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It turns out former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos has also pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI after lying about his interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government. This information was revealed in court records unsealed Monday, and it’s a huge deal because it is a tangible connection between the Trump campaign and Russian actions in the 2016 election.
The FBI statement regarding Papadopoulos also states he was involved in an email chain suggesting that a low-level campaign staffer meet with Russian officials interested in the Trump campaign so as not “to send any signal.”
As for Manafort and Gates, they were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, false statements and other charges.
2. President Trump
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she believes that the Democratic National Committee was “rigged” in favor of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primary.
Trump was, however, reportedly livid over Monday’s developments, especially the surprising revelation of Papadopoulos’ guilty plea.
When faced with the day’s developments, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to pivot the conversation to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, saying somewhat illogically that previous news about the Clinton campaign funding the infamous Steele dossier amounted to “collusion” with Russia.
3. North Korea
Another day, and more allegations. Kevin Spacey is now facing a series of accusations from employees on the set of the Netflix show “House of Cards.” Eight people who currently work on the show or have worked on it in the past told CNN that the star turned the set into a “toxic” work environment through sexual harassment and abuse. One former production assistant told CNN that Spacey sexually assaulted him during one of the show’s early seasons. Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances to him when Rapp was 14 years old.
While the FBI office in San Juan would neither confirm nor deny an investigation, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said it opened a review of the contract after a CNN report highlighted the contract and calls from members of Congress. The office said it considers the investigation to be one of its high-priority cases.
4. North Korea
5. Salmonella outbreak
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People were irritated he seemed to connect allegations of sexual misconduct to being a gay man.
On a related note, “House of Cards” will end after sixth season
Netflix says the end date for Spacey’s show has been in the works for months.
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Two women and their dogs rescued after five months adrift at sea
No word yet on the movie rights to their amazing story.
Google’s CEO says he will “drop everything” to attend to hamburger emoji debate, which is apparently about lettuce placement.
This is the kind of hard-hitting news the world needs.
iPhone X goes on sale worldwide.
Oh good! We’ve been wondering what to do with an extra $1,000 lying around.
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, discussing the Civil War and removal of Confederate monuments during a Fox News appearance Monday.
AND FINALLY …
It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday, so we all deserve one of the very best Halloween videos ever.