8.22.2018

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Manafort Convicted on Charges.
After a year-long saga, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 out of 18 charges of felony bank and tax fraud, with the jury deadlocked on the other 10 charges. Manafort was one of the earliest targets to be swept up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The charges stem from his time lobbying on behalf of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and other questionable world leaders, and focused on his alleged hiding of nearly $30M in overseas income. Although the charges were ultimately unrelated to the 2016 campaign the case represented the first test of Mueller's probe in court. A second trial now begins - this time in DC, the first case was tried in Virginia - over separate allegations that include lying to the FBI. Yesterday's conviction means Manafort could face a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison
Cohen Pleads Guilty.
Separate from the Manafort case, President Trump's ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 charges of bank and tax fraud, and one count of violating campaign finance law. The latter could be a significant issue for Trump, as Cohen admitted to making an unlawful contribution on October 27th, 2016 - the same date Cohen finalized a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Cohen said he did so at the direction of “a candidate for federal office”, in an indirect reference to Trump. Legal analysts say the payment to Daniels - benefiting the Trump campaign through her non-disclosure of the relationship - could be viewed as contribution from the Trump Organization to the Trump campaign, which would violate election law. Cohen's deal does not include a requirement for further cooperation with federal investigators, according to reports

In a final piece of legal news, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R, CA-50) and his wife were indicted for misusing campaign funds on personal expenses. 
Last Known Nazi in US Deported.
The US deported a New York City man over his alleged role in war crimes during World War II. The suspect, 95-year-old Jakiw Palij, will be returned to Germany, though German prosecutors have previously said they did not have enough evidence to bring charges. Palij was the last Nazi collaborator known to be living in the US - he was formally ordered deported in 2004 for serving as a guard at the Trawniki concentration camp (see history) in 1943. At the time Germany, Ukraine, and others refused to take Palij, leaving him in limbo until this week, after a deal was made with the German government. Thousands of Jewish Poles were executed at Trawniki as part of the infamous Operation Harvest Festival in November 1943.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Barbara Harris, Tony Award-winning actress, dies at 83 (More) | | Stefan Karl Stefansson, actor on long-running children's show LazyTown, dies at 43 (More)
> Actress Asia Argento publicly responds to report that she settled sexual misconduct lawsuit, denies the allegations made by then-underage actor (More)
> Israel outlaws import and sale of popular American e-cigarette brand Juul, citing high nicotine concentration (More)
Science & Technology.
> For first time, biosynthetic silk with properties comparable to actual spider silk developed; created using bioengineered bacteria that make silk proteins (More)
> Measles hits all-time high in Europe at 41,000 cases in first half of 2018, driven by lower vaccination rates (More)
> Researchers make best-to-date replication of blood-brain barrier using linked organ-on-chip devices, and accurately simulate the brain's response to methamphetamine (More)
Business & Markets.
> Uber fills CFO role - which had been vacant since 2015 - as it prepares for potential 2019 IPO (More)
> Email killer Slack raises $427M at $7.1B valuation (More) | Softbank invests $300M in Getaround, the "Airbnb for cars" (More)
> Fortune releases annual list of 100 fastest growing companies (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Prisoners in 17 states go on strike today to protest conditions, unequal treatment (More)
> Confederate statue taken down by student protesters at University of North Carolina (More) | Read 1913 dedication speech of statue (More)
> Month-long search for Iowa teen Mollie Tibbetts ends after body found; officials say undocumented immigrant is suspect (More)
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Op-Ed: Why children should do chores beginning at ages 3-4 (paywall). 
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A French theme park teaches crows how to pick up and throw away litter
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Video of US Marines dancing to the very literally titled electronic dance song "USA" goes viral in Japan.
Clickbait: Woman tricks dozens of men into Hunger Games-style competition in the weirdest Tinder date ever.
Historybook: 1st America’s Cup yacht race (1851); HBD American poet Dorothy Parker (1893); HBD Cadillac Motor Co. (1902); Althea Gibson is 1st African-American to compete in US national tennis tournament (1950); Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton is murdered (1989).
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