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The government has more than 100 recordings made by Michael Cohen, The Washington Post reports, of conversations featuring "matters that could relate to Trump and his businesses and with Trump himself talking."

Why it matters: A Cohen recording leaked to CNN on Tuesday illustrated the strain between Cohen and President Trump. As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported, the "leaking of the tape is, in some ways, more important than the contents of the tape itself. ... Cohen has totally turned against Trump."

The details:

  • Some of the recordings were made "with an iPhone," without Cohen telling anyone.
  • "A significant portion of the recordings is Cohen surreptitiously recording reporters," The Post reports.
  • Trump is only featured in "snippets" of the tapes.
  • Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said that his client "never intended to make use of the recordings," and that he recorded conversations instead of taking notes.

Davis told The Post that Cohen "sees himself as alone against the president of the United States, Rudy Giuliani and the whole administration."

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Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.

Trump considering order on pre-existing condition protections, which already exist

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Why it matters: The Affordable Care Act already requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is currently arguing in a case before the Supreme Court to strike down that very law — including its pre-existing condition protections.