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Michael Avenatti: ‘Trump’s entire criminal enterprise is crumbling around him — he’s in trouble’

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On Tuesday, as President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen appeared before a federal judge to plead guilty to multiples crimes, including campaign finance violations and bank fraud, a jury found former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort guilty on eight counts. He faces decades in prison.

President Donald Trump stayed uncharacteristically quiet today, jetting off to a rally in West Virginia without tweeting about either case.

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But political analysts wondered what today’s poor outcomes for Cohen and Manafort mean for the president.

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, appeared on MSNBC and pointed out that things don’t bode well for Trump.

“If you look at how swiftly this has occurred, the president has only been in office for 19, 20 months, and his entire criminal enterprise is crumbling around him,” Avenatti said.

Avenatti added that charge 8 against Cohen was his client and she has been vindicated. He also said that the president has been incriminated.

“He’s got a lot of explaining to do — he’s in trouble,” he concluded.

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We are witnessing the birth of a movement — and the downfall of a president

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They almost always begin to right wrongs: illegitimate wars; decades of discrimination on the grounds of gender or racial or sexual identity; killings of innocents by police or gun-toting lunatics; oppression by governments wielding unequal laws; the deeply embedded legacy of centuries of racism.

This article first appeared in Salon.

They are imperfect. Arising out of rage, they can be unfocused, inchoate, contradictory. Protesting violence, they often involve violence. Protesting oppression, they sometimes oppress by destroying public spaces, small businesses, even entire neighborhoods.

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COVID-19 research scandal: Unwanted diversion during pandemic

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The first research scandal of the coronavirus pandemic has created unnecessary distraction around the politically divisive drug hydroxychloroquine, scientists say, as questions swirl around the tiny health care company at the center of the affair.

On Thursday, most of the authors of major studies that appeared in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) retracted their work and issued apologies, saying they could no longer vouch for their data after the firm that supplied it -- Chicago-based Surgisphere -- refused to be audited.

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Marriott ceases Cuban operations after new Trump sanctions

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Marriott has been ordered by the US Treasury Department to close its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana by the end of August and abandon plans to open others in Cuba, a spokeswoman for the American hotel group told AFP on Friday.

"We entered the Cuban market in 2016, with permission from the US government," the spokeswoman said.

"Our operating license was reviewed and renewed in 2018. We have recently received notice that the government-issued license will not be renewed, forcing Marriott to cease operations in Cuba."

Marriott's entry into the Cuban market came during the administration of US president Barack Obama, a Democrat.

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