5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • House panel subpoenas former White House Counsel Don McGahn

  • Supreme Court to decide whether LGBT workers are protected by anti-discrimination laws

  • Trump sues to block subpoena of financial records

  • Sri Lanka gives military power to detain suspects following deadly attacks

  • WNBA to broadcast on CBS Sports Network, doubling network exposure

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Don McGahn on Monday, requesting he testify in front of the panel on May 21. The subpoena also gives McGahn until May 7 to hand over documents related to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussing sanctions with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak; President Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey; and possible pardons for Flynn, Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The committee is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice.

Source: CNN

The Supreme Court on Monday announced it has accepted three cases involving gay and transgender employees, and will deliver rulings on whether federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from firing workers due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The cases — Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC — will be decided during the court's term that will start in October. The justices will be tasked with deciding whether the protections granted by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, and sex, also applies to people based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Source: NPR

President Trump and the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit on Monday against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) over his recent subpoena of the president's accounting firm and financial statements. The filing accuses Democrats of waging an "all-out political war" against Trump and using subpoenas as their "weapon of choice." Cummings previously requested financial records from an accounting firm Trump and his business have used, Mazars USA. The subpoena was issued after Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified that the president has inflated his wealth on financial statements, with Cummings seeking to corroborate these claims. The suit calls the subpoena "an abuse of power."

Source: The Washington Post, Politico

Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday gave its military special broad powers to detain and arrest anyone suspected to be involved in the coordinated series of bombings that killed at least 290 people and wounded 500 on Sunday. The attacks were carried out by seven suicide bombers, who targeted three Christian churches holding Easter services and three hotels. Sri Lankan officials had been advised about a possible attack by a radical Islamist group beforehand. While most of the country began a day of mourning, the military imposed a curfew and patrolled the streets, and the government blocked access to social media. The national state of emergency granted the military sweeping police powers not used since Sri Lanka's civil war.

Source: BBC News, The Associated Press

CBS Sports Network announced on Monday that it will broadcast 40 WNBA games when the season begins next month. This multiyear deal is a major win for the women's league, as it will double its national TV exposure. "This partnership is one of the biggest and most impactful women's sports programming arrangements ever at CBS Sports," said CBS Sports chair Sean McManus. The WNBA's average viewership has steadily increased in recent years, going up 31 percent last year. The 23rd season opens on May 24, with the matchup between the Minnesota Lynx and the Chicago Sky on March 25 being the first to air on the CBS Sports Network.

Source: ESPN
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