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Manafort found guilty on eight counts of tax, bank fraud

Paul Manafort poses for a mugshot photo at the Alexandria Detention Center.
Paul Manafort poses for a mugshot photo at the Alexandria Detention Center. Handout/Getty Images

Paul Manafort — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman — has been found guilty on eight felony charges: five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to file a foreign bank account and two counts of bank fraud.

Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial on 10 other counts on which the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict. That does not mean Manafort is not guilty of those charges, only that the jury could not agree on whether prosecutors proved those charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts

Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen
Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen RW/AP

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts, including two charges of campaign finance violations.

Cohen reportedly admitted to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements, one count of making unlawful campaign contributions and one count of making an excessive contribution at the request of a campaign or candidate for office.

Elizabeth Warren brings anti-corruption bill to “eliminate the influence of money” in politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Charles Krupa/AP

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a broad anti-corruption bill Tuesday that would, among other things, impose a lifetime lobbying ban on presidents and federal lawmakers, prohibit individual members of Congress from owning stocks and, in a clear jab at Trump, require presidential candidates to release years of tax returns.

Madonna responds to VMAs critics: “I did not intend to do a tribute” to Aretha Franklin

Madonna attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Madonna attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Chris Pizzello/AP

One of the most talked-about moments of Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards was Madonna’s “tribute” to Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday. Standing in front of a massive image of Franklin, Madonna spoke mostly about herself, telling a long anecdote about an audition where she happened to sing Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

Madonna responded Tuesday to widespread criticism of her lengthy, self-centered speech in an Instagram post.

Kelly Marie Tran of Star Wars speaks out about the harassment that pushed her off social media

Kelly Marie Tran
Kelly Marie Tran Richard Shotwell/AP

Back in June, Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran — who played the character of Rose Tico in 2017’s The Last Jedi — deleted all her Instagram posts after experiencing months of racist harassment from fans of the series. In a new op-ed published Tuesday in the New York Times, Tran spoke out about the online hate and the way the harassment “seemed to confirm” the otherness she felt growing up as a woman and a person of color.