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Two courtroom dramas leave Trump’s presidency on a cliffhanger:

It was like binge-watching history as two of the President’s men went down.

A twisting saga of intertwined legal plots and human drama dripping with hubris, vengeance, betrayal and defiance suddenly combined Tuesday in a frenetic, barely believable burst that left Donald Trump’s presidency stained by a tide of crime and corruption.
Michael Cohen, the Trump clan’s attack dog, and Paul Manafort, the ultimate Washington swamp creature with the ostrich skin jacket, paid dearly for their association with their former boss in near-simultaneous convictions that will mean years in jail.
Trump’s riotous, rule-breaking political career is often compared to the voyeurism of a reality show — a perfect forum for his spinning of alternative truths and narratives
But Tuesday’s theater — unfolding in courtrooms about 240 miles apart — was more like the compelling denouement of a slow-building Netflix drama that came together in frenetic, shocking final moments that made their own statement: Truth and facts still matter in America

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Politicians blame immigration laws for Mollie Tibbetts’ fate:

After an undocumented immigrant was arrested Tuesday in the presumed death of Mollie Tibbetts, President Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers blamed the tragedyon the nation’s immigration laws.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, is being held on a first-degree murder charge in the case of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa college student who was last seen jogging in Brooklyn, east of Des Moines, more than five weeks ago.
He faces life in prison without parole if convicted.
Rivera told police he followed Tibbetts with his car and pursued her when she started running away, said Rick Rahn, special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Rivera is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency sent a detainer request for Rivera to local authorities Tuesday, said Shawn Neudauer, an ICE spokesman.

The scoreboard at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, displays a tribute to Aretha Franklin, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Rainbow Appears During Tigers’ Moment of Silence for Aretha Franklin:

The Detroit Tigers hosted the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in their first home game since Aretha Franklin died Aug. 16 at the age of 76.

Prior to the interleague showdown, the Tigers paid tribute to the Queen of Soul, who called Detroit home, with a moment of silence that featured her image as well as the words “Respect” and “Forever Our Queen” on the videoboard.

Fittingly, a rainbow appeared over Comerica Park at that moment:

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Facebook takes down 652 pages after finding disinformation campaigns run from Iran and Russia:

Facebook has taken down 652 pages, accounts and groups it identified as part of coordinated disinformation campaigns that originated in Iran and targeted countries around the world. It also found a number of new pages connected to Russia.

The Iran-linked pages and groups spread misinformation in the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America and the Middle East. Some of them posed as a group called “Liberty Front Press.

Facebook (FBsaid the coordinated campaigns originating in Iran included 254 Facebook pages and 116 Instagram accounts that amassed more than 1 million followers across the two services. Those behind the pages spent more than $12,000 on advertisements between 2012 and 2017, the company said.

HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JUNE 22: Lamar Odom attends a basketball game between HKPA and Tycoon at Southorn Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Lamar Odom Says He Had 12 Strokes, 6 Heart Attacks During 2015 Coma:

When Lamar Odom fell into a coma in 2015 following a drug overdose, his condition was much worse than previously understood.

The former NBA star explained Tuesday that he had 12 strokes and six heart attacks during the coma, per TMZ Sports.

“All my doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle,” Odom told comedian Kevin Hart on his show Cold As Balls.

The 38-year-old had been found unconscious at a Nevada brothel in October 2015, per TMZ Sports, and was having problems with his heart, kidneys and lungs.

Tests later showed he had cocaine and opiates in his system at the time of the incident.

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