Start your Monday smart: Mother’s Day, Julian Assange, Trump’s records, Russian hacking, Eurovision spotlight

Happy Mother’s Day to moms everywhere! And virtual hugs to those whose moms are not with them. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

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TODAY

Double dribble. There will be a pair of Game 7s in the NBA playoffs when the Denver Nuggets take on the Portland Trail Blazers and the Philadelphia 76ers face off against the Toronto Raptors.

• Icebreaker. The playoffs are in full swing in the NHL, too. The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

MONDAY

Assange’s legal woes. Sweden will announce whether it’ll reopen an investigation into rape allegations against Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder hid at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for seven years until Ecuador withdrew his asylum and invited in British police. He is now in a British jail over skipping his bail to avoid going to Sweden. Meanwhile, the US wants to extradite Assange after prosecutors charged him with helping ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning hack US Defense Department computers.

TUESDAY

Trump’s financial records. President Donald Trump’s fight with Congress over his financial records is on a fast track — with a hearing set to weigh the major legal issues. His legal team has sued to stop a firm subpoenaed by Congress from turning over the records. The Democratic-led House is investigating Trump, his administration and his businesses.

WEDNESDAY

Crackdown on online extremism. Leaders of New Zealand and France — two countries scarred by terrorism — will meet to discuss ways to stop violent extremism online. Several social media companies are sending representatives. The March 15 attacks that killed dozens of people in Christchurch, New Zealand, were live-streamed on Facebook.

THURSDAY

Russian hacking in Florida. The FBI will brief Florida members of Congress on reported hacking attempts by Russian intelligence. Officials have said Russian military intelligence created an email phishing campaign targeting the state’s county election workers the summer before the 2016 presidential election. Government officials have repeatedly insisted no evidence exists that hackers changed any votes in either the 2016 or 2018 elections but have stopped short of claiming that hackers were never in a position to make it more difficult for people to vote.

SATURDAY

Eurovision spotlight. The glitzy, over-the-top Eurovision competition concludes in Tel Aviv, Israel.

With about 200 million viewers, the international music contest is one of the most-watched nonsports events in the world. This year, it’ll be held in the shadow of Middle East tensions, and calls for a boycott have already started.

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Blogs

Worthington BLOG: Doorbell Ditch Karma

Worthington BLOG: Doorbell Ditch Karma

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Do we really want the government to tell us how much profit we are allowed to make?

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Mike’s Pulled Pork Recipe:

Mike’s Pulled Pork Recipe:

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