May 27, 2016: What to Know 

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  • The investigation into possible ties between the Trump White House and the Russian government is inching closer to  President Donald Trump's inner circle. This morning, the New York Times reports that last December, Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, discussed strategy with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States in December. "People familiar with the meeting said the idea was to have Michael Flynn [the man who would be Trump's national security adviser for a short time] speak directly with a senior military official in Moscow," reports the Times. In the days following the meeting, Kushner met with a Russian banker with ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin. None of the meetings had been previously disclosed.
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, died Friday at the age of 89. Brzezinski rose to become one of the most visible foreign policy experts; NPR reports he helped Carter craft an historic agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1978.

  • Two men in Portland, Ore., were stabbed to death and another was injured on a commuter train after confronting 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, who was "yelling a gamut of anti-Muslim and anti-everything slurs" at two women, CNN reports. A Portland Police Department spokesman said when two male passengers confronted Christian, he stabbed them and one other man.
  • Ada County officials say nearly 200,000 assessments were mailed to property owners Friday—Idaho Code requires county assessors to appraise all property at market value as of January 1. Ada County Assessor Bob McQuade says the median residential assessed value in the county is $232,100, the highest in nearly a decade. Taxpayers who don't agree with the assessment can file an appeal with the Ada County Board of Equalization. Appeals must be filed by Monday, June 26.

  • Chipotle is having safety issues again, but this time, the problem is with customer data. The restaurant chain said Friday that over a span of three weeks, hackers stole customer payment information. Reuters reports Chipotle officials aren't sure how many payment cards or how much data had been compromised, but they confirmed the breach occurred between March 24 and April 18.

  • The Hollywood Reporter writes, in spite of some scathing reviews, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is winning the holiday weekend box office race and should haul in $75-$80 million by Monday. Meanwhile, another high-profile film, Baywatch is "taking on water" will probably gross a "lackluster" $29 million.

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