*WHO WILL BE PRESIDENT? :
The Upshot’s elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton
is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A victory by Mr. Trump
remains quite possible: Mrs. Clinton’s chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a field goal. Currently, Hillary Clinton has an 86% chance of winning the presidency.
*Trump: I Won’t Change My Temperament or Strategy:
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
said in a Fox Business Network interview on Tuesday that he has no plans to change either his temperament or his campaign strategy. “I think that my temperament has gotten me here,” Trump said. “We beat a lot of people in the primaries and now we have one person left and we’re actually doing pretty well there, but we’ll see how it all comes out.” Though the candidate has faced a slew of criticism for a host of things in the past week, including battling with the Gold Star family of a slain Muslim soldier, he said he plans to remain the same candidate he’s been for months. Several national polls have shown Trump trailing Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton
by a substantial margin, but Trump said he believes he only needs to keep “just doing what I’m doing.” He added, “I certainly don’t think it’s appropriate to start changing all of a sudden when you’ve been winning. I mean I’ve beaten many people, and now we’re down to one. And we’ll see how it all works out, but I think it’s going to work out well.”
*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that in addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Japan, Israel, France, Greece, Spain, Australia, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Iraq, Cuba, England, among others.
*Parents of Benghazi Victims Sue Hillary Clinton:
The families of two Americans killed at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi are suing Hillary Clinton
for their sons’ deaths and for allegedly defaming them in public statements. The lawsuit, filed Monday, claims that Clinton exercised “extreme carelessness” in dealing with “confidential and classified information” in her role as secretary of State. The families say her mishandling of the information contributed to the deaths of their sons—Sean Smith
and Tyrone Woods
—and two others at the Libyan consulate. Patricia Smith
and Charles Woods
claim the attack “was directly and proximately caused, at a minimum,” by Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server. The lawsuit states Clinton likely sent and received information about the whereabouts and activities of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens
, though no connection has ever been proven. Smith is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump
and has spoken out against Clinton, including at the Republican National Convention last month. The suit also alleges that Clinton made “false and defamatory statements negligently, recklessly, and purposefully and/or intentionally with malice” in public remarks. Clinton has testified for hours before House committees over the attack, and faced an FBI investigation over her use of her private email server. A spokesman for Clinton wrote in a statement, “While no one can imagine the pain of the families of the brave Americans we lost at Benghazi, there have been nine different investigations into this attack and none found any evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing on the part of Hillary Clinton.”
*Presidential Debate Sites Plan for Third Podium:
Could there be a presidential wild card? The sites planning to host the 2016 presidential debates are now preparing for potential three-person forums. The Commission on Presidential Debates has advised the venues to prepare for the possibility that the Democratic and Republican nominees might be joined by a third candidate: either Libertarian Gary Johnson
or Green Party nominee Jill Stein
. “With [former Gov.] Gary Johnson polling in some places more than double digits, some of our production people may have said, ‘Just in case, you need to plan out what that might look like,’” Commission on Presidential Debates Co-Chairman Mike McCurry
told a Politico reporter. “We won’t know the number of invitations we extend until mid-September.” In order to participate in the general-election debates, candidates must reach a level of national support of about 15 percent, using an average of at least five selected national public opinion polling organizations. Politico reports Stein is close to about 3.8 percent, and Johnson is near 8.8 percent. “If someone came in and let’s say he was [polling] at 14.5 percent and the margin of error in five polls was 3 points, we are going to have to sit down and look at it,” another co-chairman on the commission said. “But right now that person would not be included.”
*WHO READS LBN? Attorney Tom Girardi:
*Susan Collins of Maine Says She Will Not Vote for Donald Trump:
Senator Susan Collins
, Republican of Maine, announced Monday that she would not vote for Donald J. Trump
in the presidential election, dealing another blow to Mr. Trump as he tries to unite his party and win more support from women. Ms. Collins revealed her decision in an opinion column for The Washington Post published Monday evening, saying that Mr. Trump’s proclivity for bullying and invective made it impossible for her to support him. She said she believed having Mr. Trump as president would make “an already perilous world” even more dangerous. Ms. Collins is the most senior senator to split publicly with Mr. Trump, and her message of censure could send a message to other Republicans that it is safe to shun the party’s presidential nominee. She is one of the few moderate Republicans remaining in the Senate and one of only two from New England, along with Kelly Ayotte
of New Hampshire, whom Mr. Trump, after some hesitancy, endorsed late last week.
*U.S. Mortality Falls Back to Normal Rate:
Following a rare increase in 2015, the mortality rate in the U.S. has declined in the first quarter of 2016. Preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics came as a relief to researchers, who were concerned about last year’s surprise bump. National mortality rates are now down to 772.3 deaths per 100,000 people, from 800.9 in early 2015. “This is good news,” said Andrew Fenelon
, an assistant professor in health administration at the University of Maryland. “Maybe the 2015 increase was a quick blip, and the trend of decline will continue.” Developments in healthier lifestyles and medical care have guided a steady decline for at least two decades, but an increase in fatal drug overdoses was at least in part to blame for the 2015 rise. Drug overdoses, The New York Times
reports, have been rising in frequency since the 1990s.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
*Tim Tebow Pursuing Pro Baseball Career:
, the former NFL quarterback, is now pursuing a professional baseball career. The star athlete has been training for a year in Arizona and Los Angeles and will hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams this month, ESPN reports. Tebow’s agents confirmed the news to the site, for which Tebow also works as a broadcaster. In 2005, he was an All-State baseball player in Florida. “Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” said Jimmy Sexton
, Tebow’s football agent. “Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership, and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”
*Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah Leaving ‘SaturdayNight Live’:
NBC has confirmed that Taran Killam
, best known for playing Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and Paul Ryan, and Jay Pharoah
, who took over the role of President Barack Obama from Fred Armisen
, will both be leaving SaturdayNight Live
ahead of the show’s 42nd season this fall. Killam, who was announced as SNL’
s new Donald Trump before handing the role back to Darrell Hammond,
had one season left on his seven-year deal and said in an interview that he expected to return in the fall, but was told his contract would not be renewed. Pharoah became a permanent cast member in 2012. Besides playing Obama, he became well-known for his impression of Republican presidential nominee Ben Carson as well as rappers like Jay Z and Drake.
*LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The new book “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency,” has over 500 interviews from players including CAA’s own founding partners Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer, as well as current honchos Richard Lovett and Kevin Huvane. But publishing insiders have noticed one voice not included is CAA partner and managing director Bryan Lourd, who apparently stayed mum. “There are plenty of comments from past and present execs, but one main voice not there is Bryan’s,” observed a reader of the tome out Tuesday. “That’s in line with his presence.” Lourd’s been called “powerful but low-key” in Hollywood. The 700-page doorstopper’s so far been dubbed a “repetitive slog” with, “entertaining tidbits and stories along the way.”
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*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Johnny Nicholson, whose tiny Midtown Manhattan restaurant, the Café Nicholson, served as a gathering place for the artists and celebrities known as “the New Bohemians” in the 1950s and ’60s, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 99. His death was confirmed by Phyllis Eckhaus, a friend and executor. ***Bryan Clauson, who raced practically anything with four wheels but was most accomplished as a champion driver of light, powerful cars on treacherous dirt tracks, died on Sunday in Lincoln, Neb., after being severely injured in a crash the night before. He was 27. His death was confirmed by his agent, Jeff Dickerson.
*WHO READS LBN? Prominent Hollywood agent, Don Cisternino
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
In 18th-century America, colonial society and Native American society sat side by side. The former was buddingly commercial; the latter was communal and tribal. As time went by, the settlers from Europe noticed something: No Indians were defecting to join colonial society, but many whites were defecting to live in the Native American one. This struck them as strange. Colonial society was richer and more advanced. And yet people were voting with their feet the other way. The colonials occasionally tried to welcome Native American children into their midst, but they couldn’t persuade them to stay. Benjamin Franklin observed the phenomenon in 1753, writing, “When an Indian child has been brought up among us, taught our language and habituated to our customs, yet if he goes to see his relations and make one Indian ramble with them, there is no persuading him ever to return.” During the wars with the Indians, many European settlers were taken prisoner and held within Indian tribes. After a while, they had plenty of chances to escape and return, and yet they did not. In fact, when they were “rescued,” they fled and hid from their rescuers.
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