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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claims he paid Stormy Daniels $130K from his own pocket: report

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President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen said Tuesday night that the $130,000 payout made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels came from his own pocket.

The New York Times reported that Cohen also said the Trump Organization did not reimburse him for the payment issued October 2016, which is rumored to be “hush money” for an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

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“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with [Stephanie] Clifford [Daniels’ legal name], and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen told the Times in a statement. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

Cohen did not respond to the Times‘ further questions about the payment, which were first reported a month ago by the Wall Street Journal, including whether Trump knew about the payment to the adult actress or what it was for.

The report also noted that this was the first time Cohen has confirmed the payment was made. When the Journal reached out for comment before publishing their initial report, the attorney denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels.


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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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