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*Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
*Soylent Halts Powder Sales Over Sickness:
Soylent, the liquid-meal maker popular with millennials and tech programmers, has now stopped sales of its flagship powder over a series of complaints that it makes customers sick. It had already stopped shipments of its nutrition bars over concerns that it was responsible for vomiting, upset stomachs, and diarrhea. The Los Angeles company announced that a common ingredient in both products has caused the issue but said the investigation into the matter isn’t yet completed. The products, developed by software programmers looking to save time and money on meals, have been backed by $20 million in venture capital. Soylent is now one of the most popular startups aiming to change how and what Americans consume. The premade drinks, according to the company, are still being sold and shipped, though they are slightly more expensive than the powder.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The American economy moved firmly into higher gear last quarter, expanding at an annual rate of 2.9 percent as a result of continuing strength among consumers and better trade figures. The Commerce Department’s report on the gross domestic product, released Friday, is the next-to-last snapshot of the overall economy before voters go to the polls on Nov. 8. Americans will also get to gauge the economic health of the nation from the monthly unemployment figures to be released on Nov. 4.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: A Leading Catholic Priest Confronts The Sins Of The Catholic Church: “Without Notes” TV Revealing Interview Show —– https://youtu.be/HAB7aj-NDsU
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Roger Waters is planning his most spectacular and expensive tour yet — but the Pink Floyd legend is facing backlash from some big-name sponsors over his views on Israel. Sources tell us that American Express balked at spending up to $4 million to sponsor Waters’ 2017 US + Them North American tour. ***The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist. A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song “Alberta” to Huddie Ledbetter — better known as Lead Belly — in the 2013 re-release of Clapton’s “Unplugged” album, when the credit should have gone to Bo Carter, The Tennessean reported.
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: **In a move that will shock the agency world, Johnny Depp has left UTA, where he has been a client since 1998, and joined rival CAA. The international star, who has three Oscar nominations and whose films have generated more than $7 billion at the worldwide box office, has suffered through a streak of disappointments, including Transcendence, Mordecai and the May flop Alice Through the Looking Glass.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com .
*LBN- THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
Statue of Liberty Is Dedicated (1886)
The Statue of Liberty, originally known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was proposed by French historian Édouard Laboulaye in 1865 to commemorate the alliance of France with the American colonies during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor F. A. Bartholdi, the statue is 152 ft (46 m) high and is possibly the tallest metal statue ever made.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ewen A. Whitaker, a British-born astronomer who drew on his unparalleled knowledge of the lunar surface to select landing sites for unmanned NASA spacecraft in the 1960s, guide the footsteps of the Apollo 12 astronauts and develop accurate maps of the moon, died on Oct. 11 in Tucson. He was 94. His daughter, Fiona Andrews, confirmed the death. ***Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative journalist who became an early mentor and defender of the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, died on Saturday in London, where he lived and spent much of his professional life. He was 76. The cause was lung cancer, his wife, Susan Benn, said. ***Pete Burns, the androgynous frontman for the British new wave band Dead or Alive, best known for the 1985 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” died on Sunday. He was 57. The cause was “massive cardiac arrest,” according to a statement posted on Twitter and attributed to his manager, a drummer for the band, Steve Coy. The statement did not say where he died.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I feel very lucky to have entered the conservative movement when I did, back in the 1980s and 1990s. I was working at National Review, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. The role models in front of us were people like Bill Buckley, Irving Kristol, James Q. Wilson, Russell Kirk and Midge Decter. These people wrote about politics, but they also wrote about a lot of other things: history, literature, sociology, theology and life in general. There was a sharp distinction then between being conservative, which was admired, and being a Republican, which was considered sort of cheesy. These writers often lived in cities among liberals while being suspicious of liberal thought and liberal parochialism. People like Buckley had friends of every ideological stripe and were sharper for being in hostile waters. They were sort of inside and outside the establishment and could speak both languages. Many grew up poor, which cured them of the anti-elitist pose that many of today’s conservative figures adopt, especially if they come from Princeton (Ted Cruz), Cornell (Ann Coulter) or Dartmouth (Laura Ingraham and Dinesh D’Souza). The older writers knew that being cultured and urbane wasn’t a sign of elitism. Culture was the tool they used for social mobility. T.S. Eliot was cheap and sophisticated argument was free.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Zuhdi Jasser (Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy): When you point at the moon, the idiot looks at the finger.
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