*Paul Ryan: Trump Comments Are ‘Textbook’ Racism
House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a press conference Tuesday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent attack on a federal judge’s Mexican heritage is “sort of the textbook definition of a racist comment.” The Donald has called federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel “a hater” and questioned his ability to oversee a lawsuit around Trump University because of his background. Curiel is from Indiana. Ryan clarified, however, that he continues to endorse the real estate mogul and that he believes Trump is still the best way to achieve the GOP’s policies.
*Last Known 9/11 Search Dog Dies
Bretagne, a 16-year-old golden retriever believed to be the last living search-and-rescue dog from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was euthanized in Houston on Monday. About two-dozen firefighters honored the dog and bid her farewell as she walked by them one last time. A U.S. flag was placed over her as she was carried out of the hospital.
*Hackers Spamming ISIS Supporters on Twitter with Graphic Porn
Online hackers are spamming ISIS supporters on Twitter by following them with thousands of graphic porn accounts. The accounts, known as ‘pornbots’, feature nothing but graphic sexual images and are automatically generated, but almost never tweet and therefore cannot be deleted as spam. The hackers target tweeters who use a lot of ISIS hashtags and strike rapidly, sometimes following them with several hundred accounts in just a few minutes.
*WHO READS LBN? Actress Michaela Watkins, who stars on the Golden Globe-nominated Hulu series “Casual.”
*Japan Won’t Charge Parents Who Left Son
The parents who abandoned their 7-year-old son in a forest as punishment for throwing rocks will not face charges, officials in Japan said Tuesday. Yamato Tanooka survived for six nights alone after being left on a mountain road. A Hokkaido police spokesman told reporters: “We plan not to regard it as a criminal case.” He indicated that instead it would be referred to social services. The boy left the hospital Tuesday, telling reporters he was OK and excited to go back to school.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Tensions have long simmered between Uber and its drivers who power the ride-hailing service. Drivers held protests when Uber cut fares with little warning and have filed class-action lawsuits to be recognized as company employees rather than independent contractors.Uber is now trying to improve the experience of its drivers. On Monday, the company announced a host of software improvements to its app to address driver demands. Among the changes, drivers can now more easily pause ride requests, making it easier for them to take bathroom breaks and fill their gas tanks. Drivers can now also be paid instantly for each ride they complete, rather than weekly, and see on the app’s dashboard how much they have earned.
*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Savannah Guthrie is pregnant with her second child, meaning she’ll be forced to skip NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Brazil. The “Today” show co-anchor, 44, announced on Tuesday morning that she and husband Mike Feldman are expecting their second bundle of joy in December.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Another packed house last night for the “City Talk” conversation series at Baltaire in Brentwood. The guest of honor was famed criminal attorney Mark Geragos and influential guests included veteran personal manager Jim Morey, KNX anchor Bob Brill, entrepreneur Priscilla Presleywith the discussion moderated by media expert and authorMichael Levine. ***Tina Fey at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side in NYC dining with her two kids and friends. ***DJ Khaledtaking a pedicab to Jue Lan Club. ***Captain America: Civil War” star Sebastian Stan having a business meeting at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC.
*LBN-DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 17 Professors from Yale University read LBN daily?
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Peter Shaffer, a leading British playwright whose Tony-winning dramas “Equus” and “Amadeus” explored the male psyche through the entwined anguish of dual protagonists, died on Monday in County Cork, Ireland. He was 90. His agent, Rupert Lord, confirmed the death. “Sir Peter had traveled to Ireland to celebrate his 90th birthday with close friends and relations,” Mr. Lord said in an email. Mr. Shaffer turned 90 on May 15. Mr. Shaffer, who lived in Manhattan for more than 40 years, died in a hospice in Curraheen, a district outside Cork City. ***Kimbo Slice, whose popular street brawling videos on YouTube led to a career in mixed martial arts, died on Monday, his promotion company and team announced. He was 42. The announcement by Bellator and American Top Team did not give a cause of death.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Common sense is not so common.” – Voltaire www.TheExcelCommunity.com
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The recent fight over transgender bathrooms represents the reductio ad absurdum of the culture war. We argue about cultural and moral matters in the first place because we care about our characters and the characters of our children. We understand that a free society requires individuals who are capable of handling that freedom — people who can be counted on to play their social roles as caring parents, responsible workers and dependable neighbors. Further, we know that this sort of character formation can’t be done just individually. It’s carried out in families, schools and communities. It depends on some common assumptions about what’s right and wrong, admired and not admired — a common moral ecosystem. So we care intensely about the health of that ecosystem and we argue about how to improve it.
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***In the latest bizarre twist to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s bitter divorce, the bisexual bride has been caught in her own domestic violence case — after charging her movie-star husband with years of abuse at home. The blonde beauty managed to dodge a court case after hittingTasya van Ree, one of the old girlfriends who reportedly drove Johnny insane with jealousy. ***Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a suspected arson attempt at the West Hollywood DASH clothing boutique owned by the Kardashian sisters. Lt. Edward Ramirez says a witness reported seeing a man throw a flaming object through the front window of the store on Melrose Boulevard late Monday. The store was closed at the time. ***Hilary Swank, star of The Next Karate Kid, has called it quits with her tennis coach fiancé,Ruben Torres. Hilary and Ruben got engaged a little over two months ago after dating for about a year.
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