LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

*Russian Hackers ‘Breached’ 39 States’ Election Rolls

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before—and during—President Trump’s election was much more widespread than was publicly reported, Bloomberg News reports. Russian hackers hit systems in at least 39 states, with incursions into software systems and voter databases in nearly twice as many states as had been previously reported. In Illinois, for example, detectives found proof that intruders tried to delete or otherwise alter voter data. In at least one state, hackers accessed a campaign-finance database. “They’re coming after America,” former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the election last week. “They will be back.”

*Report: Trump Discussed Firing Mueller

President Donald Trump has reportedly discussed firingRobert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In a Monday appearance on PBS NewsHour, Trump’s friend, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, said Trump was considering firing Mueller. “I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” Ruddy said. “I think he’s weighing that option. I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.” Ruddy was seen leaving the White House shortly before the PBS interview. Ruddy accused Mueller of having conflicts in the investigation, including allegedly being considered to replace former James Comey as FBI director. Ruddy’s remarks echo those of other Trump confidants who have recently engaged in a media blitz accusing Mueller of being unqualified to lead the investigation. Politico reporter Josh Dawsey also reported that Trump had discussed firing Mueller. Trump is “currently not ‘likely’ to do this but that it remains an option he has discussed with associates,” Dawsey reported. On Twitter, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, cautioned Trump against the firing. “If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller,” Schiff tweeted Monday night. “Don’t waste our time.” White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement on the matter late Monday. “Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment,” Spicer said.

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it closed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc.’s core business and that Marissa Mayer, chief executive of the internet company, had resigned. The No. 1 US wireless operator is rebranding AOL and Yahoo as part of a new venture called Oath, led by AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong. Oath’s more than 50 brands include HuffPost, TechCrunch and Tumblr.

*LBN-NOTICED:   **Andy Karl, Condola Rashad, Jill Kargman and David Harbour among VIPS at power agency ICM Partners’ pre-Tonys party at the Whitby Hotel, celebrating its 20 nominations.   ***LBN Editor Dan Gaylord having dinner last night at the popular Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Even though over 40% of the trips taken in the U.S. are less than one mile, less than 10% of all trips are made by walking or biking.


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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Ed Victor, a debonair Bronx-born, Cambridge-educated book agent who dazzled London’s fusty literary elite with his star-studded client roster and cheeky deal-making, died on Wednesday in London. He was 77. The cause was complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the Ed Victor Literary Agency in London said.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Are you feeling radical? Do you think that the status quo is fundamentally broken and we have to start thinking about radical change? If so, I’d like to go back a century so that we might learn how radicalism is done. The years around 1917 were a great period of radical ferment. Folks at The New Republic magazine were championing progressivism, which would transform how the economy is regulated and how democracy works. At The Masses, left-wing activists were fomenting a global socialist revolution. Outside the White House radical suffragists were protesting for the right to vote and creating modern feminism. People in those days had one thing we have in abundance: an urge to rebel against the current reality — in their case against the brutalities of industrialization, the rigidities of Victorianism, the stale formulas of academic thinking. But they also had a whole series of mechanisms they thought they could use to implement change. If you were searching for a new consciousness, there was a neighborhood to go to: Greenwich Village. If you were searching for a dissident lifestyle, there was one — Bohemianism, with its artistic rejection of commercial life.

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*LBN-OVERVIEW:   ***Following Kim Kardashian’s Parisian robbery, Kris Jenner significantly enhanced the family’s security detail. “It really changed all of our lives and the way that we live,” Jenner, 61, told The Hollywood Reporter in a roundtable discussion. “Not only do we now have an enormous amount of security — everyone is armed and licensed; it’s legit companies that protect all of us.” She admits the way her daughters handle their social media has changed drastically. No longer are they live tweeting and posting photos in the moment.  ***Elle Macpherson and her billionaire husband, Jeff Soffer, have split, sources in Miami say. “Elle and Jeff are definitely over,” a source said of the couple, who were married in 2013, after a notoriously on-again, off-again romance. “She has left their house at Indian Creek in Miami with her kids, and is looking for her own house in Miami. He has been linked to some other women, but insists they are just friends.”

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