LBN – Special Report – Thursday, July 6th, 2017

*Threatens North Korea With ‘Severe’ Response

President Trump attacked North Korea after its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, claiming the rogue state was “behaving in a very, very dangerous manner.” Speaking at a news conference in Poland, he said: “It’s a shame they’re behaving this way—they’re behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it.” Trump was asked whether he would take military action. “As far as North Korea is concerned, I don’t know, we will see what happens,” he said. “I have some pretty severe things that we are thinking about. That doesn’t mean we are going to do it. I don’t draw red lines.”

*Report: Uber Took Hundreds of Millions From N.Y. Drivers

Ride-sharing company Uber appears to have docked money from New York drivers’ paychecks that passengers should have paid, The New York Times reports. The state taxes may have added up to hundreds of millions of dollars, the Times reports. “Uber receipts from other states reflect a tax accounting at odds with the company’s justification for deducting sales tax from the fares received by its New York drivers,” the Times reported. Uber says its fares already include the appropriate tax, but the Times ran the numbers in different states and showed that riders in New York saw the tax deducted from their bill, while riders in other states saw the taxes added to the overall fare. Uber declined to comment.

*BRAZEN – Illinois Kidnapping Suspect ‘Marched in His Victim’s Vigil’

The man suspected of abducting a visiting Chinese scholar from the University of Illinois last month attended a vigil in her honor a day before his arrest, prosecutors said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors announced the news at a detention hearing Wednesday for Brendt Christensen, whom a judge ordered to remain jailed pending trial. Christensen reportedly took part in a vigil for 26-year-old student Yingying Zhang at the university last Thursday, an event that was attended by her father. He is also accused of making “a threat to another person to whom he made incriminating statements” about the alleged abduction, telling an unnamed individual Zhang “fought and resisted” during the kidnapping, prosecutors said. Zhang disappeared June 9. Police arrested Christensen last week after spotting his car in surveillance video and alleging he’d viewed an abduction fantasy website called “Abduction 101.”

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Martha Stewart dining with her grandkids at Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk, Long Island.   ***Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman looking cozy at the after-party for Cinema Society’s screening of “Baby Driver” at Hotel 50 Bowery.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***All professional athletes dream of winning a championship. But only two have won championships in two major American professional sports. Gene Conley was one of them. Conley, who died at 86 on Tuesday at his home in Foxborough, Mass., pitched for the World Series champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957. At 6 feet 8 inches — he was the tallest pitcher in the major leagues at the time — he also carved out a parallel career in professional basketball, playing during baseball’s off-season and winning three N.B.A. titles with the Boston Celtics, from 1958 to 1961.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Brian Patrick Bryne: GoDaddy, the largest domain registrar in the world, has defended its decision to provide a privacy service—designed to shield contact information from the public—to The Daily Stormer,, and several other white-nationalist and neo-Nazi sites, despite warning customers in literal bold type to “not even think about using our service” to partake in “morally offensive activity.”, operated by neo-NaziAndrew Anglin, and, co-edited by white-nationalist Richard Spencer, have published content that could be described as racist or anti-Semitic. Both of these sites registered their domain names with GoDaddy and use an affiliated privacy service called Domains by Proxy. Domains by Proxy, launched in 2002, is a WHOIS privacy service. It stops the public from using a type of search engine called a WHOIS Lookup to discover the name, address, phone number, email, and other contact information associated with a given domain name. GoDaddy said it provides “much of the support” for the service. Anyone who purchases a domain name via is invited to sign up for “GoDaddy Privacy Protection,” which retails for $7.99 per year. This is another name for Domains by Proxy. The service claims to offer several benefits, including “helps protect against stalkers and harassers.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Erin Gloria Ryan: “Fuck your feelings” was a resonant refrain among many Trump supporters during the 2016 campaign.  In their view, we were living in a country where the coddling of youthful sensitivities had run amok, and Donald Trump was the unvarnished antidote to the left’s assault on American toughness. Can’t handle it? Then leave, snowflake.  But President Trump, champion of fuck your feelings, has proved to be the most delicate snowflake of all. While every modern president has favored sympathetic media outlets and friendly crowds, Trump is different in the degree to which his promises differ from his actions. Unlike his predecessors, his appeal is built around a bravado he won’t or can’t exhibit. In the first six months of his presidency, the self-professed brawler has dodged the press, favoring pillow fights with Fox & Friends over substantive exchanges with critical journalists.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: On the subject of cycles, Warren Buffett likes to talk about “the natural progression, the three I’s.” As he put it to Charlie Rose in 2008, those I’s are “the innovators, the imitators and the idiots.” One creates, one enhances — and one screws it all up. Then, presumably, the cycle starts afresh. Buffett was describing the process that led to the 2008 housing and financial crises. But he might as well have been talking about the decline of the conservative movement in America. I was reminded of this again last week, on news that the Fox News host Sean Hannity will receive the William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence later this year at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. As honors go, neither the award nor the organization bestowing it — the Media Research Center — are particularly noteworthy. But sometimes symbolism is more potent than fact. If we have reached the point where rank-and-file conservatives see nothing amiss with giving Hannity an award named for Buckley, then surely there’s a Milton Friedman Prize awaiting Steve Bannon for his insights on free trade. And maybe Sean Spicercan receive the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent for his role in exposing “fake news.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul McCartney: Probably the most important thing to do on the road is exercise and eat right. There are people who exercise 10 times the amount I do, but I just do enough. I just do what feels good, and it keeps me in some kind of shape.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   **Ryan O’Neal is recovering well from his showstopping surgery. Last month, Broadway World UK reported that the British tour of O’Neal’s play “Love Letters” — which was due to start in September — had been postponed because O’Neal had to have back surgery and will need time to recover. But on Tuesday, O’Neal posted a picture on Instagram showing him in a boxing stance with the caption, “Five days out of surgery . . . Happy Fourth!”   ***It’s not Hollywood that has a problem with Emily Ratajkowski’s body, it’s the fashion industry. Days after she made waves after claiming she was too sexy to get work, the model-turned-actress, 26, turned to Twitter to explain that her burgeoning film career hasn’t been affected because her “boobs are too big” – only her modeling career has. “FYI I was talking about the fashion industry not celebrating the female form, NOT Hollywood,” she tweeted.