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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Pivotal legal developments for President Trump’s circle.
His longtime fixer, Michael Cohen, above, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and bank and tax fraud. He also made the extraordinary claim that he had paid the adult film actress Stormy Daniels “at the direction of” Donald J. Trump for the purpose of “influencing the election.”
While the deal does not require cooperation with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, it does not preclude his providing information to the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller.
And Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on eight counts in his financial fraud trial. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 of the 18 counts, and the federal judge declared a mistrial on those charges.
2. Up to 1,400 premature deaths and 48,000 more asthma attacks.
Those are among the startling costs identified in the White House’s own Affordable Clean Energy rule, a proposed overhaul of pollution rules for plants fired by coal. The plan would override stricter regulations from the Obama administration.
Apart from the increased health risks from higher rates of microscopic airborne particulates, carbon emissions would rise, too.
Opposition was immediate and vocal. “Once again, the Trump Administration has chosen the profits of polluters over public health and safety,” tweeted Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat. He pledged to “resist this all-out assault on the environment.”
3. The 14-year battle to deport a former Nazi guard from the U.S. came to an end after he was sent to Germany.
Jakiw Palij, 95, had been living in New York for decades, after lying on his immigration papers and claiming to be a refugee. He is believed to have been the “last adjudicated Nazi criminal in the United States.”
The deportation handed President Trump, who had pressed strongly for his removal, a powerful talking point against critics of his immigration policies.
4. New evidence emerged that Russian hackers are targeting conservative U.S. research groups and the Senate’s own web pages, leading a key Senate panel to signal a willingness to advance new Russia sanctions.
And in Germany, there’s a troubling correlation between the use of Facebook and an uptick of anti-refugee violence. A new study found that wherever per-person Facebook use rose a specific level, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.
Our columnists went to Germany to check out the researchers’ findings. Here’s what they found.
5. Voters in Alaska and Wyoming head to the polls today. Neither state has a clearly competitive race, but here’s what to watch for this evening.
And in New Hampshire, where primary voting is weeks away, Levi Sanders, right, has a message for voters: I’m not my father.
Indeed, both the younger Mr. Sanders and the elder, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, are keen to keep their politics separate. Senator Sanders has yet to even endorse his son, who is running for a House seat.
6. Uber named a chief financial officer after a yearslong search, a crucial move before its plan to go public next year.
Nelson J. Chai, 53, a former executive at Merrill Lynch and CIT Group, will assume the post next month.
Uber, one of the most highly valued private companies in the world at $62 billion, could likely have one of the biggest-ever technology I.P.O.s.
7. Protesters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill toppled a Confederate statue late Monday, the day before classes began.
The monument, known as Silent Sam, has been on campus for over 100 years — and has been a point of consternation for decades. Critics saw it as an enduring tribute to white supremacy, and many cheered its demise.
The university and state lawmakers criticized the demonstrators’ actions. The president of the university system called the move “unacceptable, dangerous, and incomprehensible.”
8. The homes were drafty. The social scene was a bore. So what drove hundreds of Gilded Age American heiresses across the Atlantic to marry into struggling British families?
“The Husband Hunters” by Anne de Courcy recounts the fates and fortunes of the women who helped prop up the British aristocracy, leaving behind the savage competitiveness of New York for the English countryside, male-dominated politics — and a lot of rain. Read our review of this glittering history.
9. “I had been brainwashed into believing that my existence was limited to the boundaries of another person’s approval.”
Kelly Marie Tran, the star of “The Last Jedi,” deleted her Instagram posts after months of racist and sexist harassment. In an essay for The Times, she speaks out for the first time since.
“I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white,” she writes. “And this is the world that I will continue to work toward.”
10. Finally, after over a century behind bars, some of America’s most beloved animals will roam free.
After a package redesign, the animals on Barnum’s Animal crackers are no longer shown in cages.
It is a symbolic victory for animal rights activists — and a moment in snack history.
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