*ABC/WaPo Poll: Trump Takes 1-Point Lead:
A new national poll puts Hillary Clinton
1 percentage point behind Donald Trump
following the FBI’s announcement that new emails surfaced in an investigation of her private emailserver. Enthusiasm for the Democratic presidential candidate has waned slightly, according to the ABC News/Washington Post
tracking poll. This is the first time Clinton has been behind Trump nationally since May. The new poll shows 46 percent of likely voters surveyed in support of Trump, with 45 percent behind Clinton. According to ABC News, for illustrative purposes, the division between the two candidates is only 0.7 of a percentage point. Behind the two major-party candidates, Gary Johnson
comes in at 3 percent, a new low for the Libertarian candidate. Jill Stein
remains last at 2 percent support. Notably, the percentage difference between Trump and Clinton is within the poll’s margin of error.
*WHO READS LBN? Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin
*NEVER ENDING CRISES – More migrants from around the world making way to US border:
An increasing number of people from far-flung corners of the world quietly have tried to sneak into the United States among the hundreds of thousands of other, mostly Latin American migrants caught at the Mexican border in the last year, according to arrest data from the Homeland Security Department. The arrests of more than 8,000 people from India, China, Romania, Bangladesh and Nepal between October 2015 and the end of August is offering a new challenge to immigration agents tasked with fully identifying would-be immigrants and quickly deporting people caught crossing the border illegally. The group of overseas migrants represents a tiny fraction of the more than 408,000 people caught crossing the Mexican border illegally in the last year. But the arrests suggest a rising trend in the number of migrants opting for a convoluted trek that sometimes wends across the seas to South America, over land to Central America and then through Mexico before arriving at the U.S. border illegally.
*China Pans Trump Climate Treaty Exit Threat:
In an unusual move for a country that rarely comments on foreign elections, China on Tuesday panned Donald Trump
’s suggestion that the U.S. back out of the global climate-change pact that is meant to take effect Friday. The Paris Agreement, which the Republican presidential candidate has threatened to reject if elected, was negotiated by nearly 200 countries. “If they resist this trend, I don’t think they’ll win the support of their people, and their country’s economic and social progress will also be affected,” said Xie Zhenhua
, China’s top climate-change negotiator. “I believe a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends.”
*Iraq’s Special Forces Enter Mosul:
More than two years after the Islamic State terror group took control of the city, Iraqi forces have entered the outer edge of Mosul. Commanders on Tuesday said they had made an initial breach into the city in the neighborhood of Gogjali. “Right now I’m in the middle of Gogjali,” Lt. Gen. Abdelwahab al-Saedi
, a commander with the counterterrorism forces, told The Washington Post
. “We are dealing with pockets of resistance and booby traps.” The push into the city from the east followed Iraqi government forces taking several nearby villages. “There are still sleeper cells around in the villages,” said another special-forces captain. Civilians were still fleeing the city by convoys, as other hostages were being used by ISIS as human shields. Iraqi officials encouraged civilians in Mosul to remain in their homes. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
, on state television, assured citizens that his forces were close.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
*Report: Trump Avoided Taxes With Legally Dubious Methods:
A new wrinkle in the story of Donald Trump
’s avoidance of paying taxes for more than a decade: He reportedly used legally dubious maneuvers his own lawyers suggested the IRS would find improper if they were to audit him. According to The New York Times
, the now-Republican presidential nominee avoided reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable income using a strategy tax experts refer to as a “stock-for-debt swap,” relying heavily on mathematical trickery. In essence, given the timing of this tax strategy, Trump received enormous tax benefits for being in debt during an era in which his casinos suffered great losses. Congress and the IRS eventually banned “stock-for-debt” swaps by corporations in 1993, but Trump was likely able to circumvent the law by using partnerships. That method was later banned by Congress in 2004.
*Kasich Writes in McCain for POTUS:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
, and former presidential candidate, voted for Sen. John McCain
for president by absentee ballot Monday. Vowing not to support Donald Trump
, Kasich voted for Republicans down the ballot as well. McCain is not one of the available write-in options in Ohio, so funnily enough Kasich’s vote will not count. “Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support,” Kasich said in an Oct. 8 statement. “The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that’s not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.”
*LBN – INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS:
***CNN has severed ties with the Democratic strategist Donna Brazile
, after hacked emails from WikiLeaks showed that she shared questions for CNN-sponsored candidate events in advance with friends on Hillary Clinton
’s campaign. Ms. Brazile, a veteran political analyst for the network, was already on leave from CNN since becoming interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. OnMonday, CNN said it had accepted her formal resignation on Oct. 14. “We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” Lauren Pratapas
, a network spokeswoman, said in a statement. ***After six months of pursuit, the Gannett Company
said Tuesday that it was withdrawing its offer to acquire the owner of The Los Angeles Times
and The Chicago Tribune
, a deal that would have extended Gannett’s national footprint and furthered consolidation in the newspaper industry. Gannett, the publisher of USA Today
, had made several efforts to acquire the former Tribune Publishing Company, now known as Tronc
. The first two were rejected during the spring.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Tammy Grimes, the throaty actress and singer who conquered Broadway at the age of 26, winning a Tony Award for her performance in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and went on to a distinguished stage career, died on Sunday in Englewood, N.J. She was 82. The death was confirmed by Duncan MacArthur, her nephew.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Taylor Swift and Drake have been cozying up to each other lately because they’re making music together. “They’ve been in the studio collaborating,” a source told us after Swift was a no-show at Drake’s Virginia Black Halloween party on Sunday.
*LBN-NOTICED: Amy Schumer
doesn’t want you to see her sweat. On Monday, the 35-year-old comedian was spotted trying to keep a low-profile during a 4:30 p.m. SoulCycle class in Chicago’s Southport neighborhood. “She wore sunglasses inside the dark studio,” a spy said. “She clearly didn’t want to be recognized.”
*LBN- SEE IT: Former President Bill Clinton actually officiated at the Anthony Weiner – Huma Abedin wedding.
*LBN- SEE IT: Janis Ian and Sarah Partridge were in New York late last month and had the opportunity to record together. They sang one of the two songs they wrote, titled “A Quarter Past Heartache”.
Comedy sensation Ismo
has left L.A. for a 6 week tour of Europe for a series of 36 sold-out performances.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
If America were a marriage we’d need therapy. There has been so much bad communication over the past year: people talking in warring monologues past each other, ignoring the facts and using lazy stereotypes like “elites” and “Trumpeans” to reduce complex individuals into simplistic categories. Meanwhile, our main candidates are poor connectors. We’ve got the self-enclosed narcissism of Donald Trump and, to a lesser degree, the mistrustful defensiveness of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. As an antidote for all this, I’ve been reading the work of Martin Buber, the early 20th century Jewish theologian who dedicated his career to understanding deep intimacy. Buber is famous for the distinction between I-It relationships and I-Thou relationships.
*Award Winning Mediator, Mark Baer, says “Many Lawyers Misconstrue The Art of Persuasion with Arguing”:
According to his most recently published Huffington Post blog titled “Never Underestimate the Importance of Understanding and Perspective
,” award-winning mediator, Mark Baer
, believes law schools inadvertently turn future lawyers into warriors and gladiators because of the manner in which they teach the practice of law. “In the words of the Oxford English Dictionary, Rule of Law is ‘The authority and influence of law in society, esp. when viewed as a constraint on individual and institutional behavior; (hence) the principle whereby all members of a society (including those in government) are considered equally subject to publicly disclosed legal codes and processes.’” Baer states that the research is very clear that law students tend to be competitive, rule oriented, and analytical in nature. Meanwhile, while in law school, they are taught how to “argue” whether or not particular laws and processes apply to any given situation and whether or not the laws and processes are applied equally to all members of society. Although such legal training is essential, by making the applicability of the law center stage, law schools inadvertently teach future lawyers that the “legal answer” is the “best” or most appropriate answer in any and every given context.
*LBN-A DIFFEENT VIEW:
***Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman
is losing his mind in prison and a lot of it has to due with lack of sex. The drug lord — who made national headlines when he escaped prison by digging through a tunnel over a year ago — is claiming that life in jail is causing hallucinations and memory loss. “He doesn’t know when is day and when is night,” his attorney, José Refugio Rodríguez
, said. “He lives in constant anguish,” the Los Angeles Times reported. ***Whoopi Goldberg
, who has Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards to her name, can officially call herself a designer. The 60-year-old “View” co-host has designed nine “ugly Christmas sweaters” to go on sale at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay beginning Tuesday. “I’ve always like them,” Goldberg told the New York Times. “They make me happy. I’ve worn them for many years. I thought about all the things I’d love to see on a sweater.”
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