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    Michael Cohen’s taxi business partner just agreed to cooperate with investigators
    May23

    Michael Cohen’s taxi business partner just agreed to cooperate with investigators

    The “Taxi King” has flipped, which could worsen Cohen’s legal woes. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen appears to be in increasing legal jeopardy — one of his major business partners has now agreed to cooperate with government investigators. Evgeny “Gene” Freidman, known as the “Taxi King,” entered a guilty plea in New York state court Tuesday as...

    This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a plea against complacency
    May18

    This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a plea against complacency

    Artistic freedom and ideological oppression took center stage at cinema’s most prestigious festival. Most film festivals aren’t programmed around a theme. But sometimes one emerges anyhow, brought on by some combination of the festival programmers’ interests and what’s going on in the world. Most of the offscreen buzz (and...

    The Trump Tower meeting at the center of the Russia investigation, explained
    May16

    The Trump Tower meeting at the center of the Russia investigation, explained

    What happened when Don Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner took that meeting? What really happened at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016? The answer to this question could be the key to understanding whether Trump’s team colluded with the Russians — or whether the whole Trump-Russia scandal really is, as participants claim, a nothingburger. On...

    A judge just ruled that Mueller had the authority to indict Manafort
    May16

    A judge just ruled that Mueller had the authority to indict Manafort

    Judge Amy Berman Jackson found it was “logical and appropriate” for Mueller to investigate Manafort. A federal judge ruled against Paul Manafort’s attempt to dismiss charges brought against him in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, writing that the charges fell “squarely” within special counsel Robert Mueller’s authority — which means...

    Leto, directed by an outspoken Putin critic, is a tribute to the Soviet underground rock scene
    May11

    Leto, directed by an outspoken Putin critic, is a tribute to the Soviet underground rock scene

    Kirill Serebrennikov is under house arrest while his punk movie musical premieres at Cannes. Kirill Serebrennikov’s punk movie-musical Leto is at Cannes, but its director isn’t. He’s under house arrest after his nonprofit was raided last summer by Russian law enforcement, allegedly because Serebrennikov is under suspicion of...

    Viktor Vekselberg, the man at the center of the week’s biggest Trump-Russia news, explained
    May11

    Viktor Vekselberg, the man at the center of the week’s biggest Trump-Russia news, explained

    Michael Cohen received $500,000 from an affiliate of Vekselberg’s company. Was it a Kremlin payoff to Trump? Viktor Vekselberg is a powerful Russian oligarch who is worth roughly $13 billion, making him one of the richest men not just in Russia but in the world. We learned earlier this week that Columbus Nova, an American company with ties...

    Robert Mueller’s team just had a really rough day in court
    May04

    Robert Mueller’s team just had a really rough day in court

    Judge T.S. Ellis III questioned whether Mueller had just charged Manafort to try to “get” President Trump. A federal judge expressed skepticism about special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-reaching probe Friday morning during a hearing related to charges Paul Manafort is facing in Virginia. Judge T.S. Ellis III suggested that he suspected...

    Trump’s Stormy Daniels tweets show how easy he is to blackmail
    May03

    Trump’s Stormy Daniels tweets show how easy he is to blackmail

    A man who dispenses cash for secrets this easily is a risky man to have in office. In a tweetstorm this morning aimed at containing the fallout from Wednesday night’s revelation by Rudy Giuliani that Donald Trump repaid Michael Cohen for hush money Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels, the president attempted to thread the various legal needles...

    Ukraine cut off cooperation with Mueller to curry favor with Trump
    May02

    Ukraine cut off cooperation with Mueller to curry favor with Trump

    Unprecedented conflicts of interest lead to unprecedented policy problems. Andrew Kramer reports Wednesday for the New York Times that cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller and his team has “been effectively frozen by Ukraine’s chief prosecutor” and that “the decision to halt the investigations by an anticorruption prosecutor was...

    Mike Pompeo spent his first week as secretary of state being the anti-Rex Tillerson
    May02

    Mike Pompeo spent his first week as secretary of state being the anti-Rex Tillerson

    Experts think Pompeo might bring back some normalcy to the State Department. Only time will tell if that’s true. Belgium. Saudi Arabia. Israel. Jordan. That sounds like a nice vacation, but it’s actually where Mike Pompeo spent his first five days as the newly minted secretary of state. After his official confirmation last week,...

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