CPA, Discusses The Weaknesses of the IRS
Between 2011 and 2016, an approximate 9,176 IRS employees were investigated for not completely paying their taxes. Alternatively, 99 percent of employees investigated for not fully paying taxes continue to work there, and only 74 of the agency’s workers were terminated, according to The Washington Times. Phil Liberatore of Liberatore CPA (https://www.liberatorecpa.com/) rebukes this type of behavior, stating that “the IRS is at the heart of the bureaucratic mess in Washington. The US Inspector General’s findings of IRS employees within the IRS with unpaid tax bills and tax cheats is the tip of the iceberg. The agency doesn’t hold its own employees to the same standards as the US taxpayer.” Liberatore goes on to assert, “in our over 30 years of experience, we have witnessed firsthand the organizational nightmare in the IRS. Many of our clients will come in with notices showing they owe huge sums to the IRS, and it turns out they were errors in the IRS’s calculations.” Liberatore has a zero-tolerance policy on the little time they set aside for their fellow hardworking citizens, which further invalidates their reliability and overall accuracy. He claims, “Compounding the problem is the terrible customer service the US taxpayers are forced to deal with. The agency has cut its walk-in office locations and wait-times on the phone are excessively long. The US taxpayers deserve better.” Although the IRS has many flaws and deficiencies that are hindering them from accurately serving the American people, Liberatore is optimistic that there is still a chance to improve. He articulates that “the agency is long overdue for reform which will bring accountability to the IRS, and hold them to the same standards as everyone else in the US.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lizzie Crocker: This weekend, many thousands of sleepy women will submit to their male partners’ prodding, middle-of-the-night sexual advances—begrudgingly, at first, then perhaps with unexpected enthusiasm. When they wake up possibly tired and contemptuous of the prodder who disturbed their rest, they may curse the patriarchy. They may blame their submissive swoons on a combination of sexist conditioning and toxic masculinity, because they are enlightened feminists. But biology offers another explanation that could take the edge off these morning-after moods. A new study of male and female fruit flies has found that females are receptive to sexual advances even when sleep-deprived. Males, by contrast, are less likely to court females when sleep-deprived, according to the study, which also found that males are less likely to sleep when aroused.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Greatest Trick Plays in Football History —- https://youtu.be/Fj8G9dGuNkU
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Donald Trump was promising to destroy a vile criminal cartel. Unfortunately, not his own. But one could be forgiven for mistaking the vicious tactics of the MS-13 gang, as described by the president in a Long Island speech on Friday, with those of the Trump White House. “They don’t like shooting people because it’s too quick, it’s too fast,” Trump said, adding: “They like to knife them and cut them, and let them die slowly because that way, it’s more painful, and they enjoy watching that much more. These are animals.” The president could have been describing his own sadistic assault on Jeff Sessions, “as flies to wanton boys,” as Shakespeare said. Trump turned Sessions — with all his backward views on gays, drugs and criminal justice — into an unlikely hero for lawmakers from both parties who began hailing him as a crown jewel of American jurisprudence.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Why We Are All Addicts —– We tend to imagine that we can only become addicted to a few sorts of things. But real addiction is about using something, anything, to keep our real emotions, fears and hopes at bay. There are many more addicts among us than we think. https://youtu.be/f55QO2isoKM
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Former “Real Housewife of Miami” Joanna Krupa had a scary night in Mykonos. She posted a video from celebrity favorite Nammos restaurant of what appears to be several men in a verbal altercation, and Krupa claimed in a caption, “A group of drunk bullies and barbarians . . . attacked us and one of them grabbed my friend’s neck and shouted ‘Don’t f–k with me cuz I will kill you’ . . . all of it in front of the staff and security . . . of course nobody reacted.”