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Paul Manafort sentencing hearing set for March 8: filing

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President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort will be sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Virginia on March 8, according to a court filing posted on Thursday.

The filing, dated Feb. 19, also said that Manafort must file his sentencing memorandum by the evening of March 1, with the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller having the opportunity to then file a reply by March 6.

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(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


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How Trump’s presidency could cost Susan Collins reelection: The Maine GOP senator is ‘in a terrible position’

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In the past, getting reelected was never a problem for Sen. Susan Collins. The Maine Republican, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, was reelected by 17% in 2002, 23% in 2008 and 37% in 2014. But that was before the incredibly divisive presidency of Donald Trump. And journalist David Sharp, in a report for the Associated Press (AP), stresses that Trump could be the “biggest hurdle” in Collins’ battle to win a fifth term.

In the past, Collins — who is conservative but not far-right — was quite popular in Maine, a blue state. But distancing herself from Trump’s controversies and far-right agenda has proven difficult for Collins. And Sharp notes that thanks to the impeachment inquiry Trump is facing, Collins might be forced to take a stand on whether or not he should remain in the White House: if Trump is impeached in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 66-year-old senator would later be asked to vote “guilty” or “not guilty” on articles of impeachment in a Senate trial.

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Over half of Americans favor Trump impeachment: poll

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A slim majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office for his controversial Ukraine actions, according to the first poll after the launch of public hearings in Congress.

Fifty-one percent of those asked said they think Trump should be tried and convicted in the US Senate, while another six percent favor impeachment but not removal, according to the ABC News-Ipsos poll released Monday.

That appeared to represent an increase from before the hearings in the House Intelligence Committee began Wednesday. An average of previous polls showed about 48 percent supported Trump's removal, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.

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Mulvaney restored West Wing access for Rudy Giuliani’s son — after John Kelly revoked it

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has now restored full West Wing access for Andrew Giuliani, the son of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, after it had been revoked by former chief of staff John Kelly.

The Atlantic reports that Mulvaney not only restored Giuliani's access, but even gave him a promotion as special assistant to the president, although the details of what he actually does for work at the White House remain unclear.

Kelly, who left his position as chief of staff late last year, revoked Giuliani's access because he was disturbed that the son of the former New York mayor would regularly walk about the West Wing unannounced.

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