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August 21, 2018

Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying he and President Donald Trump arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election. The guilty plea came almost at the same moment former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of eight financial crimes in the first trial to come out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia investigation. Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump faces one of the most perilous moments of his presidency after back-to-back legal blows in a pair of courtrooms in different states. Two one-time members of Trump’s inner circle simultaneously face the words “guilty” as Trump tears into the prosecution on his way to a rally with supporters in West Virginia. By Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video after 8 p.m. rally. With TRUMP-LEGAL EXPOSURE — What risks does Trump face after Tuesday’s events? UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.; TRUMP-2018 — Trump is preparing to embark on an aggressive campaign schedule to boost Republican candidates on the ballot in 2018. SENT: 380 words, photos.

TRUMP-LEGAL EXPOSURE Q&A -A Q&A on Trump’s potential legal exposure after Cohen’s guilty plea. Will also touch on whether there’s any legal risks from the Manafort verdict. By Jessica Gresko.

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election. SENT: 850 words, photos. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: Developing. With TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-THE LATEST

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump’s winning presidential campaign, is found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president’s associates. A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on. By Matthew Barakat, Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 950 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-SCENE — The drama in a Virginia courtroom. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-GLANCE — A look at the 18 counts. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

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US VA Manafort Verdict (CR): Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stared intently at the jury as the clerk read off the counts finding him guilty of eight financial crime charges.

US NY Cohen Court (CR): Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal(backslash).

US Trump Arrival (CR): President Donald Trump says the conviction of Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges “has nothing to do with Russian collusion,” and he called it “a disgrace.”

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