LBN- Special Report- Friday

*Putin Blasts Clinton and Trump’s ‘Shock Tactics’:
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for their “shock tactics” in the U.S. presidential election, in an exclusive interview with BloombergNews. “I don’t think they are setting the best example,” he said. Though reports have suggested Putin may have ties to Trump, he refused to take sides in the battle, blasting them both. The FBI is investigating cyberattacks on two Democratic organizations, as well as the Clinton Foundation. While the Democratic candidate has said she believes Russia is involved, Putin dismissed that claim. He accused both candidates of playing “the anti-Russian card,” adding that he believes the strategy is “shortsighted.”

*2016 Debate Moderators Announced:
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday the moderators for the 2016 general-election presidential and vice-presidential debates. The first presidential debate, which will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at Hofstra University on Long Island, will be hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. Eight days later, the first VP debate will take place at Longwood University in central Virginia, hosted by CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. The following weekend, on Sunday, Oct. 9, ABC News star Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host a town-hall style presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. And then ten days later, on Oct. 19, Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace will host a primetime presidential debate at the University of Nevada.

*U.S. Added 151K Jobs in August:

The U.S. economy continued to build momentum in August, with employers adding 151,000 workers to their payrolls, the Labor Department reported early Friday. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent for the third consecutive month, and average hourly wages rose 0.1 percent. August is seen by economists as a difficult month to measure, as summer vacations and the new school year throw off companies’ usual hiring decisions. Federal Reserve officials and the financial markets are closely watching the jobs numbers for clues regarding an expected increase in interest rates.

*WHO READS LBN? Actress Pamela Anderson:

*Daily Mail Retracts Melania Trump Escort Claims:
The Daily Mail issued a retraction early Friday of its August article that cited allegations that Melania Trump had worked as a sex escort in Slovenia in the 1990s, hours after the wife of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump filed a $150 millionlawsuit against the news-gossip site and a Maryland blogger. Trump lawyer Charles Harder had promised to take legal action over the articles, calling them “100 percent false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful.” The reports cited a Slovenian publication to claim that her former modeling agent also ran an escort business on the side, implying that Melania herself may have been involved in the side business. In a statement retracting the article, the Daily Mail said it “regrets any such misinterpretation,” “did not intend to state or suggest that these allegations” were true. The editor’s note stated the article was published because the mere existence of the rumors could potentially hurt her husband’s presidential campaign, “even if they were untrue.” Maryland blogger Webster Griffin Tarpley was also named in the lawsuit for a similar report, as well as claims Melania Trump suffered “a full-blown nervous breakdown” in the 1990s. “Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious, and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million,” Trump’s lawyer said in a statement Thursday.


*Samsung Recalls 2.5M Galaxy Note 7s After Fire Reports:
After reports of the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire and exploding while charging, Samsung has launched a global recall on thesmartphones, which debuted only a month ago. About 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s have already sold, and the company saidFriday it received 35 individual allegations of the phones combusting. For every million devices sold, the company estimates about 24 had the faulty battery. Koh Dong Jin, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, called the recall and likely financial aftermath “heartbreaking.” The company said it may take two weeks to have replacements ready; many of the faulty devices are being quarantined in shops around the world that had been prepared to debut them today.

*WHO READS LBN? Award Winning Family Law Attorney, Mark Baer:

*Weiner: Child Welfare Is Investigating:

Anthony Weiner confirmed Thursday that the New York City Administration for Children’s Services has opened an investigation into the care of his son, Jordan, who was pictured in sext he sent and revealed in a recent news  report. Weiner initially said Wednesday that he had not been contacted, even as a report emerged that the agency was looking into it. The recently revealed messages led to his wife, Huma Abedin, splitting with him.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Woody Allen’s new movie, starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, will start filming on Coney Island on Sept. 15. While the director famously keeps the details of his upcoming projects secret, we’re told the film, which also stars Juno Temple and James Belushi, will be set on 1950s Coney Island.   ***The most highly anticipated chat in Hollywood — between longtime bitter rivals and one-time CAA partners Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer — has been postponed for three weeks. Word came Thursday afternoon that the Live Talks Los Angeles event at the DGA theater on Sept. 7 has been moved to Sept. 29 because Ovitz is said to still be recovering from back surgery. Many industry insiders who have loved sharing salacious details from author James Andrew Miller’snew book, “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency,” have been primed for what would have been the first public meeting between the book’s two main subjects. Miller had been scheduled to moderate a panel discussion with the duo.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market. The campaign targets a broad new rule that extends F.D.A. jurisdiction to include cigars, e-cigarettes and pipe and hookah tobacco.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Prominent L.A. attorney Konrad Tropehaving dinner last night at the popular Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica. ***“Iron Man” co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow dining with friends on the porch at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton while Lorne Michaels and Jack Nicholson dined with a group of eight on the patio.   ***Boris Becker at a VIP preview of upscale Greek restaurant Avra Madison, the new second location of the Midtown restaurant in NYC. We’re told he ordered a hefty, whole Dover sole and ate the entire fish himself . ***Carmelo Anthony spotted at Hamptons hot spot AM Southampton, along with Michael Jordan. ***Arianna Huffington said goodbye to her eponymous site with a farewell celebration at Catch in NYC thrown by Tim Armstrong and AOL. We’re told Armstrong gave a toast, saying he only visited one of the famous Huffington Post nap rooms once, and only because he needed a quiet place for a conference call. He then gifted Huffington, who recently published a book about sleep amid heavy promotion, with a triptych of the lunar cycle that impacts REM sleep and a pair of unicorn pajamas.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Lessons of the Legends Featuring Public Relations Visionaries Dick Guttman & Michael Levine:

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Once, I seem to recall, we had philosophical and ideological differences. Once, politics was a debate between liberals and conservatives, between different views of government, different views on values and America’s role in the world. But this year, it seems, everything has been stripped down to the bone. Politics is dividing along crude identity lines — along race and class. Are you a native-born white or are you an outsider? Are you one of the people or one of the elites? Politics is no longer about argument or discussion; it’s about trying to put your opponents into the box of the untouchables. Donald Trump didn’t invent this game, but he embodies it. His advisers tried to dress him up on Wednesday afternoon as some sort of mature summiteer. But he just can’t be phony.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Episode # 2 – The Painful Past Of A Catholic Priest —- “Without Notes” TV Show ——

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: The one great service of Donald Trump’s extended peregrinations on immigration policy is to have demonstrated how, in the end, there’s only one place to go.  You can rail for a year about the squishy soft, weak-kneed and stupid politicians who have opened our borders to the wretched refuse of Mexico. You can promise to round them up — the refuse, that is, not the politicians (they’re next) — and deport them. And that may win you a plurality of Republican primary votes.  But eventually you have to let it go. For all his incendiary language and clanging contradictions, Trump did exactly that in Phoenix on Wednesday. His “deportation task force” will be hunting . . . criminal aliens. Isn’t that the enforcement priority of President Obama, heretofore excoriated as the ultimate immigration patsy?  And what happens to the noncriminal illegal immigrants? On that, Trump punted. Their “appropriate disposition” will be considered “in several years when we have . . . ended illegal immigration for good.” Everyone knows what that means: One way or another, they will be allowed to stay.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Desperate to find comfort as her career and life crumble, Tori Spelling has gone on a spending splurge — binging on luxuries she doesn’t need and can’t afford. Now the former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star is even more financially strapped. Yet despite her money woes, the mom of four still pays two nannies to watch her brood, drives a brand-new Range Rover Sport and splurges on massages and nightclubbing.   ***Huma Abedin is “relieved” her nightmare marriage to Anthony Weiner is over, a source close to the Clinton camp tells us. “Their marriage was already over, but she was waiting until after the election to do anything about it. But the New York Post’s story meant she had to take immediate action and rip the Band-Aid off.”

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