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By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries and Amanda Wills, CNN
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Stormy Daniels offers to return $130,000 payment

From CNN's Sara Sidner

Stormy Daniels is offering to return the $130,000 payment she received from Michael Cohen in exchange for dissolving the so-called “Hush Agreement.” 

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, sent Cohen a letter offering to wire $130,000 by Friday to an account designated by the President.

In exchange, the Confidential Settlement Agreement between Daniels, Donald Trump and Michael Cohen’s company would be “deemed null and void in their entirety.” That would allow Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to speak publicly about her allegations of an affair with Trump, and according to the letter “use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and/or legal liability for damages.”

11:57 a.m. ET, March 12, 2018

Why the Astros are visiting the White House today

President Trump is hosting the Houston Astros this afternoon to celebrate their November World Series win.

The Astros — whose first season was in 1962 — became World Series champions for the first time in franchise history. They defeated the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Trump sent out this congratulatory message after the win:

11:40 a.m. ET, March 12, 2018

How professional sports teams have handled White House visits with President Trump

US President Donald Trump holds a jersey given to him by New England Patriots during a ceremony honoring them as 2017 Super Bowl Champions (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Championship sports teams have a long history of visiting the White House. Here's a look at how some of them have handled the honor under President Trump:


The New England Patriots visited in April to celebrate their 2017 Super Bowl win. Notably, Tom Brady was not in attendance.

The day after the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last month, some players announced they'd skip the traditional trip to the White House.


The Golden State Warriors, the 2017 NBA champion, had their invitation to visit the White House rescinded by President Donald Trump last fall after the team's superstar, Stephen Curry, criticized the President over his attacks on black athletes protesting during the National Anthem. The team opted to tour the National Museum of African-American History and Culture with local Washington students, instead.


Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins went to the White House in October.

"Nobody's choosing a side. Nobody's taking a stand," said head coach Mike Sullivan at the time. "We are simply honoring our championship and the accomplishments of this group of players."

11:15 a.m. ET, March 12, 2018

Trump says he's waiting to decide on raising the age to buy guns. That's not what he said last month.

President Trump tweeted this morning that he's "watching court cases and ruling before acting" on the idea of raising the minimum age to buy certain firearms.

But in the days after the Florida school shooting, Trump — and the White House — repeatedly said he supported raising the minimum age.

He tweeted this on Feb. 22:

Trump chastised a GOP senator for not including an age raise in gun legislation. In a February meeting, Trump asked Sen. Pat Toomey whether his proposal raised the age of gun purchases from 18 to 21. When Toomey said the bill didn't, the President said, "Because you're afraid of the NRA, right?"

Even as the NRA pushed back against the idea, the White House said Trump still supported it: