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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller by making a series of false statements during his interviews with investigators.

The big picture: Judge Amy Berman Jackson determined that Mueller provided sufficient evidence to prove three out of the five lies he alleged that Manafort told. Because he breached his plea agreement, Manafort will likely no longer receive leniency during his sentencing.

  • Jackson found that Manafort intentionally lied during conversations with the Mueller team about a wire payment, a separate DOJ investigation, and his contacts with longtime business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who is suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.
  • Jackson said Mueller did not produce sufficient evidence to prove that Manafort intentionally lied about his contacts with the Trump administration or Kilimnik’s role in obstruction of justice.

Go deeper: Mueller says Manafort continued Ukraine work after indictment

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: 33,560,877 — Total deaths: 1,006,564 — Total recoveries: 23,297,593Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: 7,190,036 — Total deaths: 205,974— Total recoveries: 2,809,674 — Total tests: 103,155,189Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. Politics: 7 former FDA commissioners say Trump is undermining agency's credibility
  5. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  6. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  7. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.
  8. Work: United States of burnout — Asian American unemployment spikes amid pandemic
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The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?

Pundits react to a chaotic debate: “What a dark event we just witnessed”

The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday night was a shouting match, punctuated by interruptions and hallmarked by name-calling.

Why it matters: If Trump aimed to make the debate as chaotic as possible with a torrent of disruptions, he succeeded. Pundits struggled to make sense of what they saw, and it's tough to imagine that the American people were able to either.