5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Report: Trump's lawyers give documents to Mueller to limit interview

  • Supreme Court won't block new Pennsylvania congressional map

  • The Weinstein Co. declares bankruptcy, releases some employees from NDAs

  • Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon enters race for New York governor

  • The world's last male northern white rhino is dead at 45

Attorneys for President Trump have given Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office written documents about events under investigation, including summaries of internal White House memos and correspondence, with the hopes that this will keep Mueller from having to ask about certain incidents, two people familiar with the situation told The Washington Post. Trump's lawyers are concerned about Trump being able to handle an interview that could last several hours, and have been negotiating the terms of a one-on-one meeting. The records do not detail Trump's version of events, the Post reports, but rather the White House view. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, possible coordination with the Trump campaign, and Trump's potential obstruction of justice.

Source: The Washington Post

In a blow to Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Pennsylvania's newly drawn congressional map. In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that the map drawn by Republicans in 2011 was gerrymandered and violated Pennsylvania's constitution, and last month, voted 4-3 to approve a new congressional map that no longer favors the GOP. Under the old map, Republicans usually won 13 of the 18 districts, but with the new boundaries, Democrats are likely to pick up three or four seats.

Source: NPR

The Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy, the company announced Monday, after dozens of women accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and harassment. Earlier this month, a group of investors announced they made a deal to buy The Weinstein Co., but that collapsed after it was determined the company had more debt than previously disclosed. As part of its negotiations with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, some of The Weinstein Co.'s employees have also been released from non-disclosure agreements. "No one should be afraid to speak out or be coerced to stay quiet," The Weinstein Co. said in a statement. "The company thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward."

Source: Variety

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she is running against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state's Democratic primary. Cuomo — who is the son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo — was previously unchallenged in the race, and said her run is "just about name recognition." In the video announcing her candidacy, Nixon focuses on education, saying: "New York is where I was raised, and where I am raising my kids. I'm a proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent. I was given chances I just don't see for most of New York's kids today."

Source: The Week

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in existence, died on Monday, Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy announced early Tuesday. He was 45 and "being treated for age-related complications," the conservancy said. "He was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal. The veterinary team from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta, and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him." There are now only two northern white rhinos left: Sudan's daughters, Najin and Fatu. The only hope for keeping the subspecies going now involves creating new in vitro fertilization techniques using eggs from Najin and Fatu, stored northern white rhino sperm, and surrogate female southern white rhinos.

Source: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
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