*Iran Revokes Russia’s Use of Air Base, Saying Moscow ‘Betrayed Trust’:
Iran on Monday annulled permission for Russian planes to fly bombing runs into Syria from an Iranian base, only a week after having granted such extraordinary access, saying that the Kremlin had been unacceptably public and arrogant about the privilege. The about-face and the explanation for it from Iran’s foreign and defense ministries appeared to reflect deep-seated and longstanding suspicions of Russia despite their tactical alliance in the Syria war. The abruptness of the termination, even if temporary, also suggested that the Russians, eager to show widening influence in the Middle East, had seriously misread how a public announcement of their use of the Hamadan base in western Iran would reverberate among Iranians.
*Biden to NATO: Don’t Worry, Trump Doesn’t Know What Article 5 Is:
Vice President Joe Biden
told North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies in Latvia on Tuesday that they shouldn’t worry about Donald Trump’s
threats because the candidate “doesn’t even understand what Article 5 is.” The clause, which stipulates collective defense in the case of a NATO ally coming under attack, was invoked for the first time after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a New York Times
interview this summer, Trump told reporters that if elected he might not automatically defend NATO allies, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance, and would only automatically aid countries that had “fulfilled their obligations to us,” by paying their organization dues. Biden on Tuesday worked to reassure the Baltic States in particular, saying the U.S. feels a “sacred honor” toward NATO. He said the United States has “never reneged on any commitment we have made” and added that the real-estate mogul’s words should be disregarded and are “nothing that should be taken seriously.”
*Trump to Black Voters: Give Me a Chance:
continued to attempt to reach out to black voters specifically during a rally in Akron, Ohio, on Monday night. Riffing on his prepared remarks, he said “I’ll straighten it out… you can walk down the street without getting shot. Now you walk down the street, you get shot.” Trump also employed a recent line he’s been using to help him get above the around 1 percent he’s been polling among black voters. “What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance,” he said.
*Clinton Dismisses Health Rumors as ‘Wacky Strategy’:
has hit back at conspiracy theories about her health being peddled by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump
and his team, saying the rumors are nothing more than a “wacky strategy” from an “alternative reality.” Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
on Monday night, the Democratic nominee said the health rumors were distracting from the real issues of the campaign. Trump has repeatedly hinted that Clinton suffers from health issues, telling supporters that she is “not strong enough to be president” and “lacks the mental and physical stamina.” Other members of Trump’s team have fueled bizarre health rumors, with spokesperson Katrina Pierson
diagnosing Clinton with dysphasia. Clinton, who is more than a year younger than her rival, has denied all the claims. “I do feel sometimes like this campaign has entered into an alternative universe,” Clinton said Monday. “I have to step into the alternative reality and, you know, answer questions about, am I alive, how much longer will I be alive, and the like.” She noted that she never questions Trump’s health in the campaign, saying he’s “healthy as a horse.”
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***A steep increase in the price of the EpiPen, a lifesaving injection device for people with severeallergies, has sparked outrage among consumers and lawmakers who worry that parents won’t be able to afford the pens for children heading back to school. With a quick stab to the thigh, the EpiPen dispenses epinephrine, a drug that reverses swelling, closing of the airways and other symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to bee stings, peanuts or other allergens. Mylan, the pharmaceutical company, acquired the decades-old product in 2007, when pharmacies paid less than $100 for a two-pen set, and has since been steadily raising the wholesale price. In 2009, a pharmacy paid $103.50 for a set. By July 2013 the price was up to $264.50, and it rose 75 percent to $461 by last May. This May the price spiked again to $608.61, according to data provided by Elsevier Clinical Solutions’ Gold Standard Drug Database. ***It is now a grim fact that the life expectancy of American women is stagnant, but the reason for this remains a mystery. A team of researchers has now come up with an important clue: Where women live matters just as much as who they are. In fact, in a study to be published this week in SSM Population Health, they found that many common demographic traits — whether a woman is rich, poor, unemployed, working, single or married — might not be as important as the state in which she lives. Using new state-by-state data collected by the federal government, researchers found that a state’s economic and social environment — from its welfare policy and tobacco tax rate, to the strength of social ties through sports clubs and churchgoing, to the level of economic inequality — had a significant effect on women’s life spans.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Uma Thurman at Union Cantina in Southampton. ***Richard Gere at Primola in NYCon Sunday night celebrating his upcoming indie film, “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti,” with co-stars Julianna Margulies, Walton Goggins, Peter Dinklage and Bradley Whitford. ***Robert De Niro celebrating his 73rd birthday at Locanda Verde with his “Hands of Stone” co-star Usher and Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel and Roberto Durán. ***Alex Rodriguez at the Metropolitan Grill in Seattle with Robinson Canó and CC Sabathia. ***Veteran concert promoter Ron Delsener’s 80th birthday was celebrated by rock ’n’ roll royalty including Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Jimmy Buffett on Friday at tony Bridgehampton club the Bridge. Guests wore laminates that said, “July 15, 1936,” Delsener’s birthday.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Aretha Franklin has fans fearing that the soul legend is facing her sad final days — as she shocked a Boston audience by revealing a private battle with cancer just days before being forced to cancel shows on “doctor’s orders!”
*LBN- SITE OF THE DAY:
***WME has acquired the Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett (RWSG) Literary Agency, a company that has helped bring iconic works such as “The Girl on the Train” and “The Leftovers” to the big screen. Founded in 2000, the agency has also represented works such as “The Snowman,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” RWSG co-represented Paula Hawkins
, the author of “The Girl on the Train,” which will hit the big screen in October and stars Emily Blunt
*WHO READS LBN: Comedian, Adam Christing
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: We’ve clearly had a failure of leadership in this country. The political system is not working as it should. Big problems are not being addressed. But what’s the nature of that failure? The leading theory is that it’s the corruption: There is so much money flowing through Washington that the special interests get what they want and everyone else gets the shaft. Another theory has to do with insularity: The elites spend so much time within the Acela corridor that they don’t have a clue about what is going on beyond it. There’s merit in both theories. But I’d point to something deeper: Over the past few decades, thousands of good people have gone into public service, but they have found themselves enmeshed in a system that drains them of their sense of vocation. Let’s start with a refresher on the difference between a vocation and a career. A career is something you choose; a vocation is something you are called to.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock have reached a divorce settlement. The former couple, who are parents to daughters Lola Simone, 14, and Zahra Savannah, 12, signed off on the paperwork in a New Jersey courthouse on Monday, reports TMZ. Megalyn Echikunwoke and Chris Rock at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys bash. The famous comedian, 51, filed for divorce from Compton-Rock, 47, in late December 2014. They were married for 20 years. ***Court records show Shannen Doherty has settled a lawsuit against her former business managers, who she accused of leaving her without health insurance and caused a delay in doctors diagnosing her with breast cancer. A settlement notice filed Friday states the settlement is contingent on unspecified conditions that need to be completed within 45 days.
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