Nov 30, 2018

Report: Former Trump associates considered giving Putin penthouse in Moscow Trump Tower

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Former Trump associates Felix Sater and Michael Cohen considered giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse at the top of the planned Trump Tower they discussed building in Moscow, BuzzFeed News’ Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier report.

Why it matters: Cohen entered a guilty plea Thursday morning over lying to Congress about his conversations with Russians over the Moscow tower deal, which he says he did to protect Trump's campaign.

The details: Top U.S. law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed News that Cohen discussed the deal with Putin's press team.

  • It's not clear if Trump knew of the discussions about awarding Putin the penthouse.

The big picture: Trump’s associates were negotiating the real estate deal as he was running for president in the U.S., and the penthouse would have been a steal at a significantly slashed price compared to other potential buyers.

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House Democrats lose appeal to force McGahn testimony

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Democrats in the House lost an appeal to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena, Politico was the first to report.

Why it matters: McGahn was seen as a crucial witness in the House investigation into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller inquiry. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that it did not have the authority to resolve the dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

The Americans who can't hide from coronavirus

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The stock markets are in bad shape, but for the millions of Americans who aren’t invested in stocks, coronavirus is presenting a far more imminent concern.

Why it matters: Quarantines usually work with at least 90% participation, but many Americans lack the flexibility to work remotely, take a sick day or absorb having schools close.

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Wall Street notches worst week for stocks since 2008

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Stocks closed down about 1% on Friday, ending the worst week for Wall Street since the financial crisis.

Why it matters: The stretch of declines came after a spike in coronavirus cases around the world earlier this week. The steep losses prompted questions about the fate of the record-long economic expansion, as well as a rare statement from the Federal Reserve.

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