*DHS Chief: If You Knew What I Knew About Terror, You’d ‘Never Leave the House’:
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday said the terror threat is worse than most realize, saying some people would “never leave the house” if they knew the truth. “I was telling [Fox host] Steve [Doocy] on the way in here, if he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning,” Kelly said. He noted there were four major terror attacks in the last week — in England, Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia — “by generally the same groups.” “It’s everywhere. It’s constant. It’s nonstop. The good news for us in America is we have amazing people protecting us every day. But it can happen here almost anytime.” Masked gunmen opened fire on a group of Coptic Christians driving to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 26 and injuring 25 more.
*ISIS Claims Responsibility for Egypt Bus Attack
The number of those killed in an attack on a bus carrying Christians near Cairo on Friday
has risen to 29, as the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday
. At least 13 others remain hospitalized after the attack, in which gunmen stormed a bus heading to a Christian monastery. The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said a unit of the terrorist group carried out the attack, putting the death toll at 32. The bloodshed prompted the Egyptian military to conduct airstrikes on bases in eastern Libya where it says ISIS militants train. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
, who declared a three-month state of emergency after deadly attacks on Christian churches in April, has condemned the latest violence in a phone call to the pope of the Coptic church in Egypt, saying authorities will not rest until the perpetrators are caught. Friday’s
violence was the fourth attack on Christians in the country since December.
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*G7 Summit Ends Without Agreement on Climate Change
A summit of Group of Seven nations ended on Saturday
without unanimous agreement on climate change, as U.S. President Trump
said he’d need more time to decide whether to remain in the Paris climate deal. The decision reportedly left European diplomats frustrated, though the final statement from the meeting said world leaders were “understanding” about the U.S. need for further review. “The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel
told reporters after the summit. “There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not,” she said. Trump, who has been under scrutiny by environmental experts for calling climate change a hoax, took to Twitter after the summit to say he’d make a decision next week on the U.S. commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement. The agreement obliges participating states to pledge to cut carbon emissions in a bid to combat global warming. While Trump failed to make a final decision on climate change, world leaders were reportedly relieved that he approved of a pledge to fight trade protectionism after previously expressing reluctance over the move.
*Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies at 89
Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski
died on Friday
at age 89, his daughter Mika
said in an Instagram post. “I just knew [him] as the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have,” Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe
, wrote. The elder Brzezinski, born in Poland in 1928, served as national security adviser under President Jimmy Carter
and previously served as counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson
. He is credited with helping to negotiate the Camp David Accords and opening up relations with China.
*CNN: Comey Acted on Russian Intel He Knew Was Fake
Former FBI Director James Comey knew that information relating to the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server was fake, and reportedly created by Russian intelligence, leading to his decision last summer to publicly announce the investigation over. The Washington Post had previously reported that Comey was likely duped into action by the false information, but CNN reported Friday that he was aware of its nature, according to “multiple officials with knowledge of the process.” He acted upon the fake intel, CNN noted, because “he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself.”
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*LBN-NOTICED: ***Prince Harry hosted former U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday at Kensington Palace, where they discussed the deadly terrorist attack in Manchester. ***Novel writer Jack Stangeways having dinner last night at Barney’s on San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. ***Sofia Coppola arrived in Cannes to a private dinner in her honor at Tetou, the restaurant known for serving arguably the best bouillabaisse in the world. A spy said the spot is one of Coppola’s favorite restaurants “as she’s been coming . . . since she was a little girl with her parents.” After her film “The Beguiled” debuted to a standing ovation, she and stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell headed to a rooftop bash at the JW Marriott. ***Social Life magazine will have their summer kickoff party at a private residence in Southampton on Saturday, while Hamptons Magazine’s bash, also on Saturday at a private home, will be with their cover star Hilary Swank.
*Lee Boyd Malvo, Serving Life in ‘Beltway Sniper’ Case, Must Be Resentenced, Judge Says:
A federal judge in Virginia on Friday ruled that a man who terrorized this region 15 years ago as the so-called Beltway Sniper must be resentenced because the life sentences imposed when he was a teenager are unconstitutional. JudgeRaymond A. Jackson of the Federal District Court in Norfolk, Va., ordered two state courts to hold new sentencing hearings for Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he was sentenced in 2002. Mr. Malvo and an older man, John A. Muhammad, went on a horrific shooting spree in 2002 that left at least 10 people dead in Washington, and in its Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The random nature of the shootings, which spread out over three weeks, amplified the terror; schools kept children inside and people stayed indoors, for fear of becoming the next victims.
*WHO READS LBN? Prominent feminist attorney Gloria Allred
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Ariana Grande‘s return to Manchester is coming together. The pop star’s benefit concert following the terrorist attack that left 22 dead is scheduled for June 4. She announced Friday via Twitter that she will be heading back to the United Kingdom for a show to pay tribute to the victims and the city. ***Billy Joel paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester bombing during his residency at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Joel told the crowd, “I’m glad to see you weren’t terrorized, you came … If they can’t terrorize you, they lose.” The “Piano Man” then played a cover of the Beatles classic “A Day in the Life” that he dedicated to “those guys,” with an image of the Union Jack billowing behind him.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Denis Johnson, a National Book Award winner whose novels and short stories about the fallen — junkies, down-and-out travelers, drifters and violent men in the United States and abroad — emerged in ecstatic, hallucinatory and sometimes minimalist prose, died on Wednesday at his home in Gualala, Calif. He was 67. The cause was liver cancer, his literary agent Nicole Aragi said.
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—–Love? Marriage? Sex? Can a married couple have all three? Perhaps it’s unrealistic since so many marriages end in divorce today. Why is that? One reason might be that a reported 20% of all marriages are sexless and that number is rising. Why have we lost the lust in our marriages? Is it technology, is it trust? More importantly, how can we “get back at it” in our marriages today? —– https://youtu.be/LVgzOyHVcj4
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mimi Sheraton: Memorial Day, besides its most worthy reason for being celebrated, is dear to the American heart as the inaugurator of summer getaway weekend season. And with that inevitably comes the popular outdoor picnic, A.K.A., as far as I am concerned, “The Big Schlepp.” To me this solemn weekend of remembrance signals the time to hide, lest I be invited on what is surely the messiest and most agonizingly uncomfortable of all traditional feasts. It’s not that the idea of dining outside has no appeal to me, but the execution usually leaves me craving creature comforts. Were modern American picnics at all like the Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the grass) as depicted in the 1862 painting by Édouard Manet, I might rush to join. No impinging crowds or air stifled by clouds of burning grease from grills, no random baseballs or horseshoes, no sticky children needing bathrooms, no fear of food poisoning via overly warm mayonnaise in the potato salad, neither beach sand nor woodland insects to brush off: just two couples in a sylvan hideaway sharing simple ready-to-eat fare that seems to consist only of fruit, bread, and maybe a few chunks of cheese. Of course, I might balk if I were expected to play the role of the voluptuous, totally naked young woman or even of the other model, a diaphanously veiled nymph in the background where she appears to be looking for a four-leaf clover.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: An American walks into a bar. We’re in Madrid, in the late 1960s. The American turns to the man on the adjacent stool and asks, a little too loudly, “So, what do you think of General Franco?” “¡Silencio!” the Spaniard commands. “Follow me.” The American follows the man through the back door and into a car. They drive until they reach a remote mountain lake, find a rowboat, and paddle far from shore. It’s dark and still. Leaning into the American’s ear, the Spaniard whispers: “I like him.” It’s an old joke, but I’m reminded of it as the non-disaster that has been Donald Trump’s first foray overseas winds to a close. Those who feared the outcome of this presidency would be global thermonuclear war should take considerable comfort in the prospect that it might amount to something less.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Aurora Snow: Daddy issues driving women into porn? Think again. While this antiquated stereotype is common among porn labels, it’s mainly fantasy material for the next generation of porn stars. Instant social media stardom might be the latest cattle prod herding girls into the XXX world. These days, a successful porn star has to be a social media maven, primping for the camera and constantly doing what it takes to earn followers. With that kind of online visibility, a choice has to be made: fully disclose, in your own terms, the XXX career to your parents (they’re going to find out anyway) or let them discover it. Whereas some young women get into the adult industry to pay for college, Ela Darling had already graduated with a master’s degree before embarking on a career in porn. Yet that didn’t make the first conversation with her parents any easier. “I was in makeup on my very first porn shoot when my parents called. It was a defining moment in my life: either I’m honest with my parents and the chips fall where they may or I lie to them now and continue lying for the next several years and they’d likely find out anyway,” says Darling, who at the time felt her parents would prefer an uncomfortable truth to a comforting lie. Hoping it wouldn’t change the way her parents viewed her, or upset them, Darling started the conversation with: “I know you’d rather I be honest with you than not, so….”
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have decided to go their separate ways. After 17 years of marriage, the couple announced today that they have split. “With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,” the couple said in a joint statement to E! News. Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”
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