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Michael Cohen's lawyer stated in a Friday court filing that Cohen "remained in close and regular contact with White House-based staff and legal counsel" to President Trump — called "Client-1" in the document — while he was preparing inaccurate statements to Congress about Russian contacts.

The big picture: Cohen's new guilty plea is the first time that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has "come alive with pre-presidential actions and entanglements by Trump himself," as previously reported by Axios' Mike Allen. Cohen's lawyer says in the filing that Cohen and Trump "discussed possible travel to Russia in the summer of 2016, and Michael took steps to clear dates for such travel." It also says that Cohen kept Trump "apprised" of conversations he had with the assistant of a Kremlin official about the Moscow tower project.

One more thing: Cohen is also cooperating with the New York Attorney General's office in its case against the Trump Foundation, his lawyer says in the filing.

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Breaking down the Tesla obsession

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Tesla is the company of the moment — the prime exemplar of just about any big and important trend that you might care about.

Why it matters: Almost every reader of finance and business news will have at least one strongly-held opinion about Tesla. What you might not realize is just how widely those opinions range, and the degree to which they map onto much broader views of the world.

Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."