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Polls close in Pennsylvania, as voters wait for results in high-stakes special election
Report: Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow project
Trump cancels Pelosi's foreign trip after she requests State of the Union delay
Federal judge strikes down early-voting restrictions in Wisconsin
Tesla to cut 7 percent of workforce
Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet enthralled by nature, dies at 83
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. Cohen was in charge of the project, and falsely said that negotiations ended in January 2016, when they really continued for several more months. While campaigning, Trump said he had no business dealing 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. In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about the deal in testimony to the Senate and House intelligence committees.Source: BuzzFeed News
President Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a letter Thursday afternoon that her planned trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan had been canceled. "In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate," Trump wrote. This came one day after Pelosi sent a letter to Trump requesting they delay the State of the Union until after the government re-opens, citing security concerns. While Trump denied Pelosi the use of military aircraft for her trip, which had not previously been disclosed publicly, he wrote, "Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative."Source: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
A federal judge on Thursday struck down early-voting restrictions passed by Wisconsin Republicans during a lame-duck legislative session in December. The measure limited early voting in Wisconsin to no more than two weeks before an election. It was signed into law by former Gov. Scott Walker (R), just a few weeks before he left office and was replaced by Gov. Tony Evers (D). Judge James Peterson on Thursday afternoon blocked the law, saying it was nearly identical to early-voting restrictions he struck down in 2016. He also blocked other laws passed during the lame-duck session, including one that bans voters from using expired student IDs as identification at the polls.Source: NPR
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the electric-car maker is cutting its full-time staff by 7 percent as it struggles to cut prices and ramp up production of its Model 3 sedan, the company's first mass-market vehicle. The job reductions follow other cost-cutting measures as Tesla struggles to expand profitability. Musk wrote in an email to Tesla employees that the company is "up against massive, entrenched competitors" and has to work "much harder than other manufacturers to survive while building affordable, sustainable products." He added that building "affordable clean energy products at scale necessarily requires extreme effort and relentless creativity." Tesla shares fell on the news, declining by nearly 6 percent in premarket trading.Source: CNBC, CNN Business
Mary Oliver, the beloved and prolific poet whose work reflected her reverence of nature, died Thursday at her home in Florida. She was 83, and the cause of death was lymphoma, according to her literary executor, Bill Reichblum. Oliver made her literary debut in 1963, at age 28, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for her collection "American Primitive," then the National Book Award for poetry in 1992 for "New and Selected Poems." Born and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights, Oliver escaped what she called an abusive and "dysfunctional" home life by exploring the nearby woods and writing poetry. She met her partner, Molly Malone Cook, at the New York home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Cook died in 2005.Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press
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