|Taliban Leader ‘Likely Killed’ By U.S.
Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the man who replaced Mullah Mohammad Omar as leader of the Afghan Taliban, has “likely” been killed in a U.S. air strike, the Pentagon announced on Saturday. The strike took place on the Afghanistan-Pakistani border. Mansour became the leader after the death of Omar last year.
A powerful array of the Republican Party’s largest financial backers remains deeply resistant to Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy, forming a wall of opposition that could make it exceedingly difficult for him to meet his goal of raising $1 billion before the November election. Interviews and emails with more than 50 of the Republican Party’s largest donors, or their representatives, revealed a measure of contempt and distrust toward their own party’s nominee that is unheard of in modern presidential politics. More than a dozen of the party’s most reliable individual contributors and wealthy families indicated that they would not give to or raise money for Mr. Trump. This group has contributed a combined $90 million to conservative candidates and causes in the last three federal elections, mainly to “super PACs” dedicated to electing Republican candidates.
Poll: Trump, Clinton in Dead Heat
In a new ABC/Washington Post poll, Donald Trump leadsHillary Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent indicating consolidation of the Republican party after he secured the nomination. He and Clinton have historically high unfavorability ratings as well. Some 60 percent of respondents view Trump as unfavorable while 53 percent feel that way about Clinton. Less than half of respondents on either side of the aisle say that they back their candidate strongly and half of each candidate’s supporters indicate that they are voting to prevent the other candidate from winning.
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Exaggerator Wins Preakness Stakes
Exaggerator won the 2016 Preakness Stakes race on Saturday afternoon, ending heavily favorited Nyquist’s undefeated streak and nixing his position as a potential Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. Exaggerator is the first Kentucky Derby runner-up to win the Preakness since 1993.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: Buying ice cream on Sundays was illegal in Ohio because it was thought to be frivolous and “luxurious.” Consequently, ice cream vendors would put fruit on top of the ice cream to make it more nutritious, creating the ice cream sundae.
EgyptAir Was Aware of Threats to Security, Including One Scribbled on Plane:
In an eerie coincidence, the EgyptAir jetliner that plunged into the Mediterranean on Thursday was once the target of political vandals who wrote in Arabic on its underside, “We will bring this plane down.” Three EgyptAir security officials said the threatening graffiti, which appeared about two years ago, had been the work of aviation workers at Cairo Airport. Playing on the phonetic similarity between the last two letters in the plane’s registration, SU-GCC, and the surname of Egypt’s president,Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, some workers also wrote “traitor” and “murderer.”
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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Detroit has the worst rate of Internet access of any big American city, with four in 10 of its 689,000 residents lacking broadband, according to the Federal Communications Commission. While difficulties connecting to the Internet are well known in rural areas, Detroit is becoming a case study in how the digital divide in an urban setting can make or break a recovery. The deficiency of Internet access in Detroit is particularly glaring given that broadband is now considered as basic as having electricity and water. Last year, the F.C.C. defined high-speed Internet as a public utility and made connecting all American homes to the web a priority. Yet many Detroit residents cannot pay for the service or a computer to go online, or for mobile data plans, which enable 24-hour Internet access anywhere over smartphones.
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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Alan Young, a comedian and veteran supporting actor who found wide fame as an unlikely sort of second fiddle — the hapless straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed” — died on Thursday in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 96. His publicist, Jaime Larkin, said he died at the Motion Picture & Television Home, where he had been living for four years.
LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Lady Gaga‘s childhood piano, which she used to write her first song at age 5, didn’t hit a high note at an auction in New York. The upright piano failed to meet its reserve price Saturday when Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions offered it as part of the “Music Icons” memorabilia sale at the Hard Rock Cafe New York. The piano had a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $200,000. ***Prince appeared to have been dead for at least six hours when his body was discovered in his elevator last month, sources have told a Minnesota newspaper. The grim detail emerged as state and federal investigators continue to probe the cause and circumstances of the artist’s death, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. ***Scottish musician Calvin Harris, one of the world’s top earning DJs, sustained minor injuries in a car crash in Los Angeles and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, police said on Saturday. Harris, 32, was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle late on Friday when it was struck by a car that had crossed over the center line, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said. ***Nick Menza, former drummer for the metal band Megadeth, died late Saturday after collapsing on stage during a concert with his new band Ohm, CNN reported. He was 51. Ohm manager Steve Bauer told CNN that the band was playing the third song of a set at the Baked Potato club in Studio City, California, when he collapsed. Paramedics were unable to revive
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: HILLARY CLINTON is the Democratic nominee. Really. Just ask her. She should have been able to finally savor shattering that “highest, hardest glass ceiling” — the one she gloried in putting 18 million cracks in last time around — when she attends her convention in Philadelphia in July. Instead, she is reduced to stomping her feet on CNN, asserting her dominance in a contest that has left her looking anything but dominant. Once more attempting to shake off the old socialist dude hammering her with a sickle, Clinton insisted to Chris Cuomo on Thursday: “I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won’t be.”
LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Those who’ve been raising alarms about Facebook are right: Almost every minute that we spend on our smartphones and tablets and laptops, thumbing through favorite websites and scrolling through personalized feeds, we’re pointed toward foregone conclusions. We’re pressured to conform. But unseen puppet masters onMark Zuckerberg’s payroll aren’t to blame. We’re the real culprits. When it comes to elevating one perspective above all others and herding people into culturally and ideologically inflexible tribes, nothing that Facebook does to us comes close to what we do to ourselves. I’m talking about how we use social media in particular and the Internet in general — and how we let them use us. They’re not so much agents as accomplices, new tools for ancient impulses, part of “a long sequence of technological innovations that enable us to do what we want,” noted the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, who wrote the 2012 best seller “The Righteous Mind,” when we spoke last week.
“And one of the things we want is to spend more time with people who think like us and less with people who are different,” Haidt added. “The Facebook effect isn’t trivial. But it’s catalyzing or amplifying a tendency that was already there.”
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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Rob Reiner showed a lot of cheek as a teenager — by grabbing the butt of Mary Tyler Moore. Actor and director Rob, best known as “Meathead” on the legendary sitcom “All in the Family,” admits he groped America’s then-sweetheart on the set of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” ***Explosive Sundance doc, “Weiner” — about Anthony Weiner’s failed mayoral campaign and sex scandal — premiered in New York on Wednesday. But the disgraced pol and his Hillary Clinton adviser wife, Huma Abedin, still haven’t seen it. “We’ve offered to show it to them and they still haven’t seen it,” Josh Kriegman, who directed the film with Elyse Steinberg, told us.
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