LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*Donald Trump, Slipping in Polls, Warns of ‘Stolen Election’: 
Donald J. Trump has lashed out at fellow Republicans, calling them “disloyal” and “far more difficult” than Hillary Clinton. He has griped openly about a “rigged” political system, saying Wednesday he has “no respect” for the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates and complaining about a “defective” microphone in the first debate. And on Monday, at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he worried the election could be “stolen” from him and singled out Philadelphia, a city with a large African-American population, warning, “We have to make sure we’re protected.”

*Trump Smears His Sexual-Assault Accusers:

Donald Trump lashed out Thursday morning at the women who have come forward to accuse the Republican presidential nominee of sexually assaulted them. “Why didn’t the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the ‘incident’ in her story,” Trump tweeted. “Because it did not happen!”—essentially blaming the alleged victim, a People magazine writer who covered the real-estate mogul for years, for not coming forward sooner. In a separate post, Trump slammed The New York Times, which he threatened to sue over its similar reporting. The newspaper published an articleWednesday night detailing allegations by two women that Trump sexually assaulted them. “The phoney [sic] story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION,” the GOP nominee wrote in that tweet. “Written by the same people as last discredited story on woman. WATCH!” Trump threatened to sue the Times just hours after the story was published. Trump’s attorney sent a letter to the paper demanding a retraction, calling the story “reckless” and “defamatory” against Trump.

*DISGRACE – Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Resigns:

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf resigned Wednesday as chairman and chief executive of the banking giant, effective immediately. Wells and Stumpf’s tenure there has come under fire in recent weeks after its controversial sales tactics were exposed, resulting in the firings of 5,300 employees. Last month, the bank agreed to a $185 million settlement with regulators for opening millions of accounts without customers’ knowledge. Stumpf attempted to defend the practices before Congress, but was famously called “gutless” by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who additionally suggested he be under federal investigation for possible criminal activity. Stumpf will be succeeded as CEO by president and chief financial officer Timothy J. Sloan; and his board chairmanship will go to the bank’s independent chairman, Stephen Sanger. “The damage to the Wells Fargo brand is significant!” said media expert and author Michael Levine (


*FOREVER YOUNG – Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature:

Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel committee said Dylan earned the honor “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” The accolade was announced Thursday afternoon in Stockholm. Sara Danils, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, called the 75-year-old singer-songwriter “a great sampler… and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.” She noted in particular that Blonde on Blonde, Dylan’s seventh studio album, is “an extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming, putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking.”


*Trump Threatens Lawsuit Over New York Times Article:

Donald Trump has threatened to sue The New York Times for publishing claims that two women were inappropriately touched by the now-presidential candidate. Lawyers for Trump sent a letter to the Times asking that a retraction and an apology be immediately issued for the story. Marc E. Kasowitz, a lawyer representing the real-estate mogul, wrote in a letter to the newspaper’s executive editor that the article was “reckless, defamatory, and constitutes libel per se.” The letter does not provide any evidence that the facts within the story are inaccurate. CNN reports that a “high-ranking source” on Trump’s team said “NYT editors, reporters, politically motivated accusers better lawyer up.”

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Mark Burnett, the reality-show auteur whose “Apprentice” series catapulted Donald J. Trump to national stardom, issued a forceful denunciation of Mr. Trump’s presidential bid on Wednesday evening, saying he rejected “the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.” The statement capped an unusually challenging few days for Mr. Burnett, one of television’s most powerful figures, who has faced growing demands that he release footage from the “Apprentice” set that some former crew members say could reveal Mr. Trump acting in vulgar and offensive ways.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Neve Campbell at Mazzone Hardware’s 12th annual PumpkinFest in Carroll Gardens in NYC with family members.   ***Chess champ Garry Kasparov and his wife, Daria, with their kids at Nello in NYC, where Kasparov gave a copy of his book, “Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped” to the eatery’s Thomas Makkos.   ***Sarah Paulson, January Jones, Jodie Foster and Joel McHale at the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden honoring Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes in LA.   ***Power-attorney and political commentator Susan Estrich having dinner last night with long-time friend and media expert and author Michael Levine at Baltaire in Brentwood.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: L.A.’s Award Winning Carpet Care Company —– Winner “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Three Years In A Row —–

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Two years after protesters demonstrated outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, LGBTQ rights activists are planning fresh protests at the Sultan of Brunei’s property on Saturday. The boycott is an effort to renew pressure on the Sultan of Brunei, whose Dorchester Collection of hotels includes the Beverly Hills and Bel Air Hotels as well as other properties around the world, and protest his implementation of Sharia law in Brunei. Saturday’s protest is being led by activist James Duke Mason, a member of West Hollywood’s Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board, who created a Facebook page for the event which is due to start at 3 p.m.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Elton John is chronicling his “crazy life” in an autobiography to be published in 2019. Publishers Pan Macmillan and Henry Holt announced Thursday that they have jointly acquired worldwide rights for the musician’s as-yet-untitled memoir. John, who is 69, is working with music writer Alexis Petridis on the book.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Top 5 Issues Facing Black Americans  —-

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who took the throne of the kingdom once known as Siam shortly after World War II and held it for more than 70 years, establishing himself as a revered personification of Thai nationhood, died on Thursday in Bangkok. He was 88 and one of the longest-reigning monarchs in history. The royal palace said that he died at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, but it did not give a cause or further details.   ***Jack Greenberg, a lawyer who became one of the nation’s most effective champions of the civil rights struggle, leading the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. for 23 years and using the law as a weapon in its fight for racial justice before the United States Supreme Court, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His wife, Deborah Cole Greenberg, confirmed his death. She said he had been treated for Parkinson’s disease for decades.   ***Dylan Rieder, a renowned professional skateboarder and model, has died. He was 28. As Transworld Skateboarding posted, he died on Wednesday due to complications from leukemia. Known for his effortless and graceful style, strength and memorable video appearances, Rieder influenced a generation of skateboarders.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: Like newlyweds, newly-elected presidents traditionally enjoy a honeymoon with the American people.  It’s that first month of marriage – a moon – when things are as sweet and delectable as honey. That period of affection and good will, usually lasting far longer than a month, has been an American tradition. When Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, he had the support of 67% of the American people. Tens of millions of people who had voted for John McCain were eager to see Mr. Obama succeed. What about eight years earlier, when the polarizing George W. Bush took office? Even after his long and contentious court battle with Al Gore, and despite having lost the popular vote, W’s approval rating was about 57%. Once again, most rational people were willing to give him a break and wish him well.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kim Kardashian has turned her security over to a hired gun with battled-tested credentials – a former Israeli special forces commando. The reality TV star’s hubby, Kanye West, signed up Aaron Cohen, who served in an elite counter-terror unit of the IDF in which members disguise themselves as Arabs, Israeli news site Ynet reported. Kardashian’s main bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, was not with thereality TV star when she was robbed at gunpoint of $10 million in jewelry in her Paris hotel room on Oct. 3.   ***Roseanne Barr took a nasty spill at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Tuesday. The comedian, 63, shared the news (and a graphic image) on  Twitter Wednesday, revealing she will undergo surgery on Monday. “Guys, I slipped in GG park in SF wh visiting my son, broke my kneecap in 3 places,” she tweeted. “My sister was w me, took control of situation. Surgery Mon.”   ***Uma Thurman’s drawn-out custody case with ex-fiancé Arpad Busson is headed to trial.  The “Pulp Fiction” star and her millionaire financier ex are still fighting over their young daughter, Luna. They could face off in Manhattan Supreme Court by December, papers state.

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