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Day 13 of the Manafort trial ended today without a verdict – but we could get one as early as tomorrow. The 12-person jury spent seven hours in a federal courthouse in Alexandria, looking at evidence related to bank- and tax-fraud charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. 🔸
Trump’s former campaign chairman has pleaded guilty to all 18 counts. The charges: five counts for filing false tax returns between 2010 and 2014; four counts for failing to report foreign bank accounts; and nine counts of bank fraud and conspiracies to commit bank fraud.
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Link in bio for our latest story. 📷: AP (from May of this year)

Day 13 of the Manafort trial ended today without a verdict – but we could get one as early as tomorrow. The 12-person jury spent seven hours in a federal courthouse in Alexandria, looking at evidence related to bank- and tax-fraud charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. 🔸 Trump’s former campaign chairman has pleaded guilty to all 18 counts. The charges: five counts for filing false tax returns between 2010 and 2014; four counts for failing to report foreign bank accounts; and nine counts of bank fraud and conspiracies to commit bank fraud. 🔸 Link in bio for our latest story. 📷: AP (from May of this year)

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If high levels of voter excitement continue to November, it could lead to greater turnout at the ballot box. Only 41.9 percent of eligible voters turned out in the 2014 midterms, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. “With public interest in the midterms increasing as autumn approaches, our polling shows Democrats and Republicans are about evenly matched in voter enthusiasm,” said Tyler Sinclair, managing director of Morning Consult.
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According to the newest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 75 percent of GOP voters said they were “very motivated” to vote, as did 72 percent of Democrats; the difference between the two is within the poll’s margin of error. Fewer independents, 53 percent, said they were very motivated to vote. In past midterms, other surveys have showed Republican voters were far more motivated than Democrats were to show up at the polls.

If high levels of voter excitement continue to November, it could lead to greater turnout at the ballot box. Only 41.9 percent of eligible voters turned out in the 2014 midterms, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. “With public interest in the midterms increasing as autumn approaches, our polling shows Democrats and Republicans are about evenly matched in voter enthusiasm,” said Tyler Sinclair, managing director of Morning Consult. 🔸 According to the newest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 75 percent of GOP voters said they were “very motivated” to vote, as did 72 percent of Democrats; the difference between the two is within the poll’s margin of error. Fewer independents, 53 percent, said they were very motivated to vote. In past midterms, other surveys have showed Republican voters were far more motivated than Democrats were to show up at the polls.

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Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76, had a career spanning more than six decades that took her around the world. Here's her singing

Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76, had a career spanning more than six decades that took her around the world. Here's her singing "Let Freedom Ring" at Barack Obama's first presidential inauguration in 2009.

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Singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76, had a career that on many occasions, took her into Washington and the White House. She ushered in Barack Obama’s presidency in 2009 by singing at his inauguration and appeared and sang at a number of D.C. events, including the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Previous presidents also met and acknowledged Franklin’s contributions to the music industry, bestowing honors that included the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award. 📸 AP Photo and Getty Images

Singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76, had a career that on many occasions, took her into Washington and the White House. She ushered in Barack Obama’s presidency in 2009 by singing at his inauguration and appeared and sang at a number of D.C. events, including the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Previous presidents also met and acknowledged Franklin’s contributions to the music industry, bestowing honors that included the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award. 📸 AP Photo and Getty Images

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Steve Bannon is attempting to make his political comeback. Bannon — a former Hollywood producer who’s made several conservative films — will soon release a new documentary, “Trump@War,” which he plans to release on the two-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s now-infamous speech in which she referred to Trump supporters as “deplorables.” The slickly produced movie depicts the president in deeply flattering terms, casting him as a populist hero who’s followed through on his campaign promises and defied a long line of liberal critics. The film is part of Bannon's new project, Citizens for the American Republic, an outside political group that intends to advise surrogates, generate talking points, and flood the TV and radio airwaves ahead of a the midterm election. 📸 Getty Images

Steve Bannon is attempting to make his political comeback. Bannon — a former Hollywood producer who’s made several conservative films — will soon release a new documentary, “Trump@War,” which he plans to release on the two-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s now-infamous speech in which she referred to Trump supporters as “deplorables.” The slickly produced movie depicts the president in deeply flattering terms, casting him as a populist hero who’s followed through on his campaign promises and defied a long line of liberal critics. The film is part of Bannon's new project, Citizens for the American Republic, an outside political group that intends to advise surrogates, generate talking points, and flood the TV and radio airwaves ahead of a the midterm election. 📸 Getty Images

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Today the White House pulled former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance after he became a harsh critic of Trump. Swipe 👈 to listen to the president’s statement. 📷: AP

Today the White House pulled former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance after he became a harsh critic of Trump. Swipe 👈 to listen to the president’s statement. 📷: AP

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Maxine Waters turns 80 years old today. The octogenarian went viral last year, sparking memes on social media when she interrupted then-Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin with “reclaiming my time” when he failed to answer her question. The congresswoman from California has also been a fierce critic of Trump. She recently appeared on MSNBC and said that her birthday wish was for a different president. Waters has been a subject of Trump’s wrath on Twitter, where he’s launched attacks on her IQ, which his critics have said are racist. Today, however, Trump posted a happy birthday tweet to Waters, while also calling her the “leader” of the Democratic party.

Maxine Waters turns 80 years old today. The octogenarian went viral last year, sparking memes on social media when she interrupted then-Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin with “reclaiming my time” when he failed to answer her question. The congresswoman from California has also been a fierce critic of Trump. She recently appeared on MSNBC and said that her birthday wish was for a different president. Waters has been a subject of Trump’s wrath on Twitter, where he’s launched attacks on her IQ, which his critics have said are racist. Today, however, Trump posted a happy birthday tweet to Waters, while also calling her the “leader” of the Democratic party.

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The Trump administration has a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s most ambitious climate regulation. They’re preparing to unveil a replacement that would do far less to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, according to our review of a portion of the unpublished draft. The new climate proposal for coal-burning power plants, expected to be released in the coming days, would allow states to write their own modest regulations for coal plants or even seek permission to opt out, according to the document and a source who has read other sections of the draft. The EPA intends to argue that the Obama administration rule illegally sought to regulate the broader power sector, beyond coal plants, and that the compliance costs would have been big and the climate benefits negligible. 📸AP Photo

The Trump administration has a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s most ambitious climate regulation. They’re preparing to unveil a replacement that would do far less to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, according to our review of a portion of the unpublished draft. The new climate proposal for coal-burning power plants, expected to be released in the coming days, would allow states to write their own modest regulations for coal plants or even seek permission to opt out, according to the document and a source who has read other sections of the draft. The EPA intends to argue that the Obama administration rule illegally sought to regulate the broader power sector, beyond coal plants, and that the compliance costs would have been big and the climate benefits negligible. 📸AP Photo

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Midwestern Democrats' answer to Trump looks very white, conventional and boring. Dems in the Midwest appear to just want candidates who can win, rather than focusing on ideology. In the Minnesota gubernatorial race, Democrats selected Tim Walz, whom the Minneapolis Star Tribune endorsed less for his politics than his “consensus-building” skills. When Walz's campaign poll-tested the effect of defining a candidate as progressive, “that did not move the needle, really, at all.” 👆Link in bio for more on how results in the Midwest offer a possible alternative for taking on Donald Trump in 2020. 📸AP Photo

Midwestern Democrats' answer to Trump looks very white, conventional and boring. Dems in the Midwest appear to just want candidates who can win, rather than focusing on ideology. In the Minnesota gubernatorial race, Democrats selected Tim Walz, whom the Minneapolis Star Tribune endorsed less for his politics than his “consensus-building” skills. When Walz's campaign poll-tested the effect of defining a candidate as progressive, “that did not move the needle, really, at all.” 👆Link in bio for more on how results in the Midwest offer a possible alternative for taking on Donald Trump in 2020. 📸AP Photo

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Democrat Tony Evers has won his party's primary and will be facing Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the fall. Check live results through our Story ☝️

Democrat Tony Evers has won his party's primary and will be facing Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the fall. Check live results through our Story ☝️

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Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison won his party’s nomination for attorney general of Minnesota Tuesday. A few days prior, the son of an ex-girlfriend accused Ellison of abusing his mother in a Facebook post that went viral. More live election results in our story ☝️

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison won his party’s nomination for attorney general of Minnesota Tuesday. A few days prior, the son of an ex-girlfriend accused Ellison of abusing his mother in a Facebook post that went viral. More live election results in our story ☝️

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Jeff Johnson (pictured) beat former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was trying to make a comeback in Republican politics, in their party's gubernatorial primary. Johnson will be facing Democrat Tim Walz in the fall. Watch our story for more live results ☝️

Jeff Johnson (pictured) beat former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was trying to make a comeback in Republican politics, in their party's gubernatorial primary. Johnson will be facing Democrat Tim Walz in the fall. Watch our story for more live results ☝️

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