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Top Cuomo aide found guilty of bribery and fraud

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Joseph Percoco, a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was convicted Tuesday of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and solicitation of bribes, reports NYT. Once known as the governor's "enforcer," Percoco was accused of reportedly accepting upwards of $300,000 from executives at two companies with ties to the state of New York.

Why it matters: Per the Times, the trial "has been a persistent headache for Mr. Cuomo, who declined to comment throughout, citing respect for the judicial process. Republicans had seized upon the trial as evidence of a seamy Albany culture that they claimed the governor, a Democrat, had condoned and even encouraged."

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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Axios' Stef Kight.

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

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Democrat delegation kicks off Middle East trip

Nancy Pelosi.
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A delegation of House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is kicking off a trip through the Middle East on Saturday which includes a stop in Jordan, Politico reports.

Why it matters: The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, didn't agree with President Trump's announcement that Jerusalem would be named the capital of Israel. Pelosi said the 10 Democrats' visit to Jordan comes "at a vital time in the U.S. relationship with this key ally." Pelosi's office told Politico the trip will focus on "global and regional security and cooperation issues."