*Reince: I’d ‘Probably’ Fire Melania’s Speechwriter:
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, said Tuesday morning that he’d “probably” fire a speechwriter for Melania Trump’sapparently copied remarks—and the ensuing scandal—if the person worked for him and plagiarized. Controversy broke out overnight after it became clear that her convention speech had a section that was nearly identical to one that Michelle Obama gave in 2008. Though Priebus said he was unsure if the speech was lifted, he affirmed that he believes the story has become a “distraction.”
*Docs: Mateen Was Teased for Being Muslim:
Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando last month, had complained that he was repeatedly harassed at his job for being Muslim, records show. In newly released documents, Mateen wrote to his employers that he was being taunted during work as a Florida courthouse guard and said he made statements claiming connections to terrorists to get back at his co-workers. “I love the United States. The boasting I did it just to satisfy the gang of co-workers who ganged up against me,” Mateen wrote in a letter to his bosses at G4S Secure Solutions, according to the documents. Mateen said that when boxes would be delivered to the courthouse, a guard would sometimes say, “We have to be careful. Omar may send us a bomb and he will get his 72 virgins.” At one point, a deputy told Mateen that his fingers had pork oil on them and that he was going to rub them all over him, according to the documents. He reportedly told his employer the taunting made him angry and that, as a response, he’d said he had connections to the man who was eventually convicted for the 2009 shooting at the Fort Hood army base in Texas and to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
*ISIS Claims Responsibility for Ax Attack on German Train:
The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday after a 17-year-old Afghan who came to Germany as a migrant attacked passengers on a regional train with an ax before he was killed by the police, a development that is likely to intensify fears that the huge influx of migrants poses a security threat. The announcement, in a bulletin issued in Arabic and English via its Amaq News Agency, came after German authorities said that investigators had found a hand-drawn flag of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in the room of the Afghan teenager, along with notes in Pashto indicating that he might have been self-radicalized.
*WHO READS LBN? Comedian Dana Carvey:
*N. Korea ‘Fires 3 Missiles Into Sea’:
North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles into the sea in what appears to be a tantrum over the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, Seoul says. South Korean authorities say the missiles were launched from a western North Korean town into the country’s eastern sea,meaning the missiles flew across the country. The missiles had enough range to reach South Korea, authorities warned. The Pentagon released a statement confirming the news, adding that two of the missiles were likely Scud tactical ballistic missiles, and the third a Rodong intermediate range ballistic missile. While North Korea regularly tests short-range missiles, the latest stunt comes after the country threatened a “ruthless retaliatory strike” over the deployment in the south of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
*WHO READS LBN? Attorney Mark Geragos and Hollywood agent Don Cisternino:
Netflix isn’t looking so invincible anymore. On Monday, the company disappointed Wall Street with the news that subscriber growth for its streaming video service had slowed significantly during the second quarter. Also disconcerting was that Netflix added far fewer subscribers over all during the period than expected, which the company blamed on news media coverage of its plans for price increases. Netflix added just 1.7 million new streaming members in the three months that ended June 30, about half the 3.3 million net additions from the same period the previous year. That anemic growth — for both United States and international subscribers — came in well below its forecast of 2.5 million new members. ***Google has been staging a full-court press in Europe to finance everything from start-up offices to YouTube-sponsored music concerts, trying to remake its image in the region as it battles a mounting list of regulatory woes. Those efforts represent a campaign of “soft lobbying” where instead of, or alongside, paying registered lobbyists to advocate its case in the corridors of power, a company looks to change the minds of the public at large. In Google’s case, experts say, its push to sponsor digital skills training, museum exhibitions and other programs equates to an almost unprecedented effort by a United States tech company to change the perceptions of Europeans, many of whom still see it as an American interloper that does not play by the rules.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Rodney Dangerfield Funniest Jokes Ever On The Johnny Carson Show:
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Americans keep hearing – the bile of anti-Semitic racism flood the forth from the mouths of political leaders: Some examples of this include: ***Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran, said, “The Islamic umma [community] will not allow its historic enemy [Israel] to live in its heartland.” “The issue of Palestine is not one which we could compromise on… This would mean the defeat of the Islamic world.” “There is no doubt that the new wave [of attacks] in Palestine will soon wipe this disgraceful blot from the face of the Islamic world.” *** Mahmoud al-Zahar, a founder of Hamas, said, “There is no place for you Jews among us, and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation.” ***Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah (Party of Allah), said “If they [the Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” ***Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said, “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them- even though they exaggerated this issue- he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers…”
*Queen to Trump & GOP Convention: Stop Using Our Song:
On Tuesday morning, British rock band Queen told Donald Trump to knock it off. “An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes,” Queen tweeted. When Trump appeared on the main stage at the GOP convention in Cleveland on Monday night to introduce his wife Melania, he walked on to the Queen song “We Are the Champions.” Last month, Queen guitarist Brian May wrote on his website that his “personal reaction to Donald Trump using our music … We’d never give permission.” “I can confirm that permission to use [“We Are the Champions at campaign events] was neither sought nor given,” May wrote. “We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.” A rep for Queen did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding whether or not the band will be taking further legal action.
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*Pilots Arrested After Showing Up ‘Drunk’:
Two pilots were arrested Monday in Scotland after they allegedly showed up drunk when they were due to fly 250 passengers to Canada. Staffers alerted authorities when the men, ages 37 and 39, appeared at Glasgow Airport for the scheduled flight to Toronto. They were arrested on suspicion of being “impaired through alcohol,” The Telegraph
reported. The flight had to be rescheduled for the following day, and passengers were put up in a nearby hotel overnight.
***KNX radio anchor Frank Mottek
having dinner last night at Chaya Venice on Main Street in Venice. ***Nicole Kidman
and hubby Keith Urban
at the Tony-winning play “The Humans” in NYC. ***Nas
with pals at Pearl’s in Williamsburg in NYC. ***Shanina Shaik
, RJ King
andMachine Gun Kelly
at the Daily Summer’s dinner for designer Philipp Plein
at the Maidstone ***Scott Disick
checking out Coney Island’s new Art Walls at Greenwood Beach in Brooklyn. ***Monica Lewinsky
may be keeping a low profile during this election season — but she was seen out with Hollywood mogul Ron Meyer
book “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway” is coming to the small screen. RadicalMedia is developing the tome into a miniseries that’s being written by Doug McGrath
. The deal to turn the book into a series was brokered by IPG and Kuhn Projects.
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, a Democratic wunderkind who as governor wrought legislation hailed as “the Minnesota Miracle” to finance education, only to be rejected by the voters after engineering his own appointment to a Senate vacancy, died on Sunday in St. Paul. He was 83. His son, Brett, said the cause of death was pneumonia, a complication of Alzheimer’s disease.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Does anybody else have the sense that Donald Trump is slipping off the rails? His speeches have always had a rambling, free association quality, but a couple of the recent ones have, as the Republican political consultant Mike Murphy put it, passed from the category of rant to the category of full on “drunk wedding toast.” Trump’s verbal style has always been distinct. He doesn’t really speak in sentences or paragraphs. His speeches are punctuated by five- or six-word jabs that are sort of strung together by connections that can only be understood through chaos theory: “They want the wall … I dominated with the evangelicals … I won in a landslide … We can’t be the stupid people anymore.” Occasionally Trump will attempt a sentence longer than eight words, but no matter what subject he starts the sentence with, by the end he has been pulled over to the subject of himself. Here’s an example from the Mike Pence announcement speech: “So one of the primary reasons I chose Mike was I looked at Indiana, and I won Indiana big.” There’s sort of a gravitational narcissistic pull that takes command whenever he attempts to utter a compound thought. Trump has also always been a little engine fueled by wounded pride. For example, writing in BuzzFeed, McKay Coppins recalls the fusillade of abuse he received from Trump after writing an unflattering profile (he called Mar-a-Lago a “nice, if slightly dated, hotel”).
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni:
The theme of the evening was “Make America Safe Again.” The headline speaker was Melania Trump
. I have a better chance of winning an Olympic gold in gymnastics than of connecting those dots. But why should Donald Trump’s coronation be any tidier than his campaign? He indulges his whims. He goes with his gut. And the opening of the Republican National Convention here was a mirror of the man: visceral, rambling, sporadically mesmerizing, occasionally baffling, brimming with contempt for Hillary Clinton
and beset by divisions within the G.O.P. It wasn’t the star-studded, gee-whiz show that he once promised, and this, too, reflected Trump. His sales pitch is grand, even when the product is anything but.
is already feuding with Amy Schumer
over her filming with mom Goldie Hawn
— and now she has a new headache! ***Cher
went public with her dissatisfaction with Fabletics, the fancy athletic apparel service where Kate stays busy as a spokeswoman. ***Bill Cosby
is now “completely blind,” said a well-placed source, who added that the embattled comic is “in his own personal hell.” The disgraced comedian once known as “America’s Dad” is now confined to his Pennsylvania home with only his loyal wife, Camille,
at his side. The source close to Cosby told us, “His alleged victims may take some solace in the fact that he’s in his own personal hell. He has been suffering from a degenerative eye disease and is completely blind . . . All his Hollywood friends have turned their backs on him. ***Macaulay Culkin
has spoken out on the rumors of drug addiction that have surrounded him for years and denied he was “pounding $6K of heroin a month.” In an interview with The Guardian, the “Home Alone” star reflected on the drug rumors that began after photos surfaced in 2012 showing him looking quite gaunt. While he had previously been arrested for possession of marijuana, Xanax and clonazepam, Culkin told the publication the public was “not necessarily” right to worry about him. “No, I was not pounding six grand of heroin every month or whatever,” he said. “The thing that bugged me was tabloids wrapping it all in this weird guise of concern. No, you’re trying to shift papers.” ***Gwyneth Paltrow
is still talking about vaginal steaming. “The first time I tried v-steaming, I was like, ‘This is insane,’” Paltrow, 43, said in an interview with The Cut. “My friend Ben brought me and I was like, ‘You are out of your f–king mind. What is this?’ But then by the end of it I was like, ‘This is so great.’” “Then I start to do research, and it’s been in Korean medicine for thousands of years and there are real healing properties,” she added. “If I find benefit to it and it’s getting a lot of page views, it’s a win-win.” Paltrow began exploring alternative wellness practices when her late father was going through cancer. ***Pippa Middleton
became world famous as a bridesmaid. Now the Duchess of Cambridge’s pertly posteriored little sister is going to be a bride. The Mail reports Pippa’s hedge funder boyfriend, James Matthews
, proposed on Saturdayon a hill in Britain’s breathtaking Lake District region.
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