*MORE GRIDLOCK – Senate Rejects 4 Measures to Control Gun Sales:
The Senate on Monday failed to advance four separate measures aimed at curbing gun sales, the latest display of congressional inaction after a mass shooting. Eight days after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub, the Senate deadlocked, largely along party lines, on amendments to block people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying guns and to close loopholes in background check laws. Families of gun violence victims looked on from the Senate chamber as the votes were held.
*Donald Trump Starts Summer Push With Crippling Money Deficit:
Donald J. Trump
enters the general election campaign laboring under the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, placing both his candidacy and his party in political peril. Mr. Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, a figure more typical for a campaign for the House of Representatives than the White House. He trailed Hillary Clinton
, who raised more than $28 million in May, by more than $41 million, according to reports filed late Monday night with the Federal Election Commission. He has a staff of around 70 people — compared with nearly 700 for Mrs. Clinton — suggesting only the barest effort toward preparing to contest swing states this fall. And he fired his campaign manager,Corey Lewandowski
, on Monday, after concerns among allies and donors about his ability to run a competitive race.
*Clinton Camp Wants ‘Hamilton’ for Convention:
Hamilton writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is reportedly at the top of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s wish list for desired performances at the Democratic National Convention next month in Philadelphia. According to Politico, Democratic operatives have reached out to the in-demand Broadway star as part of the campaign’s push to appeal to younger, more diverse demographics. Miranda is an unlikely booking, as he is scheduled to be shooting a new Mary Poppins film in London the week of the Democratic convention.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. Presidents:
1. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.
2. The only president to be unanimously elected wasGeorge Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.
3. Because the KKK was a powerful political force,Truman was encouraged to join the organization. According to some accounts, he was inducted, though he was “never active.” Other accounts claim that though he gave the KKK a $10 membership fee, he demanded it back and was never inducted or initiated.
4. Grover Cleveland was the only president in history to hold the job of a hangman. He was once the sheriff of Erie County, New York, and twice had to spring the trap at a hanging.
5. The “S” in Harry S Truman doesn’t stand for anything; therefore, there is no period after his middle initial.
6. Lincoln Logs are named after Abraham Lincoln and the log cabin where he was born. John Lloyd Wright, son of famous architect Francis Lloyd Wright, invented them.
7. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams once traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. While there, they took a knife to one of Shakespeare’s chairs so they could take home some wood chips as souvenirs.
8. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday, which violated the laws of that state.
9. Andrew Johnson is the only tailor ever to be president. As president, he would typically stop by a tailor shop to say hello. He would wear only the suits that he made himself.
10. “Teddy Bears” were so named when Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858-1919) refused to shoot a small bear cub one day. The incident was reported in the news, which inspired a toy manufacture to come out with the cute stuffed animals.
11. George Washington never lived in the White House. The capital was actually located in Philadelphia and other cities when Washington was president. He is also the only president who didn’t represent a political party.
12. James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) is the first president to ever talk on the phone. When he spoke toAlexander Graham Bell, who was at the other end 13 miles away, he said: “Please speak a little more slowly.”
13. Twenty-ninth president Warren Gamaliel Harding(1865-1923) repeatedly made love to a young girl, Nan Britton, in a White House closet. On one occasion, Secret Service agents had to stop his wife from beating down the closet door.
14. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
15. After President Bush Sr.
vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister, a new word entered the Japanese language. Bushusuru means “to do the Bush thing,” or to publicly vomit.
*Report: Japan on Alert for North Korea Missile Launch:
Japan has reportedly ordered its military to be ready to shoot down any projectiles headed its way from North Korea as authorities are on alert for a possible missile launch, Japanese media said Tuesday. While Japan’s defense ministry has declined to comment on the matter, this would be the fourth time this year that Tokyo has put its forces on alert over the Hermit Kingdom’s antics. Tensions in the area have been high since Kim Jong Un
ran a test launch in January.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Weak economic growth in the United States could force the Federal Reserve to hold off on any imminent interest rate increases, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen, is to tell Congress on Tuesday. While the American economy’s long-term prospects remain favorable, Ms. Yellen signaled that headwinds in the form of slower employment gains in recent months, weak productivity growth and a sluggish pace of inflation have prompted the Fed to adopt a more cautious stance.
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Due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, an alternative name for a hamburger (which was derived from the Hamburg steak sandwiches eaten on immigrant ships between Hamburg, Germany, and America in the 1800s) was “salisbury steak.” It was named after Dr. Salisbury
who prescribed ground beef for patients suffering from anemia, asthma, and other illnesses.
***After being arrested in January on domestic violence charges, “American Pie” singer Don McLean
has announced that he and his wife are divorcing — withPatrisha McLean
landing a $10 million settlement.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: New physical standards established so women can compete for combat posts in the Marine Corps have weeded out many of the female hopefuls. But they’re also disqualifying some men. In the last five months, 6 out of 7 female recruits — and 40 out of about 1,500 male recruits — failed to pass the new regimen of pull-ups, ammunition-can lifts, a 3-mile run and combat maneuvers required to move on in training for combat jobs, according to the data.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
I’ve been traveling around to the most economically stressed parts of this country. You see a lot of dislocation on a trip like this. In New Mexico, for example, I met some kids who lost their parents — to drugs, death, deportation or something else. They get run through a bunch of systems, including homeless shelter, foster care, mental health and often juvenile justice. They’re like any kids — they turn hungrily to any beam of friendship. But for these kids, life has been a series of temporary stops at impersonal places. They sometimes have only the vaguest idea where they are going next month. “I’m going back into the foster care system,” one teenager told me, without affect either way. You meet people who are uncomfortable with the basics of the modern economy.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
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