LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*Report: Trump TV Idea Sparked by Dissatisfaction with Fox:

The idea to create a “Trump TV” network after the presidential election was initially born out of a dissatisfaction with Fox News’ coverage of Donald Trump, according to a report. A source close to Trump told Bloomberg that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, threatened then-Fox boss Roger Ailes with the idea. The relationship between the two parties eventually thawed, the source said, but Trump himself started to realize his ability to draw people in. “One thing Jared always tells Donald is that if the New York Times and cable news mattered, he would be at 1 percent in the polls,” the source said. “Trump supporters really don’t have a media outlet where they feel they’re represented.” The goal with a potential Trump TV network would be to “take his message directly to the people.”

*Twitter to Slash a Tenth of Global Staff:

Twitter plans to slash about 9 percent of its worldwide workforce over financial losses and an inability to find a buyer. The company announced early Thursday that it plans to record a charge of between $10 million and $20 million for workforce restructuring. Twitter, which has about 3,860 workers total, has failed to keep up with social-media competitors like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, according to reports. Facebook has gained 319 million users since the end of 2014, expanding to a reach of 1.7 billion people internationally. Twitter, by contrast, gained only 15 million monthly users in that same time period. Twitter, as of June, had a total audience of 313 million.

*22 Children Dead in Syria School Bombing:

The UN children’s agency UNICEF has confirmed that 22 children were killed in airstrikes on a school complex in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province Wednesday. Earlier reports had put the death toll at 12. At least six teachers were also killed in theattack. UNICEF Director Anthony Lake told AFP the school was “repeatedly attacked,” noting that it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the start of the civil war five years ago. “This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime,” Lake was quoted as saying. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were six attacks carried out by “either Russian or Syrian” warplanes. Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin had little to say when asked about Russia’s involvement: “It’s horrible, horrible. I hope we were not involved.” The strikes hit just as students were leaving the school after teachers decided to release them early due to air raids in the area.

*Cruz: We May Block Supreme Court Nominees After the Election:

Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday suggested the Republican Party may keep a vacancy on the Supreme Court indefinitely if it means preventing a Democratic choice. GOP senators have so far refused to even consider filling the ninth seat with President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. “There will be plenty of time for debate on that issue,” the Texas senator said. “There is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices. I would note, just recently, that Justice [Stephen] Breyer observed that the vacancy is not impacting the ability of the court to do its job. That’s a debate that we are going to have.”

*Yazidi Women Win EU Human-Rights Prize:

The European Union’s Sakharov Prize for human rights has been awarded to two Yazidi woman who became advocates for their people after escaping enslavement by the Islamic Stateterror group. The winners, Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Ashar, were announced Thursday. Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Guy Verhofstadt, called the women “inspirational” and said they have “shown incredible bravery and humanity in the face of despicable brutality.” He added, “I am proud that they have been awarded the 2016 Sakharov Prize.” A former Turkish newspaper editor was also a finalist for the prize, which is named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. It honors anyone who defends fundamental freedoms and human rights. Renowned shooting-survivor, Pakistani schoolgirl, and author Malala Yousafzai won the prize in 2013.

*Chaffetz Jumps Back on Trump Train:

Jason Chaffetz, a Republican congressman from Utah, announced Wednesday night that he will be voting for Donald Trump, after harshly condemning his party’s nominee just a few weeks ago. “I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him. HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA,” he said on Twitter. In the aftermath of a tape being released that revealed Trump bragging about groping women, Chaffetz said almost immediately “I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president.”

*Two-Thirds of Wild Animals ‘Will Be Gone by 2020’:
A mass extinction may drop the number of the planet’s wild animals by two-thirds before the year 2020, a new report claims. According to the researchers, the falling numbers are being caused by hunting, destroyed wild habitats, and pollution. The comprehensive analysis compiled by scientists from WWFand the Zoological Society of London found that animal populations dropped by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. That same loss is on track to hit 67 percent by 2020. Those animals range from vultures and salamanders, to elephants and gorillas. “The richness and diversity of life on Earth is fundamental to the complex life systems that underpin it,” said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF. “Life supports life itself and we are part of the same equation. Lose biodiversity and the natural world and the life-support systems, as we know them today, will collapse.” In a foreword to the study, Stockholm University Prof. Johan Rockström wrote: “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point.”

*Trump: I Could Have Kept Khan Alive:

During an interview with ABC News, Donald Trump claimed once again that if he were president in 2004, he would have been able to keep Captain Humayun Khan alive. Khan died in combat in Iraq. “Had I been president, Captain Khan would be alive today,” Trump said. “We wouldn’t have been in this horrible, horrible mistake, the war in Iraq.” Trump went on to falsely assert again that he was against the Iraq War. Khizr Khan, Captain Khan’s father, who gave a famous speech at the Democratic National Convention, quickly responded by saying: “This is the most cruel thing you can say to grieving parents, that if I was there this would not have happened.”

*Chicago Cubs Nab First Fall Classic Win Since 1945:

The Chicago Cubs scored their first win in the World Series since 1945, grabbing a 5-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday evening. “This is the moment that we all look forward to when we were little kids, to play in the World Series,” said outfielder and catcher Kyle Schwarber, who came back after a devastating season-long injury. “We just took a small step today, but we’ve still got a long way to go.” The teams are now tied 1-1 in the series. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series title since 1908, in what is the longest Major League Baseball drought between championships.


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