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President Trump and Petro Poroshenko. Photo: Mikhail Palinchak\TASS via Getty Images

Michael Cohen was paid at least $400,000 on behalf of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko to arrange talks last year with President Trump, BBC reports.

The details: The meeting between Poroshenko and Trump took place in the middle of Trump's first year as president. Cohen was tasked with ensuring it was more than a brief photo-op, and wasn't legally registered as a representative of Ukraine, per the report. He and the the two Ukrainians reportedly responsible for opening the backchannel denied the report. Cohen was also paid millions by corporate America for White House insights.

Go deeper: Michael Cohen goes through the wringer for Trump.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day — U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record.
  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.
54 mins ago - Health

States beg for Warp Speed billions

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing center yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP

Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.

Court rules Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day

An election judge drops a ballot in a ballot box at a drive through drop-off for absentee ballots in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

An appeals court on Thursday ruled that Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Why it matters: The ruling, which comes just five days before the election, blocks the state's plan to count absentee ballots arriving late so long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3 and delivered within a week of the election. Now those ballots must be set aside and marked late.