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Trump attorney Michael Cohen fumed about not getting a quick reimbursement for Stormy Daniels payout: report

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Attorney Michael Cohen, who has for years served as a lawyer for President Donald Trump, was reportedly unhappy after Trump’s election that he wasn’t immediately reimbursed for paying off porn star Stormy Daniels.

In a new Wall Street Journal report about the Daniels payoff, sources tell the publication that “after Mr. Trump’s victory, Mr. Cohen complained to friends that he had yet to be reimbursed for the payment to [Daniels].”

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According to the Wall Street Journal’s past reporting, longtime Trump attorney Cohen set up a separate LLC called Essential Consultants in October 2016 that he used as a vehicle to pay Daniels $130,000 in exchange for remaining silence about her past affair with the president, which occurred shortly after his wife Melania had given birth to their son, Barron Trump.

Earlier this year, government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) flagged a Trump campaign reimbursement filing that sent $130,888.33 in campaign funds to a limited liability corporation called Trump Tower Commercial. The filing claims that the Trump campaign was reimbursing the LLC for “rent,” although it does not describe exactly what properties were rented out for campaign use.

However, if the Journal’s reporting is accurate, the Trump campaign may never have reimbursed Cohen for this particular expense, thus making the post-election $131K reimbursement flagged by CREW a coincidence.

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The last weekend in August marks the start of Burning Man, a week-long, festival in the Nevada desert consisting of freewheeling performance art, fanciful costumes, and a lot of drugs. The anarchic party with more than 50,000 attendees constitutes a pilgrimage for many attendees, lured by the promise of leaving the “default world” behind in exchange for a transformative or even spiritual experience.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Truckers are facing a ‘bloodbath’ in their industry — and it’s turning many in the pro-Trump group against him: report

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Truckers are numerous, conservative, and hurting. And despite their widespread support for Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016, a new report from Business Insider suggests the pain in the industry might be turning these workers away from the president.

The political trends in trucking are not insignificant. According to the American Trucking Associations, there were an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in 2018. RTS Financial has found that there are 7.4 million jobs total “tied to the trucking industry.” And Business Insider reported that nearly 90 percent of truckers are registered voters, higher than the general population.

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WATCH: Trump’s collusion with Russia is now a topic for impeachment — along with obstruction and racism

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President Donald Trump's interactions with Russia are now a topic of the impeachment investigation.

"There was an important development in support for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives today," MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported Tuesday. "Important both in who the new support comes from and what that support is based on."

"Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois is one of the freshmen Democrats who flipped a Republican district last year in winning her election. She brings the total number of House Democrats supporting impeachment now to 126 -- a majority of the Democrats' 235 members of the House," he explained.

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