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May 21, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Former White House counsel Donald McGahn had been scheduled to testify today before a House Judiciary Committee, but President Trump has ordered McGahn to defy a subpoena from the committee seeking information on the special counsel's Russia investigation. Separately on Monday, a judge ruled that Trump's accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress, triggering the real possibility of a court test of Trump's vow to "resist all subpoenas." Meanwhile, NBC News reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is under increased pressure to move forward with an impeachment inquiry.
    Polls are open across Idaho today as Gem State voters decide the fate of dozens of ballot initiatives. The biggest vote in the Treasure Valley today is in Canyon County, where voters will choose whether or not to approve a $187 million bond to build a new jail. The bond initiative will require a super majority to pass. In Meridian, voters are deciding the fate of a $14 million levy to build, expand or renovate a number of libraries. Plus, voters in 17 rural school districts across Idaho will cast their ballots on school bonds and/or levies. Polls will remain open until 8 p.m.
  • One of the Treasure Valley's largest high school graduations will occur this evening when Boise High holds its commencement at Taco Bell Arena.
  • CNBC reports that Dressbarn is going out of business. The Ascena Retail Group announced Monday that it will shutter all 650 of its Dressbarn stores. Idaho's only Dressbarn is on Milwaukee Street in Boise. CNBC says more than 6,000 retail locations have been closed so far in 2019 by companies ranging from Payless Shoes to Gymboree and Victoria's Secret. That's more store closures than in all of 2018.
  • The Hollywood Reporter says
    Sunday night's finale of Game of Thrones drew 13.6 million viewers. Adding in replays and early streaming, that figure is expected to climb to 19 million, the biggest audience in HBO history. Now the bad news: NBC News says some HBO customers cancelled the subscriptions right after the last Game of Thrones installment aired. "What we're seeing is that these companies are experiencing the other side of the sword," market analyst Brett Sappington told NBC. "You've acquired all these users, but how do you retain them?"
  • Sesame Street has introduced a new Muppet character, Karli, who is in foster care. In one of Karli's first episodes, she explains that her mother is "having a hard time" and that her "for-now parents" will "keep her safe until her mommy can take care of her again." Take a look: