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Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to co-operate with Russia probe to avoid second trial

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to co-operate with Russia probe to avoid second trial  Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to “fully” cooperate with the Russian election meddling investigation in a plea deal to avoid a second criminal trial.  Manafort will have to conduct interviews and debriefings with the probe’s prosecutors, hand over documents and testify in future cases as part of the agreement, a judge said on Friday.  It means that a member of the Trump campaign’s inner circle has now agreed to tell Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation, what really happened behind closed doors during the presidential race.  Paul Manafort is a former campaign chairman for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential bid Credit: AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN Manafort pleaded guilty to two criminal charges – one for conspiracy against the United States and another for conspiracy to obstruct justice – but saw five other charges dropped as part of the deal.  It brings the total number of Trump aides who have pleaded guilty to crimes to five. The others are his former attorney Michael Cohen, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.  The White House attempted to put distance between Mr Trump and Manafort, whose crimes relate to his business dealings in Ukraine as a political consultant before he joined the campaign.  Profile | Paul Manafort Sarah Sanders, Mr Trump’s press secretary, said: "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign. It is totally unrelated." Manafort, who served as campaign chairman during the summer of 2016 and helped guide it through a turbulent Republican National Convention, has repeatedly refused to co-operate with the Mueller probe in the past.  But last month he was found guilty of eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report a foreign bank account. He was expected to face a prison term of up to a decade.  Mr Trump praised him shortly after the convictions as being "brave" for not ‘flipping’ – agreeing to hand over information to prosecutors in turn for leniency.  There were reports that the US president had discussed using his executive powers to pardon Manafort in private with aides. In public he did not rule out such a move.  However with Manafort facing a second criminal trial – jury selection was due to take place on Monday – reports begun to surface that the former aide was considering a deal.  On Friday morning, Mr Mueller’s team filed a new document outlining two criminal charges, down from an original seven – the first solid indication a plea agreement was coming.  The first charge related to money laundering, tax fraud, foreign bank accounts, lobbying and making misrepresentations to the Justice Department. The second was linked to witness tampering.  Donald Trump, left, and Paul Manafort at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking Appearing in court in Alexandria, Virginia – just across the river from Washington DC – Manafort pleaded guilty to the crimes.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that as part of the plea deal he would have to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with Mr Mueller's investigators.  It remains unclear exactly what information Manafort has that was deemed of value to the prosecutors. It is also unclear whether the information relates to Mr Trump or other campaign figures.  Kevin Downing, Manafort’s lawyer, said that his client cut a deal with prosecutors "to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life”. He added that Manafort has "accepted responsibility".  Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's attorney, said: "The president did nothing wrong. Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign."          



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Russia-linked professor who promised Trump campaign 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton 'may be deceased', court told

Russia-linked professor who promised Trump campaign 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton 'may be deceased', court toldA missing Maltese professor who promised the Trump campaign “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the presidential election may be dead, a US court has been told. Joseph Mifsud, a former teaching fellow at Stirling University, held meetings in 2016 with George Papadopoulos, a former Trump administration foreign policy adviser who was jailed last week for lying to the FBI, including over his connections to the 57-year-old professor. Prosecutors in the Papadopoulos case allege Mr Mifsud touted his “substantial connections with Russian government officials”, who could deliver “thousands of emails” featuring incriminating information against Ms Clinton.



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Former Ted Cruz Campaign Strategist Has A Wake-Up Call For His Old Boss

Former Ted Cruz Campaign Strategist Has A Wake-Up Call For His Old BossWhat once seemed unthinkable is now considered at least possible: Sen. Ted



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Widow of Marine sergeant on Nike's Kaepernick campaign

Widow of Marine sergeant on Nike's Kaepernick campaignGold star wife speaks out about sacrifice in reaction to Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad.



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Nike's Online Sales Soar After Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign Launches

Nike's Online Sales Soar After Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign LaunchesNike's online sales have rocketed since the company revealed that former San



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Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during campaign event

Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during campaign eventJair Bolsonaro, Brazil's front-running far-right presidential candidate, underwent emergency surgery on Thursday after he was stabbed during a campaign event. The 63-year-old lawmaker has "a wound in the abdomen that has been caused by a sharp instrument," said the Santa Casa hospital in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora, describing his condition as "stable." In a press conference after the surgery, doctors said the lawmaker had "three serious bowel perforations" that caused internal bleeding, adding that they had performed a colostomy and he was now stable. Earlier, one of the candidate's sons, Flavio Bolsonaro, had announced on Twitter that his father's wounds were "superficial", but he later wrote: "Unfortunately, it's more serious than we thought." "The perforation reached part of his liver, lung and intestine," Flavio Bolsonaro wrote. "He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital … almost dead. He appears to have stabilised now. Please pray!" Jair Bolsonaro gestures after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora Credit: RAYSA LEITE/AFP Later, he said outside the hospital where his father was treated that he was conscious and the attack was a political boost. "I just want to send a message to the thugs who tried to ruin the life of a family man, a guy who is the hope for millions of Brazilians: You just elected him president. He will win in the first round," said Flavio Bolsonaro. Images shared on social media and Brazilian television showed Mr Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach. A military police spokesman told AFP a 40-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the assault. The suspect was carrying a knife wrapped in fabric, the spokesman said. The suspect was a former activist of a far-left political party. Social media footage showed the apparent attacker being grabbed by several Bolsonaro supporters before the video cuts out.  In this video still provided by Fernando Goncalves, National Social Liberal Party presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is carried away after being stabbed  Credit: AP Sometimes described as Brazil's Donald Trump, Mr Bolsonaro has a huge social media following of 8.5 million people. The attack pushes an already chaotic campaign into further disarray.  Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, who operated on the candidate, said it could take two months for him to fully recover and he will spend at least a week in the hospital. "His internal wounds were grave and put the patient's life at risk," Dr Borsato said, adding that a serious challenge now would be preventing an infection that could be caused by the perforation of Bolsonaro's intestines. Bolsonaro, who has spent nearly three decades in Congress, is a law-and-order candidate who routinely says that Brazilian police should kill suspected drug traffickers and other criminals at will. His trademark pose at rallies is a "guns up" gesture with both hands to make them resemble pistols. Jair Bolsonaro: Hard-Right frontrunner dubbed 'Trump of the Tropics' He has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship and in the past said it should have killed more people. Mr Bolsonaro faces trial before the Supreme Court for speech that prosecutors said incited hate and rape. He has called the charges politically motivated. President Michel Temer quickly condemned the attack and instructed his Minister of Security Raul Jungmann to reinforce security for candidates and conduct "a rigorous investigation," a spokesman for the presidency told AFP. "It is intolerable to see that in a democratic state it is not possible to have a normal campaign," Mr Temer said. Jair Bolsonaro is taken on the shoulders of a supporter moments before being stabbed Credit: Antonio Scorza Fernando Haddad, who will likely be the leftist Workers Party presidential candidate, said the stabbing was a "shame" and a "horror." Presidential rival Ciro Gomes also expressed outrage at the political violence. A few people gathered outside the hospital where Mr Bolsonaro was treated Thursday night where the scene was calm. Bruno Engler, 21, who is running for a Minas Gerais state congressional seat for Mr Bolsonaro's Social Liberal Party, was pacing outside the hospital with a few other Bolsonaro supporters. He said if he could, he would lynch the suspect police have in custody. "They call us on the right the intolerant, the violent ones, but those who are intolerant and violent are them," Engler said, referring to leftist voters. Brazilian President Michel Temer Credit: EVARISTO SA/AFP Next month's election is the most unpredictable since Brazil's return to democracy three decades ago. Political corruption investigations have jailed scores of powerful businessmen, politicians and alienated voters who are infuriated with their representatives. With jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ruled out of the October 7 election, the latest polls from the Ibope Institute put Mr Bolsonaro in a clear lead with 22 percent compared with 12 percent each for environmentalist Marina Silva and center-left runner Ciro Gomes. Under Brazilian campaign laws, Mr Bolsonaro's tiny coalition has almost no campaign time on government-regulated candidate ad blocs on TV and radio. That means he relies deeply on social media and raucous rallies around the country to drum up support. If Mr Bolsonaro is not able to go out in the streets, it could jeopardise his campaign.



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GoFundMe Vows To Give Homeless Vet $400,000 He's Owed From Campaign

GoFundMe Vows To Give Homeless Vet $  400,000 He's Owed From CampaignJohnny Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who used his last $ 20 to help a stranded



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Colin Kaepernick named face of Nike's new 30th anniversary campaign

Colin Kaepernick named face of Nike's new 30th anniversary campaignKaepernick tweeted Monday afternoon he was picked to helm the esteemed shoe brand's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign — a return to the slogan that made the company famous.



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Cory Booker is on the campaign trail, but not in the way you might think

Cory Booker is on the campaign trail, but not in the way you might thinkThe current midterm election cycle has been a long strange trip for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.



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Candidate accused: Trump loyalist Duncan Hunter may show a criminal indictment isn’t the end of the campaign road

Candidate accused: Trump loyalist Duncan Hunter may show a criminal indictment isn’t the end of the campaign roadCalifornia Republican Duncan Hunter takes a page from the Trump playbook to try to distract voters from the federal charges against him.



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