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January 17, 2019

President Trump directed Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project, two federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the matter told BuzzFeed News.

The officials said Cohen, who was in charge of the project, also came up with a plan to get Trump to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin so he could get negotiations into high gear, with Trump telling him, "Make it happen." While campaigning, Trump said he had no business dealings with Russia, but in reality, he had at least 10 in-person meetings with Cohen about the deal, BuzzFeed News reports, and Cohen also regularly updated Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump about the development. The project could have netted Trump $300 million.

In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about the deal in testimony to the Senate and House intelligence committees. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office learned that Cohen lied through interviews with witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails and documents, the officials told BuzzFeed News, and Cohen told Mueller that after the election, Trump instructed him to lie about when negotiations ended in order to mask his involvement. Catherine Garcia

January 8, 2019

In their response to President Trump's address on border security, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said it is time for him to "stop manufacturing crises and reopen the government."

Women and children at the southern border are "not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge," Pelosi said, and there are several steps that can be taken to "secure our borders while honoring our values." That includes building new infrastructure and roads, installing technology to scan cars as they cross the border, and "hiring personnel to facilitate trade and immigration at the border."

By shutting down the government over border wall funding, Trump has "chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation," Pelosi said. Schumer called on Trump to "separate the shutdown from arguments over border security," and let lawmakers pass "bipartisan legislation to reopen the government while allowing debate over border security to continue."

Trump is "hurting millions of Americans over a policy difference," Schumer said, before calling him out for making the address from the Oval Office. "Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes," he said. "This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from turmoil in his administration." Catherine Garcia

January 8, 2019

In his first prime-time address from the Oval Office, President Trump on Tuesday night said a barrier must be built along the southern border in order to keep out drugs and criminals.

Border Patrol agents encounter "thousands" of migrants every day, he said, and "we're out of space to hold them and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country." Trump proclaimed that "all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration," as it "strains resources and drives down jobs and wages," but blacks and Hispanics are hit the hardest.

He also said the "absolutely critical" border wall will "very quickly pay for itself," because it would keep billions of dollars worth of illegal drugs out of the country, and added that it will "be paid for indirectly by a great new trade deal we have made with Mexico." He went on to blame Democrats for the government shutdown, and said they need to pass a bill that "defends our borders and reopens our government." Catherine Garcia

January 7, 2019

Early Monday, soldiers in Gabon took control of the national radio station, and in a brief message declared that the military has seized power of the West African country.

The coup had to be done in order to "restore democracy," the soldiers said, and a "National Restoration Council" has been formed. In the capital city of Libreville, there are tanks and armed vehicles in the streets, BBC News reports.

President Ali Bongo rose to power after his father, dictator Omar Bongo, died in 2009. He reportedly had a stroke in October and went to Morocco for treatment. He delivered an address for the New Year, telling the country he was doing well, but the soldiers said it was really a "relentless attempt to cling onto power" and "a pitiful sight." Catherine Garcia

December 20, 2018

The Republican-led House passed a stop-gap spending bill on Thursday night that gives President Trump $5 billion for his border wall.

The vote was primarily along party lines, 217-185. The Senate, which passed its own bill on Wednesday with no money for the wall, is unlikely to approve the measure, as it needs to reach 60 votes.

At midnight Friday, funding will run out for nine federal departments, affecting more than 800,000 employees. Caving to pressure from conservatives, President Trump on Thursday said he will not sign any bill that doesn't include funding for a wall. Catherine Garcia

December 19, 2018

The Senate on Wednesday night passed a stopgap spending bill that keeps the government open through Feb. 8, averting a shutdown at midnight Friday.

The bill does not give President Trump any of the money he has been demanding for his border wall. The measure is expected to pass the House on Thursday. Without the bill, funding will lapse for nine federal departments at the end of the week. Catherine Garcia

December 7, 2018

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart on Thursday night said he will not host the 2019 Oscars, just days after it was announced he had the gig.

His decision to step down came as he faced backlash after homophobic tweets he made in 2009 and 2010 resurfaced. Hart said he does "not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I'm sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so." He also gave his "love" to the Academy, adding, "I hope we can meet again."

Earlier in the night, Hart posted a video on Instagram saying the Academy asked him to apologize for his tweets, but he refused. "I've addressed it," he said. "I've spoken on it. ... I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different place in my life." Catherine Garcia

December 6, 2018

On Thursday night, CNN's New York offices were evacuated after someone called and said five bombs had been placed inside the building, the network said.

The evacuation took place shortly after 10:30 p.m. ET, during Don Lemon's CNN Tonight. "We were told to evacuate the building and to do it as soon as possible," Lemon said, adding that employees "grabbed what we could and got out of the building." The network briefly aired taped segments, then went live to Lemon on the street outside the Time Warner Center.

The New York Police Department gave the all-clear at around 11:50 p.m. In October, the offices were evacuated after a package containing a pipe bomb addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan was found in the mail room. Catherine Garcia

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