LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*Trump Gains on Clinton in New Poll:

Donald Trump has gained on Hillary Clinton just days before the election on Nov. 8, climbing to two points behind Clinton, a new poll released Saturday showed. The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll said Clinton has 47 percent while Trump now has 45 percent. As recently as last weekend, Clinton led with 12 points. The poll was conducted before news broke Friday that the FBI was reviewing its investigation of Clinton’s email use, a revelation that Trump delighted in at a Friday night rally in New Hampshire. Trump praised the FBI’s decision, saying it would right a “horrible mistake.” The poll was conducted from Oct. 24-27 among 1,148 likely voters, with a margin of error of three points.

*F.B.I. Chief James Comey Is in Political Crossfire Again Over Emails:
James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, faced a dilemma on Thursday when deputies briefed him about the discovery of a trove of emails that might be linked to the inquiry into HillaryClinton’s private email server that was closed months ago. Mr. Comey could immediately inform Congress about the emails, which were found in an investigation into former Representative Anthony D. Weiner. That unusual step, months after Mr. Comey had cleared Mrs. Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing in the email case, would risk accusations that he was unfairly harming her presidential campaign less than two weeks before the election. Or he could delay any announcement and examine the new emails more closely, risking criticism that he had suppressed important new information if it came out after the election, despite his pledges of “transparency” in the investigation.

*Biden Will ‘Reach Out’ If Trump Wins:

Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with CNNreleased Saturday that he’d accept a Donald Trump victory with grace – but he’s praying that won’t happen. Despite saying the Republican nominee is “fully unqualified” to be president, Biden said that “no matter who wins, I’ll reach out” after the election on Nov. 8. He went on to add, “I pray that doesn’t happen. I want Hillary to be president.” Biden also commented on his earlier controversial remarks about “taking Trump behind a gym” in light of his lewd comments about women. “I was making a point,” Biden said. “I think it’s insulting to say … that we talk like that. This is not ‘locker room talk.’ … If somebody in the locker room talked that way, and your sister’s outside with her friends, you know what you do. You know what you do. You don’t let it go on.”

*FINALLY – President Obama to Appear on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’:

Bill Maher, who donated $1 million to Barack Obama in 2012, has been trying to get the president to appear on his HBO show for the past eight years. Now, after launching a petition on his 60th birthday that garnered over 320,000 signatures on the White House’s We the People website, Obama will finally appear as a guest next Friday night, Nov. 4, just four days before the presidential election. Maher made the announcement live on this week’s Real Time and posted a separate video online informing fans of the big news.

*Donald Trump Kicks In $10 Million to Campaign: 

Donald J. Trump contributed another $10 million to his presidential campaign on Friday, providing a needed financial boost to his bid at a critical juncture. Mr. Trump’s donation was revealed in disclosures filed late Friday night with the Federal Election Commission. He had pledged to make the donation in an interview aired earlier in the evening with the Fox News host Bret Baier.

*Syrian Forces Begin Counteroffensive in Aleppo:

Syrian government forces began a counteroffensive Saturday after rebels tried to break the government’s siege of Aleppo on Friday. The rebels’ push to break the siege prompted Russia’s Defense Ministry to publicly seek permission from President Vladimir Putin to renew air strikes after nearly 10 days in which the army said it did not launch any strikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that renewed regime airstrikes were hitting mostly Aleppo’s southern and western edges. According to the monitoring group, the offensive was being conducted under cover of Syrian and Russian airstrikes. As of Saturday afternoon, intense clashes were under way between regime forces and rebels in the Zahraa neighborhood in western Aleppo.

*WHO READS LBN? Rolling Stone Publisher Jann Weiner:

*Bob Dylan Finally Accepts Nobel Prize:
Bob Dylan has contacted the Swedish Academy and accepted the Nobel Prize that members of the academy awarded to him weeks ago. According to the academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius, Dylan said he was left “speechless” by the award and would “of course” accept it. The news comes after Dylan failed to respond to the award for several weeks, prompting a member of the academy to say his silence on the matter was “impolite and arrogant.” The Swedish Academy said it had given up on contacting Dylan two weeks ago, but Danius said at the time that they would wait for Dylan to make contact. In a statement on the academy’s website on Friday, Dylan was cited as saying, “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless … I appreciate the honor so much.”

*Dwyane Wade Fined $25K for Throat-Slashing Gesture:

Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade apologized on Friday for a throat-slashing gesture he made during a game against the Boston Celtics at his debut home game on Thursday. The NBA fined Wade a whopping $25,000 for the gesture on Friday, calling it “inappropriate.” Wade made the gesture after scoring a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to go in the game. He said he’d been caught up in the heat of the moment. “I wanna apologize to my young fans on my gesture at the end of last nights game. I was caught up in the emotions of my first game at home,” he tweeted on Friday.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Evan Rachel Wood onstage with indie rockers Local Natives at Terminal 5 in NYC.   ***Pierce Brosnan at Aunt Jake’s on Mulberry Street in NYC, interviewing assistants.   ***Keith Hernandez at Nello in NYC.   ***Earth, Wind & Fire at Old Homestead Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Noah Syndergaard taping a cameo on Kevin James’ CBS sitcom, “Kevin Can Wait,” where James got the audience chanting, “Let’s go, Mets!”.   ***Martha Stewart giving a keynote speech at the Borgata Atlantic City for Dottie Hermanand Howard Lorber at the Douglas Elliman event “ReInvent”.   ***Louis C.K. at the Coffee Shop in Union Square in NYC.   ***Laura Ingraham at Kingsley on Avenue B in NYC.   ***André Saraiva unveiling his latest project — a gigantic mural — in Lisbon, Portugal.   ***Frankie Valli at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in Midtown in NYC.   ***Aaron Paulseeing Cirque du Soleil musical “Paramour”.   ***Jim Belushi, in NYC filming Woody Allen’s latest, at Polo Bar in NYC with ICM Partners’ Eddy Yablans.   ***Tony Romo at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Dallas.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine arriving yesterday afternoon at LAX returning from a series of speeches on success in Dallas, Texas. ***The worlds of fashion, media and policing collided this week at the Pierre, when LA-based real estate billionaire Rick Caruso, in town for the WWD CEO Summit, hosted a small reception for Bill Bratton. Caruso, who was instrumental in getting Bratton appointed as LA’s police chief, presided over a crowd including Harvey Weinstein, financier Tom Lee, former New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Lally Weymouth, top lawyer Murray Richman and Bratton’s wife, Rikki Klieman.

*LBN-SEE IT:Brooke Shields is rocking a radical new look at the age of 51 — going out on the streets of Manhattan without any make-up. Instead, the former child actress looked extremely grown up while walking the streets of NYC.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Phil Collins almost changed rock history. The “In the Air Tonight” singer, 65, admitted that he considered joining Yes and had offered to join The Who while he was still in Genesis. He lost out to Kenney Jones, who already had the job, and regrets it to this day. “I was just a cheap slut,” People reports he told fans in New York on Wednesday. “I would have left [Genesis], and I think I would have done the job very well.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Susan Lindquist, a molecular biologist whose conceptually daring work with yeast proteins opened new avenues to understanding gene functioning and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, died on Thursday in Boston. She was 67. The cause was cancer, her husband, Edward Buckbee, said.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Shields and Brooks on the election’s ‘parity of sleaze’ :

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: LBN’s statement, “Trump went on to falsely assert again that he was against the Iraq war” has no place in a news story. An unbiased publication might have said, “Trump went on to assert again that he was against the Iraq War. This statement has been attacked by some as inaccurate but Trump has steadfastly stood by it.” Unsigned editorializing in its news is contrary to everything LBN has heretofore stood for. It’s more distasteful here than in the NYT, WAPO, and LAT because they are virulently biased. LBN, to the contrary, has a heretofore well-deserved reputation as non-partisan.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***In the tortuous mythology of the AIDS epidemic, one legend never seems to die: Patient Zero, a.k.a. Gaétan Dugas, a globe-trotting, sexually insatiable French Canadian flight attendant who supposedly picked up H.I.V. in Haiti or Africa and spread it to dozens, even hundreds, of men before his death in 1984. Mr. Dugas was once blamed for setting off the entire American AIDS epidemic, which traumatized the nation in the 1980s and has since killed more than 500,000 Americans. The New York Post even described him with the headline “The Man Who Gave Us AIDS.” But after a new genetic analysis of stored blood samples, bolstered by some intriguing historical detective work, scientists on Wednesday declared him innocent. The strain of H.I.V. responsible for almost all AIDS cases in the United States, which was carried from Zaire to Haiti around 1967, spread from there to New York City around 1971, researchers concluded in the journal Nature. From New York, it spread to San Francisco around 1976.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lovelorn Caitlyn Jenner is trying to up her game with a new set of massive mammaries she’s calling her “man magnets!” She officially showed off her fine new form at a screening of the war movie “Hacksaw Ridge” in a tight dress meant to catch men’s eyes.   ***No one can out-diva Mariah Carey. The ostentatious songstress takes the cake when it comes to over-the-top behavior — including frenzied spending that may have doomed her engagement to billionaire James Packer. Carey regularly drops $10,000 to get her hair and makeup perfect — even if it’s all going to last just a single day, sources said. “Mariah is the last of the divas — she’s got a very old-school approach to stardom,’’ radio host Charlamagne Tha God, aka Lenard McKelvey, who knows the singer, told The Post.  ***Bill Cosby is now declaring himself “legally blind” and therefore would be unable to identify his assault accusers. “No 79-year-old blind man could possibly defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago,” his attorneys claim in court documents filed in Pennsylvania on Thursday. “Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence,” the documents further state, according to CNN.   ***Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their home in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Documents filed with the Land Records Division of the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court’s Office show the property sold for $4.9 million.

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