LBN- Special Report- Friday


*Report: Clinton Considering Biden for Secretary of State:

Joe Biden is reportedly at the top of the short list to be Hillary Clinton’s pick for secretary of State. Politico cited an anonymous source as saying Clinton’s team is trying to figure out how to approach the vice president about the offer, who came close to running against her in the Democratic primaries but later supported her in the race. “He’d be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,” the source said. Biden chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before joining the Obama administration, and he boasts six terms in the Senate and two as Barack Obama’s top adviser. If chosen, Biden would continue to serve as point man on issues like Iraq and Ukraine. While Clinton and Biden worked alongside each other for many years, Biden has also clashed with the Democratic presidential nominee on issues like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. The other potential candidates for the position include former Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman; former Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns; Nick Burns, the former undersecretary of State of political affairs under George W. Bush; Strobe Talbott, the deputy secretary of State during Bill Clinton’s first term and a longtime friend of the Clintons; and James Stavridis, a retired admiral.

*Pence’s Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia:

Mike Pence’s plane skidded off the runway in New York on Thursday night, prompting a minor panic but causing no injuries. A Port Authority statement said the plane “overshot” the runway, causing a brief halt for all arrivals and departures from LaGuardia Airport. The GOP vice-presidential nominee was on board with about 30 other people, and a reporter at the scene said he came to talk to all passengers after the scare to make sure everyone on the plane was OK. Pence took to Twitter after the incident, writing, “So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!” Trump reportedly called Pence from his motorcade in Ohio to make sure everything was OK. The Republican presidential nominee then told supporters the plane was “pretty close to grave, grave danger,” but Pence had done a “great job” handling the situation. The incident prompted Pence to cancel a fundraiser in New York City planned for Thursday night.

*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.

*Gunshots in Pipeline Riot, 141 Arrested:

A long-running dispute over an oil pipeline turned violent overnight in North Dakota as hundreds of armed state and local police and members of the National Guard battled into the early hours of Friday to evict hundreds of protesters from private land in the path of the proposed Dakota Access line. The peaceful protest quickly turned violent when activists became surrounded by assault vehicles and the more than 150 law-enforcement officials in riot gear, KFYR-TV reported. Officers fired bean bags and pepper spray for more than six hours, trying to physically push demonstrators back to their campsite, as protesters lit debris on fire and threw Molotov cocktails in retreat, according to state emergency-response personnel. At least 141 protesters were arrested, Morton County Sheriff Public Information Officer Donnell Hushka said. Activists claim the property in dispute is owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe under a 19th-century treaty. The move sharply escalates a dispute over Native American rights and the pipeline’s environmental impact on the Standing Rock tribe. One woman who was arrested reportedly pulled out a pistol and fired three times at officers, narrowly missing a deputy.

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*Jury Gives $7M in Damages to Sandusky Whistleblower:

Former Penn State University Assistant Football Coach Mike McQueary has been awarded $7 million in damages by a juryover allegations that the school fired him in retaliation for implicating Jerry Sandusky in his child-molestation scandal. The $7.3 million is in both compensatory and punitive damages. McQueary claimed a loss of reputation, in addition to his dismissal from his salaried coaching position for his role as a whistleblower. He sought upwards of $8 million total in damages. McQueary had been working for eight years as a coach for wide receivers under Joe Paterno when he told investigators in 2011 that he had seen Sandusky having sex with young boys in Penn State’s locker-room showers. In interviews with detectives, he also implicated several other department officials and alleged a coverup. Sandusky remains in prison, following his 2012 conviction on charges that he molested 10 boys.

*Trump Promises to ‘Work on Our Ghettos’:

Speaking in Toledo on Thursday, Donald Trump continued to try to appeal to black voters by resorting to stereotypes. “We’re gonna work on our ghettos,” the Republican presidential nominee said, breaking off abruptly before going on to list problems affecting the country’s “inner cities.” “And we’re going to work on our, the ghettos—are in, so, the, you take a look at what’s going on where you have pockets of, areas of land where you have the inner cities, and you have so many things, so many problems,” he said. He singled out violence, bad schools, and unemployment as the main problems facing “ghettos.” “You can’t walk out onto the street. You buy a loaf of bread and you end up getting shot,” he told the crowd. “So we’re going to work very strongly with the African-American community.” Trump has repeatedly been criticized for using out-of-touch language to describe black communities, often implying that all black voters live in violent neighborhoods.

*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.


*Philippine President Duterte Says God Told Him to Stop Swearing:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to stop using expletives after he said he heard a voice threatening todown his plane during a recent trip. Duterte, who has called Pope Francis a “son of a bitch” and told U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell,” made the pledge Thursday after returning from a trip to Japan, the AP reported. While flying home, he says, he was looking out the window when he suddenly heard a voice say, “If you don’t stop epithets, I will bring this plane down now.” “And I said, ‘Who is this?’ So, of course, it’s God,’” he said. “So, I promise God to… not express slang, cuss words, and everything. So you guys hear me right always because a promise to God is a promise to the Filipino people,” he told a crowd in Davao. His remarks were met with applause, which he quickly cut off, saying: “Don’t clap too much or else this may get derailed.”

*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 —–

*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 —– .


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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