LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*WTF? – Gary Johnson Can’t Name Favorite Foreign Leader:

Introducing a “lightning round” during Wednesday evening’sLibertarian town-hall meeting on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews said, “This is where we have fun, and maybe make some news.” Third-party candidate Gary Johnson ended up doing the latter when he was asked to name his favorite world leader  and drew a complete blank. Johnson’s running mate, Bill Weld, attempted to save him by jumping in to name recently deceased former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres as his favorite, but Matthews wouldn’t let Johnson off the hook, asking him to name any living foreign leader. “Any continent, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, name a foreign leader that you respect,” Matthews implored. “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said, referring to his embarrassing incident on Morning Joe last month when he admitted he did not recognize the name of the city at the center of Syria’s civil war. He mentioned the former president of Mexico, but was not able to say which one he meant. It was only after Weld helped him by naming a few that he confirmed he was talking about Vicente Fox, who has been one of Donald Trump’s biggest critics. Weld did not hesitate in choosing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The bipartisan shellacking Senators gave John Stumpf, the Wells Fargo CEO, last week made for great television, but did nothing about the real scandal: Does our government continue to look the other way as many top bankers thumb their noses at fraud laws? Please send your reply to: (Please put “LBN-Reader Question” in the subject line.


*Congress Votes to Override Obama Veto on 9/11 Victims Bill:

Congress on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override a veto by President Obama for the first time, passing into law a bill that would allow the families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot. Democrats in large numbers joined with Republicans to deliver a remarkable rebuke to the president. The 97-to-1 vote in the Senate and the 348-to-77 vote in the House displayed the enduring power of the Sept. 11 families in Washington and the diminishing influence here of the Saudi government. The new law, enacted over the fierce objections of the White House, immediately alters the legal landscape. American courts could seize Saudi assets to pay for any judgment obtained by the Sept. 11 families, while Saudi officials have warned they might need to sell off hundreds of billions of dollars in holdings in the United States to avoid such an outcome.

*Gun Group Raffling AR-15, Clinton Photo:
A North Carolina gun-rights organization is selling tickets to win “The Hillary Clinton Special”: an AR-15 rifle with a photo of the Democratic candidate for president. The website for the group, Grass Roots North Carolina, reads: “Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo, but when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range.” The drawing for the raffle will take place on Election Day. Proceeds will go toward campaigns against Democrats Roy Cooper, Josh Stein, and Deborah Ross.

*India: We Executed ‘Surgical Strikes’ in Pakistani-Controlled Kashmir:
Indian officials announced the country’s military executed “surgical strikes” on Pakistani-controlled Kashmir early Thursday morning. The statement claimed the attacks caused “significant casualties to terrorists” who were allegedlyplanning an attack on Indian territory. Despite those claims, Pakistan said no surgical strike had occurred in the area and contended that it had confronted small-arms fire Thursday morning that caused two fatalities. Officials in Pakistan said India’s statement was a “fabrication” and “an illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects.” Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said in a statement, “If India tries to do this again, we will respond forcefully.” He added, “India is doing this only to please their media and public.”

*WHO READS LBN? Singer – songwriter Tori Amos:

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jeb Bush stopping by Nello in NYC to say hello to the maitre d’ and leaving 10 minutes later without eating.   ***Metallica singer James Hetfield with his wife, daughter, and band managers Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch at the Beacon Theatre to see Brian Wilson celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Pet Sounds,” and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich at Sing Sing Karaoke with friends.   ***NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill having lunch at Delmonico’s Restaurant in NYC.   ***Donna Karan at UBM Fashion Group’s Coterie trade show.   ***Advanced Nutrients founder Big Mikehaving a small dinner party last night at Michael’s restaurant in Santa Monica.

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*Laugh Factory Hosts Major Entertainment Industry Showcase For International Comic Sensation Ismo:
Ismo, winner of the “Funniest Person in the World” award, will perform at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 8pm for a major entertainment industry showcase. Revered as “an oddball with a few extra twists,” Ismo has been performing all over the world. In 2014, Ismo managed to win the hearts of millions of viewers, competing against comedians from 32 different countries and earning him the title, “Funniest Person in the World.” “Winning the title was such a huge opportunity for me. It opened up two great things – America and the world. I’ve now toured literally around the world and recently moved from Finland to Los Angeles,” says Ismo. He is currently located in California, where he is a regular at the Hollywood Laugh Factory. His standup routine is unique, with a disarming presence and sharp punch lines. Although English is his second language, Ismo manages to be uncannily incisive, charismatic and entertaining.
*Steven Bernheim’s Paris Hilton Farce Film Debuts at the Iconic Hollywood Cinerama Dome:
“A Week in London” is set to premiere at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome on Monday October 3, 2016, for an invitation-only red carpet release screening. Directed by Steven Bernheim, former Harvard Lampoon editor, “A Week in London” stars Denise Richards, Julia Faye West, John Witherspoon, and Charles Fleischer, with Mike Tyson. This hilarious, from-the-headlines comedy follows the life of a Paris Hilton-type heiress named “London” who goes through tumultuous experiences trying to regain fame after three “Kardashian-type” sisters push her out of the spotlight. London’s over-the-top lifestyle of product endorsements, fashion shows, private travel and celebrity friends asks the question, “Do these over-night celebrities know how to market their brand, or does their status simply come from an American public that does not know any better?” “A Week in London” premiere’s October 3, 2016 at the Hollywood Arclight Cinerama Dome 6360 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. The red carpet event will commence at 7:30 p.m., followed by the film at 8:45 p.m.
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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Agnes Nixon, a celebrated creator and writer of television soap operas, who introduced uterine cancer, venereal diseases, child abuse, AIDS and other societal terrors into the weekday fantasy worlds of millions of daytime viewers, died on Wednesday in Rosemont, Pa. She was 93. The cause was pneumonia resulting from Parkinson’s disease, her family said.   ***Ronald P. Stanton, a refugee from Nazi Germany who made a fortune in petrochemicals and then gave or pledged more than $300 million to various charities, most of them in New York, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. Fred Lowenfels, the general counsel emeritus of Mr. Stanton’s company, Trammo Inc., confirmed the death.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Emily Blunt gasped in horror when she first saw her transformation into a blotchy-faced alcoholic train wreck, the unlikely heroine of “The Girl on the Train.” “It was hard seeing myself look so awful. I came into work with no make-up and they would make me look even worse, adding rosacea and bags,” Blunt, 33, told “I could barely look at my own reflection.”

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