*Obama Announces New Afghanistan Troop Levels:
announced Wednesday morning that 8,400 troops will remain in Afghanistan by the end of this year. The president, joined by Defense Secretary Ash Carter,
said the goal is to provide a “solid foundation for continued progress” in the next administration. “Afghanistan is not a perfect place. It is one of the poorest countries in the world,” Obama said, adding that it will take time for the Middle Eastern country to build up its military to protect its citizens from threats. “With our support, Afghanistan is a better place than it once was,” Obama continued, citing improvements in the country’s schools, public health and democratic elections.
*F.B.I.’s Critique of Hillary Clinton Is a Ready-Made Attack Ad:
may not be indicted on criminal charges over her handling of classified email, but the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey
, all but indicted her judgment and competence on Tuesday — two vital pillars of her presidential candidacy — and in the kind of terms that would be politically devastating in a normal election year. The silver lining for Mrs. Clinton is that this is not a normal election year. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is built on the premise that she has the national security experience and well-honed instincts to keep Americans safe in the age of terrorism, and that Donald J. Trump
does not. Nearly every day, she seeks to present herself as a more thoughtful and responsible leader. She has spent months describing Mr. Trump as “reckless,” “unprepared” and “temperamentally unfit” to be president, and she has pointed to her four years as secretary of state and eight in the Senate as unparalleled preparation for becoming commander in chief. Yet in just a few minutes of remarks, Mr. Comey called into question Mrs. Clinton’s claims of superiority more memorably, mightily and effectively than Mr. Trump has over the entire past year. And with potentially lasting consequences.
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*Chelsea Manning ‘Suspected’ of Attempted Suicide:
, the former U.S. Army private imprisoned for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, was hospitalized after being suspected of attempting to commit suicide, U.S. officials confirmed to The Daily Beast on Wednesday morning. Manning was taken Tuesday to a hospital from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and has since been released. Fort Leavenworth officials declined to comment on the incident, citing HIPAA rules.
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*Oscar Pistorius Gets 6 Years in Prison:
South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius
was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp
. He was immediately transported to a detention facility after the judgment was handed down. Pistorius was initially sentenced to five years in prison on manslaughter, but those charges were changed to murder after an appeal. Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through a closed bathroom door. Pistorius has admitted shooting her.
*Ryan: Hil Shouldn’t Get Classified Info:
During an interview on The Kelly File
, House Speaker Paul Ryan
gave a scathing indictment of the FBI’s decision to not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.
Based on Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State, Ryan added, “I think the DNI—the director of national intelligence—should block her access to classified information, given how recklessly she handled this during the presidential campaign.” In his statement early Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey
described Clinton’s behavior as “reckless,” but said that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” Ryan said Tuesday night that Comey “shredded the case that she’s been making all year long,” adding that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has been “holding herself to a different set of standards” and believes herself to be “above the law.”
*Pfizer Warns Opioid Users Risk Addiction:
In an agreement with the City of Chicago, Pfizer has signed on to a written standard for the marketing of opioids, providing hope the move will set a standard for narcotics manufacturers and curb the abuse of addictive painkillers. The company will now disclose the fact that narcotic painkillers come with a severe risk of addiction in its marketing materials. The world’s second-largest drug company also agreed not to promote the drugs for “off-label” uses like for treatment of long-term pain. Two years ago, Chicago officials sued several opioid manufacturers over alleged misleading marketing.Stephen R. Patton
, an attorney, said Pfizer was, “a company that has agreed to embrace what we think are the common-sense proscriptions that we are seeking as part of our lawsuit. We hope that this trailblazing agreement… will set the bar for others in this industry.”
*LBN-NOTICED: ***John Cusack at Ocean Cut restaurant in Chicago. ***Joakim Noah at AM Southampton in a N.Y. Mets cap with Wizards player Drew Gooden. ***David Beckham at Soho’s A60 rooftop bar in NYC. ***Former Bears quarterback Kyle Ortonat the Southampton Inn. ***Diandra Douglas at the Mashomack International Polo Challenge and Luncheon. ***Ray Lewis at Brother Jimmy’s on Eighth Avenue in NYC.
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*LBN-INVESTIGATES – Crazy Laws
**Many of these laws were established during the end of the 1800s and early 1900s, when the United States was rapidly changing from an agricultural to industrial nation. Some of the laws went out of date or were repealed. Many are still on the books but not enforced.
- Before 1920, it was illegal for women in the United States to vote. When women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony tried to vote in the 1872 election, she was arrested and fined $100.c
- It’s illegal to ride an ugly horse in Wilbur, Washington.c
- It is illegal for chickens to cross the road in Quitman, Georgia.
- In Mohave County, Arizona, if anyone is caught stealing soap, he must wash himself with it until the soap is gone.c
- First cousins may marry in Utah, but only after they’re 65 years old.
- In North Dakota, no one can be arrested on the Fourth of July, a holiday that is commonly known there as “Five Finger Discount Day.”
- In Tennessee, it is illegal for children to play games on Sunday without a license.b
- It is illegal in Tennessee for an atheist to hold office.b
- In Indiana, it is illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public.a
- It is illegal in California to lick toads. Apparently, some people were licking toads to get high.
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*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
***The man famous for his many years as a motorcycle cop on the hit ’80s TV series “CHiPs” is now a reserve police officer in a small town in southern Idaho. St. Anthony Mayor Neils Thueson swore Erik Estrada
into office on Saturday at City Hall in this town of 3,500 people. Estrada plans to work with the police department in protecting children from internet predators. ***TMZ says that Michael Jackson’s
ex-wife and Prince
and Paris Jackson’s
mommy Debbie Rowe
has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer at 57. Sources say that Debbie will undergo surgery sometime in the next week.
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