*‘PRETTY DAMN SCARY’ – Former DNI Chief Clapper Questions Trump’s ‘Fitness’ to Be President
The former director of national intelligence, James Clapper
, said Tuesday
night on CNN that he now questions PresidentTrump’s
fitness for the executive office and worries about his access to the nuclear-launch codes, in an unprecedented critique of a commander in chief by a top intel official. Following a rally in Phoenix that Clapper called “downright scary and disturbing,” he said, “I really question his ability to be—his fitness to be—in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it.” Referring to Trump’s standoff with the North Korean regime, Clapper said he worried that if “in a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un
, there’s actually very little to stop him,” adding “the whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.” Clapper went on to condemn Trump’s “behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral, and ethical void,” adding, “How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?”
*Hillary: My ‘Skin Crawled’ When ‘Creep’ Trump Stood Near Me
Hillary Clinton’s new memoir about the 2016 presidential election, called What Happened, reveals that Trump’sintimidation tactics during the second debate made her “skin [crawl].” She writes: “Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling, and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly: ‘Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’” Clinton also shares that she regrets “letting down” the American people when she lost the election. “I couldn’t get the job done. And I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life.
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*Google, Walmart Team Up to Take On Amazon
Google and Walmart announced Wednesday they are partnering up to confront the growing threat they both face from Amazon.com. Google will start selling Walmart products on Google Express, the site’s online shopping facility. “We are trying to help customers shop in ways that they may have never imagined,” said Walmart’s Marc Lore
, who heads the company’s e-commerce division
*OFF THE HOOK – Trump Hints He’ll Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio
President Donald Trumpon Tuesday night suggested he would soon issue a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying the convicted Maricopa County official will be “just fine.” The White House said earlier Tuesday that the president would not announce a pardon at his rally in Phoenix, leaving the door open for an announcement in the future. “Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?” Trump said. “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?… I won’t do it tonightbecause I don’t want to cause any controversy.” Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a court order to end patrols that often target immigrants.
*McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency:
The relationship between President Trump
and Senator Mitch McConnell
, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao
, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense. The rupture between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell comes at a highly perilous moment for Republicans, who face a number of urgent deadlines when they return to Washington next month. Congress must approve new spending measures and raise the statutory limit on government borrowing within weeks of reconvening, and Republicans are hoping to push through an elaborate rewrite of the federal tax code. There is scant room for legislative error on any front.
*Egypt Cancels Kushner Meeting With Minister After U.S. Pulls Aid:
Egypt called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushneron Wednesday after the United States decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would meet the U.S. delegation led by Kushner later in the day as scheduled, Sisi’s office said. Two U.S. sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday that Washington had decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: Canter’s, the iconic Fairfax district Los Angeles deli, was closed by health inspectors in early August due to vermin and other major violations. It reopenedthree days later on Aug. 10 — but with a dreaded C grade in the window. When people ask, we are an 85-year-old restaurant and are having some growing pains as we evolve,” co-owner Jacquelyn Canter said – “We messed up and the basement wasn’t up to our standards and we won’t let it happen again.”
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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The Village Voice, the left-leaning independent weekly New York City newspaper, announced on Tuesday that it will end print publication. The exact date of the last print edition has not yet been finalized, according to a spokeswoman. The paper’s owner, Peter D. Barbey, said in a statement that the move was intended to revitalize the 62-year-old Voice by concentrating on other forms, and to reach its audience more than once a week.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Thomas Meehan, who won Tony Awards for writing the books for three of the most successful Broadway musicals of the past 40 years — “Annie,” “The Producers” and “Hairspray” — died Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Carolyn Meehan.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I slept well in the U.S. Embassy green zone in Baghdad, which is protected outside by Iraqis. Two nights earlier we slept at the Bagram base near Kabul and were repeatedly awakened by a blaring loudspeaker saying “take cover,” because another rocket was coming in. For the moment — and I stress moment — we have a sustainable military strategy to defeat ISIS in Iraq. But a sustainable political outcome depends on Iraqis rising to the occasion. I do not see that in Afghanistan and I did not hear it in Trump’s speech. I fear our choices there are unchanged: lose early, lose late, lose big or lose small.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Mel B threw a glass of water overSimon Cowell after he made a crude joke about her wedding night on “America’s Got Talent.” The Spice Girl — who is currently going through a bitter divorce from her second husband, Stephen Belafonte — stormed off stage, leaving a shocked Cowell soaked. The trouble started when Cowell, 57, critiqued escape artist Demian Aditya’s performance duringTuesday’s show by saying: “I kind of think it will be like Mel B’s wedding night. A lot of anticipation, not much promise.” ***Charlize Theron is being unfairly criticized for allowing her son, Jackson, to dress as a girl, say other Hollywood parents. The “Atomic Blonde” star is a hands-on mother of two who doesn’t rely on nannies to raise son Jackson, 6, adopted from South Africa, and daughter August, 2, who was adopted in the US. The Internet exploded last summer when photos surfaced of Jackson dressed up as Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” The boy has since been photographed in a variety of skirts and tutus, pink Ugg boots and with his hair in long braids.