LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*Trump Flies to Mexico to Meet President Who Called Him ‘Hitler’:
Donald Trump will squeeze in a trip to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday, hours before his planned speech on immigration in Arizona. Nieto invited the Republican presidential nominee, according to reports. “I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump tweeted late Tuesday night. Hillary Clinton was also reportedly invited to meet with the president, who has previously compared Trump to Adolf Hitler. Nieto, whose popularity within his home country has fallen to record lows, wrote on social media: “I believe in dialogue to promote Mexico’s interests in the world, and chiefly, to protect Mexicans wherever they are.” Former Interior Minister Alejandro Poire, along with other politicians in Mexico, wrote: “Be part of the campaign of a candidate dedicated to insulting us? Why?” Many tweeted the hashtag #TrumpNotWelcome on Twitter.

*Senior ISIS Strategist and Spokesman Is Reported Killed in Syria:
The senior Islamic State strategist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was killed in northern Syria, the group announced on Tuesday, signaling the death of one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists. In Washington, the Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook,confirmed that an American “precision strike” near Al Bab, Syria, on Tuesday night had targeted Mr. Adnani, but could not confirm his death. “We are still assessing the results of the strike,” he said in a statement. Two American officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence, said a United States military drone had hit a vehicle Mr. Adnani was thought to be traveling in, following a close collaboration between the Central Intelligence Agency and Special Operations forces to track him.


*U.S. to Cuba Passenger Flights Begin:

JetBlue is scheduled to make history Wednesday with the first regularly scheduled passenger-jet service from the United States to Cuba. A flight will take off at about 9:45 a.m. from Fort Lauderdale. The last time a passenger flight flew from the United States to Cuba—more than 50 years ago—it happened on a propeller plane, according to JetBlue Executive Vice President Marty St. George. “We do think it’s an important part of history,” St. George said. “From a challenge perspective, we know the drill. Cuba has some unique elements because of 50 years of history between the U.S. and Cuba, but we’re ready to go.”

*WHO READS LBN? Actress Emma Stone:

*Massive Elephant Decline Seen in Africa:
A massive elephant decline across Africa is worrying ecologists, according to a CNN report. In Botswana’s Linyanti swamp alone, elephants’s faces are hacked solely for their ivory tusks. The Great Elephant Census estimates that Africa’s elephant population stands at around 350,000—down significantly from 1.3 million in 1979—but three countries’ elephant populations were not included due to armed conflict and refusal to comply with the study. “I don’t think anybody in the world has seen the number of dead elephants that I’ve seen over the last two years,” said Mike Chase, an elephant ecologist and co-founder of Elephants Without Borders. Localized extinction is a possibility, and the number will continue to decline at a rate of around 8 percent. There was a 30 percent drop between 2007 and 2014 alone.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sports drinks seem like they should be healthy. Athletes endorse them, and they don’t have the same “liquid candy” reputation as the Pepsi a few shelves over. But how helpful are they to serious and casual exercisers? Not very, it turns out. To be clear, we’re talking about sports drinks, not energy drinks like Rockstar and Monster. Despite the similar names, they’re no relation. Energy drinks are super-caffeinated soda with a few gimmicky supplements thrown in to make them look special. Sports drinks, on the other hand, are the beverages like Gatorade and Powerade that deliver carbohydrates and electrolytes in a typically fruity, brightly colored fluid sold in plastic bottles. To put it another way: energy drinks are for all-night video game marathons; sports drinks are for actual marathons.

*Chris Brown Arrested, Released on Gun Charge:
R&B artist Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday after a model accused him of pointing a gun at her head while they were arguing in his home. Brown denied the charges even as police arrived on the scene at his residence, where he was holed up for most of the day. He was released from a Los Angeles County jail earlyWednesday morning after posting $250,000 bail.

*‘Father of the 747’ Passes Away:
Joe Sutter, the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747 program, died at the age of 95. Dubbed the “Father of the 747” by the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Sutter is credited with leading the development of the first wide-body aircraft. That in turn led to the era of mass air travel. In 1985, Sutter received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Ronald Reagan and he retired the next year.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:  Longtime WME agent Cliff Roberts has just parted company with the agency after 10 years there (with another six years spent as an agent at WMA after starting in the mailroom). The word is that CAA is his likely landing place, but that part hasn’t yet happened.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to ten years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter. The 28-year-old reportedly refused to repent, insisting what he wrote reflected his beliefs and that he had the right to express them.

*WHO READS LBN? Acclaimed author, Lawrence Grobel:
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wed longtime girlfriend Sofia Levander in a lavish Lake Como wedding in Italy over the weekend. Fellow tech titan Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan attended, Chris Rock officiated and Bruno Mars performed “Marry You” at the reception. ***Bruce Willischecking out comedian Nate Bargatze at Carolines on Broadway in NYC.   ***Paul Giamatti walking on Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. ***Prominent L.A. business attorney, Newton Tak having lunch at Chaya Venice on Main Street in Venice.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Marc Riboud, the French photojournalist who captured moments of grace even in the most fraught situations around the world, died in Paris on Tuesday. He was 93. His death was confirmed by his widow, Catherine, who gave the cause as Alzheimer’s disease.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Anyone who says it doesn’t matter whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins this election needs their head examined. The damage thatTrump could do to our nation with his blend of intellectual laziness, towering policy ignorance and reckless impulsiveness is in a league of its own. Hillary has some real personal ethics issues she needs to confront, but she’s got the chops to be president. What interests me most right now, though, is a different question. It’s not, “Who are they — our politicians?” It’s, “Who are we — the voters?” To be specific: Are we all just Shiites and Sunnis now? More and more of our politics resembles the core sectarian conflict in the Middle East between these two branches of Islam, and that is not good. Because whether you’re talking about Shiites and Sunnis — or Iranians and Saudis, Israelis and Palestinians, Turks and Kurds — a simple binary rule dominates their politics: “I am strong, why should I compromise? I am weak, how can I compromise?”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Bart(Variety): The book Power House is being shrewdly promoted around the industry, but I wish the book were as focused as the promotion. Most of its 707 pages consist of direct quotes from a vast range of agents and executives who leap from topic to topic amidst what is often a maze of contradiction. In reading the book, I felt as though I had been imprisoned in a locker room, listening to a bunch of macho guys boasting about their accomplishments.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: Given that the former secretary of state used her office to enrich herself and her husband; given that she so willfully compromised national security by setting up her own private email server in order to avoid congressional and public oversight; given that she has repeatedly lied about these actions; given that she lied to the mothers and fathers of the men killed by terrorists in Benghazi; and given that she has a long history of lying (a New York Times columnist called her a “congenital liar” in the 1990s), the notion of Clinton as a model for America’s girls and young women is nothing, if not depressing.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Geffen: Agents in general are incredibly full of shit.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Less than a month after having a baby girl, Bar Refaeli was back in her bikini. On Monday, the 31-year-old supermodel shared a cheeky photo of her swimming in a black, string swimsuit. “Crystal clear,” she captioned the black bikini photo. On Aug. 11, Refaeli and husband Adi Ezra welcomed a seven-pound baby girl, Liv, into their family.

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