LBN- Special Report- Friday

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Over the past three weeks, Hillary Clinton’s chances to win the presidency have fallen. Her lead over Donald J. Trump has shrunk to between one and four percentage points nationwide, depending on which polls you count, and which candidates are included. Here’s one way to think about the race: Three weeks ago, a Clinton loss was about as likely as a missed 35-yard field-goal attempt in the N.F.L. Today, circumstances have moved that kick 10 yards farther from the goal line. (And here’s something for those of you yelling, “Not another sports analogy!” Mr. Trump’s chances of winning are roughly equal to the chance of drawing two consecutive cards of the same suit.) Another way to think about it: In terms of the candidates’ chances, we’re in about the same place we were before the conventions. Clinton supporters should be about as concerned as they were two months ago, before the parties gathered. Trump supporters should be roughly as hopeful as they were then. Based on the most recent combine polls, Mrs. Clinton’s chances to win the presidency stand at 75 percent. Mr. Trump, in just three weeks, has more than doubled his likelihood of becoming president. But his odds remain below those of Mrs. Clinton.

*Clinton Slams Trump for ‘Bigotry’ on Birther Issue:
Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump on Thursday for “ugliness” over the ongoing birther issue, which Trump had refused to address just hours earlier. “When will he stop this ugliness, this bigotry?” Clinton said at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute awards gala in D.C. “He’s tried to reset himself and his campaign many times. This is the best he can do. This is who he is so we need to decide who we are,” Clinton said. “We need to stand up and repudiate divisive rhetoric. We need to stop him conclusively in November in an election that sends a message that even he can hear.” The Democratic presidential nominee’s comments came in response to Trump’s refusal to comment on the birther issue in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday. In that interview, Trump declined to give a yes or no answer on whether he believes President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Later, his campaign spokesman released a statement answering the question that Trump himself has repeatedly dodged throughout his campaign, saying Trump now believes Obama was born in Hawaii, despite publicly embracing conspiracy theories about Obama’s birthplace in 2011. Clinton’s campaign said it was not enough for Trump’s spokesman to address the issue on his behalf. Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said, “Trump needs to say it himself.”

*Hillary Dodges Questions on Whether Kaine Knew of Pneumonia:
Hillary Clinton on Thursday dodged questions about whether she informed her running mate Tim Kaine of her pneumonia diagnosis. Appearing at a press conference following a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Democratic nominee simply said, “My senior staff knew,” when asked if Kaine knew of the illness. Kaine has previously told reporters that he was told of Clinton’s ailment on Sunday, after she left a ceremony at the 9/11 memorial appearing faint and “overheated.” Despite refusing to confirm whether she’d told Kaine prior to publicly disclosing the diagnosis, Clinton maintained that she feels “very comfortable and confident about our relationship.”

*WHO READS LBN? Actor Woody Harrelson:

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The New York Times announced on Friday that it was reviving the title of managing editor and naming Joseph Kahn, an assistant editor for International, to the position. Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, retired the managing editor title, traditionally the No. 2 position in the newsroom, in 2014. He said in a note to employees on Friday that he was reinstating the role and that Mr. Kahn would be his partner in leading the newsroom.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Prisoner 1027820 is treated in many ways like any other inmate at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada: He gets the same standard issue blue uniform. He shares a bunk, toilet and sink with a cellmate. He rises around 6:30 a.m., eats an early breakfast — he likes cold cereal, with a muffin and fruit — then heads to his work shift. He toils in the prison gym, cleaning equipment and mopping floors, four days a week. Like many older inmates, he contends with age and ailments, including bad knees, and he works out on weight machines regularly to stay fit. He also coaches prison sports teams, umpires games and recently became prison softball league commissioner. But prisoner 1027820 isn’t just another inmate. He is O.J. Simpson: football legend and convicted felon serving nine to 33 years for armed robbery and kidnapping committed in 2007. “He’s popular especially with the sports crowd — guys go up to him and ask him what he thinks about current sports teams,” said Jon Hawkins, a former Lovelock inmate who was released on parole this year. Mostly, he said, “O.J. is just a regular dude. He does his job and he goes to his cell.

*WHO READS LBN? Publicist Jerry Digney:

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Skepta, a British rapper in the grime genre, won the prestigious Mercury Prize this year, beating out albums from David Bowie (his final one) and Radiohead. “Thank you to everybody who was there for me when I was going through depressed times. I don’t know man, I’m so thankful,” he said while accepting the award. “With no record label we just traveled the world.”   ***An impressive collection of Prince’s friends and famous fans will pay tribute to the late artist at an all-star concert in St. Paul, Minnesota next month. Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Morris Day and the Time are all confirmed to perform at what’s being billed as “The Official Prince Tribute.” The show will be held at the Xcel Energy Center on October 13th. Scenes from an intimate 2014 interview at Paisley Park. Other performers at the event include Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh, Bilal, Mint Condition, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield. Keyboardist Morris Hayes, a longtime New Power Generation member, will lead that ensemble along with members of 3rdEyeGirl for performances of all songs.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jeremy Renner and Harold Perrineauhaving dinner together at Beautique in NYC.   ***Patti LaBelleat Jue Lan Club celebrating her Walmart pies line.   ***Carmelo Anthony and Busta Rhymes helping Swizz Beatz celebrate his 38th birthday at Up&Down in NYC.   ***Stephen Sondheimat 59E59 Theaters to catch “Maestro,” a new play about Leonard Bernstein, then the following night he was at “Paradiso: Chapter 1,” an immersive theater show in Koreatown.   ***Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe dining together at Sessanta in NYC.

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hillary Clinton ally David Brock is offering to pay for new information on Donald Trump, hoping that damaging audio or video on the Republican presidential candidate will be submitted to his super PAC.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I hear you when you say you are unhappy with the way things are going in America. But the answer to what’s wrong in America is America — the aspirations passed down generation after generation and sung in unison week by week. We have a crisis of solidarity. That makes it hard to solve every other problem we have. When you stand and sing the national anthem, you are building a little solidarity, and you’re singing a radical song about a radical place.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Colin Powell: The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: Hillary Clinton’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ is considered one of the greatest political gaffes in recent memory.  It’s right up there with Howard Dean’s scream, Christine O’Donnell proclaiming ‘I am not a witch,’ and Gerald Ford claiming there was no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. Notice that she didn’t say half of Donald Trump’s supporters are merely intolerant.  No, they are Deplorable!  Irredeemable!  Wow! She essentially asserted that 50% of Trump voters are barely worthy of breathing the same air as the swells. But no sooner were the words out of her mouth than many liberal publications were running columns defending Secretary Clinton’s comments.  She wasn’t politically correct, they conceded, but she sure was right!  The New York Daily News won top prize in this odious category, writing that the number of Trump supporters who are bigots is actually ‘closer to 100%’.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Comedian Norm Macdonald‘shouse sitter was found dead in his home. Michael Huettner, 23, was discovered on a bed surrounded by pill bottles in Macdonald’s Los Angeles home Thursday while the “Saturday Night Live” alum was traveling.. Huettner’s parents found him after his girlfriend informed them he’d been house- and cat-sitting for Macdonald. Huettner was a close friend of Macdonald’s son, Dylan, 22.   ***John Travolta is starring in “The Life and Death of John Gotti” as the “Dapper Don,” but he’s been playfully channeling another famous New York role on set, we hear. A spy said that when director Kevin Connolly yelled “Cut!” after Travolta and Kelly Preston filmed a scene on a wedding dance floor this week, Travolta broke into his legendary “Saturday Night Fever” dance, with his finger in the air and pouty face. “The cast and crew went wild,” sources said.   ***Pamela Anderson wants her son Dylan Jagger Lee to meet girls the old-fashioned way. “I tell him not to do those stupid [dating] apps, which he doesn’t, thank God,” Anderson, 49, told Us Weekly on Wednesday. “I tell him, ‘Just meet somebody on the street and get a connection.’ It’s human contact.”

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