Michael Cohen. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen had access to "as much as $774,000 through two financial transactions" during the 2016 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reports citing public records.

Why it matters: Per the WSJ, this could feed into the investigation of his business affairs by the FBI and Manhattan federal prosecutors. Cohen doubled the credit line to his Manhattan apartment in February 2016 to $245,000, and gained access to an additional $529,000 in late 2015. The report adds that Cohen reportedly used his "home-equity line of credit to make a $130,000 payment" to Stormy Daniels. [Go deeper: Giuliani walks back that Fox News interview.]

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Ina Fried, author of Login
20 mins ago - Technology

Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Oil's turbulent long-term future

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

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