*Putin Threatens Poland, Romania
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Poland and Romania of potential Russian actions because of their participation in the creation of the NATO missile defense shield. “If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security,” Putin said on Friday. “It will be the same case with Poland,” he added.
*U.S. Blocks Bomb Shipments to Saudi Arabia
The White House has put a block on shipments of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Policy reports. The move follows intense criticism of the U.S.’s support for Saudi Arabia’s bombings against Shiite forces in Yemen. The Saudi cluster bombing campaign has targeted “areas in which civilians are alleged to have been present or in the vicinity,” a U.S. official told Foreign Policy of their reasons for blocking bomb transfers.
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*Amber Heard Granted Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted actressAmber Heard a restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband Johnny Depp. During divorce proceedings on Friday, Heard reportedly accused Depp of assaulting her, displaying photographs that she said showed bruises from Depp’s multiple alleged attacks. The pair had been married just 15 months.
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*Trump Backs Out of Bernie Debate
Donald Trump, the soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee, backed out of a debate with Bernie Sanders on Friday afternoon, saying it would be “inappropriate to debate the second place finisher.” “As much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders — and it would be an easy payday — I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be,” Trump said in a statement. Trump had previously said he would debate the Democratic candidate if he agreed to donate the proceeds to women’s health causes. However, the billionaire businessman claimed that the potential networks to host the event “are not proving to be too generous.” Sanders responded swiftly, calling Trump a bully. “What are you afraid of?” Sanders added. “Why do you not want to see a debate here in California and obviously all across this country?”
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*LBN-NOTICED: ***Rooney Mara at Juice Press in Brooklyn Heights. ***Michael Douglas visiting son Cameron at Danbury Federal Correctional Institute in Connecticut. ***Elvis Duran at the Polo Bar with co-host Bethany Watson to celebrate their morning radio show being No. 1 in New York. ***Bill Murray at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Fort Worth after a day of golfing with Jordan Spieth at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational Pro-Am. ***Venus Williams celebrating a French Open win at Le Méridien Etoile in Paris. ***Brett Ratner threw a party at his Beverly Hills, Calif., estate, Hilhaven Lodge, for students of the Ghetto Film School and its Hollywood heavyweight supporters. Directors David O. Russelland Lee Daniels, 21st Century Fox chief James Murdoch and Ratner’s pal Mariah Carey turned out.
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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Calvin Harris has cancelled two additional shows as he continues to recover from last week’s car accident. “Adam is still recovering from the injuries sustained in the car accident last Friday,” Harris’ camp wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “Unfortunately, as a result he will not be able to perform in Las Vegas at Hakkasan tonight, 5/26 and Omnia tomorrow, 5/27.”
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Suzanne Corkin, whose painstaking work with a famous amnesiac known as H.M. helped clarify the biology of memory and its disorders, died on Tuesday in Danvers, Mass. She was 79. Her daughter, Jocelyn Corkin, said the cause was liver cancer.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation — or is there hope for some enduring progress in the world order? For realists, generally conservative, history is an endless cycle of clashing power politics. The same patterns repeat. Only the names and places change. The best we can do in our own time is to defend ourselves, managing instability and avoiding catastrophe. But expect nothing permanent, no essential alteration in the course of human affairs.
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