5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election

  • Trump attends G7 summit in Sicily, on last leg of trip abroad

  • Report: Jared Kushner a focus of Russia probe

  • Gunmen in Egypt attack bus carrying Coptic Christians, killing at least 20

  • Cleveland Cavs to face Golden State Warriors in 3rd straight NBA Finals

Republican Greg Gianforte has won the Montana House seat left vacant by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Gianforte has 189,473 votes, compared to Democrat Rob Quist with 166,483 votes. Speaking from Italy, Trump praised Gianforte's "great win in Montana." On Wednesday night, Gianforte was charged with assault, following an altercation with The Guardian's Ben Jacobs, who accused Gianforte of "body slamming" him and breaking his glasses. Gianforte's campaign claimed Jacobs, who recorded audio of the incident, "grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground," but eyewitnesses backed Jacobs' account. Going into Thursday's election, 37 percent of Montana's registered voters had already voted absentee.

Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times

President Trump is at a G7 summit in the Sicilian coastal town of Taormina Friday with the leaders of Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Britain, and Canada. He started the day with a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the only leader who wasn't with Trump in Brussels for a NATO summit on Thursday. The topics of discussion at the summit will veer from tackling terrorism, which has broad consensus, to climate change and trade, where Trump is essentially the odd leader out. Migration and North Korea will also be big topics. "It's time for him to have an intimate discussion and understand their issues but, more importantly, for them to understand our issues," national economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters late Thursday, en route to Sicily. Breaking with longstanding tradition, Trump has not held a press conference on his trip.

Source: The Associated Press, BBC News

President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is under scrutiny by the FBI in the Russia investigation, several U.S. officials told NBC News and other media outlets. Officials said it is believed he has information that could be helpful in the inquiry, but that doesn't mean he is suspected of any crimes. He is in a different category than Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, and Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who are considered subjects of the investigation. In 2016, Kushner met at least once with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and a Russian banker named Sergey Gorkov who has been under U.S. sanctions since 2014. The probe into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election is now being led by a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Source: NBC News

On Friday, a group of at least eight gunmen dressed in military uniforms attacked a bus and pickup truck carrying Coptic Christians traveling to St. Samuel Monastery in Egypt's Minya province, about 140 miles south of Cairo. At least 20 people were killed in the attack, including children. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but groups linked to the Islamic State said they had carried out other recent attacks on Egypt's Coptic minority. "We are having a very hard time reaching the monastery because it is in the desert," said Ibram Samir, a Christian official in Minya province. Egypt's Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East, and they have long faced harassment and discrimination.

Source: The New York Times, The Associated Press

The Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals on Thursday by beating the Boston Celtics, 135-102. The win set up an unprecedented third straight Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Cavaliers star LeBron James scored 35 points in the win over the Celtics, passing former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan to become the all-time leading scorer in playoff games. "Anytime I'm linked to any of the greats, even the greatest in Mike, it's just an honor," James said. This year's Finals, which will kick off on June 1, will be James' seventh straight, a mark matched only by Bill Russell's Celtics teams of the 1950s and '60s.

Source: The Associated Press
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