*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The latest combined polling elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A victory by Mr. Trump remains quite possible: Mrs. Clinton’s chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a 35-yard field goal.
*Trump: The ‘Shackles’ Have Been Taken Off:
Following a weekend of scandal and backlash, Donald Trumptweeted on Tuesday: “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.” Several Republicans in the past few days have rescinded their endorsement of the candidate, while House Speaker Paul Ryan said he refuses to defend the GOP nominee for the rest of the election. Trump’s tweet is an ominous sign of his plans to become somehow even more controversial, including during the video in which he said he liked to grab women “by the pussy.”
*Paul Ryan Turns Focus From Donald Trump to House Races, Roiling G.O.P.:
The House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, dealt a hammer blowto Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy on Monday, dashing any remaining semblance of Republican unity and inviting fierce backlash from his own caucus by announcing that he would no longer defend Mr. Trump. Mr. Ryan’s stance drew an immediate rebuke from Mr. Trump, who posted on Twitter that Mr. Ryan should focus on governing “and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee.” Mr. Ryan informed Republican lawmakers on a morning conference call that he would never again campaign for Mr. Trump and would dedicate himself instead to defending the party’s majority in Congress, according to five lawmakers who participated in the call and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
*ISIS Media Output Drops as Military Pressure Rises, Report Says:
The vaunted propaganda operations of the Islamic State, which helped lure more than 30,000 foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq, have dropped off drastically as the extremist group has come under military pressure, according to a study by terrorism researchers at West Point. In addition, the researchers found, there has been a striking shift away from publications and social media portraying a functioning state with competent bureaucrats, thriving businesses and happy citizens. The Islamic State, also called ISIS and ISIL, claims that it is building a new caliphate — or unified Muslim land — a claim that has become increasingly threadbare. “It’s not just the numeric decline,” said Daniel Milton, director of research at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and the author of the new report. “The caliphate was their big selling point. Now there’s an inability to say we’re doing the things that make us a state. And that was behind their broad appeal.” At the peak of the Islamic State’s media output, in August 2015, the group released more than 700 items from official outlets in Syria and several other countries. During the month of August 2016, after a year of airstrikes and other assaults, that number had declined to under 200, according to the study.
*Obama: We’re Going to Mars by 2030s:
President Obama on Tuesday announced the U.S. has partnered with private firms in the goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s. Obama wrote in an essay for CNN that the government’s “ultimate ambition” is to one day “remain there for an extended time.” He wrote that astronauts will be sent to the International Space Station by private companies within the next two years. “Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we’re already well on our way,” Obama said.
*Buffett Calls Trump’s Bluff and Releases His Tax Data:
Warren E. Buffett is not running for president. But on Monday, Mr. Buffett, the billionaire investor, volunteered more detailed information about his income taxes than Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee, ever has. Mr. Buffett released the information after essentially being called out by Mr. Trump during Sunday night’s presidential debate. Acknowledging for the first time that he had avoided paying federal income taxes for years by claiming nearly a billion dollars in losses in 1995, Mr. Trump then tried to shift attention to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, accusing some of her wealthy supporters of exploiting tax laws to their own advantage. “Many of her friends took bigger deductions,” Mr. Trump said. “Warren Buffett took a massive deduction.” Actually, he did not.
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*Christie: Trump Video ‘Indefensible,’ But He Still Supports Him:
Chris Christie on Tuesday broke his silence on Donald Trump’s latest scandal when he appeared on sports radioprogram Boomer & Carton. “I’m still supporting Donald,” Christie said. “I’m really upset about what I heard, but in the end this election is about bigger issues.” During the show, Christie admitted that the Republican presidential nominee’s lewd remarks, obtained in a video recording by The Washington Post, are not “immaterial” in deciding for whom to vote. He added, “I was really disturbed and embarrassed for him and his family.” Christie said he was with Trump at the time the Post story published. “Let’s be really clear: It’s completely indefensible,” the New Jersey governor said. “I made that very clear to Donald.” Christie also noted that he doesn’t believe Trump’s video apology was “enough.”
*Samsung Halts Production of Galaxy Note 7:
Samsung has now completely halted production of the Galaxy Note 7, after another spate of fires and explosions were reported involving replacement models the company issued to customers. On Monday, Samsung initially told buyers to stop using the smartphones and to turn them off while it looked into the safety concerns; early Tuesday, that notice was followed up with an announcement the company had halted production altogether. Representatives from Samsung said the decision had been made for consumers’ safety. Reuters reports the fiasco could end up costing the company $17 billion.
*Report: Billy Bush Bragged About Trump Video:
Disgraced Today host Billy Bush bragged to NBC staffers about the lewd Donald Trump tape that got him suspended, Page Six cited multiple sources as saying. According to the report, Bush told staffers that he had a “tape of Trump being a real dog” while covering the Rio Olympics in August. It is precisely his boasting that prompted Access Hollywood staffers to track down the damning tape, the report said. “If he knew about the tape, and remembered the full extent of such an explosive conversation with a presidential candidate and didn’t disclose that to NBC News, that is a very, very serious problem,” an unnamed source was quoted as saying. Bush has already been suspended from Today in the wake of the scandal, but he also faces scrutiny by NBC for workplace sexual harassment over the comments he made in the tape about co-host Nancy O’Dell, the report said. In the video, Bush can be heard giggling and egging on Trump as he bragged about trying to “move on” O’Dell. “There is concern that Bush didn’t defend his female co-worker. Instead, he appears to encourage that type of talk about her,” a source told Page Six. Bush’s female colleagues were reportedly asked to come forward if they have any complaints about his behavior, and a meeting was held Monday over the matter, the report said.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have given millions of dollars to nearly 100 prominent health groups in recent years, while simultaneously spending millions to defeat public health legislation that would reduce Americans’ soda intake, according to public health researchers. The findings, published on Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, document the beverage industry’s deep financial ties to the health community over the past five years, as part of a strategy to silence health critics and gain unlikely allies against soda regulations. The study’s authors, Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University school of public health, and Daniel Aaron, a student at Boston University’s medical school, scoured public records including news releases, newspaper databases, lobbying reports, the medical literature and information released by the beverage giants themselves. While some of the incidents cited in the study already have been reported by news organizations, the medical journal report is the first to take a comprehensive look at the industry’s strategy of donating to health organizations while at the same time lobbying against public health measures. The study tracked industry donations and lobbying spending from 2011 through 2015, at a time when many cities were mulling soda taxes or other regulations to combat obesity. ***Wells Fargo, under fire from all sides because of a long-running scandal in which employees set up illegal accounts to meet sales quotas, announced a restructuring of its top management on Monday, solidifying the leadership structure beneath Timothy J. Sloan, who is widely expected to succeed John G. Stumpf, the bank’s embattled chairman and chief executive. The changes, to take effect on Nov. 1, will place a number of top executives directly under the purview of Mr. Sloan, a 29-year company veteran who was promoted last November to Wells Fargo’s No. 2 spot, becoming the bank’s president and chief operating officer.
*The Atlantic Names Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg as New Editor in Chief:
The Atlantic has named national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg as its new editor in chief. Goldberg will become the publication’s 14th top editor since its founding in 1857. James Bennet, the former editor, left the magazine last spring to join The New York Times. “There are a couple of blessings here: I know the team and I think the team is great,” Goldberg said. “I’m not starting where James Bennet started. Thanks… to his efforts, we’re in a very good spot.” Goldberg has written 11 cover stories for the magazine, including “The Obama Doctrine,” which published last March.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Pedro Almodóvar at the Leopard at des Artistes in NYC. ***Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescottcelebrating his team’s victory over the Bengals at Del Frisco’s Grille in Plano, Texas, with a party of 32. ***Clint Eastwood’sdaughter Alison Eastwood at the Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Pet Hero Awards, founded by Jewel Morris. ***Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrating his “SNL” show at an after-party at Dos Caminos on Park Avenue South in NYC. ***Tracy Morganemceeing the eighth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit honoring Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins at Capitale in NYC ***Maxwell making a surprise appearance at the Many Rivers to Cross festival, where he honored Prince and Harry Belafonte. ***John Mayer sitting in with all-star Grateful Dead cover band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday night. ***Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Bielstrolling along the waterfront in Battery Park in NYC. ***Media expert and author Michael Levine back from New York City from a week of meetings.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Reginald K. Brack Jr., who as a top executive at Time Inc. helped shepherd the company’s sometimes uneasy transformation from a primarily journalistic enterprise into a multimedia and entertainment company, died on Oct. 4 at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 79. The cause was complications of progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disorder, his family said.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: Regarding Donald Trump’s private sexual comments: We are living through a national hysteria. To understand how and why, it is necessary to understand the indispensable role hysteria plays on the left. The left is always in major crisis mode. And, in nearly every case, the crisis is either wildly exaggerated or simply false. For example: –Few people deny that the earth is warming. To assert that is not hysteria. What is hysteria is the left’s position that carbon emissions will destroy life on Earth. –No one denies that there are racist cops. What is hysteria is the left’s claim that innocent blacks are routinely shot to death by racist cops. –The widespread protests against the name Washington “Redskins” were pure left-wing hysteria — ended only by the revelation through polling that the vast majority of American Indians couldn’t care less about the name. The examples are endless: from the alleged epidemic of heterosexual AIDS in America and preschool molestation scares in the ’80s to the wildly exaggerated dangers of secondhand smoke and the baseless fears about electronic cigarettes. We are regularly forced to endure a new left-wing manufactured, media-supercharged hysteria.
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