LBN – Monday, May 7, 2018

*Putin Promises Russian ‘Might’ and ‘Glory’ as He Begins 4th Term:

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Monday to uphold the “glory of Russia” at his fourth inauguration ceremony, less than two days after hundreds of demonstrators were detained during nationwide protests against his rule. In a midday ceremony at the Kremlin attended by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and America’s D-list action star Steven Seagal, Putin said he would “do everything in my power to increase the might” of the country and boost military capabilities. In a speech focusing primarily on domestic issues, he urged Russians to unite against “new challenges” amid rising tensions with the West. “Over its more than thousand-year history, Russia has repeatedly faced times of troubles and trials and has always been reborn like a phoenix,” he said. Putin won his fourth term in March elections that critics say gave him a landslide victory only with the help of rampant vote-rigging. At 65, he has been in power as president or prime minister since 1999, having become Russia’s longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are 28 million cancer survivors worldwide.

*BANG – Low-Level Gun Convictions Jump Under Sessions’ Enforcement Directive:

Federal prosecutors have been pushing to enforce low-level gun-possession cases at the urging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “punish offenders as harshly and as quickly as possible” to stem U.S. gun violence, The New York Times reports. In the first three months following Sessions’ 2017 directive, the number of gun-possession cases jumped nearly 25 percent, along with a 15 percent increase in federal gun prosecutions in the first nine months of 2017. Law-enforcement officials told the Times that “one man, one gun cases” have traditionally been left to state and local prosecutors so that theJustice Department could “focus on broader investigations of interstate gun trafficking and criminal networks.” Some are concerned that a focus on the number of convictions they rack up may trump their directive to make an “impact on crime.” Gun offenders are the second-biggest population in federal prisons, with drug offenders being the first.

*Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Holocaust Museum Suffers Wave of Anti-Semitic Attacks:

Officials at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau museum say they have suffered anti-Semitic attacks by Polish nationalists after the passing of a controversial Holocaust speech law last year,The Guardian reports. The law, which bans any suggestion of Polish complicity in Nazi atrocities, has reportedly sparked a tide of “hate, fake news, and manipulations” against the museum, with nationalists accusing the staff of minimizing the suffering of 74,000 Polish prisoners by focusing on Jewish victims. The home of one Italian guide was reportedly vandalized with the Star of David equated to a Nazi swastika, while another museum guide was badgered on camera by a politician convicted of anti-Semitism and his supporters. Staff say they have also become the target of an online smear campaign, with the museum director, Piotr Cywiński, facing “dozens of articles on dodgy websites, hundreds of Twitter accounts, thousands of similar tweets, profanities, memes, threats, slanders, denunciations.” Paweł Sawicki, who is in charge of the museum’s social-media operations, told The Guardian: “The collateral damage of the dispute is that Auschwitz became a target.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Aborting a child because of its gender is legal in Sweden.

*Apple confirms there’s a serious problem with the iPhone X:

Face IDApple’s sophisticated 3D-sensing face recognition system, is one of the signature features of the iPhone X. It turns out, however, that Face ID isn’t perfect and Apple already has instructions for its stores and authorized service providers to repair or replace faulty devices. What’s puzzling about it is that the repair procedure involves fixing the rear camera, which has nothing to do with Face ID. The TrueDepth camera system housed inside the notch is what makes Face ID possible on the iPhone X. Customers who experience Face ID issues should take their handsets to Apple Stores or authorized service providers, where trained personnel may be able to assist.

*Giuliani Happy ‘Everybody’s Reacting to Us Now’ After Media Blitz:

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he feels “good” about his recent media blitz because “everybody’s reacting to us now,”The Washington Post reports. After a series of interviews in which the former New York City mayor appeared to directly contradict the president on one of the biggest scandals facing the White House and to implicate Trump’s longtime personal lawyer in possible yet-to-be-discovered hush payments, Giuliani said the president is satisfied with his public comments and believes it “all worked out.” “I’ll give you the conclusion: We all feel pretty good that we’ve got everything kind of straightened out and we’re setting the agenda,” he was quoted as saying. “We’ve made a deal this weekend: He stays focused on North Korea, Iran, and China, and we stay focused on the case and we’ll bother him when we have to,” Giuliani said. On Friday, after Giuliani revealed that Trump had reimbursed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment he’d previously claimed to know nothing about, Trump urged his new legal aide to “get his facts straight.”

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti shared lunch with Jeffrey Toobin at Midtown media mecca Michael’s in NYC on Friday. And a pony-tailed male mystery guest at the bar sent over two glasses of Champagne. Then, those at an Associated Press luncheon — also in the restaurant — spotted Avenatti, and their journalists flocked over to the lawyers and CNN fixtures in such a haste, “it was like a piranha attack” said one onlooker.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, who expanded the ranks and ambitions of liberal Reform Jewish leaders in North America and in Israel, where Orthodox Judaism dominates, died on Saturday when a plane he was piloting crashed about 70 miles northwest of Manhattan. He was 53. Rabbi Panken was the president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and his death was confirmed by the college’s spokeswoman, Jean Bloch Rosensaft.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Neri ZilberEhud Barak—Israel’s most decorated soldier, former army chief of staff, and former prime minister—was in an introspective and relaxed mood one recent Friday. Not surprising for a man, now 76 and sporting a late-age black beard, whose life began even before Israel’s creation and brought him to the state’s highest pinnacles of power. Also explaining the mood was the English-language memoir he has coming out this week in the U.S.—titled My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace—a “long and weighty effort,” he said with relief, that interweaves his own personal and political journey with that of his nation. A notoriously evasive interview subject, Barak’s responses come out in torrents, like a university lecturer confident in both his own intellect and that of his audience. At various points during a long and expansive conversation—about Iran, Syria, Russia, the Palestinians, Benjamin Netanyahu, and more—he throws in references to Hume, Kant, Fukuyama and Jonathan Haidt,as well as the many Israeli and world leaders (Obama, Putin, Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, to name a few) he has worked with going back decades.

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Adele was the queen of the world at her “Titanic”-themed birthday bash over the weekend. After turning the big 3-0 on Saturday, the British singer publicly thanked loved ones Sunday for fulfilling her wishes.

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*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Megan Fox is just like the rest of us … ditching style for comfort on laundry day. Megan was out in Louisiana on Sunday running errands that included a pit stop atWalmart to grab some laundry detergent.

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