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A one-two punch for the president
• President Trump was dealt double legal setbacks on Tuesday, as his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated him in a federal crime, and his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was found guilty of bank and tax fraud. Here’s a quick look at what happened, and at what comes next.
In pleading guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and other charges, Mr. Cohen told a judge in Manhattan that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 campaign, to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump.
“I participated in this conduct, which on my part took place in Manhattan, for the principal purpose of influencing the election,” Mr. Cohen said. Here’s our full story about his day in court, as well as six takeaways from the guilty plea.
• Mr. Cohen has implicated Mr. Trump in serious crimes, but the Justice Department has long said that sitting presidents are not subject to criminal prosecution. Prosecutors could take other actions, however, including presenting evidence to the House for impeachment proceedings.
A Manafort verdict, and a win for Mueller
• News from Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday was no better for President Trump: His former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was convicted on eight of 18 fraud charges in a politically charged case that had riveted Washington.
Mr. Manafort’s trial didn’t directly involve Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But it was the first test of the special counsel’s ability to prosecute a federal case even as Mr. Trump continues to call the inquiry a “witch hunt.” Read our article about the verdict, and five takeaways.
In an appearance in West Virginia on Tuesday night, Mr. Trump sidestepped questions about Michael Cohen but defended Mr. Manafort as a “good man.”
• In a news analysis, a team of our White House correspondents writes: “A president who has labored under the cloud of investigations from almost the moment he took office, Mr. Trump now faces an increasingly grim legal and political landscape.”
Fewer coal rules, more deaths
• The Trump administration announced new pollution rules for coal-fired power plants on Tuesday, saying they would create jobs and eliminate burdensome regulations.
The Environmental Protection Agency also expects the rules to allow far more pollutants into the atmosphere, and acknowledged that they could lead to 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030, as well as more illnesses.
• At a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday, President Trump announced: “We are back. The coal industry is back.” We checked the facts behind some of his comments.
A global influence campaign on Facebook
• The company announced on Tuesday that it had removed 652 fake accounts, pages and groups that were trying to spread misinformation around the world.
The influence campaigns, which originated in Iran and Russia, “extend well beyond U.S. audiences and U.S. politics,” a cybersecurity firm that worked with Facebook said. They also focused on Britain, Latin America and the Middle East.
• Our reporters note that the campaigns had a familiar aim: “to distribute false news that might cause confusion among people, and to alter people’s thinking to become more partisan or pro-government on various issues.”
Congressman to face charges
• Representative Duncan Hunter of California became the second Republican congressman this month to be indicted, after Representative Chris Collins of New York was charged with insider trading.
Mr. Hunter and his wife are accused of misusing campaign funds for family trips, private school tuition for their children and even a $600 airline ticket for a pet rabbit.
Hurricane threatens Hawaii
• The state is bracing for a Category 5 storm named Lane today, and the National Weather Service has warned that some areas “may be uninhabitable for weeks.”
• The trade war is about to hit home. The U.S. will impose a 10 percent tariff this week on an additional $16 billion worth of Chinese products. Here are eight ways consumers could feel the pinch.
• A year after Amazon bought Whole Foods, several major grocery retailers are teaming up with online companies.
• Caged no more: Nabisco will change the 116-year-old design of its animal cracker boxes so that the wildlife will no longer be behind bars.
Tips for a more fulfilling life.
• What’s the one thing you most want to do but won’t talk about?
• Using apps to track everything might not be a bad idea.
• Recipe of the day: Your turn to bring snacks to the office? Make some lemon meltaways.
• Actress denies accusation of assault
Asia Argento said on Tuesday that she had never had a sexual relationship with Jimmy Bennett, an actor who said she had sexually assaulted him when he was 17. The Times reported last weekend that she had arranged to pay Mr. Bennett $380,000.
The actress has been one of the leading figures of the #MeToo movement, which has met resistance in her home country, Italy.
• Alaska’s missing red salmon
The fish are what summer tastes like in the state, but this season they’ve often been no-shows. Scientists haven’t had a chance to closely study the problem, but some suspect warmer ocean temperatures.
• Further recommended reading
Teachers often turn to the same tried-and-true books for assignments.
We asked a group of writers: What books would you add to the curriculum? Here are their answers.
• No late-night TV this week
Most of the comedy hosts are taking a break, so our roundup is, too.
• Quotation of the day
“To Republicans, if you think the Russians don’t have you in mind, you are making a great mistake.”
— Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, as he led a Judiciary subcommittee hearing on election security.
• The Times, in other words
• What we’re reading
From Dan Barry, a writer at large: “This open letter to the president by Stacy Brick is a must-read. A beautiful and defiant reflection on the honor of journalism, as lived by her late husband, Mike Brick, whom I worked with and admired.”
Dorothy Parker, who was born on this day in 1893, once suggested her own epitaph: “Excuse my dust.”
It was a classic, coolly unsentimental remark by Ms. Parker, the acerbic wit whose writing was a mainstay in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker for years. But her other post-mortem plans came as a surprise to many.
When she died on June 7, 1967, the bulk of her estate was left to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., whom she had never met. Ms. Parker, a champion of humanitarian and left-wing causes, admired the civil rights leader’s work, but even Dr. King was surprised.
Her will also stipulated that, if anything were to happen to Dr. King, control of her estate should pass to the N.A.A.C.P., which it did after his assassination the next year. That decision appalled some of her friends.
“She must have been drunk when she did it,” her executor, Lillian Hellman, said in an interview with The Times Book Review in 1973.
Ms. Parker was cremated, and her ashes were finally placed at the organization’s headquarters in Baltimore in 1988, after spending the previous 15 years in her lawyer’s filing cabinet because they were never claimed.
Joumana Khatib wrote today’s Back Story.
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