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Polls close in Pennsylvania, as voters wait for results in high-stakes special election
Trump declares he could 'run' the Mueller probe if he wanted to
Russian hackers targeted 2 conservative think tanks, Senate, Microsoft says
Manafort jury ends day 3 of deliberations without a verdict
Protesters topple Confederate statue at University of North Carolina
The Eagles pass Michael Jackson for best-selling album of all time
President Trump told Reuters on Monday that he is "totally allowed" to be involved with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, but has "decided to stay out." He added, "As you know, I can go in and I could ... do whatever, I could run it if I want." Mueller's team is also investigating whether Trump's campaign coordinated with any Russians and if Trump has obstructed justice. Trump echoed concerns made by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who said he's worried investigators will take Trump's statements and compare them to others who have already been interviewed, like former FBI Director James Comey. "Even if I am telling the truth, that makes me a liar," Trump said. "That's no good."Source: Reuters
Microsoft said Tuesday it shut down another six websites created by hackers linked to Russia's military intelligence. The newest targets were the U.S. Senate and two conservative think tanks critical of Russia and President Trump, the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Microsoft won a court order last year to shut down fake web domains created by the hacking group it calls Strontium, and it has shuttered 84 fake Strontium-created sites so far. Strontium was responsible for hacking the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016, and their target now is democracy, Microsoft said. There's no sign anyone clicked on the six spoofed sites, opening themselves up to data theft and surveillance, Microsoft said.Source: The New York Times, The Associated Press
After three days of deliberations, there is still no verdict in Paul Manafort's tax and bank fraud trial. Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, is facing 18 charges of tax evasion, bank fraud, and money laundering. The jury indicated it would stay until at least 6:15 p.m. on Monday night, later than it stayed on Thursday and Friday, which many took as a sign that a verdict might be announced before the day was done. The six men and six women on the jury have been reminded on a daily basis by U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis not to listen to media coverage of the trial, so they can avoid hearing things like Trump on Friday calling Manafort a "good person," and saying his trial is a "very sad day."Source: Politico
Protesters tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier Monday night on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Silent Sam was erected in 1913, a gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In a statement, the university said there was a crowd of about 250 protesters, and a small group brought Silent Sam down, adding, "Tonight's actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured. We are investigating the vandalism and assessing the full extent of the damage." For years, students, alumni, and faculty members have been calling for the removal of the controversial statue.Source: CBS News
The Eagles' greatest hits album is now the best-selling album of all time, the Recording Industry Association of America announced Monday. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, a compilation of Eagles songs like "Take It Easy" and "Tequila Sunrise," has sold 38 million copies, surpassing Michael Jackson's Thriller, the longtime record holder. Thriller now holds second place with 33 million copies sold, while The Eagles' 1977 album Hotel California is in third place. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and continues to tour after 47 years together.Source: The Associated Press
The U.S. just deported a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany5:13 a.m.
CNN's Chris Cuomo explains what Trump gets wrong about 'perjury traps,' drags in Brett Kavanaugh4:30 a.m.
Trump defender Michael Mukasey grimaces on CNN at Trump's 'zany' claim he can 'run' the Mueller probe3:11 a.m.