*When It Comes to Tax Avoidance, Donald Trump’s Just a Small Fry:
Not paying taxes “makes me smart,” Donald J. Trump
said last week. His surrogates called him “a genius” for his recentlyrevealed tax avoidance strategies. Well, if they are right, the executives running corporate America are absolute virtuosos. An exhaustive study being released on Tuesday by a group of researchers shows in detail how Fortune 500 companies have managed to shelter trillions of dollars in profits offshore from being taxed. Mr. Trump’s efforts pale by comparison. Worse, the companies have managed to hide many of their tax havens completely, in many cases reporting different numbers to different government agencies to obfuscate exactly how they’ve avoided Uncle Sam. And, yes, it is all legal.
*Judge Dismisses $40M Lawsuit Over Police Tactics in Ferguson Protests:
A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit claiming police used excessive force against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the 2014 death of Michael Brown. Judge Henry Autry
issued a 74-page ruling in which he sided with police officers, saying protesters had “completely failed to present any credible evidence that any of the actions taken by these individuals were taken with malice or were committed in bad faith.” The lawsuit, filed by nine people seeking $40 million in compensation, stemmed from the 2014 riots in Ferguson that spread across the nation after the police shooting of the black teenager. The lawsuit alleged police abused protesters and made unlawful arrests, using excessive force by firing rubber bullets and tear-gas canisters. Autry disagreed with these claims, however, saying protesters had ignored “repeated warnings” by police to disperse. He also granted immunity from the civil-rights suit to the police officers involved.
*Philippine President Duterte to Obama: ‘You Can Go to Hell’:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
said Tuesday during a meeting that President Obama “can go to hell.” Duterte was said to be upset that the U.S. has criticized his deadly anti-drug campaign in the nation. He also lashed out at the European Union, which has also denounced the controversial effort. The EU, he said, “better choose Purgatory. Hell is filled up.” Since taking office in June, Duterte’s crackdown has resulted in the extrajudicial killings of some 3,000 drug suspects. He has in the past called Obama a “son of a whore” but later expressed regret for the slur, because it led to the cancellation of a meeting between the two leaders. He said at the time he regretted that “it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. president.” Duterte has made similar comments about Pope Francis
and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
*Maryland Man Accused of ISIS Plot:
Nelash Mohamed Das, a 24-year-old Maryland man, has been charged with plotting to attack a member of the U.S. military on behalf of ISIS, according to federal prosecutors. Das is a citizen of Bangladesh who came to the United States decades ago. According to court documents, he started to show support for the terror group online and then met in person with someone who he thought was a fellow supporter but ended up being an FBI source. The two of them then plotted the attack for which Das believed he could be paid $80,000 by a contact in Iraq.
*WHO READS LBN? CAA Agent Fred Specktor:
Detectives in Las Vegas pride themselves on having one of the country’s better track records for solving homicides, clearing nearly eight in every 10 cases while many other big-city departments struggle to solve half of their murders. But like other big cities across the nation, Las Vegas is in the midst of a dramatic rise in homicides. The rising murder rate is now testing whether the 19 homicide detectives at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can keep solving those crimes as new calls pour in, from parks awash in heroin, from streets where gang allies are quick to draw their guns, and from poor neighborhoods that lie just blocks from the shimmering casinos of the Strip. The nation’s murder rate, which has declined sharply for the last 20 years, rose by nearly 11 percent in 2015, the largest single-year jump in nearly 50 years. But there are still far fewer murders than in the 1990s, and criminologists believe that many large cities are in a period in which they will see steep, and unpredictable, rises and falls in homicides, but that murder rates across the country will remain fairly constant. A few cities were responsible for much of the increase, according to F.B.I. figures. In Las Vegas, the victims are a mix of African-Americans, whites and Latinos who have been killed during robberies, gang shootings, drug disputes and domestic violence incidents.
*Barry Bonds Fired After One Season:
has been fired after just one season as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. He is Major League Baseball’s career leader in all-time home runs, but has not been admitted to its Hall of Fame due to suspicions about his performance-enhancing drug use. The Marlins ended the season ranked fourth in the league in batting average, but that unfortunately didn’t translate into runs. They ranked only 27th in that category.
*WHO READS LBN? Actress Parker Posey:
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: At 42.4 million, there are now more immigrants, legal and illegal, in America that ever before, fueled by a significant increase from Muslim nations, and the growing numbers are substantially impacting public services like public schools, according to a weighty new analysis of Census Bureau data. One impact of note: There are 10.9 million students from immigrant households in public schools, accounting for 23 percent of all public school students, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.And while the doors remain open on the U.S.-Mexico border, the biggest percentage increases in immigration are all from largely Muslim nations, a fact that has been drawn into the presidential election.
*LBN-SEE IT: Rebecca Hall, the star of Antonio Campos’s “Christine,” about the Florida news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who shot and killed herself on a live broadcast in 1974. Some say it is the best performance of Ms. Hall’s career.
*Hollywood Goes New York: TLA Celebrates New York Office With Huge Sardi’s Party:
The Levin Agency http://levintalent.com/ is celebrating the opening of its New York office and 30 year anniversary with anight to remember at the iconic Sardi’s in New York City on Saturday October 8th. TLA was founded by Sid Levin in 1985. From raw talent to proven character actors, TLA has represented thousands of actors and actresses through more than three decades of film, television and theater production. “As someone who grew up with an excitement for this industry, I am very proud to be able to expand our agency and its quality, integrity and diversity to New York,” says legendary agent, Sid Levin. TLA has grown exponentially since partnering with Don Cisternino of MagnifiCo Inc., whose global network ranges from finance and venture capital to, technology, legal, real estate, and fashion.
, whose debut novel, “The Women of Brewster Place,” won a National Book Award and was adapted into an acclaimed mini-series that starred and was produced by Oprah Winfrey
, died on Wednesday near her home in Christiansted, V.I. She was 66. The cause was heart failure, her niece, Cheryl Rance
“An Incredibly Revealing TV Interview With One of America’s Most Prominent Catholic Priests” —— https://youtu.be/HAB7aj-NDsU
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
You can be a taxpayer or you can be a citizen. If you’re a taxpayer your role in the country is defined by your economic and legal status. Your primary identity is individual. You’re perfectly within your rights to do everything you legally can to look after your self-interest. Within this logic, it’s perfectly fine for Donald Trump to have potentially paid no income taxes, even over a long period of time. As Trump and his allies have said, he would have broken no law. He would have taken advantage of the deductions just the way the rest of us take advantage of the mortgage deduction or any other; it’s just that he had more deductions to draw upon. As Trump and his advisers have argued, it is normal practice in our society to pay as little in taxes as possible. There are vast industries to help people do this. There is no wrong here. The problem with the taxpayer mentality is that you end up serving your individual interest short term but soiling the nest you need to be happy in over the long term.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager:
The overwhelmingmedia consensus regarding the first presidential debate — Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton and Lester Holt — is that Clinton won.If she did win it was because Trump, after a strong opening 30 minutes, allowed himself to get baited into emotional and tendentious self-defense. And because the media have decided to focus on the tendentious, such as the utterly moronic issue of whether, in 1996, Trump called then-Miss Universe Alicia Machado “Miss Piggy,” almost all the debate analyses ignored many of the most important things each candidate said. On those grounds, Clinton did not win. On many truly significant subjects, she said things that were actually frightening, and he said things that were actually important.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
told French police she feared she was going to be raped by the gang of masked raiders who stormed her luxury Paris apartment, according to shocking new details unfolding of the brutal, six-minute raid in which as much as $9 million worth of jewelry is thought to have been stolen. According to a report on TMZ, Kardashian had her wrists and ankles bound with zip ties and duct tape before being dumped in a marble bathtub. Speculation that the robbers had inside help is also increasing. “Police and the Kardashian family don’t believe it was a coincidence that Kim was bodyguard-less at the time the robbers showed up and somehow made their way into her apartment. They think the robbers were tipped off it was the right time to strike,” reports TMZ. According to multiple reports, Kardashian’s robbers knew their way around the apartment perfectly. ***Ben Stiller
was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer two years ago at age 48, he revealed Tuesday. “It came out of the blue for me,” Stiller, now 50, said on Howard Stern
’s SiriusXM show, via Us Weekly. “I had no idea. At first, I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I was scared. It just stopped everything in your life because you can’t plan a movie because you don’t know what’s gonna happen.” Stiller says he went to see a urologist who delivered the devastating news. From there, he went on to see “a bunch of different” doctors, including pal Robert De Niro
’s physician. He essentially elected to have his prostate removed and his health is now fine. ***Tori Spelling
has a big bill coming her way. A judge ordered the “Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?” star to pay an American Express bill of $37,981.97, plus $855 in court fees after a default judgment in August. American Express sued Spelling, 43, in January over failed payments dating back to August 2015. ***Frances Bean Cobain
’s “online shopping habit and hoarding” has forced her estranged husband Isaiah Silva
out of their house. While the couple is currently divorcing — and fighting over Kurt Cobain
’s valuable guitar that Frances gave Silva as a gift at their June 2014 wedding — reports say he has now been forced out of their LA house by the court. But we’re told by a friend of Silva’s, “The weird truth is that Frances Cobain’s house is virtually unlivable because of Frances’ hoarding. Frances spends her days doing lots and lots of online shopping. Virtually every room is filled with boxes of stuff Frances has ordered from online retailers and never even bothered to open — shoes, clothing, art supplies, music equipment, and even several large-screen TVs.”
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