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June 12, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Attorneys general in Maryland and Washington, D.C., will sue President Donald Trump for what they say is a breach of constitutional oath. This morning's Washington Post  reports that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, both Democrats, allege Trump accepted millions in benefits and cash from foreign governments through his companies while also serving as president. That, the AGs say, is a violation of anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution. Meanwhile, Trump's daughter Ivanka, appearing on Fox & Friends this morning, said she's still surprised at what she calls the "viciousness" of media covering her father. "I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity was ...I was a little blindsided by on a personal level," she said.

  • Boise Councilman Ben Quintana - JEREMY LANNINGHAM
    • Jeremy Lanningham
    • Boise Councilman Ben Quintana
    Boise City Councilman Ben Quintana has decided not to seek another term in office. Quintana was first elected in 2011 to a partial term on the council and was reelected in 2013 to a full term. He broke the news on Facebook June 9, writing, "Six years ago, I announced my run for office on Twitter. Today, I'm announcing I will not seek a third term." In addition to his public duties, Quintana is director of organizational effectiveness at St. Luke's Health System. Quintana's surprising message should open the floodgates of interested candidates for the election this November for the open council seat. Quintana has yet to announce if he'll be seeking another public office.

  • Tony awards were handed out to Broadway's best Sunday night, with Dear Evan Hansen winning six prizes, including best new musical. The best new play of the year was Oslo. Other Tony winners included Kevin Kline (Present Laughter), Cynthia Nixon (The Little Foxes) and Laurie Metcalf (A Doll's House, Part 2). But the highlight of the evening was when Bette Midler took the stage to accept a Best Actress Tony for her revival of Hello Dolly. When her acceptance speech went a bit long, the orchestra began playing the not-so-subtle music that is intended to wrap up the speech. When Midler kept thanking a long list of friends and family, the orchestra played a bit louder. The orchestra ultimately surrendered, running out of wrap-it-up music. The whole speech clocked in at more than four minutes, longer than some of the musical numbers Sunday evening.

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