LBN-Special Report- Sunday


In a poll of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries, an overwhelming majority found LBN coverage of the recent U.S. Presidential election “independent” and “without bias”. According to one LBN reader, who didn’t vote for either Trump or Clinton, “LBN was an extraordinary example of truly independent news and information.”

*7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes New Zealand:

A crippling 7.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand’s South Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said Sunday. Officials on the island say the tremor has triggered a tsunami. Residents on the east coast were told earlier to move to higher ground. The epicenter was 59 miles north of Christchurch. “We were asleep and woken to the house shaking, it kept going and going and felt like it was going to build up,” a resident told AFP. New Zealand lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” fault line.

*FINGER POINTING – Clinton: FBI Cost Me Election:

In a 30-minute conference call with donors on Saturday, Hillary Clinton pointed the finger at FBI director James Comey for her loss. According to the New York Times Clinton said, “There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful … our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.” Clinton also claimed that the second letter, which cleared her a second time, actually caused even more damage because it fed into Trump’s argument of a rigged system. Clinton said that after Comey’s letters, her numbers dropped in battleground states where she had been leading.

*ISIS Guide: Rent U-Haul as a Weapon, Target Thanksgiving Day Parade or Political Rallies:
Following up on their October instructions for lone jihadiststo conduct knife attacks, the Islamic State’s latest magazine offers tactical instructions on how to use a vehicle as a weapon to inflict the greatest damage. Their muse, of course, is Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who plowed a cargo truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France, this summer. “Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire. But unlike knives, which if found in one’s possession can be a cause for suspicion, vehicles arouse absolutely no doubts due to their widespread use throughout the world,” states the article in the third issue of Rumiyah, ISIS’ recently launched monthly English-language magazine, adding that cars are one of the “safest and easiest” weapons as well as “most successful in harvesting large numbers of the kuffar [disbelievers].”

*Trump Resumes Twitter Attacks on Media:

Donald Trump on Sunday morning resumed his Twitter attacks on the media, just hours after pledging in a “60 Minutes” interview to be more “restrained” on social media. “Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the ‘Trump phenomena,’” the president-elect tweeted. In a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday night, Trump said he is “going to be very restrained [on Twitter], if I do it at all,” praising it as a “modern form of communication.”

*Conway: Chief of Staff Decision ‘Imminent’:

Kellyanne Conway, the campaign manager for Donald Trump’s successful presidential bid who is now a top adviser to his transition team, said on Saturday that a decision on the president-elect’s chief of staff is “imminent.” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has “expressed interest” being Trump’s top adviser in the White House, Conway said, but there are “several” candidates. Trump’s campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, is also rumored to be in consideration. Conway herself is expected to have a prominent role in the Trump administration. CNN reported that an announcement on Trump’s choice for chief of staff could come as early as Monday.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Federal tax revenues set an all-time record of $221,692,000,000 for the month of October,accordingto the newly released Monthly Treasury Statement. In constant 2016 dollars that is the most taxes the federal government has ever collected in October, which is the first month of the fiscal year. The record $221,692,000,000 in taxes collected this October was up $6,718,330,000 from the $214,973,670,000 in constant 2016 dollars that the Treasury collected in October 2015. Despite bringing in record tax revenue of $221,692,000,000 this October, the federal government ran a deficit of $44,192,000,000 during month. That is because federal spending in October was $265,884,000,000.


*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fought with and restrained an intruder he found in his Philadelphia hotel room. Kristof said in a message on Twitter that there had been “big excitement” when he “interrupted an intruder” in his room early Saturday at the Franklin Hotel near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. He said there was a chase and then a fight but restrained the man, who he said was apparently a thief. Kristof said in another message that he had a wrenched thumb from the fight but was “otherwise OK.” He said “fortunately, he was a wimpish thief.”


*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Leon Russell, the longhaired, scratchy-voiced pianist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who moved from playing countless recording sessions to making hits on his own, died on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 74. His death was announced on his website, which said that he had died in his sleep but gave no specific cause. Mr. Russell had significant health difficulties over the past five years. In 2010, he underwent surgery for a brain fluid leak and was treated for heart failure. In July of this year, Mr. Russell suffered a heart attack, and was scheduled for further surgery, according to a news release from the historical society of Oklahoma, his home state.   ***Cella Irvine, a Silicon Alley pioneer who led and other new media companies in New York starting in the early 1990s, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 59. The cause was thyroid cancer, her husband, Hart Hooton, said.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: You know how desperate President Obama is — as he contemplates all his accomplishments going down the drain at the hands of a man he has total contempt for — when he is willing to do something so against his nature. He tried to persuade Donald Trump. We saw that unicorn glimpsed only fleetingly in the last eight years: the cajoling Barack Obama. The president flattered the president-elect by letting Trump rack up the ego arithmetic.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Frantic pals are worried that once-hunky “Gladiator” star Russell Crowe’s partying is spiraling out of control — and are urging him to seek help! “Friends are very concerned,” a source  says. “Some have been urging him to go into rehab before things get too crazy.” Russell’s recent dust-up with rapper Azealia Banks at a swank dinner party in hisBeverly Hills hotel room is just the latest incident that has his nearest and dearest fearing for his sobriety.   ***Actor Jon Voight is staying out of daughter Angelina Jolie’s business when it comes to her volatile divorce from Brad Pitt. “I don’t really talk about that,” he politely told us when we asked him how Jolie was doing. “But I am grateful for the concerns and prayers,” said the 77-year-old star. He’s previously said of the couple with six kids, “Hopefully, things will work out.” After being cleared in an investigation into abusive behavior in the couple’s custody battle, Pitt publicly attended screenings of the films ­“Allied” and “Moonlight” this week.