LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*Quarter of Top Elected Republicans Won’t Endorse Trump:

USA Today survey found that a full 26 percent of top elected Republican officials won’t endorse Donald Trump in his presidential bid. According to the news outlet, 87 officials said they refuse to back him for elected office. Out of 31 Republican governors, 54 Republican senators, and 246 members of the House, that’s about a quarter of all top GOP elected officials. The number comes following a day-long meltdown in Trump’s campaign, after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced herefused to defend the real-estate mogul for the rest of the 2016 election cycle. Trump sent out a series of tweets, essentially going to war with his party, specifically slamming Ryan and Sen. John McCain for their lack of support. Several officials have rescinded their endorsements of the candidate following the video leak Friday that showed him bragging about unwanted sexual contact with women in vulgar terms. According to USA Today, “There is no precedent in modern American political history for elected officials of either party to refuse en masse to support their presidential nominee.” Notably, Ryan did not rescind his endorsement. Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Chris Christie, and Sen. Ted Cruz all said Tuesday that they remain supportive of the GOP nominee.

*Major GOP Donors Have Asked Trump for a Refund:

At least two major GOP donors who helped raise or personally gave tens of thousands of dollars to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign have asked for their money back. NBC News obtained emails and interviewed at least one of the donors, who said they are upset about the video released Friday afternoon that showed the Republican candidate making lewd comments about women. “I cannot express my disappointment enough regarding the recent events surrounding Mr. Trump,” one donor wrote to a Trump fundraiser. “I regret coming to the Trump support event, and in particular allowing my son to be a part of it. I respectfully request that my money be refunded.” Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, told reporters he wasn’t aware of any requests of the kind. A second donor, who helped raise nearly $1 million for the real-estate mogul, told NBC News that he was “mortified” over the video. “I give up. I’m totally walking out and disappointed, and the last 72 hours I have lost sleep over it.” In an email, he wrote, “I have three young children and will not support a crude, sexist man. I expect a refund of my donation. Please process immediately and I thank you for your help.”


*Lawyers Ditch Paris Attack Suspect:

Lawyers representing Salah Abdeslam, the last living suspect in the November 2015 Paris terror attack, are ditching him because he refuses to talk, in protest of his prison conditions. The attorneys, Frank Berton and Sven Mary, will no longer defend Abdeslam, who is under 24-hour video surveillance, in court. “I’ve been convinced for months that he is isolating and radicalizing himself, he is taking his video surveillance very badly,” Berton said at a press conference on Wednesday. “This is not blackmail, it’s just the reality of his psychological and psychic state. The problem is related to his solitary confinement.” Abdeslam is the only surviving suspect in the attacks, which killed 130 people. His accomplices were killed in suicide bombings and exchanges of gunfire with police.

*Amazon Launches Music Streaming Service:

Amazon launched a brand new music streaming service on Wednesday, making it a direct competitor to Spotify and Apple Music. The new service, dubbed “Amazon Music Unlimited,” will be available for $3.99 per month for those who own the voice-controlled Amazon Echo speaker. For those who wish to use the service through devices other than the Echo, it will cost $7.99 per month for Amazon Prime subscribers and $9.99 for non-subscribers. “The first phase of growth (in music streaming) was driven almost entirely by smartphones,” Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom said. “We believe pretty strongly that the next phase of growth in streaming is going to come from the home.”

*WHO READS LBN? Song-writer Leonard Cohen:

*Pentagon Confronts a New Threat From ISIS: Exploding Drones: 
Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State in northern Iraq last week shot down a small drone the size of a model airplane. They believed it was like the dozens of drones the terrorist organization had been flying for reconnaissance in the area, and they transported it back to their outpost to examine it. But as they were taking it apart, it blew up, killing two Kurdish fighters in what is believed to be one of the first times the Islamic State has successfully used a drone with explosives to kill troops on the battlefield. In the last month, the Islamic State has tried to use small drones to launch attacks at least two other times, prompting American commanders in Iraq to issue a warning to forces fighting the group to treat any type of small flying aircraft as a potential explosive device.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.

*NC Gov: Cailtlyn Jenner Should Use Men’s Bathrooms:

During a gubernatorial debate Tuesday evening, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Caitlyn Jenner should plan to use men’s public restrooms when she visits the state. “In the private sector in North Carolina, she can go wherever the private sector wants her to,” McCrory said. “If she’s going to a shower facility at [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] after running around the track, she’s going to use the men’s shower.” McCrory made the statement during a defense of House Bill 2, his state’s controversial anti-LGBT and transgender bathroom law. In addition to public anger the measure caused, a number of private businesses and events have pulled out of North Carolina over the new measure.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***“Gotham” stars and off-screen couple Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin at a screening of “Tower” at the Edition in NYC.   ***Stephen Sondheim at a New York Film Festival screening of “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” — about the theater icon’s infamous Broadway flop, “Merrily We Roll Along”.   ***Charlie Rose having a business meeting at Nello in NYC.   ***Dakota Fanning dining at 1770 House while in the Hamptons for a screening of her new film “American Pastoral,” which opens Oct. 21.   ***Actor / producer Brian Connors having dinner at the legendary Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica last night.   ***Kristen Stewart’s new film “Personal Shopper” was infamously booed by some at the Cannes Film Festival, but received a warmer reception here. After its New York Film Festival premiere, guests buzzed about one scene in particular in which Stewart “is seen topless . . . and pleasures herself while texting a mysterious stranger.” She stopped into a Moët/Cinema Society after-party at the Skylark in NYC, where guests including Michael Stipe and Cuba Gooding Jr. stayed till 2:30 a.m.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Short-fingered vulgarians beware: Spy magazine is back. The celebrated satirical monthly — which coined that epithet for Donald Trump after its co-founding editor, Graydon Carter, discovered that Trump’s stubby digits are a sore subject — will return for the remainder of the election cycle. Marking the 30th anniversary of Spy’s first issue, the “digital pop-up” mag will try to re-create its rapier wit to lunge at both candidates.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Television talent agent Sean Grumman abruptly left Creative Artists Agency on Tuesday, two individuals familiar with the matter told TheWrap. Grumman was escorted out of the agency’s Century City, Calif., offices by security, one of the insiders added. The rep for actors like Golden Globe winning “The Affair” actress Ruth Wilson had been with the agency for roughly 15 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Jeff Jampol, manager of numerous rock n’ roll estates from Michael Jackson to The Doors, will be the next guest-of-honor at the acclaimed “City Talk” conversation series on Tuesday, October 18th at 6pm in the private room of the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Benjamin F. Payton, a civil rights advocate who was instrumental in transforming the historically black Tuskegee Institute in Alabama into the more broadly encompassing Tuskegee University over nearly three decades as its president, died on Sept. 28 in Estero, Fla. He was 83. His death was announced by the university, which was founded in a shanty in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1881 by Booker T. Washington.

*LBN-COMMENTARY By Charles Krauthammer: Only amid the most bizarre, most tawdry, most addictive election campaign in memory could the real story of 2016 be so effectively obliterated, namely, that with just four months left in the Obama presidency, its two central pillars are collapsing before our eyes: domestically, its radical reform of American health care, a.k.a. Obamacare; and abroad, its radical reorientation of American foreign policy — disengagement marked by diplomacy and multilateralism.  Obamacare. Last Monday, Bill Clinton called it “the craziest thing in the world.” And he was only talking about one crazy aspect of it — the impact on the consumer. Clinton pointed out that small business and hardworking employees (“out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week”) are “getting whacked . . . their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.” This, as the program’s entire economic foundation is crumbling. More than half its nonprofit “co-ops” have gone bankrupt. Major health insurers like Aetna and UnitedHealthcare, having lost millions of dollars, are withdrawing from the exchanges. In one-third of the U.S., exchanges will have only one insurance provider. Premiums and deductibles are exploding. Even the New York Times blares “Ailing Obama Health Care Act May Have to Change to Survive.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Estrich (Attorney): Does it really take the most vulgar, rude, offensive, racist, bombastic, insensitive, unqualified, disrespectful boor ever to be nominated by a major party in our lifetimes to finally get a highly qualified woman into the White House? Seems so — assuming we’re lucky, of course, and we don’t make complete fools of ourselves, merging the White House with the Trump Network and calling it the Trump House (where the Lincoln Bedroom will now be available to any billionaires, not just the ones who contribute). This is awful. It is beyond bad. There is nothing to enjoy. It is horrible to watch. I’ve been watching the debates with my students, but I’d rather we were watching any debate from any other campaign ever. I would like them to see decent candidates, ones who cared enough to try their hardest and do their best — not foul-mouthed boors who talk “locker room talk” every minute of the day. Did you see Donald Trump repeatedly duck the question of whether he still talks this way? Tell me: Did he wake up one day and see the light? This is who he is. He makes no bones about it. He is the most authentic candidate I have ever seen.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes” with Father Michael Manning – Episode 3: Defending the Church :

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Seriously, why didn’t we sell tickets? If only our national election had been pay-per-view for the rest of the world, we could have wiped out the national debt. But while viewers around the world seem to be lapping up our national reality TV show, are we, the citizens of America, going to get anything out of it? Specifically, are we going to get the thing we need most and have enjoyed least this century: effective government? We have too much deferred maintenance to fix, too much deferred leadership to generateand too much deferred reimagining to undertake to wait another four years to solve our biggest problems, especially in this age of accelerating technology and climate change. If we will have indulged in almost two years of electoral entertainment and pathos just to end up back where we were, only worse, with even more venomous gridlock in Washington, it won’t just be emotionally depressing, we’ll really start to decline as a nation. When we forfeit governing our country strategically at the national level for this long, inevitably the roof will start to leak and the floors will start to buckle. But how can anything good come from a campaign where the entertainment is increasingly X-rated and where the winner will be so morally injured — because of the hatchet wounds that were inflicted by the loser or that were self-inflicted?


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***It may not have made the news, but Miley Cyrus’ first relationship was with a girl. “I went to the LGBTQ center here in L.A., and I started hearing these stories,” Cyrus, 23, told Variety. “I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female. Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life.”   ***Surprise! Jesse Eisenberg is going to be a dad. The 33-year-old “Café Society” actor and his longtime girlfriend Anna Strout are expecting their first baby together, E! reported on Tuesday. The couple, who began dating in 2002, ended their relationship in 2012. During the interim, Eisenberg was linked with Mia Wasikowska.

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