LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*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 47-yard field goal.

*New Debate Strategy for Donald Trump: Practice, Practice, Practice: 
Campaign advisers to Donald J. Trump, concerned that his focus and objectives had dissolved during the first presidential debate on Monday, plan to more rigorously prepare him for his next face-off with Hillary Clinton by drilling the Republican nominee on crucial answers, facts and counterattacks, and by coaching him on ways to whack Mrs. Clinton on issues even if he is not asked about them. Whether he is open to practicing meticulously is a major concern, however, according to some of these advisers and others close to Mr. Trump. While analysts from both parties and several focus groups declared Mrs. Clinton the winner of the debate, Mr. Trump tried to claim that title for himself on Tuesday, citing unscientific online surveys, and told his advisers that he believed he had done well in the first half-hour of the 90-minute event.

*FINALLY – Pelosi, Ryan Reach Deal on Flint Aid:
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosireached an agreement Tuesday night on an aid package for Flint, the Michigan city in the midst of a water crisis. The House will vote Wednesday on an amendment that would set aside $170 million for Flint. The Senate on Tuesday rejected a stopgap spending measure that would have kept the federal government open past Friday at midnight, thereby averting a shutdown. Many Democrats voted against the legislation because it did not include federal funding for Flint. The Senate passed a separate funding bill for Flint this month totaling $220 million. “It’s almost as if a few Democratic leaders decided long ago that bringing our country to the brink would make for good election-year politics, and then they’ve just made up the rationale as they go along,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

*Trayvon Martin’s Parents Sign Book Deal:
Trayvon Martin‘s parents Tracy Martin (L), and Sybrina Fulton enter the courtroom after a morning recess in George Zimmerman seconded-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, July 3, 2013.  Trayvon Martin’s parents are writing a book, which will publish in January—nearly five years after the teen died in Florida when he was shot by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s acquittal sparked protests all over the country. The book will be called ‘Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,’ and it will hit shelves on Jan. 31. Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton’s book is to be edited by Christoper Jackson, of Random House’s One World imprint. “It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents’ eyes,” Jackson said. “Everyone who’s been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter.”

*5 Arrested in Suspected European ISIS Cell:
Five people have been arrested in Europe on suspicion of forming an “active and dangerous” ISIS terror cell. Spain’s interior ministry said Wednesday the five suspects promoted Islamist militancy in Spain, Belgium, and Germany. Of the group, four are Spanish and one is Moroccan. Officials said the five suspects ran a Facebook group out of Spain that promoted the terror group and even liaised between militants in Syria and others in Europe.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Wells Fargo announced on Tuesday that it would claw back compensation valued at $41 million from its embattled chairman and chief executive, John G. Stumpf, as the financial consequences of the scandal over illegally created sham accounts at the bank reached theexecutive suite. The action represented one of the first times since the 2008 financial crisis that a chief executive has been forced to give up compensation. Many large companies have adopted clawback provisions at the urging of regulators and shareholder advocates, but boards have been hesitant to invoke them. And it came one week after a blistering Senate hearing in which lawmakers criticized the company and its board for not holding its leaders financially accountable for the scandal.   ***Six years ago, Yahoo’s computer systems and customer email accounts were penetrated by Chinese military hackers. Google and a number of other technology companies were also hit. The Google co-founder Sergey Brin regarded the attack on his company’s systems as a personal affront and responded by making security a top corporate priority. Google hired hundreds of security engineers with six-figure signing bonuses, invested hundreds of millions of dollars in security infrastructure and adopted a new internal motto, “Never again,” to signal that it would never again allow anyone — be they spies or criminals — to hack into Google customers’ accounts. Yahoo, on the other hand, was slower to invest in the kinds of defenses necessary to thwart sophisticated hackers that are now considered standard in Silicon Valley, according to half a dozen current and former company employees who participated in security discussions but agreed to describe them only on the condition of anonymity.

*Former Israeli President Peres Dies:
Shimon Peres, who served as prime minister of Israel twice and as the country’s ninth president, died late Tuesday at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was on a respirator in the hospital and his condition deteriorated. Peres was one of the architects of the Oslo peace accords that led to him winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the last surviving figure associated with Israel’s modern founding and went from being considered deeply divisive to extremely popular later in his political career.

*Arizona Paper Backs First Democrat Ever:
The Arizona Republic, which had never endorsed a Democrat for president since it began publishing in 1890, is backing Hillary Clinton in this election. Continuing a trend with many other major U.S. newspapers that typically back Republicans, the Republic editors wrote that “the 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified… The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head, and the ability to think carefully before acting. Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trumpdoes not. Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***A “very drunk” Jimmy Fallon rocked out at punk bar Manitoba’s in NYC on Monday. “He was at the end of the bar playing ’90s music on his phone,” a spy said. “He would have the bartender hook it up and start dancing. He was very drunk, cutting up and making people laugh.” The “Tonight Show” host didn’t leave till about 3 a.m.   ***Marilyn Manson at a Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel party for the new film “Masterminds.   ***Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and his daughter at Alfredo 100 in NYC.   ***Sandra Bernhard on the subway in NYC with Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein taping the segment “Live From the M Train” for Bernhard’s SiriusXM show.   ***Actor Dabney Coleman viewing a special screening of the classic film “On Golden Pond” last night at the Crest Theatre in Westwood. Director Mark Rydell answered questions from the audience after the screening.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Hollywood is buzzing about who could next be running Paramount Pictures amid all the changes at its parent company, Viacom — but the company insists it has full confidence in current chairman Brad Grey. Multiple sources say that the gossip is that Paramount Pictures boss Grey could be vulnerable, following the ousting of Philippe Dauman as Viacom CEO. Names being whispered around town as future contenders for the role include former 20th Century Fox boss Jim Gianopulos, producers Brian Grazer and John Goldwyn, former Lionsgate co-chair Rob Friedman and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Plus, there have been several others actively jockeying for the job. The move comes after box-office flops including “Ben-Hur,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” and “Zoolander 2.” Paramount is also reportedly preparing for a loss ahead of the release of “Monster Trucks” in January. Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore was pushed out last week.

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*Serena Williams Speaks Out on Police Shootings:

Tennis star Serena Williams chimed in on the spate of recent police shootings of young black men in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday, vowing she would not be “silent” on the issue. Williams said her 18-year-old nephew was driving her to a meeting when a sighting of a police officer scared her. “Then I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds,” Williams wrote. “I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He’s so innocent. So were all ‘the others,’” she wrote. “Why did I have to think about this in 2016?”

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: My reaction to the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton debate can be summarized with one word: “How?” How in the world do we put a man in the Oval Office who thinks NATO is a shopping mall where the tenants aren’t paying enough rent to the U.S. landlord? NATO is not a shopping mall; it is a strategic alliance that won the Cold War, keeps Europe a stable trading partner for U.S. companies and prevents every European country — particularly Germany — from getting their own nukes to counterbalance Russia, by sheltering them all under America’s nuclear umbrella. How do we put in the Oval Office a man who does not know enough “beef” about key policies to finish a two-minute answer on any issue without the hamburger helper of bluster, insults and repetition?


*LBN-COMMENTARY by Janelle Barlow, Ph.D.: Yuval Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens, relates a prescient story about American astronauts training for the moon landing. They encounter two indigenous Americans, who upon learning about their mission, ask the astronauts to relay a message to the Moon people from whom their tribe had descended. “Sure,” say the astronauts and memorize the message in the Indian’s tribal language. Back at their base, the astronauts meet someone from the same tribe and ask for a translation. The man hoots with laughter and says, “They asked you to say, ‘Don’t believe a word they say. They’re here to take your land.’”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his shot to host “Saturday Night Live.”The Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-award winning “Hamilton” actor/auteur is set to host the Oct. 8 telecast alongside musical guest Twenty One Pilots, who will be joined by Miranda. This will mark Miranda’s “SNL” hosting debut.   ***With Hollywood couples splitting up left and right these days, Goldie Hawn is glad she never tied the knot. In fact, the 70-year-old actress said the secret to her 33-year relationship to fellow actor Kurt Russell is that they never made it down the aisle. “I would have been long divorced if I got married,” Hawn said on Britain’s ITV “Loose Women” Monday. “If you need to be bound to someone, then it’s important to be married,” she shared. “If you are independent, then it’s important to not be married.   ***Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says he’s not allowed to perform a one-man show about the presidential race at a central Ohio theater because officials there consider him too controversial. Moore says in a Facebook post that Newark’s Midland Theatre “banned” him from presenting and filming the show there next month. He says the community board overseeing the theater recently voted not to allow the show.   ***You can call Warren Beatty all sorts of things, like actor or director — just don’t call him a “manslut.” In his first interview in nearly two decades, the actor made clear that reports that he’s bedded some 12,775 women during his 79 years are wildly exaggerated. “Think about it, sleeping with 12,775 people,” the Hollywood legend recently told AARP The Magazine. “That would mean not just that there were multiple people a day, but that there was no repetition.” The number was first attached to Beatty because of Peter Biskind’s 2010 biography of the “Bonnie and Clyde” actor, “Star.” “12,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on,” the author deduced in the book.

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