theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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COHEN & MANAFORT
Two big news stories about the people who used to work for President Trump. One pleaded guilty; another was found guilty.
Cohen Guilty Plea: President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in court to campaign finance crimes yesterday. He admitted to making illegal payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign in order to keep them quiet about alleged affairs with President Trump.
Here’s the key: he told the judge he did it because he was directed to by a “candidate for federal office,” referring to President Trump.
In other words, he’s saying Trump told him to break the law and broke the law with him. The court documents don’t technically name Trump, but Cohen’s lawyer did, when talking with media.
Still, right now, President Trump is not directly named or charged with anything, and that’s exactly what Trump’s current lawyer reiterated about this. President Trump hasn’t said or tweeted anything about it.
Cohen also admitted to tax and bank fraud. FOX News reports that part of his plea deal was not to challenge a sentence between 3-5 years. Cohen may continue to cooperate with investigators. His sentencing isn’t until December.
Manafort Found Guilty: On the same day as the Cohen ordeal, the AP reports a jury just found Paul Manafort guilty on eight counts of financial fraud.
Remember: Manafort is the former Trump campaign chairman who went to trial a couple weeks back.
The jury couldn’t decide on 10 of the 18 counts against him, so it’s a mistrial on those, but he was convicted of eight counts. No word yet on when he’ll be sentenced.
At a rally in West Virginia, President Trump said he felt badly for Manafort,but he made it clear: those crimes happened before Manafort was involved in the Trump campaign. The president said again there was no collusion between the campaign and Russia.
Read More on Cohen: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, FOX News
Read More on Manafort: Associated Press, USA Today
FACEBOOK FAKE ACCOUNTS
Facebook says it found and deleted hundreds of fake accounts tied to Russia and Iran.
The accounts were reportedly trying to influence people around the world with fake information, and they targeted Facebook users in the US, UK, Latin America and Middle East with a focus on swaying political opinions.
It's not just Facebook: Twitter also said it deleted hundreds of fake accounts tied to Iran this week.
Read More: The Hill, TechCrunch
NAZI GUARD SUSPECT SENT AWAY
He’s the last known surviving Nazi war crimes suspect living in the US, and the US just sent him off to Germany.
The New York Times says Jakiw Palij lived in New York City for decades. He got into the US by lying on his immigration papers about what he did during World War II. He lost his US citizenship years ago, but the US couldn’t find another country to take him, so he stayed…until now.
President Trump said he pushed for it, and some experts say it’s also a good talking point for Trump as he pushes for immigration reform.
Read More: New York Times
MISSING STUDENT & 'SILENT SAM'
Murder charges were filed against an undocumented immigrant in the case of a missing University of Iowa student. CBS News reports the body of Mollie Tibbetts was found this week, five weeks after the search started.
Also, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, protesters brought down a Confederate statue known as ‘Silent Sam.’ Critics say it was a tribute to white supremacy, but the university said that ruining the statue was unacceptable and dangerous.
Read More on Missing Student: CBS News, USA Today
Read More on Silent Sam: The Washington Post
ASIA ARGENTO STATEMENT
Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento is responding to accusations from over the weekend. She says the sexual assault she’s been accused of never happened.
Reminder: Argento was one of the first women to speak out and accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Then, a report in The New York Times Sunday found documents showing she paid off her own accuser, who said she sexually assaulted him when he was a teen.
Now, in a statement, Argento says the assault didn’t happen. She says her then-boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, did pay him off, but just so he would stop harassing them.
Her accuser has not commented about any of it… at least not yet.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter, Page Six
ARCTIC SEA ICE BREAKS
It’s usually called “the last ice area,” because it’s the thickest sea ice in the Arctic, but now, The Telegraph reports, that ice is starting to break up.
Some say scientists may have to change their theories about which part of the Arctic will last the longest as climate change continues. Some experts are worried about what it’ll mean for wildlife, like polar bears.
Read More: The Guardian, The Telegraph
There's a new app trying to replace traditional business cards. TechCrunch says this one may be different than others that have failed in the past.
The reason? Only one person actually has to download the app.
It’s called HiHello. It gives you a QR code when you create your personalized digital business card. The other person uses a smartphone camera to scan your code, and your info goes into their phone. There’s no need for them to get the app, too.
You can also create different digital business cards for different reasons, like personal and work, or one that has your cell phone number when the other doesn’t.
Read More: TechCrunch
It's back-to-school time for many colleges and universities, and Tinder, the dating app, has something new for students just in time.
It’s called TinderU. Mashable reports it’ll be available to people with two things: 1) an active .edu email address and 2) location data showing that person is on a college campus.
Read More: Mashable
ANIMAL CRACKERS GO CAGE-FREE
For the first time, the animals shown on the boxes of animal crackers are out of their cages.
The picture on the boxes of Barnum’s Animals used to show the animals behind the bars of a circus box car. Then, the AP reports PETA asked the company to change it.
Nabisco and its parent company agreed to it and revealed the redesign. A zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla are seen on the box roaming free.
Read More: Associated Press
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