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“The president repaid it”
• President Trump reimbursed his lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to the pornographic movie actress Stephanie Clifford earlier than the 2016 election, Rudolph Giuliani, now one among Mr. Trump’s attorneys, stated in an interview Wednesday night time.
That contradicts earlier variations of what occurred. Mr. Trump stated final month that he had no information of the fee, made in alternate for Ms. Clifford’s silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump greater than a decade in the past.
• There has been a authorized debate about whether or not the fee amounted to a marketing campaign contribution. Mr. Giuliani stated his disclosure served to reveal that marketing campaign finance guidelines weren’t violated, a point that Mr. Trump reiterated this morning.
Speaking of Trump’s attorneys …
• The man who represented Bill Clinton throughout his impeachment is now working for President Trump.
In an indication that the White House sees no instant finish to its authorized issues, Emmet Flood will replace Ty Cobb, the lawyer who had persuaded Mr. Trump to cooperate with the particular counsel within the Russia investigation. Mr. Flood is anticipated to take a extra adversarial strategy with Robert Mueller’s inquiry.
• Separately on Wednesday, Mr. Trump warned that he might need to “get involved” in a dispute between a group of House Republicans and the deputy attorney general. The lawmakers need entry to paperwork associated to the particular counsel’s investigation and different politically charged circumstances.
An uneasy project for cheerleaders
• A photograph shoot in Costa Rica is the latest illustration of how N.F.L. teams have made their cheerleaders do way over dance throughout video games.
Some of the Washington Redskins cheerleaders on the 2013 journey stated they have been required to pose topless in the course of the shoot, to which some group sponsors and suite holders have been invited. Some of the ladies stated they have been additionally despatched to a nightclub as escorts.
Stephanie Jojokian, the longtime director and choreographer for the Redskins’ cheerleaders, disputed a lot of the ladies’s descriptions of the Costa Rica journey.
• The N.F.L.’s remedy of cheerleaders has come underneath intense scrutiny in latest weeks after two women filed discrimination complaints and described a hostile work atmosphere.
Chasing the ghosts of Benghazi
• When most Americans hear the phrase Benghazi, they keep in mind the assault in 2012 that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.
But two years after his loss of life, town descended into all-out conflict, pitting Islamist militias towards a coalition of army and native fighters. In December, the coalition gained, at a heavy price.
In an interactive feature, our Cairo bureau chief recorded his go to to Benghazi, the place he discovered a guarded optimism and a rustic whose future might rely on a strongman as soon as allied with the C.I.A.
• Elections in Libya are deliberate for this yr, however some opponents of the federal government are decided to disrupt the method. A suicide attack on Wednesday focused the electoral fee within the capital, Tripoli.
Settlement reached over Starbucks arrests
• The two black males who have been arrested whereas ready in one of many chain’s areas in Philadelphia final month requested for $1 every.
But in addition they requested that town spend $200,000 to help young entrepreneurs.
• Starbucks stated on Wednesday it had reached an settlement with the boys, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, and that it “includes a confidential financial settlement.”
• The weekly best-seller lists
Several journalists have new books on our hardcover nonfiction best-seller list, together with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ronan Farrow.
On our hardcover fiction list, the CNN anchor Jake Tapper tells a narrative a few World War II veteran who grew to become an unlikely congressman within the 1950s. Find all of our best-seller lists here.
• Swedish meatballs? Not Swedish.
Sweden’s nationwide dish is actually from … Turkey.
The authorities famous that King Charles XII introduced dwelling the Turkish recipe within the early 18th century. “My whole life has been a lie,” one Swede lamented.
• Best of late-night TV
Some of the hosts had fun with the news observe from Donald Trump’s former physician might have been dictated by the president himself.
• Quotation of the day
“He is the quiet, unassuming kid who puts on his Liverpool shirt and becomes a superhero, the embodiment of every fan’s dream.”
— James McKenna, a Liverpool fan, describing Mohamed Salah, the soccer group’s Egyptian star, whose shows of his Muslim religion have helped struggle Islamophobia in Britain.
• What we’re studying
Our briefings editor, Andrea Kannapell, recommends this Facebook video from The Times: “I’m watching my colleagues provoke the exact conversation about race and history that I, a Kentuckian, want to have.”
The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam opened as a museum 58 years in the past right now.
Nowadays, more than 1.2 million visitors flock to the museum yearly, however within the 1950s, the canal home was on the verge of demolition.
The constructing was saved by the Anne Frank Foundation, based in 1957 to protect the place the place Anne had written her diary.
Anne lived within the annex of the canal home along with her mother and father, sister and 4 others from July 1942 till August 1944, after they have been arrested throughout a Nazi raid. (It’s still unclear who betrayed the household, however an F.B.I. agent reopened the case in 2017.)
The museum faces a sensible problem: The tiny, cramped attic can accommodate solely so many individuals without delay. It’s under renovation, and getting ready to educate a new generation concerning the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.
Otto Frank — Anne’s father and the one member of the household to outlive the Holocaust — attended the opening in 1960, saying he hoped that the museum can be a spot the place Anne’s beliefs “find their realization.”
Claire Moses wrote right now’s Back Story.