LBN – Saturday, September 30, 2017

*Trump: Puerto Ricans ‘Want Everything to Be Done for Them’

President Trump took aim at storm-battered Puerto Rico in a series of Saturday morning tweets, claiming leaders of the U.S. territory appealing for federal help “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” Amid appeals from Puerto Rican authorities for federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Trump denounced the “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan,” who has publicly criticized his administration’s lackluster response to the island’s disaster. Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Friday slammed the White House’s handling of the crisis, saying the federal government’s “inefficiency” is “killing” Puerto Ricans in need of urgent aid. Trump hit back, saying while Cruz “was very complimentary only a few days ago,” she “has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”

*Tillerson: U.S. in Direct Contact With North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday said Washington is in direct contact with North Korea over the country’s recent missile tests, the first time the Trumpadministration has acknowledged it is engaged in backchannel communications with Pyongyang. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” Tillerson said after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bejing. “We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang — we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout. We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang,” he said. He did not elaborate on how North Korea has responded to U.S. overtures but said, “We can talk to them. We do talk to them.” “The whole situation is a bit overheated right now,” he said, referring to threats being exchanged between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “If North Korea would stop firing its missiles, that would calm things down a lot,” he said.

*NBA Tells Players to Stand for National Anthem

The NBA has sent out a memo to teams reminding them that players must stand for the national anthem, a guideline that comes amid heated debate over anthem protests in the NFL. In the memo sent out Friday, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatumurges teams to use game openings to “demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.” While he said the league supports the right of players to express their views on important social issues, he made clear that the national anthem before games is not the time to do it. “The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says. The recommendations come after Commissioner Adam Silver said earlier this week he expects players to honor the national anthem by standing. The issue has been the subject of debate since President Trump last week lashed out at NFL players who’ve been kneeling during the anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

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*Report: Egypt ‘Hunting Down Gays,’ Forcing Anal Exams

Six Egyptian men arrested for “debauchery” and “promoting sexual deviancy” on social media are now facing forced anal exams, Reuters reports, citing judicial sources and a top human rights group. The men, members of a group arrested for holding up a rainbow flag at a concert on Sept. 22, will be examined by the country’s Forensic Medical Authority to determine whether they’ve had homosexual sex ahead of their trial on Sunday, Amnesty International said Saturday. Judicial sources cited by Reuters said any person accused of “debauchery” or “promoting sexual deviancy” is subject to a medical exam. “The examinations are carried out by a forensic doctor who swore to respect his profession and its ethics,” one judicial source said. Amnesty International says the move is part of a wider “homophobic crackdown” in which authorities are “prioritizing hunting down people based on their perceived sexual orientation.” Nearly a dozen people have been arrested for displaying the rainbow flag at a concert by Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila, whose singer is openly gay.

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*White House: No Private Air Travel Without Kelly Approval

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent out a memo on Friday advising that Cabinet officials need to get almost all travel on “government-owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft” approved by chief of staffJohn Kelly. The memo was sent out shortly after the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. “Government-owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft should not be used for travel by Government employees except with specific justification,” Mulvaney wrote.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The revealing TV interview show —   “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign —- https://youtu.be/IQXPvgxeX8g

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Lionel Richie has finalized a deal to join “American Idol” as a judge. The move to secure Richie rounds out the revived singing competition’s on-camera talent roster for its upcoming first season on ABC, with Richie joining fellow judges Luke Bryan and Katy Perry as well host Ryan Seacrest. It also puts “Idol” back on schedule. With shooting on live auditions slated to begin Tuesday, ABC and producer FremantleMedia faced the possibility of having to delay the start of production if the judges table had not been set.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: How Ben Franklin Structured His Day —  https://youtu.be/aBi8M3DehQ0.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***On Monday, October 3rd, “City Talk”, the popular L.A. monthly conversation series takings on the controversial topic of legal cannabis with famed entrepreneur Mike “BigMike” Straumietis at 6pm in a private room at the popular Baltaire restaurant in L.A.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***A new book about Woody Allen’sfilm career includes allegations that Mia Farrow, his former partner, was abusive toward their children and coached their daughter, Dylan, to accuse Mr. Allen of sexual abuse. An excerpt from the book, which will be published Tuesday, was provided by its publisher, Knopf. Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mr. Allen and Ms. Farrow, made the accusations in an interview with Eric Lax, who has had a friendly professional relationship with Mr. Allen for decades and has written extensively about him. Mr. Lax’s new book is “Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking.” Moses has spoken out before about his family and the abuse case, but his remarks to Mr. Lax go into far more detail.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Brooks and Klein on Tom Price’s plane scandal, Trump taking aim at the NFL —  https://youtu.be/VU43RsLTFuU

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Herbert W. KalmbachRichard M. Nixon’spersonal lawyer and a conduit for hush money from the 1972 presidential campaign to the Watergate burglars, died on Sept. 15 in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 95. His death, which was not widely reported at the time, was announced by his children on Friday in a paid death notice in The Los Angeles Times.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: The White House and both houses of Congress are yours. So are 34 governorships, matching a 1922 party record. The Republican Party has complete control of state government in 26 states, and full legislative control in 32 states. Next year, Senate Democrats will have to defend 25 seats. Just eight Republican incumbents are up for re-election. The Supreme Court retains a conservative majority. The Dow keeps hitting record highs, and the economy is finally growing above the 3 percent mark. The prospect of Trump inflicting permanent brain damage on Democrats? Outstanding.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Clive Irving: Imagine entering a highway and being warned that no car is allowed to be closer than 50 feet from another. That’s the comparison used by one U.S. airline chief to describe the way the nation’s air traffic control system works. Like many others, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, is in despair at how long it is taking to bring America’s air traffic management system into the 21st century. Much of the system still depends on radar technology developed in the 1940s. A new system called NextGen has taken so long to develop and install that controllers are still operating a clunky patchwork that combines antiquated and updated equipment. At the same time an effort in Congress to move air traffic control out of the Federal Aviation Administration and into a new nonprofit private body, ATC Corp, is going nowhere, once more thwarted by opposition from both political parties and assorted lobbyists.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Jim Carrey has amped up his effort to defend himself against the wrongful death complaint filed by the family of his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, who committed suicide in 2015. The comedian’s lawyer, Raymond Boucher, filed a cross-complaint on Friday claiming that White’s family members, including her estranged husband Mark Burton and mother Brigid Sweetman, and their lawyer Filippo Marchinoand his law firm, the X-Law Group, filed their wrongful death complaint in 2016 as an attempt to extort large sums of money from him. In the filing, Carrey stated that this marked the second time Marchino had participated in extortion attempts against him. According to Carrey, the first incident occurred in 2013 when White told Carrey “with the participation and assistance” of Marchino that unless Carrey paid her “millions of dollars,” she would “go to the press” with false claims that he had infected White with STDs.   ***Miley Cyrus is taking back her vow to leave the United States if Donald Trump became president. She’s still happily residing in the country after the election and says now she has zero plans to leave. “I’m not f–king leaving the country, that’s some ignorant s—t, that’s dumb,” the singer told NME Friday. “Because that’s me abandoning my country when I think I’ve got a good thing to say to my country. And trust me, I hear every day on my Instagram, ‘Just leave already! When are you going to leave?’ Well, that’s not going to do me any good. Does it really matter where I am? Because wherever I am, my f–king voice is gonna be heard, and I’ll make sure of it.”