2016 ELECTION. Donald Trump comes for Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, claims company has ‘huge antitrust problem’: “This (Washington Post) is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed,” Trump said. “He’s using the Washington Post … for political purposes to save Amazon in terms of taxes and in terms of antitrust. He thinks I’ll go after him for antitrust. Because he’s got a huge antitrust problem because he’s controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing.””
ANNOUNCEMENTS. Jimmy Kimmel announces run for Vice President.
TAKE IT OFF. Spencer Tunick to take mass nude photo at Republican National Convention: “For this particular shoot, titled “Everything She Says Means Everything,” 100 naked women will hold up large mirror discs that, according to the artist’s website, represent “reflecting the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’” onto the convention center where the RNC is taking place.”
SETTLEMENTS. Joan Rivers’ family settles medical malpractice case surrounding her death: “Joan Rivers’s daughter, Melissa, filed a malpractice suit in January 2015, alleging doctors posed for selfies with her mother while she was unconscious. In a statement, she said the settlement allowed her to “put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation”. The Rivers’ lawyers said the doctors had not denied responsibility.”
BERMUDA. Activists prepare for referendum on same-sex marriage: “The referendum on same-sex marriage and civil unions will be held on June 23, giving campaigners on either side six weeks to get their message across to voters. A formal notice was published in the Official Gazette yesterday, confirming the two questions that will appear on the ballot paper: Are you in favour of same-sex marriage in Bermuda? Are you in favour of same-sex civil unions in Bermuda?”
BAHAMAS. Prime Minister Perry Christie insists there will be no gay marriage there as long as he’s alive: “Mr Christie appeared agitated by the continued argument that the fourth Constitutional Amendment Bill could lead to same-sex marriage, telling The Tribune on Friday night that he is “almost embarrassed by” this line of thinking.”
DiGORGEOUS. Photographer Marco Ovando has been releasing some stunning shots of Nyle DiMarco.
BUSINESS. Apple just dropped $1 billion investment in Uber’s competitor in China: “We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market,” he said. “Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well.”
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. Greg Berlanti talks to The Hollywood Reporter.
CLOSE TO YOU. People will do anything to get close to Ryan Gosling.
NASA. An awesome time-lapse video of Mercury’s transit of the Sun from earlier this week: “Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.”
FRIDAY FLESH. Howie Tung.