*WOW! 84% OF READERS FIND LBN “INDEPENDENT”: A poll of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries found an incredible 84% find LBN to be “independent” with no bias toward liberals or conservatives.
*Report: CIA Considering Cyber Strike on Russia:
The Obama administration is currently considering a covert cyber action against Russia in response to alleged interference in the U.S. election. The CIA has reportedly been asked to bring options to the White House for an operations designed to “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership. Intelligence sources did not elaborate on what the plan would entail. Former intelligence officers told NBC that the CIA had allegedly already gathered documents that could expose tactics used by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
*Obama administration: Budget deficit increases to $587B :
The government ran a $587 billion budget deficit for the just-completed fiscal year, a 34 percent spike over last year after significant improvement from the record deficits of President Barack Obama
‘s first years in office. Friday’s deficit news, while sobering, does not appear bad enough to jolt a gridlocked Washington into action to stem the flow of red ink. It came in an annual report by the Treasury Department and the White House budget office. In the presidential campaign, intractable budget deficits and growing debt have been mostly neglected by Democrat Hillary Clinton
and Republican Donald Trump.
*Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal:
Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. The talks in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, have not drawn the same spotlight as the climate change accord forged in Paris last year. But the outcome could have an equal or even greater impact on efforts to slow the heating of the planet. President Obama
called the deal “an ambitious and far-reaching solution to this looming crisis.”
*Romney: Party Will Take Time to Heal:
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney
lamented during an interview on Friday that the Republican party is badly damaged and “it will be very difficult” to put it back together again. He went on to say that it was not impossible for Donald Trump
to win but gave him a “maybe 25%” chance of doing so. “It’s hard for me to gauge what would happen if Mr. Trump were to lose,” Romney said. “I think it’s more likely he’ll lose than not. If he were to win, I think my party would be particularly troubled between those who were strong supporters of Mr. Trump and a smaller number at that stage who would be wanting to go in a different direction.”
*THINK PASSIONATELY —- READ LBN:
*LBN-SEE IT: Debbie Rowe went out in Palmdale, Calif., in the midst of her breast cancer battle — and still smiled for the cameras. The struggling ex-wife of Michael Jackson had good reason, too, with daughter Paris Jackson now reconciled with her stricken mom.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
***Hollywood agency ICM Partners showed off its new 112,000-square-foot headquarters in LA on Thursday night with a private party — but rather than stars the real attractions were the 300-plus works of art on display amid a 360-degree view. The agency partnered with art dealer Stefan Simchowitz
, who will periodically rotate the pieces he’s called “45 gallery shows in one go.” Kendrick Lamar
collaborator Kamasi Washington
performed for guests, including top Fox TV execs Peter Rice
, Dana Walden
and Gary Newman
, FX Networks boss John Landgraf
and ABC Studios head Patrick Moran
. Chef Suzanne Goin
designed the menu.
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