Aug 31, 2017

Report: Mueller working with New York A.G. to investigate Manafort

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on his investigation into Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, Politico's

Josh Dawsey reports

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  • Per Dawsey: "One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller's and Schneiderman's teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering."
  • Schneiderman has investigated President Trump's business dealings, including those relating to the now-defunct Trump University. Dawsey reports that Schneiderman "could potentially share" information from his investigations into Trump with Mueller.
  • Manafort has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Schneiderman's office declined to comment.

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U.S. and Taliban sign peace deal

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) sign a peace agreement during a ceremony in Qatar. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

The United States signed a peace deal with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar on Saturday after over a year of off-and-on negotiations, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The signing of the deal officially begins the process to end the United States' longest war, which has spanned nearly two decades. The agreement sets a timetable to pull the remaining 13,000 American troops out of Afghanistan, per the Times, but is contingent on the Taliban's completion of commitments, including breaking ties with international terrorist groups, such as al Qaeda.

Biden bets it all on South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Most Joe Biden admirers Axios interviewed in South Carolina, where he's vowed to win today's primary, said they're unfazed by his embarrassing losses in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Why it matters: Biden has bet it all on South Carolina to position himself as the best alternative to Bernie Sanders — his "good buddy," he tells voters before skewering Sanders' record and ideas.