THIS WEEK: Michael Cohen pleads guilty, Paul Manafort convicted on 8 counts, the National Enquirer's Trump kill-story safe & much more!
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1. Michael Cohen, the former longtime fixer and personal attorney for Donald Trump, appeared in federal court in New York Tuesday afternoon, pleaded guilty to eight counts and said that he made illegal campaign contributions "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office." [MSNBC]

2. Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, was convicted Tuesday on eight felony counts after a trial on charges of bank and tax fraud brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. The federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 charges, but the 69-year-old Manafort still faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison. [The New York Times]

3. The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement revealed. [Associated Press]

4. The President of the United States says it should be illegal for witnesses to "flip" — to tell the truth about their role in crimes to federal investigators. [CNN]

5. President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to lash out at former top intelligence officials and threaten the removal of their security clearances — and in the process, suggested what many have suspected is the reason for his unprecedented move: the officials’ criticism of him. [Twitter]

6. Attorney General Jeff Sessions finally showed us that he has some balls and fired back at President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon, after Trump said he "never took control" of the Justice Department. [CNBC]

7. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, who was the second congressman to endorse Donald Trump, was arraigned Thursday in San Diego with his wife, Margaret Hunter, after an indictment Tuesday accused the couple of illegally using $250,000 in campaign money to pay for personal expenditures and filing false reports with the Federal Election Commission. [CNN]

8. First Lady Melania Trump, whose Be Best campaign battles cyberbulling, warned on Monday that social media can be “destructive and harmful” when misused – a speech made just hours after President Trump blasted special counsel Robert Muller’s team as "Angry Democrat Thugs" in a series of messages on Twitter. [Time]

9. Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, whose entanglements with Trump's finances are extensive, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen. [The New York Times]
● Former Obama administration officials have lambasted the Trump administration over a conspiracy theory memo alleged to have circulated through the White House last year accusing top Obama officials of carrying out a media campaign to undermine President Donald Trump's foreign policy efforts. 

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will no longer receive medical treatment, his family announced Friday.

● Members of Tibbetts' family spoke out against the politicization of the case after President Trump and his allies quickly used the murder to push his immigration agenda.

A crazy drunk Asian woman revealed her racist side. Charming.

Stormy Daniels said Tuesday she's "vindicated" by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's guilty plea and admission that he paid her at the direction of a "candidate for federal office," a reference to President Trump.

Teachers hit out at Betsy Devos’s "insane" plans to use federal funds to arm educators.

● A Michigan judge said Monday the state's health director will face criminal charges for two deaths linked to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak connected to the water crisis in Flint.

● Microsoft said Tuesday that it executed a court order to shut down six websites created by a group tied to Russian intelligence that sought to spoof conservative U.S. institutions, the U.S. Senate and Microsoft itself.
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