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5 things to know Thursday

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Published 4:18 a.m. ET May 16, 2019 | Updated 5:18 a.m. ET May 16, 2019

Trump to introduce his new immigration system to the public

In a speech Thursday, President Donald Trump will propose a new immigration system that gives preference to high-skilled immigrants such as scientists and engineers. But the plan deals only with legal immigration, not the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. or the roughly 3.6 million “Dreamers” who were illegally brought into the country as minors. Developed by senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, the plan is designed to create a “merit-based” point system for people seeking to enter the U.S. and move away from the mostly family-based system in place today. Trump is still tied up in numerous legal battles with Congress after the publication of the redacted Mueller Report, but he has, for the most part, moved on and is relitigating immigration and several other contentious policy battles that could shape his reelection effort. 

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While speaking at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, President Trump vowed to do “whatever it takes” to stop illegal immigrants.
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Bill de Blasio expected to make 23 for the Democrats

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to be the latest Democrat to jump in the 2020 presidential race and he will make his announcement on Thursday morning, according to several reports. “Good Morning America” tweeted that the mayor and his wife will be on the show. De Blasio will be the 23rd person to join the crowded Democratic field and he won’t even be the first person this week to join the race as Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday he will be running. It’s worth noting the overwhelming majority of de Blasio’s constituents said last month they were against him joining the 2020 field. According to a Quinnipiac poll published in April, 76% of New York City voters said they would not want De Blasio to run for president. 

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Bazinga! Say goodbye to “The Big Bang Theory”

For fans of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” the universe will finally implode Thursday night at 8 EDT/PDT. That’s when TV’s top comedy ends its 12-year run with a one-hour finale. Co-creator Chuck Lorre credits the success of the series, which focused on a group of nerdy scientists and, eventually, their wives and girlfriends, to its cast. “Each one of these characters as played by the actors is so endearing and remarkable and specific in their own way,” he said. Details of the finale are under wraps, but it will reveal whether Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) win a Nobel Prize. USA TODAY TV critic Bill Keveney – an admitted fan of the show – reported that the audience at the final taping “laughed, gasped and awwwwed their way through the episode.”

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Tiger Woods seeks second major of 2019 as PGA Championship tees off

The PGA Championship begins at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, on Thursday. Entering the second major tournament of the year, three players are in the spotlight. Tiger Woods – winner of the Masters – tees off at 8:24 a.m. ET with a shot at a second straight major championship. Jordan Spieth can become the sixth player ever to complete the career grand slam if he can capture the Wanamaker Trophy. And then there’s John Daly, who rolled into Bethpage Black while smoking a cigarette. Daly will be playing the PGA Championship with the aid of a cart. Round 1 will air on TNT at 1 p.m. ET, with live streams of the tournament available on PGA.com. Before tuning in to watch Round 1, here are the five key pairings to watch.

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The northern lights could be coming to a sky near you

Millions of skywatchers across the far northern U.S. and most of Canada later could see the aurora borealis, aka the northern lights, on Thursday. The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for Thursday, meaning an aurora borealis could be visible.  The watch was issued because of a series of coronal mass ejection events from the sun that are expected to arrive here on Earth. Those events could produce a series of “large expulsions of plasma and magnetic field from the sun’s corona,” the space center said. The sky spectacle could be visible in Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Michigan, northern New York State and much of New England, according to the prediction center.

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