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Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

After parading more of Paul Manafort's extravagant purchases — including lavish suits and "M-shaped" flower gardens — the former Trump campaign chairman's bookkeeper testified that she did not know of any offshore accounts and that financial documents Rick Gates sent to banks in 2015 showed the company making $4 million more than she had accounted for, according to the Washington Post.

The big picture: This is day three of the Manafort's trial, and the money fraud case against him is building.

The details: Judge T.S. Ellis III pushed back against the detailed information described by prosecutors regarding Manafort's purchases saying, "All the evidence of the fancy suits really is irrelevant and besmirches the defendant. Most of us don’t have designer suits, we don’t have pagodas … it engenders some resentment."

  • He added that the point is whether or not Manafort paid taxes on that income, "I might have started there had I been the government, but that’s your choice."

After some doubt yesterday, Rick Gates seems more than likely to testify again. "We have every intention to call him as a witness," one of the prosecutors, Greg Andres, told the judge.

One fun thing: A juror is having a birthday tomorrow, it seems. The jury requested a birthday cake, and Judge Ellis obliged. "You may indeed bring in birthday cake for Friday. I quit having birthdays years ago," he said.

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.