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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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Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai detained on fraud charge

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is being detained until an April court hearing after the pro-democracy supporter was charged Thursday with fraud, per his Apple Daily news outlet.

Why it matters: The 72-year-old's arrest and denial of bail is another blow for the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony amid concerns about a fresh crackdown on activists.

5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill

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Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

Conspiracy theories blow back on Trump's White House

Sidney Powell. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.