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TUCKER CARLSON: Liberals rejoice over the Cohen and Manafort headlines. But this isn’t the Trump death blow they are hoping for.

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FBI COVER UP: President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton revealed in a weekly update his organization contacted the FBI in 2016 with information their investigators had uncovered suggesting Russian hackers had compromised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server. Judicial Watch sat down for a four-hour meeting with FBI agents to lay out what they’d found. THE FBI DID NOTHING ABOUT IT.

MANAFORT: Manafort was found guilty Tuesday of filing false income tax returns in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and of  failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts in 2012. He was also found guilty of two counts of bank fraud charges were related to a $3.4 million loan from Citizens Bank and a $1 million loan from Banc of California that Manafort sought and obtained. He is still scheduled to face a second trial in the D.C. District Court next month on charges of witness tampering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, failure to register as a foreign agent, and making false statements.

COHEN: President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, plead guilty to eight criminal counts, including tax fraud. But the most political relevant charge is for hush money paid to two women who alleged affairs with Trump, which the court deemed were campaign expenses that should have been reported. Cohen agreed to a 3-5 years of jail time.

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HUSH MONEY: Former Federal Elections Commission chairman Bradley Smith told Mark Levin, “Historically, the FEC has said these things are not campaign contributions.” 

LEGAL INSURRECTION: Cornell Law Professor William A. Jacobson says, “The Manafort conviction doesn’t even tangentially involve Trump or the Trump campaign in any wrongdoing. … The Michael Cohen plea deal is potentially more problematic. … The issue is whether [hush money payments] constituted unreported campaign contributions, which is not a slam dunk for prosecutors … was not litigated – Cohen agreed to it because the prosecution had him on more serious tax and fraud charges, so adding in the campaign finance issues was at no cost to Cohen.”

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KEEPING PROMISES: The Trump Administration’s new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule “would permit states to make energy decisions based on what works best for them rather than what the federal government tells them to do. The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over.” – Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler

SICKENING: Pro-abortion Portland residents can now enjoy a brand-new custom, abortion-themed flavor of ice cream, “Rocky Roe v. Wade” at a series of NARAL-sponsored ice cream socials designed to foment “resistance” to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “Is it served in a petri dish?” –Dana Loesch

CONVERSION THERAPY: The authors of a new study on Sexual Orientation Conversion Efforts found that some men who had a religious motivation to change their sexual orientation were successful and that those who tried, whether or not they succeeded, did not suffer any ill-effects, let alone “psychological torture”, from the process. They conclude that “The concept of the immutability of sexual attraction must be rejected.”

CORRUPTION: House Speaker Paul Ryan stripped Rep. Duncan Hunter of committee assignments after the California Republican was indicted for stealing campaign funds.

GOOD: A Philadelphia welfare queen spent $25,000 on a pre-prom party for her son (and his three dates) and then posted about it on social media. She is facing up to 140 years in jail for welfare fraud.

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