Stories by Khorri Atkinson

Timeline: The rise and fall of Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels.
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Attorney Michael Avenatti was at one point considered to be a rising Democratic star — one who was even contemplating a 2020 run after positioning himself as a champion of women’s rights and an outspoken foil to President Trump.

What's new: Avenatti is being sued for at least $9.5 million by a former client — a man who is paralyzed and claims the attorney siphoned $4 million from a settlement he had won. The claims underlying the suit are tied up in a federal prosecutors’ criminal case against Avenatti, over various matters in California and New York.

Timeline: The major developments in the college admissions scandal

Felicity Huffman. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

In what Department of Justice prosecutors are calling the biggest admissions scam in U.S. history, at least 50 people allegedly bribed coaches and paid for forged standardized tests in a conspiracy to get their children admitted to elite American colleges.

Details: To date, 50 people — from business leaders to celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman and athletic coaches — have been charged in the alleged scheme, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.

Joe Biden on the issues, in under 500 words

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
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Democrat Joe Biden formerly served as Delaware's senator from 1973-2009 before being elected President Obama's VP. Due to his name recognition and moderate politics, some argue Biden — 2020's current frontrunner —could be best positioned to make inroads with blue-collar swing voters who broke for President Trump in 2016.