Aug 30, 2018

Trump and Cohen planned to buy decades of damaging tabloid stories

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President Trump and his then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen had a plan in 2016 to buy all damaging information that the National Enquirer and its parent company American Media had collected on him back to the 1980s, reports The New York Times.

The big picture: David Pecker, American Media's chairman and a Trump ally, ordered his tabloid to stay away from sensitive allegations about Trump for two decades. Pecker, who reportedly kept a safe of documents related to these coverups, has been granted immunity by federal prosecutors, while Cohen has plead guilty to violating campaign finance law and implicated Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator.

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The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.

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The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.