LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

*U.S. Official: Hackers Spying on Presidential Candidates

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper believes that foreign hackers are spying on the presidential candidates. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are working closely with each campaign to ramp up cybersecurity, Clapper said at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning.

*Baghdad Attacks by ISIS Point to Trouble for Group, but Not Imminent Defeat

Another day brought another horrible set of headlines out of Baghdad: On Tuesday, four bombings, one after another, killed dozens of people and left streaks of blood and strewn body parts across public markets. As familiar as the last week of violence in Baghdad — more than 200 killed since last Wednesday — might seem to those who have watched Iraq over the years, this is not business as usual. The American history in Iraq tells us that successful bombings in Baghdad are not to be taken lightly. The official talking points say the new wave of bombings is a sign that the Islamic State is losing. The terrorists are lashing out in Baghdad because they are abandoning territory to pro-Iraqi ground forces and American-led airstrikes. They’re “on the defensive,” as Brett McGurk, President Obama’s special envoy to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State, said recently. There is truth to that line. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is losing territory in Iraq and Syria. And the recent wave of bombings is out of the very first page in the group’s playbook, back when the Islamic State was Al Qaeda in Iraq. But this is not the group’s final death throes — not yet.


*Hillary Clinton Made $6.5M Last Year

Hillary Clinton filed documents disclosing that she earned more than $5 million in royalties from her book Hard Choices in 2015 and took in around $1.5 million in speaking fees before her campaign officially launched. Bill reported he earned upward of $5 million in speaking fees. Those disclosures were part of her filings to the Federal Election Commission this week. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump did not release his tax returns, but released a statement this week claiming that his personal wealth was valued at $10 billion.

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Hours after the publication of a news report last week accusing Facebook of anti-conservative bias, the company’s top Republican executive moved into damage-control mode. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global public policy and a former senior adviser to George W. Bush, sent a message to Barry Bennett, a Republican campaign strategist. Mr. Kaplan disputed the article by the technology site Gizmodo that said Facebook was suppressing right-wing stories and asked Mr. Bennett, a friend from the 2000 presidential election and a campaign coordinator for Donald J. Trump, for advice on how to repair the social network’s image with the right. Mr. Bennett said he suggested Facebook meet with prominent Republican politicians and pundits. Within days, Mr. Kaplan organized a meeting at the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. Mr. Kaplan will preside over that meeting on Wednesday with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and nearly a dozen conservatives, including Glenn Beck of TheBlaze television network and Jim DeMint, a former South Carolina senator and a leading figure in the Tea Party movement.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Mariah Carey and her entourage at Philippe in NYC.   ***Robin Wright and Barry Levinson at Sant Ambroeus in Soho in NYC for lunch on Tuesday.   ***Steven Meisel, Anna Sui and Pat McGrath celebrating photographer Sofia Malamute’s birthday at new club Jia in NYC.   ***Molly Ringwald performing with Lady Gaga’s bandleader Brian Newman at The Roxy Hotel in NYC.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Guns N’ Roses announced some of the acts joining them on their Not in This Lifetime Tour this summer. Alice in Chains will join the group on the first few dates, from June 23rd in Detroit through July 3rd in Chicago, and Lenny Kravitz will be performing with the reunited group at their shows in Foxboro, Massachusetts (July 19th and 20th) and East Rutherford, New Jersey (July 23rd and 24th).


*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The nationally syndicated Outer Limits of Inner Truth ( radio show has aired a ten-hour, five part program about death. “The Death Show” features thirty-one interviews with some of the world’s leading psychologists, doctors, psychic mediums, spiritual teachers, atheists and even people who’ve had a near death experience.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dick McAuliffe, the hard-nosed All-Star infielder who played 14 seasons for the Detroit Tigers and helped take them to the 1968 World Series championship, died on Friday in Connecticut. He was 76. His death was announced by the Tigers, who said he had Alzheimer’s disease. He lived in Farmington, Conn.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: MEMO TO: DONALD TRUMP FROM: TOM FRIEDMAN SUBJECT: GOLF COURSES Dear Donald, It’s been a while since we talked on the practice tee at Doral. (Nice course you built.) I am only going to do this once, but I am going to offer you some free advice — and it’s about all the things you love most: yourself, your kids, winning, money and golf. Have I got a deal for you … You see, Donald, I was looking at all the golf courses you own. Some of them are real gems, like Doral, Turnberry, Doonbeg, Palm Beach, Aberdeenshire. But you know what else I noticed? How many of them are on or near coastlines. And do you know what’s going to happen to those golf courses, Donald, if the climate scientists are even half right? They’re going to go from oceanfront property to ocean-floor property. Because ice melt and sea level rise are going to threaten all of them. In other words, Donald, there is no candidate in this race who is more exposed to climate change than … you. And I am not talking only about your coastal golf courses. Global warming doesn’t mean the weather, on average, just gets hotter. It means the weather gets weirder. You get more weather extremes — hotter hot days, wetter wet ones, longer droughts, fiercer storms, heavier snows.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dr. Jay Grossman: Donald Trump is doing very well with voters because of his straight talk, concerned with the country, not about hurting people’s feelings focusing on our number one issue – debt. As we become a debtor nation, we lose everything, our ability to police the world, our ability to take care of our citizens. We must stop spending more than we make, we must, and he will do that. And, there is no perfect politician, he clearly has his issues, and will need be kept in check.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Carrie Fisher has withered away to nearly nothing after fans blasted her bloated figure in the last “Star Wars” movie — as a new documentary reveals how the studio made her struggle to lose weight! “She’s gone beyond anorexia!” said top New York internist Dr. Stuart Fischer after examining a recent photo of the 59-year-old actress.    ***Leo DiCaprio bought a Chanel bag for $18,100 at the Heart Fund’s Generous People Dinner Gala in Cannes, France.The evening’s first auction item was won by Leonardo DiCaprio who for second year in a row, bid on limited edition CHANEL bag.The Oscar-winner also placed a winning bid of $5,650 for a silk scarf by Russian model Inna Zobova’s fashion line Innangelo. But a source said Leo’s pricey gift was for “his mom,” rather than any of his model girlfriends.

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