LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

*Graham: Military Options Are ‘Inevitable If North Korea Continues’

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that U.S. military efforts to destroy Kim Jong Un’s missile program may be “inevitable if North Korea continues” escalating tensions. “There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s [missile] program and North Korea itself,” Graham said on NBC’s Today show. “If there’s going to be a war to stop them, it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there, they’re not going to die here and [President Donald Trump] told me that to my face.” The reclusive country launched a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile Friday, the second one it fired last month. Kim claimed the test’s success shows the “whole U.S. mainland” is in range of its missiles.

*Scaramucci, Trump Officials Fell for Email Hoax

Top White House officials including now-ousted communications director Anthony Scaramucci responded to hoax emails last week in which a prankster posed as other members of the administration, CNN reports. Scaramucci reportedly had an email argument with a prankster posing as now-former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. The same impostor also posed as Jon Huntsman Jr., Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Russia, and asked Scaramucci whose “head should roll first?” “Both of them,” Scaramucci replied, apparently referring to Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. The prankster also appeared to fool Huntsman and Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, though Eric Trumpsoon caught on to the prank and replied that he had referred the matter to law enforcement. The prankster told CNN that they were not attempting to phish the White House. “I try and keep it on the humorous side of things,” the person told CNN. “I’m not trying to get the keys to the vault or anything like that.”

*Pete Rose Accused of Sexual Relationship With Teen

Disgraced former baseball great Pete Rose initiated a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in the 1970s, the alleged victim said in a sworn statement. A court document was filed in Philadelphia on Monday by the woman who said she was “14 or 15 years old” when the relationship began. Rose, who admits to the relationship but disputes other details of the allegations, will not face criminal charges because the statute of limitations has expired. The allegations were unearthed as part of a defamation lawsuit Rose filed against John Dowd, who conducted the investigation into Rose’s gambling nearly 30 years ago, which led to his dismissal from Major League Baseball.


*Trump Panel: Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

President Trump’s drug commission has submitted a report asking that he declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The report, sent Monday, claims there are 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses in the U.S., which is “equal to September 11th every three weeks.” New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie was appointed by the president to lead the commission, and he said Monday that the report is “meant to give the president some immediate steps that he can take to try to make sure that we stop the death that is happening across the country.” Trump’s administration will “immediately begin reviewing its recommendations,” the White House said.

*How 12 Inmates Used Peanut Butter to Escape from Jail

They enjoyed some PB&J — as in peanut butter and jailbreak. The dirty dozen inmates in Jasper, Ala., spread peanut butter to hide a number marking a door to the outside, then told a newbie guard it was their cell, fooling him into unlocking the door and allowing them to escape, the Washington Post reported. “This may sound crazy but these people are crazy like a fox,” Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said. The slippery jailbirds fled in every direction, throwing off their orange jumpsuits and using blankets to climb over a razor wire fence on Sunday evening. All but one of the inmates were captured within eight hoursBrady Andrew Kilpatrick, who was in jail on drug possession charges, still remains at large. Their plan was “well laid out,” Underwood said.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Soda consumption in the United States fell to a 31-year low in 2016, according to Beverage-Digest. That decline can mainly be attributed to waning demand among health-conscious consumers. Here’s how much each drink category grew between 2015 and 2016, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Netflix has ordered 12 episodes of A Little Help With Carol Burnett, a new unscripted comedy starring the veteran comedian alongside a group of children aged four to eight, according to DeadlineBurnett and her youthful co-stars will offer advice to celebrities and average men and women facing complicated real-world dilemmas.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ****Los Angeles officials announced a deal Monday with the International Olympic Committee to play host to the 2028 Summer Olympics, giving up a bid for the 2024 Games to Paris and bringing the Olympics back to the United States for the first time since 2002. At a news conference Monday evening at StubHub Center south of Los Angeles, the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, set high expectations. “We know we will return the Olympic legacy to what it’s all about,” he said, adding later, “We’re a city that has always been a Games-changer and again will be in 2028.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***This past SaturdayParis Jackson, daughter of the late Michael, and her godfather Macaulay Culkin walked into the West Hollywood, Calif., ink emporium Tattoo Mania and emerged with matching spoon tattoos on their forearms. The utensil inkings got celebrity gossipers in a tizzy as they tried to decipher meaning from the everyday objects. In reality, the spoons stand for nothing devious. Strictly speaking, they relate to “spoon theory,” which ties into a metaphor for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. But the symbolism is not exactly cut and dry.  ***Irving Azoff hosting a power breakfast with top Hollywood agent and producer Shep Gordon, Showtime CEO Matt Blank and entertainment lawyerAllen Grubman at Mike Meldman and Discovery Land Co.’s sublime beachfront private members’ club Dune Deck in Westhampton on Monday.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:Charlie Munger: The Psychology of Human Misjudgment –

*LBN-COMMENTARY by DAVID BROOKS: The Trumpadministration is certainly giving us an education in the varieties of wannabe manliness. There is the slovenly “I don’t care what you think” manliness of Steve Bannon. There’s the look-at-me-I-can-curse manliness that Anthony Scaramucci learned from “Glengarry Glen Ross.” There is the affirmation-hungry “I long to be the man my father was” parody of manliness performed by Donald Trump. There are all those authentically manly Marine generals Trump hires to supplement his own. There’s Trump’s man-crush on Vladimir Putin and the firing of insufficiently manly Reince Priebus. With this crowd, it’s man-craving all the way down. It’s worth remembering, when we are surrounded by all this thrusting masculinity, what substantive manliness once looked like. For example, 2,400 years ago the Greeks had a more fully developed vision of manliness than anything we see in or around the White House today.


*LBN-COMMENTARY by BARI WEISS: A mere half-year ago, before collusion and Comey, before Mika’s face and Muslim bans and the Mooch, there was a shining moment where millions of Americans flooded the streets in cities across the country to register their rage that an unapologetic misogynist had just been made leader of the free world. Donald Trump’selection was a watershed moment. Even those like me, who had previously pulled levers for candidates of both parties, felt that Mr. Trump had not only violated all sense of common decency, but, alarmingly, that he seemed to have no idea that there even existed such an unspoken code of civility and dignity. Now was the time to build a broad coalition to resist the genital-grabber with the nuclear codes. The Women’s March moved me. O.K., so Madonna and Ashley Judd said some nutty things. But every movement has its excesses, I reasoned. Mr. Trump had campaigned on attacking the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. Now was the time to put aside petty differences and secondary issues to oppose his presidency. That’s certainly what the leaders of the Democratic Party, who applauded the march, told us. Senator Charles Schumer called the protest “part of the grand American tradition.” The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, offered her congratulations to the march’s “courageous organizers” and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gushed about them in Time, where they were among the top 100 most influential people of 2017. “The Women’s March was the most inspiring and transformational moment I’ve ever witnessed in politics,” she wrote. “And it happened because four extraordinary women — Tamika MalloryBob BlandCarmen Perez and Linda Sarsour — had the courage to take on something big, important and urgent, and never gave up.”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kathy Griffin is standing by her cancer-stricken sister. On Monday, photos of Griffin, 56, surfaced on social media after she shaved her head in support of her sibling, who is battling cancer. “My daughter Kathleen Mary is a wonderful human being,” the comedian’s mom,Maggie Griffin, posted on Twitter.   ***Amber Rose has had it with her “stupid heavy” breasts. “I’m thinking about getting a breast reduction this year,” the 33-year-old model revealed Monday on Instagram. “My boobs are stupid heavy, my back hurts and I can’t wear cute lil shirts without a grandma bra.”   ***Casey Affleck and his wife Summer Phoenix have pulled the plug on their marriage. Summer, 38, filed for divorce on Monday in Los Angeles. She cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of the split. She is seeking spousal support and attorney fees from Affleck, 41, as well as joint custody of their sons Indiana, 13, and Atticus, 9.   ***Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Meaghan Kennedy Townsend wed former Marine Billy Birdzell at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., over the weekend. Guests included Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., his wifeCheryl Hines and Rory Kennedy.