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LBN- Special Report- Friday

*Netanyahu and Abbas Shake Hands at Peres Funeral:
Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres was laid to rest Friday morning, as world leaders gathered at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery to pay their respects. Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas notably shook hands during the ceremony—a stunning signal of good will considering the pair’s long history of feuding over responsibilities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. President Obama remarked that Abbas’s presence at the funeral was “a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace” as started by Peres decades ago.

Most voters believe news organizations play favorites when it comes to fact-checking candidates’ statements, but this skepticism is much stronger among voters who support Donald Trump than those who back his rival Hillary Clinton. An incredible 84% of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries feel LBN neither favors Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives and that it is consistently “independent”!

*Duterte: I’d ‘Be Happy’ to Slaughter 3 Million Addicts:
In a bizarre speech in Davao City on Friday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’d “be happy” to wipe out three million drug addicts in the country. “There are three million drug addicts [in the Philippines]. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte told reporters, going on to compare himself to Adolf Hitler. “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…,” he said, pointing to himself. “You know my victims. I would like [them] to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition,” he said. Duterte’s rise to power in June was accompanied by promises to end crime and corruption in the country, though critics have warned that his unorthodox methods may end up unleashing chaos. This month, a man testified before the Philippine senate that Duterte had ordered the killing of about 1,000 alleged criminals during his time as mayor of Davao City. More than 3,100 people have been killed in extrajudicial violence since he took office on June 30—mostly alleged drug dealers and users, according to Reuters.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:   ***Researchers determined that in 2004, 33% of the firearms owned in the U.S. were rifles, 21% were shotguns, 20% were revolvers, 14% were semi-automatic pistols, 6% were other long guns, 5% were other handguns, and 1% were other guns.

*Stolen Van Gogh Paintings Recovered by Italian Anti-Mob Cops:

Italian police recovered two stolen Vincent van Gogh paintings—said to be of “priceless value”—during an anti-mafia operation in Naples, officials confirmed Friday. The two early van Gogh works—Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuene and View of the Sea at Scheveningen—were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in an infamous 2002 heist—listed by the FBI as one of the top 10 art crimes ever—and “appear to be in relatively good condition,” authorities said. It is unclear when the paintings will be returned to the Netherlands, but prosecutors intend to use them as evidence in a case against the Naples-based Camorra crime family.

*USA Today Denounces Trump:

USA Today hasn’t taken sides in a presidential contest in its 34-year history but decided to publish an editorial imploring people not to vote for Donald Trump. “This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates—Republican nominee Donald Trump—is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency,” the editorial board writes. USA Today is just the latest paper to condemn Trump, including multiple conservative-leaning outlets like The Arizona Republic, which backed Hillary Clinton, marking the first time the paper has ever endorsed a Democrat.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Almost four million American teenagers have just started their freshman year of high school. Can they learn better ways to deal with all that stress and insecurity? New research suggests they can. Though academic and social pressures continue to pile on in high school, teenagers can be taught effective coping skills to skirt the pitfalls of anxiety and depression. David S. Yeager, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a leading voice in the growing effort to help college students stay in school, has been turning his attention to younger teenagers to help shore up their resilience at an earlier age. His latest study, published in the journal Psychological Science, found a surprisingly effective technique. At the beginning of the school year, students participated in a reading and writing exercise intended to instill a basic, almost banal message to help them manage tension: People can change.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***He is forfeiting at least $41million in pay. He vows that his bank will drop its sales incentive program — blamed for prompting bankers to set up illegal and unauthorized bank and credit card accounts to meet their sales goals — by the end of the week, not in January, as he had previously promised. But at a hearing Thursday before the House Financial Services Committee, nobody was impressed. If anything, the House lawmakers who interrogated John G. Stumpf, the chief executive of Wells Fargo, were even angrier and more hostile than their Senate counterparts who questioned him last week, before either of those steps had been taken. One by one, Democrats and Republicans alike took turns ripping apart Mr. Stumpf and what took place at the bank he leads. They denounced the actions as “theft,” “a criminal enterprise,” identity fraud, an outrage and a devastating blow to the entire banking industry.   ***The Carnegie Deli, a New York institution since 1937, will soon serve its last “Woody Allen.”  The iconic home to gigantic Jewish-style sandwiches — like the 4-inch-high, pastrami-and-corned beef “Woody” on rye — will close its doors forever on Dec. 31. Restaurant owner Marian Harper Levine tearfully broke the news to 60 heartbroken employees on Friday morning. Levine, 65, said, “At this stage of my life, the early mornings to late nights have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***In front of an audience last night at the Directors Guild in L.A. that seemed like a gathering of circa-1990s power agents, producers and executives – John Ptak, Sandy Climan, Fred Specktor, Rick Nicita, Mike Menchel, Glen Meredith as well as Jeffrey Katzenberg, Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon, Irwin Winkler, Howard Weitzman, David Greenblatt, Bill Block, Adam Fields, Paul Haas, Michael Levine and actor Tobey Maguire – and with moderator James Andrew Miller (the author of the recently-released Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency) throwing in more than a few blunt questions, Ovitz and Meyer traveled the length of their time together, and didn’t hold back when it came to addressing the factors that brought it to a close.   ***Jeffrey Tambor at the opening night of Judith Light’s one-woman show, “All the Ways To Say I Love You” at the Lucille.   ***Coco Rocha at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City.   ***Power attorney Brad Gerstman cheering on the Giants at MetLife Stadium.   ***TLA Talent Agency owners Sid Levin and Don Cisternino having a late night dinner last night at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***It’s official: Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL and Pepsi announced Thursday that the pop star will take the stage Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Gaga sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl this year in Santa Clara, California. BeyonceBruno Mars and Coldplay headlined the halftime show.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: This presidential election is a contest between the oldest of the baby boomers. Yet Donald Trump, 70, and Hillary Clinton, 68, represent two very different decades in the formation of that generation. Donald Trump became famous as a classic 1980s type, while Hillary Clinton first attained public notice as a classic 1960s type. It’s interesting, and sad, to see how the promise of those two decades has aged. Trump opened Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in November 1983. Go-go capitalism had a lot of élan back then. Capitalism had washed away the stagnation of the 1970s. It was defeating the Soviet Union. During the Reagan years, writers celebrated capitalism not only as a wealth-generating engine but also as a moral system, a way to arouse hard work, creativity and trust. Of course, Trump was always a scuzzy version of the capitalist type. Somehow I got on the guest list of a few of the ’80s-era parties he hosted in the lobby of his skyscraper and would go for sociological entertainment.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Estrich (Attorney, Political Commentator): Even if you’ve never seen a single episode of “The Apprentice,” just from watching the debate you can understand why the Donald has been the most popular and enduring star in reality television, why he would even presume to think he could trademark as his own the expression “You’re fired.” His favorite. It wasn’t just that he made factual mistakes on Monday. Anyone can do that. What bothered me is that he didn’t care, not one bit.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***There are fears for the health of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, whose weight has plummeted and who hasn’t been seen in public for months, according to a source. “He looks like he is down to around 90 pounds and super sick. His people are really trying to keep this under wraps. You even have to sign a confidentiality agreement to go up to see him,” a source said. Hef tweeted a photo of himself in purple silk pajamas from his “Midsummer Night’s Dream” party on Aug. 27, but he was reportedly absent from the bash, which his son Cooper instead hosted. He was also seen looking frail in May with 2016 Playmate Eugena Washington.

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LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*WTF? – Gary Johnson Can’t Name Favorite Foreign Leader:

Introducing a “lightning round” during Wednesday evening’sLibertarian town-hall meeting on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews said, “This is where we have fun, and maybe make some news.” Third-party candidate Gary Johnson ended up doing the latter when he was asked to name his favorite world leader  and drew a complete blank. Johnson’s running mate, Bill Weld, attempted to save him by jumping in to name recently deceased former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres as his favorite, but Matthews wouldn’t let Johnson off the hook, asking him to name any living foreign leader. “Any continent, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, name a foreign leader that you respect,” Matthews implored. “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said, referring to his embarrassing incident on Morning Joe last month when he admitted he did not recognize the name of the city at the center of Syria’s civil war. He mentioned the former president of Mexico, but was not able to say which one he meant. It was only after Weld helped him by naming a few that he confirmed he was talking about Vicente Fox, who has been one of Donald Trump’s biggest critics. Weld did not hesitate in choosing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The bipartisan shellacking Senators gave John Stumpf, the Wells Fargo CEO, last week made for great television, but did nothing about the real scandal: Does our government continue to look the other way as many top bankers thumb their noses at fraud laws? Please send your reply to: (Please put “LBN-Reader Question” in the subject line.


*Congress Votes to Override Obama Veto on 9/11 Victims Bill:

Congress on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override a veto by President Obama for the first time, passing into law a bill that would allow the families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot. Democrats in large numbers joined with Republicans to deliver a remarkable rebuke to the president. The 97-to-1 vote in the Senate and the 348-to-77 vote in the House displayed the enduring power of the Sept. 11 families in Washington and the diminishing influence here of the Saudi government. The new law, enacted over the fierce objections of the White House, immediately alters the legal landscape. American courts could seize Saudi assets to pay for any judgment obtained by the Sept. 11 families, while Saudi officials have warned they might need to sell off hundreds of billions of dollars in holdings in the United States to avoid such an outcome.

*Gun Group Raffling AR-15, Clinton Photo:
A North Carolina gun-rights organization is selling tickets to win “The Hillary Clinton Special”: an AR-15 rifle with a photo of the Democratic candidate for president. The website for the group, Grass Roots North Carolina, reads: “Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo, but when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range.” The drawing for the raffle will take place on Election Day. Proceeds will go toward campaigns against Democrats Roy Cooper, Josh Stein, and Deborah Ross.

*India: We Executed ‘Surgical Strikes’ in Pakistani-Controlled Kashmir:
Indian officials announced the country’s military executed “surgical strikes” on Pakistani-controlled Kashmir early Thursday morning. The statement claimed the attacks caused “significant casualties to terrorists” who were allegedlyplanning an attack on Indian territory. Despite those claims, Pakistan said no surgical strike had occurred in the area and contended that it had confronted small-arms fire Thursday morning that caused two fatalities. Officials in Pakistan said India’s statement was a “fabrication” and “an illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects.” Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said in a statement, “If India tries to do this again, we will respond forcefully.” He added, “India is doing this only to please their media and public.”

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jeb Bush stopping by Nello in NYC to say hello to the maitre d’ and leaving 10 minutes later without eating.   ***Metallica singer James Hetfield with his wife, daughter, and band managers Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch at the Beacon Theatre to see Brian Wilson celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Pet Sounds,” and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich at Sing Sing Karaoke with friends.   ***NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill having lunch at Delmonico’s Restaurant in NYC.   ***Donna Karan at UBM Fashion Group’s Coterie trade show.   ***Advanced Nutrients founder Big Mikehaving a small dinner party last night at Michael’s restaurant in Santa Monica.

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*Laugh Factory Hosts Major Entertainment Industry Showcase For International Comic Sensation Ismo:
Ismo, winner of the “Funniest Person in the World” award, will perform at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 8pm for a major entertainment industry showcase. Revered as “an oddball with a few extra twists,” Ismo has been performing all over the world. In 2014, Ismo managed to win the hearts of millions of viewers, competing against comedians from 32 different countries and earning him the title, “Funniest Person in the World.” “Winning the title was such a huge opportunity for me. It opened up two great things – America and the world. I’ve now toured literally around the world and recently moved from Finland to Los Angeles,” says Ismo. He is currently located in California, where he is a regular at the Hollywood Laugh Factory. His standup routine is unique, with a disarming presence and sharp punch lines. Although English is his second language, Ismo manages to be uncannily incisive, charismatic and entertaining.
*Steven Bernheim’s Paris Hilton Farce Film Debuts at the Iconic Hollywood Cinerama Dome:
“A Week in London” is set to premiere at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome on Monday October 3, 2016, for an invitation-only red carpet release screening. Directed by Steven Bernheim, former Harvard Lampoon editor, “A Week in London” stars Denise Richards, Julia Faye West, John Witherspoon, and Charles Fleischer, with Mike Tyson. This hilarious, from-the-headlines comedy follows the life of a Paris Hilton-type heiress named “London” who goes through tumultuous experiences trying to regain fame after three “Kardashian-type” sisters push her out of the spotlight. London’s over-the-top lifestyle of product endorsements, fashion shows, private travel and celebrity friends asks the question, “Do these over-night celebrities know how to market their brand, or does their status simply come from an American public that does not know any better?” “A Week in London” premiere’s October 3, 2016 at the Hollywood Arclight Cinerama Dome 6360 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. The red carpet event will commence at 7:30 p.m., followed by the film at 8:45 p.m.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Thinking Like a Victim—

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Agnes Nixon, a celebrated creator and writer of television soap operas, who introduced uterine cancer, venereal diseases, child abuse, AIDS and other societal terrors into the weekday fantasy worlds of millions of daytime viewers, died on Wednesday in Rosemont, Pa. She was 93. The cause was pneumonia resulting from Parkinson’s disease, her family said.   ***Ronald P. Stanton, a refugee from Nazi Germany who made a fortune in petrochemicals and then gave or pledged more than $300 million to various charities, most of them in New York, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. Fred Lowenfels, the general counsel emeritus of Mr. Stanton’s company, Trammo Inc., confirmed the death.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Emily Blunt gasped in horror when she first saw her transformation into a blotchy-faced alcoholic train wreck, the unlikely heroine of “The Girl on the Train.” “It was hard seeing myself look so awful. I came into work with no make-up and they would make me look even worse, adding rosacea and bags,” Blunt, 33, told “I could barely look at my own reflection.”

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LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*LBN- INVESTIGATES: The latest (combined) polling elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A victory by Mr. Trump remains quite possible: Mrs. Clinton’s chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a 47-yard field goal.

*New Debate Strategy for Donald Trump: Practice, Practice, Practice: 
Campaign advisers to Donald J. Trump, concerned that his focus and objectives had dissolved during the first presidential debate on Monday, plan to more rigorously prepare him for his next face-off with Hillary Clinton by drilling the Republican nominee on crucial answers, facts and counterattacks, and by coaching him on ways to whack Mrs. Clinton on issues even if he is not asked about them. Whether he is open to practicing meticulously is a major concern, however, according to some of these advisers and others close to Mr. Trump. While analysts from both parties and several focus groups declared Mrs. Clinton the winner of the debate, Mr. Trump tried to claim that title for himself on Tuesday, citing unscientific online surveys, and told his advisers that he believed he had done well in the first half-hour of the 90-minute event.

*FINALLY – Pelosi, Ryan Reach Deal on Flint Aid:
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosireached an agreement Tuesday night on an aid package for Flint, the Michigan city in the midst of a water crisis. The House will vote Wednesday on an amendment that would set aside $170 million for Flint. The Senate on Tuesday rejected a stopgap spending measure that would have kept the federal government open past Friday at midnight, thereby averting a shutdown. Many Democrats voted against the legislation because it did not include federal funding for Flint. The Senate passed a separate funding bill for Flint this month totaling $220 million. “It’s almost as if a few Democratic leaders decided long ago that bringing our country to the brink would make for good election-year politics, and then they’ve just made up the rationale as they go along,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

*Trayvon Martin’s Parents Sign Book Deal:
Trayvon Martin‘s parents Tracy Martin (L), and Sybrina Fulton enter the courtroom after a morning recess in George Zimmerman seconded-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, July 3, 2013.  Trayvon Martin’s parents are writing a book, which will publish in January—nearly five years after the teen died in Florida when he was shot by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s acquittal sparked protests all over the country. The book will be called ‘Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,’ and it will hit shelves on Jan. 31. Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton’s book is to be edited by Christoper Jackson, of Random House’s One World imprint. “It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents’ eyes,” Jackson said. “Everyone who’s been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter.”

*5 Arrested in Suspected European ISIS Cell:
Five people have been arrested in Europe on suspicion of forming an “active and dangerous” ISIS terror cell. Spain’s interior ministry said Wednesday the five suspects promoted Islamist militancy in Spain, Belgium, and Germany. Of the group, four are Spanish and one is Moroccan. Officials said the five suspects ran a Facebook group out of Spain that promoted the terror group and even liaised between militants in Syria and others in Europe.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Wells Fargo announced on Tuesday that it would claw back compensation valued at $41 million from its embattled chairman and chief executive, John G. Stumpf, as the financial consequences of the scandal over illegally created sham accounts at the bank reached theexecutive suite. The action represented one of the first times since the 2008 financial crisis that a chief executive has been forced to give up compensation. Many large companies have adopted clawback provisions at the urging of regulators and shareholder advocates, but boards have been hesitant to invoke them. And it came one week after a blistering Senate hearing in which lawmakers criticized the company and its board for not holding its leaders financially accountable for the scandal.   ***Six years ago, Yahoo’s computer systems and customer email accounts were penetrated by Chinese military hackers. Google and a number of other technology companies were also hit. The Google co-founder Sergey Brin regarded the attack on his company’s systems as a personal affront and responded by making security a top corporate priority. Google hired hundreds of security engineers with six-figure signing bonuses, invested hundreds of millions of dollars in security infrastructure and adopted a new internal motto, “Never again,” to signal that it would never again allow anyone — be they spies or criminals — to hack into Google customers’ accounts. Yahoo, on the other hand, was slower to invest in the kinds of defenses necessary to thwart sophisticated hackers that are now considered standard in Silicon Valley, according to half a dozen current and former company employees who participated in security discussions but agreed to describe them only on the condition of anonymity.

*Former Israeli President Peres Dies:
Shimon Peres, who served as prime minister of Israel twice and as the country’s ninth president, died late Tuesday at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was on a respirator in the hospital and his condition deteriorated. Peres was one of the architects of the Oslo peace accords that led to him winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the last surviving figure associated with Israel’s modern founding and went from being considered deeply divisive to extremely popular later in his political career.

*Arizona Paper Backs First Democrat Ever:
The Arizona Republic, which had never endorsed a Democrat for president since it began publishing in 1890, is backing Hillary Clinton in this election. Continuing a trend with many other major U.S. newspapers that typically back Republicans, the Republic editors wrote that “the 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified… The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head, and the ability to think carefully before acting. Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trumpdoes not. Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***A “very drunk” Jimmy Fallon rocked out at punk bar Manitoba’s in NYC on Monday. “He was at the end of the bar playing ’90s music on his phone,” a spy said. “He would have the bartender hook it up and start dancing. He was very drunk, cutting up and making people laugh.” The “Tonight Show” host didn’t leave till about 3 a.m.   ***Marilyn Manson at a Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel party for the new film “Masterminds.   ***Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and his daughter at Alfredo 100 in NYC.   ***Sandra Bernhard on the subway in NYC with Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein taping the segment “Live From the M Train” for Bernhard’s SiriusXM show.   ***Actor Dabney Coleman viewing a special screening of the classic film “On Golden Pond” last night at the Crest Theatre in Westwood. Director Mark Rydell answered questions from the audience after the screening.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Hollywood is buzzing about who could next be running Paramount Pictures amid all the changes at its parent company, Viacom — but the company insists it has full confidence in current chairman Brad Grey. Multiple sources say that the gossip is that Paramount Pictures boss Grey could be vulnerable, following the ousting of Philippe Dauman as Viacom CEO. Names being whispered around town as future contenders for the role include former 20th Century Fox boss Jim Gianopulos, producers Brian Grazer and John Goldwyn, former Lionsgate co-chair Rob Friedman and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Plus, there have been several others actively jockeying for the job. The move comes after box-office flops including “Ben-Hur,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” and “Zoolander 2.” Paramount is also reportedly preparing for a loss ahead of the release of “Monster Trucks” in January. Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore was pushed out last week.

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*Serena Williams Speaks Out on Police Shootings:

Tennis star Serena Williams chimed in on the spate of recent police shootings of young black men in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday, vowing she would not be “silent” on the issue. Williams said her 18-year-old nephew was driving her to a meeting when a sighting of a police officer scared her. “Then I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds,” Williams wrote. “I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He’s so innocent. So were all ‘the others,’” she wrote. “Why did I have to think about this in 2016?”

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: My reaction to the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton debate can be summarized with one word: “How?” How in the world do we put a man in the Oval Office who thinks NATO is a shopping mall where the tenants aren’t paying enough rent to the U.S. landlord? NATO is not a shopping mall; it is a strategic alliance that won the Cold War, keeps Europe a stable trading partner for U.S. companies and prevents every European country — particularly Germany — from getting their own nukes to counterbalance Russia, by sheltering them all under America’s nuclear umbrella. How do we put in the Oval Office a man who does not know enough “beef” about key policies to finish a two-minute answer on any issue without the hamburger helper of bluster, insults and repetition?


*LBN-COMMENTARY by Janelle Barlow, Ph.D.: Yuval Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens, relates a prescient story about American astronauts training for the moon landing. They encounter two indigenous Americans, who upon learning about their mission, ask the astronauts to relay a message to the Moon people from whom their tribe had descended. “Sure,” say the astronauts and memorize the message in the Indian’s tribal language. Back at their base, the astronauts meet someone from the same tribe and ask for a translation. The man hoots with laughter and says, “They asked you to say, ‘Don’t believe a word they say. They’re here to take your land.’”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his shot to host “Saturday Night Live.”The Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-award winning “Hamilton” actor/auteur is set to host the Oct. 8 telecast alongside musical guest Twenty One Pilots, who will be joined by Miranda. This will mark Miranda’s “SNL” hosting debut.   ***With Hollywood couples splitting up left and right these days, Goldie Hawn is glad she never tied the knot. In fact, the 70-year-old actress said the secret to her 33-year relationship to fellow actor Kurt Russell is that they never made it down the aisle. “I would have been long divorced if I got married,” Hawn said on Britain’s ITV “Loose Women” Monday. “If you need to be bound to someone, then it’s important to be married,” she shared. “If you are independent, then it’s important to not be married.   ***Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says he’s not allowed to perform a one-man show about the presidential race at a central Ohio theater because officials there consider him too controversial. Moore says in a Facebook post that Newark’s Midland Theatre “banned” him from presenting and filming the show there next month. He says the community board overseeing the theater recently voted not to allow the show.   ***You can call Warren Beatty all sorts of things, like actor or director — just don’t call him a “manslut.” In his first interview in nearly two decades, the actor made clear that reports that he’s bedded some 12,775 women during his 79 years are wildly exaggerated. “Think about it, sleeping with 12,775 people,” the Hollywood legend recently told AARP The Magazine. “That would mean not just that there were multiple people a day, but that there was no repetition.” The number was first attached to Beatty because of Peter Biskind’s 2010 biography of the “Bonnie and Clyde” actor, “Star.” “12,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on,” the author deduced in the book.

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LBN- Special Report- Tuesday

*Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Press Pointed Attacks in Debate:
In a relentlessly antagonistic debate, Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed over trade, the Iraq war, his refusal to release his tax returns and her use of a private email server, with Mr. Trump frequently showing impatience andpolitical inexperience as Mrs. Clinton pushed him to defend his past denigration of women and President Obama. Mr. Trump repeatedly interrupted Mrs. Clinton and at times talked over her throughout the 90-minute debate, making slashing attacks that surely pleased his Republican base but may have been off-putting to women and undecided voters. He also left unchallenged her assertion that he paid no federal taxes for years. For her part, Mrs. Clinton repeatedly chided Mr. Trump for bungling his facts while accusing him of hiding information about his debts to Wall Street and foreign banks. Mr. Trump’s strongest moments came early in the evening, when he put Mrs. Clinton on the defensive over her support for free trade agreements that he argues have cost Americans jobs.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump kept fact-checkers busy throughout their first debate on Monday night as they sparred over their policies and records on the economy, national security, the environment and their personal pasts. In keeping with how he has run his campaign, Mr. Trump stretched the facts more often than Mrs. Clinton did.

*NEXT TIME – Trump Threatens to Bring Up Bill Clinton’s ‘Indiscretions’:
Immediately following the first presidential debate, Donald Trump revealed to Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would have liked to have brought up Hillary Clinton’s personal life, but “I didn’t want to say—her husband was in the room along with her daughter, who I think is a very nice young lady—and I didn’t want to say what I was going to say about what’s been going on in their life,” he ever-so-unsubtly hinted at Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct throughout his career. “I decided not to say it. I thought it would be very disrespectful to Chelsea and maybe to the family. But she said very bad things about me… it’s a disgrace.” Several minutes later, while appearing on CNN, Trump said, “I was able to hold back on the indiscretions,” and then suggested he will not do the same during the second presidential debate. Top surrogate Rudy Giuliani echoed the narrative during a spin-room interview, telling reporters, “I know he would have liked to have said—except for the fact that Chelsea Clinton was in the audience—and that is that [Hillary Clinton] enabled and supported a president who is a disgrace to the White House.”

*Marlins Pay Emotional Tribute to José Fernández:
In their first game since the death of José Fernández, the Miami Marlins paid emotional tribute to their ace pitcher with a variety of heartbreaking gestures. Before the game, Marlins players stood around the mound, which had his number, 16, painted on the back side, before a tribute clip rolled on the stadium’s big screen. Several players could be seen crying during the pre-game broadcast, and more tears were shed as a somber version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was played on a trumpet. The tributes continued during the actual gameplay, as Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon—normally a left-hander—led off the bottom of the first inning by standing in the right side of the batter’s box for the first pitch, while wearing Fernández’s batting helmet. He then swapped it out for his own, moving to the correct side of the plate, and smashing a home run on the second pitch against the New York Mets.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 29 members of the MSNBC staff read LBN daily?

*DISGRACE – Wells Fargo Workers Claim Retaliation for Playing by the Rules:
At least 5,300 Wells Fargo employees have been fired for ethics violations like setting up illicit accounts without customers’ knowledge to meet sales targets. Now there’s another group of aggrieved Wells Fargo workers: people who say they were fired or demoted for staying honest and falling short of sales goals they say were unrealistic. That second group of workers, who claim that they played by the rules and were punished for it, are starting to coalesce around two lawsuits that were just filed and that seek class-action status. The first was filed in Los Angeles last week by former Wells Fargo workers who say that while their colleagues created unauthorized accounts to meet cross-selling quotas, they were penalized or terminated for refusing to do the same. The bank’s chief executive, John Stumpf, has often stated his goal that each Wells customer should have at least eight accounts with the company. That aggressive target has made the bank’s stock a darling on Wall Street, the lawsuit notes. On Monday, a federal lawsuit with analogous claims was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, seeking to create a class of current and former Wells employees across the country who had similar experiences. “These are the people who have been left holding the bag,” said Jonathan Delshad, the lawyer representing the workers in both suits. “It was a revolving door. If you weren’t willing to engage in these types of illegal practices, they just booted you out the door and replaced you.”


*LeBron Supports Colin Kaepernick’s Protest:
LeBron James on Monday said he supports NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s public protest against racial inequality and has been horrified by recent police shootings. But the NBA star does not plan to show his support for Kaepernick by kneeling during the national anthem, he said. “I’m not here to ramp on America, that’s not me,” James said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I’m not a politician, but I’ve lived this life and I’ve got a family and what scares me is my kids growing up in this society right now, where innocent lives are being taken and it seems like nothing is being done.” He went on to say he respects the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s controversial protest against recent police violence. “I’m all in favor of anyone, athlete or non-athlete, being able to express what they believe in in a peaceful manner and that’s exactly what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that,” James said. “When I’m passionate about something, I’ll speak up on it, so me standing for the national anthem is something I will do.”


*LBN-NOTICED: Brody Jenner gave the Hulk a run for his money this week. The onetime “Hills” star, 33, launched into anexpletive-laden tirade at the Laguna Hills Marriott on Sunday, according to sources. Jenner allegedly tried entering his manager’s hotel room to retrieve personal items, which the hotel staff said wasn’t allowed. Jenner was infuriated and a staffer called security to kick the former reality star out.   ***Jay Z and Beyoncé with Blue Ivy and Tina Knowles at New Orleans eatery the Caribbean Room in NYC.   ***Pierce Brosnan leaving Nello in NYC on Saturday with the book “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius,” under his arm.   ***Serena Williamsat the Novak Djokovic Foundation gala at Sforza Castle in Milan hosted by designer Giorgio Armani.   ***Slash and Whoopi Goldberg dining separately at Old Homestead Steakhouse in NYC.

*LBN-SEE IT: Three dancers have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a law requiring performers in strip clubs be at least age 21 is unconstitutional

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Growing Up Painfully – TV’s Revealing Interview Show — “Without Notes”:

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Uber is making an aggressive drive into meal delivery, backed by a wave of staff recruitment, with the U.S. tech heavyweight gearing up to enter at least 22 new countries and take on local rivals. In a measure of rising ambition beyond its taxi business, Uber will begin delivering meals in Amsterdam on Thursday just as Dutch market leader, begins trading on the city’s stock market.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Trump and Clinton debate their economic policies  –

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Pioneering horror filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis has died in his sleep at the age of 87, a spokesman confirmed. Lewis, dubbed the Godfather of Gore, paved the way for the horror genre in the 1960s, with a string of bloody, violent movies that came to be known as “splatter films” and influenced modern directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and John Waters. Among Lewis’s best-known films were Blood FeastThe Gruesome TwosomeA Taste of Blood, and Two Thousand Maniacs. Director James Gunn wrote on Twitter that Lewis’s work “changed cinema.” He was in his home in Florida when he died.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: In the normal telling, history is driven by visionaries and revolutionaries. If you studied history in school you probably plowed through book after book about this revolution or that one — the American Revolution or the French, the industrial revolution or the information one. In the normal telling of the past, events are driven by revolutionaries, and the few reactionaries who stand in the way get run over. But really, history is often a volley between revolutionaries (who take control in some periods) and reactionaries (who drive events in others). Today, as the Columbia political theorist Mark Lilla points out in his compelling new book, “The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction,” reactionaries are in the saddle. Reactionaries, whether angry white Trumpians, European nationalists, radical Islamists or left-wing anti-globalists, are loud, self-confident and on the march. Reactionaries come in different stripes but share a similar mentality: There was once a golden age, when people knew their place and lived in harmony. But then that golden age was betrayed by the elites. “The betrayal of elites is the linchpin of every reactionary story,” Lilla writes.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Herbeck: If you’re going to report this sort of thing … you best look at both sides … Hillary once again … getting a pass on the Clinton’s smarmy world … we are paying for her travel tab as well … and you make no mention of her getting a free ride on AF One at our expense recently with Obama. It is all so bad and the reason so many don’t even want to vote. The media continues to go soft on the Billary’s …and their laundry list of digression’s. Bill is treated like a rock star. He is a lying scumbag … as is Hillary. But you and the media give them a pass. By the way. I am not a Trump supporter … nor will I vote for him … or the other slime ball. But tell it like is.

*LBN-COMMENTARY By JAMES PONIEWOZIK: The split screen told the story at the first 2016 presidential debate, and it was not kind to Donald J. Trump. At the right was his opponent, Hillary Clinton, a practiced one-on-one debater, who held long, studied gazes on her opponent, delivered calibrated attacks and turned to the audience to smile incredulously at his responses. At the left was Mr. Trump, the volatile presence who alpha-dogged a season of Republican debates. Now he grimaced, squinted, nodded, pursued his lips, sniffed, huffed and interrupted, becoming, over the night, an agitated man in a box. This seemed to be by Mrs. Clinton’s design. She had reportedly prepared to face two different versions of her opponent. There might be a reserved Mr. Trump, ready to reassure voters about his self-control. Or there might be the raging, ranting Mr. Trump of the primaries.

*Short Men Now Have An Even Bigger Reason To Celebrate Their Clothing Needs:

Jimmy Au’s For Men 5’8” and Under, Inc. has opened a newlocation in Sherman Oaks, California. Jimmy Au’s For Men 5’8″ and Under, Inc. is the nation’s leader and pioneer in the design and development of short men’s clothing. The new location is now the largest clothing store for shorter men in the nation. The store will be celebrating their grand opening on Thursday, September 29th with a ceremony commencing at 11 a.m. Jimmy Au’s is relocating their Beverly Hills store, which has been dressing Hollywood’s shorter male celebrities since the 1980’s. “We are excited to serve the Los Angeles community with this new location in the ‘heart of the valley’,” says vice president and co-designer, Alan Au.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Garry Shandling’s Brentwood, CA, home sold in mid-August for $10.65 million. The comic, who lived in the home for more than 20 years, was residing there at the time of his death in March. The 6,076-square-foot home, built in 1992, includes five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a living room with vaulted ceiling, central atrium, and a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms. The closing price on the Shandling estate ranks fourth in homes sold in the 90049 ZIP code over the past six months. It was topped by the April sale of a $19.7 million home a couple of miles away.

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