5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • State Department audit faults Clinton for poorly managed email

  • Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton win Washington State primaries

  • Taliban names new leader, confirming death of Mullah Mansour

  • Paul Ryan swats down Donald Trump endorsement rumor

  • DOJ will seek death penalty for Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof

The State Department has found fault in the way Hillary Clinton and other former secretaries of state managed their electronic communications, the Associated Press reports. The copy of the report by the agency's inspector general cited "longstanding, systemic weakness" in relation to email and computer information security. The report also said secretaries were "slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks associated with electronic data communications, particularly as those risks pertain to its most senior leadership."

Source: The Associated Press

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton won their respective primaries in Washington State on Tuesday, but only Trump gets delegates for his victory. (Democrats allocated their delegates in an earlier caucus, which Bernie Sanders won.) Trump won at least 27 of the 44 delegates at stake, putting him just a few dozen delegates shy of clinching the Republican nomination, a formality since he is the only candidate left in the race. Trump and Clinton are expected to wrap up their nominations on June 7, the next and final slate of contests in the 2016 primary season.

Source: The Associated Press

On Wednesday, the Afghan Taliban confirmed the death of its leader, Mullah Akthar Mansour, killed in a U.S. drone strike, and named his replacement, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada. The statement was the Taliban's first confirmation of Mansour's death. Akhundzada, a Mansour deputy believed to be 45 to 50 years old, is the former chief of the Taliban courts and is considered more of a religious scholar than military commander; he is responsible for most of the fatwas, or religious edicts, from the Taliban.

Source: BBC News, The New York Times

House Speaker Paul Ryan has denied rumors that he would soon endorse Donald Trump, with his office saying Wednesday that they have "not told the Trump campaign to expect an endorsement." The announcement follows comments made by unidentified senior Trump campaign sources, who told ABC News that Ryan would at long last throw his support behind their candidate. Ryan is the highest-ranking Republican official, and his endorsement would widely be seen as a sign that the Republican Party is uniting after its divisive primary.

Source: ABC News

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday it will pursue capital punishment for Dylann Roof, the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers during a service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The DOJ released a list of reasons why it will seek the death penalty, including Roof's "lack of remorse" and the fact that the killings were "racially-motivated" and "intentional." Roof faces 33 federal charges from the June 2015 incident, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Reuters
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