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Most voters fear that political violence is coming from opponents of the president’s policies, just as they did in the second year of Barack Obama’s presidency, and nearly one-in-three think a civil war is next. Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it’s Very Likely. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% consider a second civil war unlikely, but that includes only 29% who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Democrats (37%) are more fearful than Republicans (32%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (26%) that a second civil war is at hand. But 59% of all voters are concerned that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence, with 33% who are Very Concerned. This compares to 53% and 28% respectively in the spring of Obama’s second year in office. Thirty-seven percent (37%) don’t share that concern, including 16% who are Not At All Concerned.
*SCOTUS Deals Blow to Labor Unions in Janus Case:
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that non-union public-sector workers who are nevertheless represented by a union for bargaining purposes cannot be required to pay union fees.Janus v. AFSCME hinged on the case of Mark Janus, a child-support specialist in Illinois who argued that he should not be forced to pay fees to his union. Existing law, as determined by the 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, states that all employees must pay a fee to account for the benefits of collective bargaining that unions offer. Janus argued, however, that the law violates his right to free speech, because it requires him to fund an organization that speaks on his behalf and is designed to shift policy on salary, benefits, and pensions. This ruling is expected to devastate labor unions, which rely on non-member dues to stay afloat. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, and was joined by JusticesRoberts, Thomas, Kennedy, and Gorsuch; Justices Breyer,Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Kagan dissented. Kagan, writing for the minority, wrote that the decision will have “large scale consequences,” and that “judicial disruption does not get any greater than what the court does today.”
*Trump and Putin Will Hold Summit Meeting, Russians Say:
President Trump and Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, will hold a one-on-one summit meeting in the next few weeks, Russian officials said on Wednesday, an encounter that has raised anxieties among major European allies of the United States. The meeting will take place in a “third country,” according to Yuri Ushakov, a senior Russian diplomat, who spoke shortly after Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, visited Moscow on Wednesday to lay the groundwork for the meeting. It was the first official confirmation from either side that the summit meeting — one that Mr. Trump has long been open to — would take place. The two leaders met for the first time last July during the Group of 20 summit meeting in Germany, and met again on the sidelines of another international gathering, in Vietnam in November.
*Japanese Blogger Killed by His Internet Troll, Police Say:
A Japanese blogger and cybercrime expert was killed by a man he had multiple online confrontations with, police in Japan said.Kenichiro Okamoto was repeatedly stabbed in the chest and neck Sunday night, minutes after he gave a talk on how to manage online clashes and drive internet traffic. He was pronounced dead at a hospital following the attack. A man named Hidemitsu Matsumoto confessed to “the murder in Chuo Ward” and cited a grudge over internet interactions as his motivation, police said. Okamoto’s blog had more than 1,000 followers and he described his blog as the “diary of a net watcher who loves the internet three times more than rice.”
*Polish Government U-Turns On Controversial Holocaust Law:
The Polish government has performed a dramatic U-turn on a much-criticized new law that saw people who accused the country of being complicit in Nazi war crimes would face jail time. The law—which Poland’s legislators said was needed to “defend the good name of Poland”—was severely criticized by Israel, whose president said it was an attempt to whitewash history. The legislation was enacted this year and anyone found guilty faced as much as three years in prison. However, five months and lots of controversy later, the country’s prime minister has moved to decriminalize the offense, describing it as a “correction.” An amendment to the Holocaust law was backed by the lower house of parliament and will now move to the Polish Senate. If passed, accusing Poland of being complicit in Nazi war crimes will now be civil, rather than criminal, offense.
*BUSTED – Eighth Suspect Arrested in Mistaken-Identity Murder of Bronx Teen:
An eighth suspect was arrested Tuesday in the murder ofLesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old who was attacked outside a Bronx deli last week. Elvin Garcia was arrested and charged with murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Seven others have been charged in connection to the brutal slaying, which was caught on camera. Police believe the Trinitarios, a Dominican gang, are behind the attack, and that the gang members meant to target someone else. “We will leave literally no stone unturned until we make sure that we get justice and we make sure that everyone involved in this incident are brought to justice,” saidNYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.
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*Inside the upset that has the Democratic establishment reeling:
Joe Crowley never saw it coming. The stunning defeat of the head of the Queens Democratic machine at the hands of political neophyte and Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, blindsided his team and sent the party establishment into a tizzy. A Crowley insider told Politico that the campaign of the 10-term incumbent — and would-be future speaker of the House — underestimated the electorate’s volatility. “About two weeks ago, three weeks ago, we had our last poll which had Joe up by about 35 points. So the electorate’s really volatile,” the insider said. “(The) Crowley campaign had a huge field program, but it’s still a district whereBernie [Sanders] got almost 45 percent of the vote. We took it seriously, I mean we spent $1.5 million on it. … It was a bloodletting of Washington Democrats.”
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Beatles
1. As of 2012, The Beatles have sold over 2 billion albums.
2. The total number of Beatles albums sold on iTunes as of July 2012 is 585,000. The total amount of their iTunes singles is 2.8 million.
3. John Lennon started a band in 1957 called the Quarry Men and later asked Paul McCartney to join. Paul brought inGeorge Harrison, and later Ringo Starr would replace Peter Best as drummer. The band changed its name a few times, which included the names Johnny and the Moondogs, The Rainbows, and British Everly Brothers.
4. The Beatles have spent a record 1,278 weeks on theBillboard chart.
5. The Beatles have spent 175 weeks at number one on the chart.
6. The Beatles album with the longest consecutive time spent at number one is their debut album Please Please Me at 30 weeks.
7. The band went through several name changes. No one is quite sure where the name “Beatles” originated, though the most likely story is that John Lennon liked the name The Crickets after Buddy Holly’s band. Early band member Stuart Sutcliff suggested “Beetles,” and they were for some time known as The Silver Beetles or, occasionally, Long John and the Silver Beatles before becoming the Beatles. The Beetles were also a rival gang in Marlon Brando’s movie The Wild One, which may have also been an influence. John Lennon is usually credited with changing the spelling to “Beatles” to reflect Beat music and the Beat generation.
8. The Beatles are the only band to twice knock itself off the top of the chart.
9. The Beatles are the only band in history to have a “double whammy” when they knocked the Rolling Stones off the top spot in both the singles and album charts on July 23, 1964.
10. The Beatles’ first-ever album to debut at number one was Help!
*LBN-ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Joe Jackson dead at 89
It was a life of platinum records and an iron fist. Joe Jacksondied at 89 early Wednesday morning. The Jackson Familypatriarch was suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, The Daily Mail reported. Jermaine Jackson told press last week that the family was having a difficult time visiting him or getting information about his condition. “No one knew what was going on — we shouldn’t have to beg, plead and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this,” he lamented at the time. “We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.”
*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, is in final talks to take over the post of White House communications director.
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Most of us know that we should walk briskly for the sake of our health. But how fast is brisk? A helpful new study of walking speed and health concludes that the answer seems to be about 100 steps per minute, a number that is probably lower than many of us might expect. Current exercise guidelines almost always state that we should walk at a brisk pace rather than stroll leisurely. But the recommendations do not always define what brisk walking means and, when they do, can deploy daunting terminology or technicalities. ***Having a stress-related psychiatric condition may increase the risk for autoimmune disease, a new study concludes. Stress is known to cause physiological changes, including changes in immune function, but evidence that links it to specific diseases is limited. This study, in JAMA, used a Swedish database of 106,464 patients who had a severe stress condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress reaction or adjustment disorder. They compared them with 1,064,640 people free of stress-related disorders and with 126,652 of their stress-free siblings.
*LBN-SEE IT:…Hard to believe – rock group Jethro Tullcelebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after theDog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: If you haven’t already noticed, let me be the first on your block to point it out: The big mainstream political parties across the industrialized world are all blowing up at once. It’s quite extraordinary. The U.S. Republican Party has blown up in all but name, going overnight from an internationalist, free-trade, deficit-hawk party to a protectionist, anti-immigrant, deficit-dove party — all to accommodate the instincts of Donald Trump and his base. As the former House Speaker John Boehner noted: “There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party. The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere.” Actually, it’s dead, but it’s not alone in the cemetery. Italy’s last election ended with its mainstream center-left getting crushed, bringing to power instead a coalition of far-left, far-right populists, whose focus ranges from guaranteeing minimum income for Italy’s 11 percent unemployed to rebuffing immigrants and the European Union.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Meryl Streep: This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Camille Grammer took to Twitter on Tuesday, addressing ex-husband Kelsey Grammer, who recently spoke about raising three children all under the age of 6 with wife Kayte Walsh. Replying to a fan’s comment that read “I’ll never forgive him after what he did to @TheRealCamilleG,” the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star posted a series of tweets expressing how she wished her relationship with Kelsey, 63, had ended amicably. “I don’t begrudge him his happiness. What’s unnerving is that fact I was there to help him get through some of his hardships and supported his career and his sobriety. I was rt by his side and he acts like I never existed that’s disappointing. We were together through his success,” Camille, 49, began.
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