LBN- Special Report- Monday

*Clinton, Trump Deadlocked in Key Swing States Notes Media Expert:

Just hours ahead of their first one-on-one debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked in a new poll on key swing states according to media expert and author Michael Levine ( . The CNN/ORC poll shows the candidates are nearly tied in Pennsylvania and Colorado. In Pennsylvania, likely voters favor Clinton at 45 percent and Trump at 44 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnsonand Green Party candidate Jill Stein follow with 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Colorado’s likely voters are supporting Trump at 42 percent, with Clinton just behind at 41 percent. Johnson measures higher at 13 percent, with Stein trailing at 3 percent. “Events will determine much” said Levine. “U.F.O.’s (Unforeseen Occurrences) will make impactful difference I sense” said Levine. “Chaos favors Trump. Calm favors Hillary.”

*FBI: U.S. Murders Rose 10% in One Year:
New data show that murders in the United States rose 10.8 percent in the last year, following a two-decade decline. The FBI said the rise was the biggest single-year increase since 1971. The number of murders for 2015—15,696—was about the same total as in 2009. The total is still half what it was in 1991. “You lost 50 lb. You gained back a couple. You’re not fat,” said Jeffrey Butts, the director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at your behavior, because the trend is not good.” Select cities showed their own trends. New York City saw 352 murders last year, compared to 2,000 per year in the early 1990s. Los Angeles has seen fewer than 300 murders per year in the recent past, as compared to 1,000 per year in the early 1990s. On the other hand, Chicago has seen a 50 percent increase in shootings and murders this year. “There is no evidence of a national murder wave, yet increases in these select cities are indeed a serious problem,” the report concluded.

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*Gunman Shoots Several in Houston:
Several people were shot by an individual at a strip mall in Houston early Monday morning, according to the Houston Police Department. At least nine people were injured in the shooting. The gunman was hit by officers and later pronounced dead. Houston’s police chief said at a press conference later Monday morning that the gunman was a lawyer whose law firm was dealing with “issues.” Officials said they are probing whether this led the gunman to open fire. Police first received a call about the incident at 6:29 a.m. CT. A bomb squad was brought in to examine the suspect’s car. “I literally heard the gunshots pass my face,” a witness to the shooting told ABC13.

*Debate Commission Chief: Moderators Shouldn’t Fact-Check:
Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission onPresidential Debates, said Sunday that she does not believe moderators should play a large role in fact-checking each candidate at the event. Speaking with Brian Stelter on CNN’sReliable Sources, Brown said the candidates should be the judges of what the other says. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica,” Brown said. “And I think it’s better for that person to facilitate, and to depend on the candidates to basically correct each other as they see fit.” The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is Monday night at 9 ET. NBC News’s Lester Holt is the moderator.


*Arnold Palmer Dead at 87:
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87. Alastair Johnson, chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed the businessman, philanthropist, and trailblazing golfer died during the afternoon followingcomplications from heart problems, several days after being admitted to the hospital for a cardiovascular procedure. “We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador,” the U.S. Golf Association said in a statement. “Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word. He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans, and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport.” Palmer’s accessible public persona and dominance of the sport during the early days of the television era led to him being known as the “King of Golf.”
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***There was a revolutionary spirit both on the stage and in the audience at “Hamilton” on Saturday night. Sources say that some in the crowd booed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he took his seat at the Broadway smash. “The show started late because of his arrival — the heightened security slowed down seating,” said a theatergoer. “But he still entered and sat down before the lights went down, so everyone was focused on him. There was a lot of applause when he walked in, but definitely a few loud boos.”   ***Tara Reid missed a flight to LA on Saturday because she was too busy hanging at an airport bar, a source said. Reid was seen at Jack Duggan’s Pub inside Philadelphia International Airport. A witness told us, “Tara was beyond tipsy” and was “sharing an egg sandwich with an air traveler.”   ***Birthday celebrations last night at the home of community activist Arthur Kassell in Agoura Hills. His wife Janet threw him a 76th birthday party with catering done by the staff of the former Chasen’s restaurant. On hand were pals Donald Sterling and his wife Shirley, Stanley Black and KNX radio anchor Frank Mottek and his wife Julia.

*UNIQUELY, LBN: Raul G., an LBN reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The veteran television personality Jane Pauley will replace Charles Osgood as the anchor of the highly rated CBS show “Sunday Morning.” Mr. Osgood, who is retiring, announced the news on his last show on Sunday. Ms. Pauley’s first day in the role will be Oct. 9, and she will become only the third anchor of the show, which started in 1979.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***NBA star Paul Pierceannounced Monday that he is retiring from basketball, and the upcoming season will be his final one. “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball,” Pierce, a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, wrote in the Players’ Tribune. Pierce, a 10-time All-Star who is entering his 19th season in the league, was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1998 in the first round. He played 15 seasons with the Celtics and won a championship with them in 2008. After brief stints with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards, Pierce returned to his hometown of Los Angeles in 2015, and is looking to propel his team to a championship in his final year.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Eckhart Tolle:  The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Nate Silver: It (the degree of uncertainty) remains fairly high. This is the point that we really can’t emphasize enough, and it’s why FiveThirtyEight shows somewhat better odds for Trump than most other forecast models. Not all 2-point leads are created equal, and Clinton’s is on the less-safe side, certainly as compared with the roughly 2-point lead that President Obama had over Mitt Romney on the eve of the 2012 election. Perhaps the most important reason for that is the higher-than-usual number of undecided and third-party voters. Clinton leads Trump roughly 42-40, based on our national polling average; late in the 2012 race, by contrast, Obama led Romney about 48-46. That means about 18 percent of the electorate isn’t yet committed to one of the major-party candidates, as compared with 6 percent late in 2012.1 The number of undecided and third-party voters has a strong historical correlation with both polling volatility and polling error — and in fact, the polls have been considerably more volatile this year than in 2012.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by William Perron: Some aspects and people have definitely become feminine, sadly it is most prominent in the college age groups and the so called millennial males. And there is no stopping it as long as the woosie left wing professors are influencing these young minds that need a more masculine influence but it ain’t gonna happen in this century.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Nixon with no expletives deleted —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tim Goodman: If we are to believe legendary filmmaker Woody Allen when he speaks about his first-ever television series, Crisis in Six Scenes, he only did it because Amazon made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He took no joy in making it, he doesn’t know if it will be any good and hedoesn’t care if people like it or not. Looking at his motivation for the project (which premieres Sept. 30) through the prism of his comments, it’s pretty obvious that he did it for the money, it was probably a bit of a headache and he prefers films — which likely means there won’t be a second season. And that’s probably a good thing. Because Crisis in Six Scenes isn’t very good. It’s compelling in very infrequent, late-episode snippets and stacks up poorly against a plethora of current, artistically ambitious half-hours like FX’s Louie, Atlanta, Better Things and You’re the Worst; Amazon’s own Transparent, Catastrophe, Fleabag and One Mississippi; and Netflix’s Master of None, Hulu’s Casual and Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience.

*LBN-COMMENTARY  by M Zuhdi Jasser:  I am stunned that a president who claimed to hold a ‘red line’ standard in the use of chemical weapons would repeatedly hand civilians over to a murderous dictator – even when there is an option on the table – sanctions – which would at least make a small dent in the regime’s finances, which it uses to murder civilians, including with chemical weapons. It is deplorable and criminal that we have not taken these measures already. How could we refrain from punishing those who finance the murder, torture and rape the bill’s namesake presented to us with undeniable evidence? It is beyond reason or comprehension. It seems our government – at its highest level – has completely forgotten our national commitment to ‘never again’ allow the genocide of a people. I encourage the bill’s bipartisan supporters to remain steadfast, and dissent with the Obama administration at once.
*LBN SPOTLIGHT: There’s a new trend with public figures, where their attorneys are now representing them to the media in politics and other areas. This used to be the job of publicists and media consultants. Is there a change afoot? We decided to ask legendary Hollywood publicist, Elliot Mintz’s opinion. Elliot said, “I agree with your assessment. I think in the future, publicists and media spokesman as we have known them, might be fading on the horizon. I suspect that most public figures are going to rely on their own websites to speak for themselves. As for attorneys, I have one of the most articulate attorneys in the country. Her name is Diana Fitzgerald. If I ever got into some kind of jam, or I had some kind of issue, I wouldn’t address it personally, and I wouldn’t hire a publicist. I would ask Diana Fitzgerald to speak for me in front of the press.”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Third time’s the charm for Josh Brolin. The actor and fiancee Kathryn Boyd wed Saturday in an intimate ceremony in North Carolina, his rep confirmed.The couple of three years, who confirmed the news of their engagement at the Cannes Film Festival last May, shared a handful of black and white snaps from the romantic affair on social media.

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