Oct 2, 2017

Manafort used Trump position to impress Russian oligarch

Paul Manafort at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Paul Manafort was told that his campaign work for President Trump would "hugely enhance [his] reputation" with a billionaire Russian oligarch he'd previously worked with, according to email exchanges obtained by The Atlantic.

Think back: The Washington Post dropped a scoop a few weeks ago that Manafort promised "private briefings" to Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska, who has close ties to Vladimir Putin. The emails obtained by The Atlantic make clear the full scope of Manafort's conversations with one of Deripaska's acquaintances, which include surreptitious references to a New York meeting to discuss "the guy who gave [Manafort his] biggest black caviar jar."

Go Deeper: How the Russia probe closed in on Manafort.

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Trump calls to fill up more places with oil

President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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America's small business bailout is off to a bad start

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Websites have crashed, phones are jammed and confusion reigns as businesses rushed at today's kickoff to get their chunk of the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Why it matters: This is a race to save jobs in the present and the future, and to ensure that as many workers as possible keep their benefits and paychecks during the coronavirus lockdown.

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