LBN-Special Report- Sunday

*Clinton Has Fragile Lead Days Before Election Day Says Media Expert:

With a mere three days to go until Election Day, recent polls show Hillary Clinton with only a minor lead over Donald Trump says media expert and author Michael Levine( ) . A Fox News poll released Friday put Clinton two points ahead of Trump, while the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll released the same day gave her a four-point advantage. Both polls were conducted over almost the same period. According to Levine, “support for Clinton has wavered over the past couple weeks, dropping from 49 percent to 40 percent in the wake of FBI director James Comey’s controversial letter to Congress.” Support for Trump, on the other hand, has stayed mostly stable despite a series of setbacks in his campaign, staying between the range of 49 and 53 percent during the polling period reported Levine.

*Kurds Launching Operation to Take Raqqa:

The Syria Democratic Forces said on Sunday it would soon launch an operation to take back Raqqa, the Syrian city that has acted as the capital for ISIS. The coalition, which is backed by the U.S., is made up of the Kurdish YPG unit and ethnic Arab militias. The SDF has made significant progress on the ground in Syria against ISIS in recent years. Turkey, which neighbors Syria, considers the YPG to be a terror organization, and is therefore not supporting the operation. Coalition forces hope to prevent militants escaping from Mosul—where a counter-ISIS military offensive was recently launched—into Syria, in particular Raqqa.


*Security Rushes Donald Trump Off Stage:

While speaking at a campaign event in Reno, Nevada on Saturday night, Donald Trump was rushed off stage by Secret Service after a scuffle broke out in front of him. According to reports by ABC News and USA Today, when the disturbance started, somebody in the audience yelled “Gun!” but no gun was found. A few minutes later, Trump returned to the stage to continue his speech, after thanking the Secret Service. Upon returning to the stage, Trump seemed to brush off the incident saying, “Nobody said it was going to be easy but we will never be stopped. We will never be stopped.” Armed officers jumped in to address the situation and there’s an unconfirmed report from the scene that authorities believe the threatening individual may have had a gun. It should be noted that attendees typically have to go through metal detectors at campaign events. There are no other details about the suspect at this point.


*Theresa May Reaffirms: Brexit Will Happen:

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she plans to “get on” with Brexit in the wake of a court ruling which declared that Parliament must vote to approve a path forward for leaving the European Union. Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, has warned of protests if the government does not follow through. May has said that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be triggered by next March, and her government has pledged to fight the court ruling because it doesn’t believe members of Parliament should have to vote on it after the referendum was already approved by the people earlier this year.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Weekend Update: Church Lady on the Election – SNL

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*Volkswagen Probe to Include Chairman:

German prosecutors are now focusing on Volkswagen chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch as part of their investigation into the car maker’s diesel emissions scandal. Last year, Volkswagen admitted that it knowingly dodged federal emissions standards in nearly 11 million cars. The U.S. Justice Department is also looking into the matter. “Based on a thorough examination by internal and external legal experts, the company reaffirms its belief that VW’s management fulfilled its duties to inform the capital market,” the company said Sunday in a statement, pledging to cooperate with the investigation.

*Dave Chappelle: Hillary Is ‘Not Right’:

Comedian Dave Chappelle lashed out at Hillary Clinton and defended Donald Trump at a show in New York on Friday night. The show, a surprise gig at The Cutting Room, saw Chappelle devote nearly his entire 60-minute set to tearing into Clinton. Chappelle blamed the scandal surrounding Trump’s lewd remarks about women on Clinton. “What I heard on that tape was gross,” Chappelle said of the leaked 2005 tape featuring Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” remarks. “But the way I got to hear it was even more gross. You know that came directly from Hillary,” he said. Calling Clinton “not right,” the comedian went on to defend Trump against sexual assault allegations by echoing Trump’s argument that the media is out to get him. “Sexual assault? It wasn’t. He said, ‘And when you’re a star, they let you do it.’ That phrase implies consent. I just don’t like the way the media twisted that whole thing. Nobody questioned it,” he said. Describing Trump as “the most gangsta candidate ever,” Chappelle praised his handling of the media and resilience in the face of scandal. “They asked him how he knows the system is rigged and he said, ‘Because I take advantage of it.’ He may as well have flashed his membership card for the Illuminati right then.” Chappelle told the crowd he’d voted early in Ohio but “didn’t feel good” about voting for Clinton.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: When historians write about this bizarre, ugly and dispiriting campaign — and oh, my, will they ever! — the epic dark saga will unfold this way: A man, filled with fear and insecurity, created a hatemongering character and followed it out the window. And a woman, filled with fear andinsecurity, hunkered down and repeated bad patterns rather than reimagining herself in an open, bold way. When Donald Trump moved to Manhattan from Queens, drawn by the skyscrapers and models with sky-high legs, he felt he needed to invent a larger-than-life character for himself. Author and former ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr remembers that back in 1975, Trump had a starter apartment down the hall from her at 65th and Third, and she saw different women in cocktail dresses leaving almost every morning. “I think he felt it wasn’t a fancy enough place for them,” Sherr said. “That was the beginning of the gilt and marble.”


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