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In a string of early Thursday morning tweets, President Trump denied using campaign funds for the $130,000 that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels for her silence regarding an alleged affair. Trump has previously stated that he had no knowledge of the agreement.

Go deeper: The AP has a great explainer on why Trump's claim that the payment can't be tied to the campaign could be legally dubious.

The backdrop: Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that Trump knew of Cohen's arrangement to pay Daniels. But the president and Giuliani both claim that the funds for the payment came from Trump personally.

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Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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