LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*Trump Flips, Won’t Release Medical Records:

Donald Trump will not release or discuss his medical records when he tapes an interview with celebrity physician Dr. Oz on Wednesday morning, Trump aides said, despite the campaign’s assertion to the contrary in the run-up to the sit-down set to air Thursday. In the interview, which will occur at 10 a.m., Dr. Oz will not ask Trump about his recent physical or his medical records, but will instead focus on “well-being, being active, and positive thinking.” A senior Trump aide told Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs that the medical records would be released “soon,” however. In recent days, top Trump staffers and surrogates have lambasted rival Hillary Clinton over her campaign’s delayed disclosure of the fact that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia, and have suggested Clinton wouldn’t release detailed health records.

*MORE! – U.S. to Take In 30% More Refugees:

The Obama administration will admit 25,000 additional refugees into the U.S. next fiscal year, bringing the annual total to 110,000—an increase of 30 percent. The Wall Street Journal obtained a copy of an annual refugee report submitted to Congress that was presented by Secretary of State John Kerry in a private briefing with lawmakers. President Obamawas expected to announce the new plan before a summit on refugees with world leaders next week at the United Nations General Assembly. The issue has been a hotly contested one in the presidential campaign, with Republican nominee Donald Trump and his surrogates criticizing any plan to admit more refugees into the country, citing terror threats.

*Climate Change ‘Significant and Direct’ Threat to U.S. Military:

A new report signed by former top military officers and national-security officials declares that climate change—and its symptoms—is putting U.S. military operations at risk. A statement Wednesday by the Washington-based Center for Climate and Security said, “There are few easy answers, but one thing is clear: The current trajectory of climatic change presents a strategically significant risk to U.S. national security, and inaction is not a viable option.” More than a dozen ex-national-security officials and retired military officers signed the statement, including retired Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander of the U.S. Central Command, and retired Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of the Pacific Command until last year. The report recommends that the next president create a Cabinet-level post to address the effects of climate change.

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*Leaked Emails: Condi Rice Criticized Rumsfeld’s Handling of Iraq War:
In personal emails sent in 2015, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his handling of the Iraq War. The emails were sent to another former secretary of State, Colin Powell. The private messages were leaked by a website believed to have ties to Russia. Rice and Powell were discussing comments made by journalist Bob Woodward in which he took issue with Rumsfeld’s assertion that he was always weary about establishing a democracy in Iraq. “First, we didn’t invade Iraq to bring democracy—but we overthrew Saddam, we had a view of what should follow,” Rice wrote to Powell. “If Don and the Pentagon had done their job (after claiming the right to lead post-war rebuilding—things might have turned out differently).” She later said Rumsfeld should “just stop talking” because he “puts his foot in his mouth every time.”

*Report: N. Korea Is Boosting Uranium Enrichment:
Weapons experts say North Korea will be capable of producing 20 nuclear bombs by the end of this year as the country ramps up its uranium enrichment. The revelation comes a week afterthe Hermit Kingdom conducted its fifth nuclear test, a move experts and North Korean authorities said was its most powerful yet. After evading UN sanctions for a decade, Pyongyang now has a sizable stockpile of weapons-grade material, experts warned in a new report published Monday on Johns Hopkins University’s 38 North website. Siegfried Hecker, an expert on the North’s nuclear work, says the program has likely been producing about 150 kilograms of highly enriched uranium a year—and North Korean authorities have recently stepped up production. Describing it as a “nuclear wildcard,” Hecker said the program is especially dangerous because Western experts are largely in the dark on how advanced it is.

*Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister of Israel, Suffers a Stroke:
Shimon Peres, the Israeli former prime minister and president who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with the Palestinians, remained hospitalized on Wednesday after suffering what his doctor called a “massive stroke.” Mr. Peres, 93, was sedated and put on a respirator on Tuesday when he was brought to the Israeli hospital, where he suffered the stroke after complaining of a headache.

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Monsanto, the American maker of fertilizers and agriculture products, agreed on Wednesday to a takeover by Bayer, the German chemical conglomerate, for $56 billion after months of negotiations. Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 per share in cash, according to a statement released by the companies. That price represents a 44 percent premium to Monsanto’s stock on May 9, the day before Bayer’s interest in a deal first surfaced. Including the assumption of debt, the transaction is valued at $66 billion.   ***Warren Buffett had $1.4 billion wiped from his fortune Tuesday after Wells Fargo & Co. fell 3.3 percent as the fallout continued from revelations that bank employees had opened more than 2 million accounts without clients’ approval.   ***Oprah Winfrey’s halo effect on Weight Watchers (WTW) is disappearing fast. The media mogul and 10% owner of Weight Watchers has seen $117 million in wealth vanish as shares of the company have crashed 66% from their high notched November 2015 on enthusiasm over her involvement with the company.


*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Russian hackers — possibly thesame group that compromised the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers — have made top American athletes their latest target. Joining an intercontinental dispute over sports doping, the hackers penetrated the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete database and publicly revealed private medical information about three of the United States’ most famous athletes: Serena WilliamsVenus Williams and Simone Biles. The hackers published documents this week showing that Ms. Biles, who won four gold medals in gymnastics at the Rio Olympics last month, and the Williams sisters received medical exemptions to use banned drugs.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***IndyCar drivers Marco Andretti and Josef Newgarden having dinner at Mr Chow in NYC with Jeff Ross, Ice-T and wife Coco. Earlier in the night the racers were front-row at Rag & Bone’s NYFW show.   ***Miles Teller and girlfriend Keleigh Sperry showing off major PDA at the Toronto International Film Festival party for his new film, “Bleed for This,” at STORYS Toronto.   ***Clive Davis seeing musical “School of Rock”.   ***Shaquille O’Neal at Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar in NYC.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: The Beatles’ Apple Corps. and its Subafilms Limited company have been sued over the footage from their famed 1965 Shea Stadium concert, Billboard reports. The suit was filed by Sid Bernstein Presents, LLC, a company representing the late businessman who promoted the Beatles’ concert at Shea. It arrives as 30 minutes of remastered footage from the concert is set to appear in Ron Howard’s new documentary about the Beatles’ touring years, Eight Days a Week. The suit seeks an injunction to prevent the remastered footage from being shown, distributed and reproduced.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: When it comes to rebutting Donald Trump’s idiotic observation that Vladimir Putin is a strong leader — “far more than our president has been a leader” — it is hard to top the assessment of Russian-born Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, which The Times’s Andrew Higgins quoted in his story from Moscow: “Vladimir Putin is a strong leader in the same way that arsenic is a strong drink. Praising a brutal K.G.B. dictator, especially as preferable to a democratically elected U.S. president, whether you like Obama or hate him, is despicable and dangerous.” Indeed, Kasparov’s point cuts to the core of what is so scary about a Trump presidency: Trump is what The Economist has called “the leading exponent of ‘post-truth’ politics — a reliance on assertions that ‘feel true’ but have no basis in fact,” and, sadly, “his brazenness is not punished, but taken as evidence of his willingness to stand up to elite power.” When politics becomes “like pro-wrestling,” society pays a huge cost, The Economist added, because any complex explanation of any problem is dismissed as experts just trying “to bamboozle everyone else.”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***New York’s “Palestinian Power Couple” is no more: Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters, a vocal critic of Israel, has split with Palestinian journalist and author Rula Jebreal. Pink Floyd rocker Waters, 73, and Jebreal, 43, had been dating for a few months earlier this year, in the aftermath of Waters’ split with his fourth wife, Laurie Durning.   ***Model Cindy Crawford will present Chicago photographer Victor Skrebneski, who once banned her from his studio, the city’s Fifth Star Award. The 86-year-old Skrebneski is famed for his advertising photographs for Estee Lauder, Chanel and Givenchy, and black-and-white portraits of celebrities, including Dennis Hopper, Bette Davis and Sharon Stone. Skrebneski banned Crawford from his North Side studio when she was a 19-year-old and elected to take a 10-day editorial job in Egypt that interfered with her catalogue shoot with Skrebneski.

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