May 30, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Donald Trump's communications director has resigned and reports from multiple news outlets this morning indicated a larger White House shakeup is looming. According to Politico, Mike Dubke, who held the communications director job for a about three months, resigned May 18 but the news of his departure was only confirmed today. Politico reported White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is also expected to take on a more limited role. Meanwhile, Trump is said to be in talks with former campaign aide Corey Lewandowski about returning to the president's inner circle. Lewandowski weathered his own period of political turmoil in March 2016 when, while serving as Trump's campaign manager, he was accused of roughing up a female reporter. Lewandowski was initially charged with battery but prosecutors in Palm Beach, Fla. opted not to support a criminal prosecution. Lewandowski parted ways with the campaign in June 2016.

click to enlarge Manuel Noriega - U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE, PUBLIC DOMAIN
  • U.S. Marshals Service, Public Domain
  • Manuel Noriega
  • The New York Times reports Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega has died. Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989 and was reportedly a longtime collaborator with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. He was ousted from power in a 1989 American invasion of Panama, which resulted in his seizure as a prisoner of war and imprisonment in the U.S., where he was found guilty of narcotics trafficking and money laundering. Noriega was extradited to France in 2010, where he was also convicted of money laundering. He was extradited back to Panama in 2011, where he was convicted of the multiple disappearances and/or deaths of his political opponents. While in a Panamanian prison, Noriega was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Following surgery, he suffered a brain hemorrhage and this morning died in a Panama City hospital. He was 83.
  • Fire investigators say improperly disposed cigarette butts are to blame for a blaze that torched a Boise Bench apartment complex May 29, displacing six families. Investigators said the cigarettes had been found near flammable materials. The fire, which broke out in the pre-dawn hours Monday, damaged six units at the Curtis Meadow Apartments on South Curtis Road. Officials said the fire severely damaged an electrical panel and none of the families impacted by a subsequent power outage could return until the panel was replaced.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins won Game 1 in the best of seven Stanley Cup championship Monday night, defeating the Nashville Predators 5-3. ESPN reported the Penguins took only 12 shots on goal, the lowest ever for a winner in a Stanley Cup final. The same two teams are back on the ice Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
  • Early reviews of Wonder Woman indicated DC Comics has a much-needed hit on its hands. The movie crept toward a "96 percent fresh rating" on the Rotten Tomatoes website. From The Hollywood Reporter: Wonder Woman's "lightness" is a "stark counterpoint to the Sturm und Drang of Batman v. Superman." Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Woman Woman is smart, slick and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be." Finally, according to IGN's Josh Yehl, Wonder Woman breaks the "stink streak" of DC's Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad.

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