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Manafort flips for Mueller; Ethiopia’s Oromo paint the town red and green.
Manafort strikes a deal
- Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort officially pleaded guilty to two new charges — and agreed to cooperate fully with Robert Mueller’s investigation. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
- Manafort pleaded guilty to two new counts of conspiracy against the United States and obstruction of justice and admitted his guilt for 10 counts of money laundering and tax fraud. He still faces a sentencing for his August conviction, when he was found guilty on eight counts. [CBS]
- Manafort could be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail and $500,000 in fines. If he fulfills the requirements of the plea bargain, prosecutors will dismiss five other charges against Manafort. [NBC / Tom Winter, Adam Edelman, Ken Dilanian, and Dartunorro Clark]
- Manafort is the first attendee of the Trump Tower meeting to flip — and he could answer some crucial questions about it. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp and Andrew Prokop]
- Many had previously speculated that Trump would pardon Manafort. In the wake of the plea deal, “that ship has really sailed.” [CNBC / Michelle Fox]
- Some legal experts believe this plea deal signifies that “the Manafort shoe has dropped.” [Vox / Sean Illing]
The Oromo rejoice and resist in Ethiopia
- Life in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, has come to a standstill as police violently clash with the Ethiopian ethnic group known as the Omoro. Protests began when Oromo youth joined together in the streets waving their resistance flag and painting its colors across the city. [Africa News / Abdur Rahman and Alfa Shaban]
- Addis Ababa is preparing for the return of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which was previously considered a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian government. OLF is returning because Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed removed the group from the government’s list. [AFP]
- The Oromo people are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. But residents of Addis Ababa are not pleased with the group’s presence. As a result, clashes have turned violent. [DW]
- Though the OLF was considered a terrorist organization, the group is resisting what it believes are “decades of discriminatory practices of non-Oromo elites based in Addis Ababa.” [Xinhua]
- Trump’s lie count hit the 5,000 mark this week. Perhaps his most outrageous came on Thursday: He said Democrats are to blame for reports that over 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico. [Washington Post / Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo, and Meg Kelly]
- Actress Cynthia Nixon lost the primary election for the Democratic gubernatorial bid. However, Nixon, who is much further to the left, has pushed incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “make concrete commitments that will change the lives of people across this state.” [Curbed / Amy Plitt]
- Hurricane Florence has made landfall on the southern East Coast. At least four people have so far been killed as the storm rages on. [Reuters / Ernest Scheyder]
- On Monday, SpaceX will announce the first private passenger they plan to send to the moon and the trip’s timing. The historic voyage has been years in the making, but CEO Elon Musk has just tweaked the plans and upped the ante with a bigger jet and a longer journey. [AP / Marcia Dunn]
“She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.” [Ronan Farrow on details of a woman’s accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to assault her while they were in high school / The New Yorker]
Watch this: Why a storm surge can be the deadliest part of a hurricane
It can start before a hurricane even makes landfall. [YouTube / Sam Ellis, Mallory Brangan, and Mac Schneider]
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