LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*Donald Trump Won’t Say if He’ll Accept Result of Election: 
In a remarkable statement that seemed to cast doubt on American democracy, Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he might not accept the results of next month’s election if he felt it was rigged against him — a stand that Hillary Clinton blasted as “horrifying” at their final and caustic debate on Wednesday. Mr. Trump, under enormous pressure to halt Mrs. Clinton’s steady rise in opinion polls, came across as repeatedly frustrated as he tried to rally conservative voters with hard-line stands on illegal immigration and abortion rights. But he kept finding himself drawn onto perilous political territory by Mrs. Clinton and the debate’s moderator, Chris Wallace. He sputtered when Mrs. Clinton charged that he would be “a puppet” of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia if elected. He lashed out repeatedly, saying that “she’s been proven to be a liar on so many different ways” and that “she’s guilty of a very, very serious crime” over her State Department email practices. And by the end of the debate, when Mrs. Clinton needled him over Social Security, Mr. Trump snapped and said, “Such a nasty woman.”

*Iraq: Mosul Liberation Moving Faster Than Expected:

According to Iraqi officials, the liberation of Mosul from ISIS’s control is moving faster than expected. Shortly after Peshmerga fighters opened up a new northern front on the key city Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the operation was moving more quickly than expected. Some of the government forces’ armored vehicles were less than four miles from the terror group’s stronghold, which was captured in mid-2014. Kurdish Peshmerga forces on Thursday launched a “large-scale operation” focusing on territories north of the city with the goal of recapturing 27 villages.

*CA Opens Criminal Probe Into Wells Fargo:

Wells Fargo suffered another setback Wednesday as the California Attorney General’s Office launched a criminal investigation into the banking giant over allegations it defrauded thousands of customers. Attorney General Kamala Harrissigned off on a seizure warrant authorizing access to customerrecords and other documents, Reuters reported. Harris said there is sufficient reason to believe the bank committed felonies with its actions. Wells Fargo spokesman Mark Folk told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that the bank would fully cooperate in the investigation. The bank has faced growing scrutiny in recent weeks over accusations that thousands of its employees opened accounts for customers without their permission, damaging credit ratings and resulting in major overdraft fees. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered the bank to pay $190 million in fines, estimating that about two million accounts were opened without customers’ knowledge to meet internal sales targets. The scandal prompted CEO John Stumpf to resign last week after he was grilled at a congressional hearing.

*Filipino President Duterte Declares ‘Separation’ From U.S.:

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte declared Wednesday that he intends to end the Philippines’ military and economic ties to the United States. While speaking at the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum, the firebrand leader indicated a preference for dealing with Chinese officials and businesses, declaring, “I announce my separation from the United States both in the military but economics also… I have separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time. But don’t worry, we will also help.” Duterte also suggested he’d like Russia to join in this new Eastern Hemisphere alliance: “I realign myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin,” he said. “There are three of us against the world. China, Philippines, Russia.”

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A new study suggests that road rage affects women more than men, and that females are far more likely to lose their cool behind the wheel. The researchers suggest that women have an instinctive ‘early warning system’ which dates back to our early female ancestors who had a sense of danger for threats. But this finding contradicts previous studies, which shows that men are predominantly affected by road rage.

*Stephen Baldwin: Brother Alec’s ‘SNL’ Trump Impression Not Funny:

Speaking to reporters as a Donald Trump surrogate Wednesday night in the post-debate spin room at the University of Las Vegas, actor Stephen Baldwin said his brother Alec Baldwin’s impression of the candidate on Saturday Night Live “isn’t very funny.” While Stephen acknowledged that Alec “has the voice down,” he said he thought the portrayal was “getting too nasty.” Defying the beliefs of many comedy fans, Baldwin added, “I don’t think there’s anything funny about this election. I think it’s very serious.” Following this past Saturday’s SNL, Trump himself tweeted, “Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”

*WHO READS LBN? Veteran entertainment publicist Ed Lozzi:

*Smithsonian Seeks $300,000 to Save Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers: 
They are just a pair of shoes, but what a pair of shoes. Possibly the most famous footwear in America, a pair of Dorothy’s rubyred slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” are showing their age. So the Smithsonian Institution, home to the slippers for nearly 40 years, is raising money to save them at an eye-catching cost of $300,000. The money is being raised through a Kickstarter campaign, the online technique the Smithsonian has begun to use to expand its private fund-raising for objects that capture the public interest. Last year, in its first such online campaign, the institution attracted $719,779 from 9,477 individual donors to enable its National Air and Space Museum to conserve, digitize and display the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 and Alan Shepard’s spacesuit from the first American manned spaceflight in 1961.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Chrissy Teigen at new Thai eatery Fish Cheeks in NYC.   ***Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake at Tutto Il Giorno Tribeca in NYC.   **Sebastian Stan and Famke Janssen at the Skin Cancer Foundation gala chaired by ICM Partners’ Adam Schweitzer and wife Stephanie.   ***Joe Jonas at Indochine in NYC.  ***Caitlyn Jenner at the Starbucks at the Beverly Glen Center.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***On Wednesday, in front of a loud and hostile crowd at Rogers Centre, the Indians took another step on the road to erasing almost seven decades of pitiless failure. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0, in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to clinch the series, 4-1, and win their first A.L. pennant in 19 years.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Former college soccer coach Oral “Nick” Hillary was found not guilty today in the murder of Garrett Phillips, the 12-year-old son of his ex-girlfriend. New York based public relations agency Goldman McCormick is being credited with helping Hillary get exonerated. “This morning I stood at the precipice of either spending the next fifteen years-to -life in prison or finally going home to my family. Goldman McCormick PR is a big reason why I’m going home to my family,” said Nick Hillary.

Jacqueline Kennedy Weds Aristotle Onassis (1968)
Jacqueline Bouvier married future US President John F. Kennedy in 1953. As first lady, she promoted the arts, history, and high style. After Kennedy’s assassination, her stoic behavior enhanced her standing with the public, but she stunned the world in 1968 when she married Greek millionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Phil Chess, who with his brother founded Chess Records, a storied Chicago label that captured great blues musicians like Muddy Waters in their prime and helped power the musical fusillade of rock ’n’ roll with vibrant recordings by the likes of Chuck Berry, died on Tuesday at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Pam Chess.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: When Melania Trump stood by her man-child the other night on CNN over the lewd comments to Billy Bush on a hot mic, she told Anderson Cooper that her husband “was led on — like, egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.’’ She was offering her best defense. But it was actually the best damnation. At the final debate tonight in Las Vegas, Donald Trump once more showed how easily egged on he is. Continuing to deploy lethal darts from her team of shrinks, Hillary Clinton baited Trump into a series of damaging nails-in-the-coffin statements. And it was so easy. The one-time litigator prosecuted the case against Trump, sparking another temperamental spiral, as effectively as Chris Christie once broke down Marco Rubio.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (
Consumers are naturally more drawn to the center of displays, which is precisely where retailers place pricier items. The second most popular placement is just to the right of the center, where most right-handed people are most likely to see and touch first.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by M. Zuhdi Jasser : Since September 2001, terrorism has dominated the headlines. But there is a much less discussed form of terrorism — assault on dissidents in which the very systems meant to protect them fail and hand them over to their killers. The attack on dissidents is robbing families of their loved ones, instilling fear in communities, and obstructing many pathways toward deep reform within the House of Islam. It is long overdue for security forces and governments to modify their policies and stand unwaveringly by the universal human right of free speech. Last month, Jordanian writer and political activist Nahed Hattar was murdered in cold blood outside a local court for “insulting Islam” by sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Award-winning Mediator) : Law schools inadvertently turn future lawyers into warriors and gladiators because of the manner in which they teach the practice of law.  For quite some time, I’ve mentioned that lawyers view themselves as warriors and gladiators. I’ve also explained that “those attracted to the practice of law are known to have low EQ levels and law school tends to erode whatever empathy those students had at the outset.” What I’ve never really bothered explaining because it was self-explanatory to me, and I should know better than to make such assumptions, was the reasoning behind my statements.  In her blog post And Yet Another Reason We Shouldn’t Assume, Stacey Neil states, “Making assumptions is risky, full of ego, any typically inaccurate by its very nature, and yet most of us do it all the time.”  I regret having made such assumptions because I believe it led to conflict with a great many of my colleagues. I accept responsibility for my role in that conflict by having made that mistake and hope that this article helps to resolve that conflict.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” —–


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