LBN – Monday, October 9th, 2017

*White House Makes Hard-Line Demands for Any ‘Dreamers’ Deal:
The White House on Sunday delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that President Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution. Before agreeing to provide legal status for 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children, Mr. Trump will insist on the construction of a wall across the southern border, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum and denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” officials said. The White House is also demanding the use of the E-Verify program by companies to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs, an end to people bringing their extended family into the United States, and a hardening of the border against thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America. Such a move would shut down loopholes that encourage parents from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to send their children illegally into the United States, where many of them melt into American communities and become undocumented immigrants. “Now is the time for Congress to adopt these immigration priorities,” Marc Short, the president’s legislative director, told reporters during a conference call on Sunday night. Otherwise, he added, illegal immigration “will likely increase.”
*Study: Russian Propaganda Targeted Engaged U.S. Vets, Active-Duty Troops on Social Media
British researchers say they have evidence Russia exploited social-media networks to target and engage U.S. military veterans and active-duty troops with misinformation and anti-government propaganda in the spring of 2016, in the run-up to the presidential election. The Oxford University team tied three websites—,, and—to known Moscow-tied actors. The content led to “significant and persistent interactions” on Twitter over a one-month period, with a theme of news to undermine faith in U.S. democracy. “We’ve found an entire ecosystem of junk news about national-security issues that is deliberately crafted for U.S. veterans and active military personnel,” researcher Philip Howard told McClatchy News. “It’s a complex blend of content with a Russian view of the world—wild rumors and conspiracies.”
*Las Vegas Shooter Described $1M Bets, Valium Use in 2013 Deposition

Mandalay Bay gunman Stephen Paddock described himself as someone who gambled all night and slept all day during a 2013 deposition, CNN reported Monday. The testimony was part of a civil lawsuit against Cosmopolitan Hotel, where Paddock claimed he slipped and fell in 2011. Paddock, who four years later would open fire on a Las Vegas concert crowd and kill at least 58 people, also said he was constantly on Valium to treat anxiety and kept a doctor on retainer to prescribe it to him. He described betting as much as $1 million a night, which he said was not a lot of money, but wandered around in sweatpants and flip-flops.
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*Jerry Jones: Cowboys Will Bench Any Player Who ‘Disrespects’ Flag

*Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Sunday night that any players on his team who “disrespect” the American flag will not play. “If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” he emphasized, after the team’s 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Vice President Mike Pence left a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday after 20 49ers kneeled down during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Two weeks ago, Jones prominently joined the Cowboys’ players and coaches in locking arms and taking a knee before the anthem. “We as a team are very much on the page together,” Jones said Sunday. “We made our expression. I’m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys—I don’t care what happens—under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period.”

*WARNING – Iran Promises ‘Crushing’ Response if U.S. Designates Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group

Iran has pledged to dole out a “crushing” response if the U.S. officially designates its controversial elite Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. “We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi, in a Monday news conference. “If they do, Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences.” President Trump is expected to announce next week that he will decertify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and designate the Guards as a terrorist group.

*Jackie Worked Hard to Keep JFK Jr. from Flunking:

John F. Kennedy Jr.’s application to Brown University — filled out by his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, because he was away in Kenya — plus newly unearthed letters between the former first lady and his professors, reveal JFK Jr.’s academic struggles and his mother’s determination that he complete college. The remarkable 1978 application and later letters, which had been kept by an administrator at Brown, show how hard Jackie worked to keep her charismatic but easily distracted son from flunking his courses. The documents also reveal how she didn’t expect any special treatment for her children, despite their famous name. On the application, Jackie, writing for JFK Jr., listed his late father as being in “government.” In the “autobiography” section, she wrote, “Family life: Mother, sister grew up in New York City. Spends part of the summer by the sea in New England with many cousins,” she wrote, delicately avoiding dropping the family name. In a later letter to John’s college dean, she wrote, “I have never asked for special consideration for my children because I feel that is harmful to them.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world’s longest border between two nations.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***Corporate board elections are usually dull affairs best left to investor newsletters and government filings. But the battle between Procter & Gamble and the activist investor Nelson Peltz, who is seeking a seat on the company’s board, has the hallmarks of a heated political campaign: eye-popping amounts of spending, acrimonious exchanges and aggressive grass-roots lobbying of the small shareholders whose votes are normally meaningless but, in this case, may have an outsize effect on the result. It’s the biggest corporate proxy fight in history and also staggeringly expensive; the two sides will have spent at least $60 million, and probably tens of millions more, as they try to sway investors to their point of view.

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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster has resigned, less than 12 hours after a video of him snorting a white powder surfaced online. “I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals,” Foerster said in a statement Monday.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Nikki Sixx at the Leica Gallery LA to celebrate the launch of his exhibition “Conversations With Angels”.   ***Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton in Las Vegas celebrating his 70th birthday at the Mandarin Oriental in NYC over dinner with his wife, Rikki Klieman, and his pal, p.r. guy George Regan.   ***John Travolta was a surprise guest for dinner at 11:45 p.m. at Serafina Always on East 61st Street in NYC on Friday night with a pal. The only problem was that the kitchen had already closed and most of the staff was gone, the source said. But the manager reopened the kitchen especially for the “Pulp Fiction” star, who was dressed down in a baseball cap.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Molly Sims: People who entertain often forget to invite themselves! They spend so much time trying to make everything perfect that they don’t enjoy their own party. And at the end of the day, it’s the people who make the party. That, and not having somebody designated to help you clean up at the end of the night.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Batya Ungar-Sargon: We didn’t know it then, but August 2015 was a more innocent time.Donald Trump was still a punch line, Hillary Clinton was poised to become the first female president, and Megyn Kellywas still an uncompromising, unapologetic, take-no-prisoners Fox News rebel. As of last week, Donald Trump is president, Hillary Clinton is an also-ran, and you can catch Megyn Kelly on her new NBC program, “Megyn Kelly Today,” where she performs each morning as some horrific bizarro version of her former self. Her appearance during her debut last Monday said it all: Wearing a pink pussy-bow blouse, her hair no longer slicked back in the trademark power bob of her later Fox News days, Ms. Kelly declared that she was “kind of done with politics for now.” Rather than politics, she explained, her new show would focus on, well, emotions. “Have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear, and maybe a little hope to start your day,” she said. “Some fun! That’s what we want to be doing. Some fun.” In one segment, she had a fashion expert convince women that they could, indeed, pull off high-waisted pants. In another, she made roast chicken. When the actor Russell Brand — who, in better days, might have been a worthy political adversary — confessed that he worries that he doesn’t look good enough and that his body isn’t good enough, she interrupted him. “You do. It is.” It was the antithesis of the woman who was once willing to give up the support of her conservative audience to speak truth to power. The former Megyn Kelly came to slay, whether you liked it or not. The new Megyn Kelly is “so excited — so excited” and “also a little nervous; bear with me, please!” With every gesture, every word, every look, the new Megyn Kelly seems to be trying to convey one thing: Like me.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are YOU a Brand? —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the response from Republicans has been its usual empty catch phrase “our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s families.” Those 58 families have now become members of the club no one wants to join, and have to hear disingenuous condolences from politicians who will do nothing to stop the carnage. When pressed for a conversation on guns, Trump and Republican leaders pivot by saying “this is not the time to talk about guns.” As NBC’s Chuck Todd aptly rebutted, did we say “now is not the time to talk about terror” when two planes flew into the World Trade Center on 9/11? In typical fashion, the NRA has issued no comment. The only notable action the group has taken is to put a temporary hold on sponsored attack ads against gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring. How considerate of them. But not to worry, those ads will be running next week telling Virginians these two men want to take away their guns — the same fear tactic used against President Obama.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Ayn Rand: Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness.

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