5.22.2019

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Need To Know.
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Ukraine Parliament Dissolved.
Newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky formally dissolved the country’s Parliament yesterday, calling for elections to refill the emptied chamber by July. The 41-year-old former comedian - who actually played the country’s president in a nationally televised series, Servant of the People - made waves in April when he crushed incumbent Petro Poroshenko in a landslide victory, capturing 73% of the vote. By accelerating the elections, originally scheduled for late October, Zelensky will look to capitalize on his election momentum, providing voters a chance to replace the pro-Poroshenko Parliament with legislators more friendly to his center-left agenda. Zelensky has said a top priority is bringing peace to Eastern Ukraine, where fighting has paralyzed the region since Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimea, a strategic peninsula jutting into the Black Sea that was historically part of Ukraine.
Blues vs. Bruins.
The St. Louis Blues will take on the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Stanley Cup, after the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks last night 5-1, clinching the Western Conference finals. Boston has been at home awaiting the outcome since last Thursday after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference. The Blues are the oldest active franchise to have never won a Stanley Cup, and it will be their first trip to the finals since 1970 (in which they also faced Boston). It's a small surprise for either team to find themselves in the finals - the Blues finished the regular season tied for fourth place in the West, and while Boston finished second in the East, they sat behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who wrapped up one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. In a stunning opening round, the Lightning - who were the odds-on favorite to win the Cup - were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The puck drops in Game 1 next Monday at 8pm ET (NBC). 
McDonald's Meets #MeToo.
Nearly two dozen workers filed lawsuits against fast food giant McDonald's yesterday, alleging systemic gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation against workers for speaking up against abuse. The lawsuit comes almost nine months after workers organized a 10-city strike to protest sexual harassment in the workplace. Spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union and a labor group known as Fight for $15, 23 new suits were filed - 20 were sent to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and three were filed as civil lawsuits (two additional suits from previous allegations were grouped in). The suits come the same week as employees planned to go on strike in pockets around the country. The filings also represent a crossover between the #MeToo movement, which continues to send shock waves through the entertainment industry and political world, with the labor rights movement. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees June match-ups in London will be played on artificial turf for the first time in 118-year rivalry (More)
> The Ellen DeGeneres Show signs on for next three seasons; the top-rated talk show to run through 2022 (More)
> Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's restaurant chain collapses, 22 of 25 restaurants close with 1000+ jobs lost (More)
Science & Technology.
> United States Postal Service begins testing the use of self-driving trucks; two-week trial will include 5 round trips between Phoenix and Dallas processing centers (More)
> Amazon investors to vote on two resolutions requiring the company to examine the impact of its facial recognition technology, Rekognition, on human and civil rights (More)
New imaging technique used on fossilized remains of a 3-million-year-old mouse shows that advanced X-rays can detect traces of color pigments, providing never-before-seen evolutionary insights (More)
Business & Markets.
> Department store chain stocks slide on gloomy earnings reports: Kohl’s down 12%, JCPenney down 7%, Nordstrom down 9% in after-hours trading (More) | Women's clothing chain Dressbarn to shutter, will close 650 US stores (More)
> US stocks markets up (S&P 500 +0.9%, Dow +0.8%, Nasdaq +1.1%) after US temporarily eases restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei (More)
> Big pharma giant Merck to buy kidney cancer drug candidate Peloton Therapeutics for $1B+ (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> White House to name former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli to non-Senate confirmed immigration “czar” post (More)
> Yemen-based Houthi rebels reportedly attack a regional airport and military base in Saudi Arabia using bomb-carrying drones; Iran-backed rebels have been engaged in civil war against Saudi-backed Yemeni government (More)
> House Freedom Caucus condemns Rep. Justin Amash (R, MI-3) for comments suggesting Congress should move forward with impeachment charges against President Trump (More) | Read Amash’s rebuttal on Twitter (More)
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