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President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort should serve less than 10 years in prison because he's already been "punished substantially", his defense counsel submitted Monday night to a federal judge.

Driving the news: Manafort will be sentenced in two separate cases in Washington, D.C., and Virginia next month for financial crimes he has admitted. Special counsel Robert Mueller filed an 800+ page sentencing memo in which he said Manafort "repeatedly and brazenly" broke the law for over a decade, even after being indicted. Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison, a reason his attorneys cited to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in their court filing for giving him a sentence "substantially below" 10 years.

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate is set to take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

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Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.