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Cohen Releases Tape of Trump Discussing Hush Payment
President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen’s legal team dropped a bomb yesterday, released a recording of Cohen and then-candidate Trump discussing funding a $150,000 payment to keep the story of an affair between Trump and former Playboy model Karen McDougal private.
American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, had paid McDougal for the rights to her story, but never published it. The company’s CEO, David Pecker, is a personal friend of Trump.
The controversy around the recording centers on whether Trump understands what Cohen is telling him, and if he instructs Cohen to pay the media company in cash. Cohen seems to indicate a cash payment would be a bad idea.
Demi Lovato Recovering After Emergency Hospitalization
A spokesperson for singer Demi Lovato says the singer is awake and recovering after being rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital yesterday afternoon.
According to the Associated Press, an official statement read: “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support. Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”
Lovato’s hospitalization comes weeks after the singer, who has struggled with substance abuse, revealed via her new single “Sober” that she had relapsed. Our team covered the story yesterday.
FBI Takes Over Search for Missing University of Iowa Student
Yesterday, FBI investigators took over the search for a missing University of Iowa student who has been missing for nearly a week.
Mollie Tibbetts, 20, was last seen via Snapchat when her boyfriend opened a selfie she had sent on Wednesday, July 18. According to Tibbetts’ aunt, Kim Calderwood, she had been dog sitting at her boyfriend’s brother’s home. Her last known activity was heading out for a run that evening, though her boyfriend says her message arrived after she would have returned.
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Last But Not Least: Attorney General Accuses Colleges of ‘Coddling’ Students
During a speech to high school students who are a part of Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership summit, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited optional exams and therapy animals on colleges campuses as examples of “coddling” students, which stops them from “scrutinizing the validity of their beliefs on the issue of the day.”
CBS News reported that Sessions told the students that, “after the 2016 election, for example, they held a ‘cry-in’ at Cornell — I hope they had plenty of tissues for them to cry on. They had therapy dogs on campus at the University of Kansas, and Play-Doh and coloring books at the great University of Michigan, for heaven’s sake. I thought that was…you know, give me a break! Students at Tufts were encouraged to ‘draw about their feelings.’”
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