Donald Trump's Attorney And Fixer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To 8 Federal Counts

Updated at 7:03 p.m. ET Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, has pleaded guilty to eight counts in federal court in New York, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday evening. They include five counts of tax evasion, one count of falsifying submissions to a bank and two counts involving unlawful campaign contributions. Cohen's conduct "reflects a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time," said Robert Khuzami, deputy U.S. attorney for the...

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Facebook has taken down 652 accounts, pages and groups that originated in Iran. The accounts were used for political disinformation and targeted at users in the Middle East, Latin America, the UK and the U.S., according to Facebook.

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High school students in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District may be charged $10 to get a cellphone or “telecommunications device” back if it is confiscated during class.

During a meeting Monday, school board members who favor the policy change emphasized stricter regulations to encourage student focus in classrooms.

There are six competitive House races in Texas in the November midterms, including one in the state’s 21st Congressional District, which includes a large portion of Austin and areas north of San Antonio.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson looks at who is running to replace Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who’s retiring after three decades in the seat, and what voters are saying.

KUT’s Ben Philpott (@BenPhilpottKUT) and Alana Rocha (@viaAlana) of the Texas Tribune join Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the midterm election contests that are drawing the most attention in Texas, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for U.S. Senate against incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

"For the past little-over-a-year, I've been inspired by this house that's the Smoot Mansion," says artist Valerie Fowler. "Now it's called the Flower Hill Foundation and it's a historic Austin home, right on West Sixth Street, that's becoming a museum."

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The Austin City Clerk has reversed her decision to challenge Lewis Conway Jr.'s candidacy for Austin City Council.

On the High Plains in West Texas, hot winds blast through cotton fields as far as the eye can see.

In the middle of it all is a tiny vineyard.

Andis Applewhite is the owner. She's an artist whose family has worked this land for a century. They once planted crops more typical of the neighborhood, like cotton and wheat. Applewhite decided to try something different: She put in a couple of acres of cabernet franc grapes.

President Trump praised federal agents protecting the nation's borders and enforcing immigration laws, calling them "great patriots" and telling them, "We love you, we support you, we will always have your back."

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The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center is a nondescript three-story building on Sabine Street in downtown Austin. Starting Oct. 1, police and EMS will be able to bring intoxicated people in 24 hours a day instead of taking them to a jail cell or a hospital bed.

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