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Former Playboy Playmates Nikki Ziering and Karen McDougal (R). Photo: Paul Warner/Getty Images

The New York Times is reporting that former Playboy model Karen McDougal has reached a settlement agreement with American Media Inc. to let her out of a contract that silenced her from telling her story about an alleged affair she had with President Trump.

The details: The settlement gives American Media "the right to up to $75,000 of any future profits" her story generates, per the Times, adding that McDougal is allowed to keep the $150,000 payment she received. Her lawyer, Peter Stris, told the Times the settlement is a "total win."

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Driving the news: Brooks resigned from the Aspen Institute following a BuzzFeed News investigation that uncovered conflicts of interest between Brooks' reporting and money he accepted from corporate donors for a project called "Weave" that he worked on at the nonprofit.

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