Skimm'd with a watermelon paloma. Hello, summer.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"He actually performed a public service" — Former US attorney general Eric Holder on how Edward Snowden -- aka the former NSA contractor who spilled gov. secrets -- raised the debate about gov. surveillance. Minds they are a changin'?
Yesterday, Iraqi forces — supported by US airstrikes — moved in on ISIS in the city of Fallujah.
WHY DO I CARE?
Because Fallujah is a (major) key city close to Baghdad, Iraq's capital. It was the first important city to fall to ISIS, and the group is believed to have plotted multiple suicide bombings in Baghdad from Fallujah. Not good, especially since at least 20 people were killed in Baghdad yesterday in bombings claimed by ISIS.
Fallujah's complicated because it's a predominantly Sunni city. Reminder: the majority of Iraq is Shiite, while ISIS is Sunni-led. And those two branches of Islam are basically like the Bayside Tigers and Valley High of the Mideast. Shiite militias (led by Iran) have been involved in the effort to take back Fallujah from ISIS. The US — while it wants ISIS gone — also doesn't want to stir up resentment and cause Fallujah's Sunni population to fight back against the Shiite militias. Iraq, meet hard place.
If the Iraqi gov. manages to say 'backsies' to Fallujah, it would be a huge win in a fight that's been going on for two years now. But no matter what happens with ISIS, this fight could raise tensions between rival groups...in a country that's already very tense.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR NEW FOUND SPORTS BAR FRIENDS...
Game on. Last night, the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA playoffs. Meaning the Warriors are now headed to the NBA finals to face the Cleveland Cavaliers. Déjà vu, since the Warriors beat the Cavs to win the championship last year. And earlier this season, the Golden State Warriors became NBA golden boys when they broke the record for most wins in a single NBA season. Now, MVP Steph Curry faces LeBron & Co. in the first finals game on Thursday. Meanwhile, last night was the first game of the Stanley Cup finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks -- but it's not RIP Jaws yet. Both teams hit the ice again tomorrow, and are hoping to bring home Lord Stanley at the end of the series.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO HAS 'ANIMAL LOVER' ON HER DATING PROFILE...
Did you hear about the Cincinnati Zoo? Over the weekend, a gorilla there named Harambe was shot and killed after a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla's enclosure. A video taken by a witness seems to show the gorilla dragging the boy through water. After about ten minutes, zoo officials killed the gorilla. The boy was taken to the hospital on Saturday, but was released later that night. The zoo said that killing Harambe was necessary to save the boy's life. But not everyone agrees. Some witnesses — and a lot of people on social media — said it looked like this gorilla (which btw, is endangered) was protecting the little boy, and that his parents should have had a closer eye on him. PETA, the animal rights group, said this is just another example of why wild animals shouldn't be kept in zoos. The zoo said it feels badly about Harambe but did what it had to do to save the kid.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SADDENED BY…
Martin Senn. The former CEO of Switzerland's Zurich Insurance Group committed suicide over the weekend. This comes less than three years after the company's former CFO committed suicide, and left behind a note that mentioned a stressful work environment. Cue the harsh spotlight on the company. Senn left his job this past December after running Zurich Insurance for six years. Right now, there's no word on what might have driven him to kill himself.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU HEAR 'ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS' TANKED AT THE BOX OFFICE…
Johnny Depp is not having a great start to summer.
THING TO KNOW
The Murph Challenge: Why all of your friends who do CrossFit were posting on social media yesterday. It's a tough Memorial Day workout that raises money to honor Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.
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