*Iraqi Army Seen as Ill Equipped to Retake Mosul From ISIS, Despite U.S. Aid:
An exhausted and ill-equipped Iraqi Army faces daunting obstacles on the battlefield that will most likely delay for months a long-planned major offensive on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, American and allied officials say. The delay is expected despite American efforts to keep Iraq’s creaky war machine on track. Although President Obama
vowed to end the United States’ role in the war in Iraq, in the last two years the American military has increasingly provided logistics to prop up the Iraqi military, which has struggled to move basics like food, water and ammunition to its troops. Without the help, Americans commanders said, the offensive against Mosul would most likely fail.
*Swiss Reject ‘Money for Nothing’ Plan
Switzerland on Sunday rejected a proposal for a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the city. Voters rejected the initiative by a wide margin after a heavy debate about the issue. Those in favor of the proposal argued that a monthly guaranteed income of the equivalent of $2,563 per adult—whether employed or not—would’ve promoted public service. Detractors claimed that the proposal would weaken the economy. Nearly 80 percent of voters opposed the initiative, Reuters reported. Switzerland became the first country to hold such a referendum on a basic income allowance, but others—including Finland—have plans to discuss such initiatives. One “no” voter called the proposed plan “a real danger,” arguing that “once people just get their basic needs covered society doesn’t feel responsible anymore to look after the ones who can’t really handle the situation on their own.”
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*Bernie: DNC Will Be Contested Convention
Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders
insisted on Saturday night that the current primary delegate count is fluid, even as Hillary Clinton
is set to win the nomination after Tuesday’s primaries in California and New Jersey. “I have heard reports that Secretary Clinton has said it’s all going to be over on Tuesday night. I have heard reports that the media, after the New Jersey results come in, are going to declare that it is all over,” Sanders said. “That simply is not accurate.” He added emphatically: the “Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention.” Per the Associated Press, Clinton is only 67 delegates short of reaching the 2,383 necessary for securing the nomination.
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*Wife of Bangladeshi Anti-Terror Cop Shot & Stabbed to Death:
In the latest in a series of suspected attacks by militants in Bangladesh, the wife of a police official was stabbed and then shot in front of her six-year-old son. Mahmuda Aktar, 33, is married to a top officer known for combatting Islamist extremism. She was attacked while dropping her son at a school bus stop. A deputy police commissioner said three men riding a motorcycle stabber her and then shot her. Her husband has played crucial roles in capturing leading militants, and police believe Aktar’s murder may have been motivated by her husband’s work. Police spokesman Iqbal Bahar said, “As Babul Aktar was involved in working against the militants we will investigate whether the militants carried out this operation.”
***If former Supremes singer Mary Wilson
gets her wish, someday she and estranged bandmate Diana Ross
will be together. Now 72, Mary says she wants to make up with the “Lady Sings the Blues” star. The childhood pals have been on the outs ever since the Supremes broke up and Mary accused Diana of being a spotlight-grabbing diva in her book “Dreamgirls.” But asked what her biggest regret is, Mary says, “If I was leaving (the planet)tomorrow, I would make things right with Diana.”
passed away at the age of 74 while tormented by a vicious family feud. Muhammad Ali Jr.
, the famed athlete’s only natural son, said that Ali’s wife of nearly 30 years kept his nine children from seeing their Parkinson’s-stricken father. Ali Jr. had said in late 2014 that he and his siblings – not his dad’s longtime wife Lonnie
– should have overseen their father’s care, and declared that he wanted go to court to fight for visitation rights, as well as conservatorship of their ailing dad.
performing at the Renaissance Midtown New York Hotel. ***Michael Bloomberg
and Diana Taylor
dining with Tilda Swinton
at Blue Fin in NYC. ***Joe Jonas
at Catch after opening for Selena Gomez
at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. ***“The People v. OJ Simpson” star Malcolm-Jamal Warner
at a screening of ESPN Films’ upcoming “OJ: Made In America”. ***“Live” exec Art Moore
shopping at Saks in Short Hills, NJ. ***Anderson Cooper
outside Vandal in NYC checking out a Remy Martin-branded motorcycle sidecar.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: This is a town where scripts routinely come back to writers from entertainment executives with the same scrawled command about a female character: “Make her more likable.” As Hillary Clinton fights up and down California to fend off Bernie Sanders and clinch the nomination, Democrats watch with clenched teeth. Sure, the Republicans are engaged in a hilarious performance of “The Taming of the Shrew” with their tart-tongued presumptive nominee. But can plodding Hillary be, as Barack Obama famously put it, likable enough? Or does it even matter?
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: During the circus-like years of Silvio Berlusconi, Italians grew flinchingly accustomed to being the butts of the world’s jokes. Will they have the last laugh? They look toward America and wonder. Me, too. InDonald Trump, we have a version of their buffoonish former prime minister — a clown all our own. He baffles and appalls much of Europe. Here in Italy he prompts an additional reaction: relief, even satisfaction, that another country is proving vulnerable to an emphatically tanned, flamboyantly randy and frequently ridiculous billionaire who makes promises that he can’t possibly keep. The Ferragamo is on the other foot.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam Grant: It was going to be the biggest presentation of my life — my first appearance on the TED Conference main stage — and I had already thrown out seven drafts. Searching for a new direction, I asked colleagues and friends for suggestions. “The most important thing,” the first one said, “is to be yourself.” The next six people I asked gave me the same tip. We are in the Age of Authenticity, where “be yourself” is the defining advice in life, love and career. Authenticity means erasing the gap between what you firmly believe inside and what you reveal to the outside world. As Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, defines it, authenticity is “the choice to let our true selves be seen.” We want to live authentic lives, marry authentic partners, work for an authentic boss, vote for an authentic president. In university commencement speeches, “Be true to yourself” is one of the most common themes (behind “Expand your horizons,” and just ahead of “Never give up”). “I certainly had no idea that being your authentic self could get you as rich as I have become,” Oprah Winfrey said jokingly a few years ago. ”If I’d known that, I’d have tried it a lot earlier.” But for most people, “be yourself” is actually terrible advice.
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***Fitness guru Richard Simmons reportedly was taken to a Los Angeles hospital Friday night after engaging in “bizarre conduct.’’ The report, from TMZ, did not describe the conduct. But it said someone who witnessed it at his home called 911. When medics evaluated Simmons, they decided he should be taken to a hospital for an evaluation. He went quietly with them to Cedars Sinai for an examination, the gossip Web site said. It was not known if Simmons remained in the hospital Saturday night. ***Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are taking baby steps along the long road to reconciliation, we’re told. “They’re not about to book a trip to the Maldives together,” said a source close to the family, “but they talk every day. She’s still disgusted by him.”
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