In a televised hearing in Congress on Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen accused him of breaking the law while in office, and said the President knew in advance about a WikiLeaks dump of stolen emails that hurt his 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton.
Cohen said Trump approved hush payments to cover up extra-marital sexual relationships in violation of campaign finance laws, and signed a personal check for $35,000 in 2017 to reimburse Cohen for at least one of those payments.
However, Cohen told a House of Representatives committee he had no direct evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with Moscow during the election campaign.
More highlights and details from the testimony of Michael Cohen can be found in the linked article below.
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On Wednesday, the Wake County district attorney’s office said that Leslie McCrae Dowless — the North Carolina Republican political operative at the center of an absentee ballot fraud scheme that led the state to order a re-run of a congressional election — was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.
Dowless was charged with three felony counts of obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiring to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballots, according to the district attorney’s statement. He is due to appear in court on March 25.
The indictment follows a state investigation into voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district that found evidence Dowless had organized illegal absentee ballot collection to tip the race in favor of Republican candidate Mark Harris.
Country duo Walker McGuire have called it quits, shocking fans. The duo announced their breakup on social media via Instagram:
“We regret to inform everyone we’ve decided to end Walker McGuire. We want to thank everyone for their support and for following us on our journey the last five + years.” The Instagram account is soon-to-be deleted.
McGuire and Walker met onstage at a writers round just days after they each moved to Nashville in 2012 to pursue songwriting careers. Walker McGuire’s debut single on the label, “Til Tomorrow,” has a run of more than 28 million streams to date. The duo’s Facebook page is now blank, with only the word: “Thank you.” The duo encouraged fans via Instagram to follow their solo pages at @jordanwalker2 and @mcguirejohn.
Ater sharing news of the breakup, Johnny McGuire posted a new photo from a solo photoshoot to his individual page, telling fans that new music is coming soon.
Garth Brooks revealed he’ll be releasing The Legacy Collection this fall. The seven-disc vinyl collection will feature five albums: No Fences, The Chase, In Pieces, Fresh Horses and Triple Live.
Currently, only Garth’s first three albums—his 1989 self-titled debut, 1990’s No Fences and 1991’s Ropin’ the Wind—are available on vinyl.
The Legacy Collection will come in three packages: Analog, Remix-Remaster and Limited.
Fans can reserve the three-package set of The Legacy Collection with a personalized six-digit issue number for $100. When The Legacy Collection ships on Nov. 1, the Analog and Remix-Remaster versions will sell for $50 each, while the Limited will retail for $80.
The website selling Garth’s vinyl collection crashed on Feb. 26; so new on-sale date is Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET.
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The OA Part II, Netflix’s science fiction drama, just dropped it’s new trailer. In it, we discover that Brit Marling’s badly wounded heroine, Prairie (a.k.a. the OA, standing for “Original Angel”), has successfully transported her consciousness into an alternate-universe version of herself.
Kingsley Ben-Adir plays a major new character named Karim Washington, a boat-dwelling private detective tasked with finding a young woman, Michelle Vu, who had been playing an online game.
Other returning cast members include Isaacs, Emory Cohen, and The Walking Dead actor Scott Wilson, who played Prairie’s adoptive father in season 1 and filmed for Part II before dying as a result of complications from leukemia last October.
Watch the trailer for The OA Part II below. The OA Part II premieres March 22 on Netflix.
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Five-time Grammy winner Janet Jackson announced that she will be launching her first-ever Las Vegas residency in May. Titled “Metamorphosis,” show will begin May 17 and run until August.
A press release for the show reads: “‘Metamorphosis’ peels back the layers of the immensely private life of Janet Jackson, sharing her transformation from a young girl with issues of self-esteem to global Icon.
“The centerpiece of this all new thought-provoking show, will be Janet herself, captivating you through your senses with electrifying visuals, explosive dance numbers, chart-topping hits and fan favorite deep cuts. Fans will follow her path to self-love, empowerment, motherhood and activism, amidst the challenges faced along her personal journey.'”
Jackson welcomed her first child, a son, in 2017; and dropped her first single in three years last March titled, “Made For Now.”
Jackson’s concerts will take place at the Park MGM’s Park Theater, where Lady Gaga is currently in residence.
Tickets for “Metamorphosis” go on sale Saturday, March 2nd at 10 a.m. PST via Ticketmaster.
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The seventh annual JMBLYA Festival, just announced it’s lineup and it will include Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Gunna, Kevin Gates, Blueface and more.
The ScoreMore Shows event is scheduled for Friday, May 3 at Fair Park in Dallas, followed by Day 2 on Saturday, May 4 at Circuit of The Americas (Lot A) in Austin.
Additional performers for JMBLYA 2019 include City Girls, Maxo Kream, P-Lo, and Austin and Dallas rappers WhooKilledKenny and 10k.caash. Last year’s fest boasted of 60,000+ attendees.
Tickets go on sale Friday (March 1) via JMBLYA 2019’s official website.
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Wu-Tang Clan is embarking on a worldwide run this summer in support of the 25th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). They have announced a string of U.S. tour dates in North America via Instagram with the following post:
“Wu-Tang Clan is going worldwide!” the caption reads. “Catch us this Spring/Summer in the UK & EU on the Gods of Rap Tour with Public Enemy and De La Soul + come celebrate 25 years of Enter The Wu Tang: 36 Chambers as we make our way across The States.”
Following their overseas run with Public Enemy (minus Flavor Flav) and De La Soul, Wu-Tang will kick off it’s tour on May 31st in Sterling Heights, Michigan, heading to Chicago on June 1 and wrapping up in Minneapolis on August 2.
Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 1), and you can check out the full list of tour dates in the article below.
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The Colorado Rockies and Gold-Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado have finalized an eight-year, $260-million contract. The contract will give Arenado the largest per-year salary of any position player.
The contract will include an opt-out clause after three years and a full no-trade clause, overriding a one-year, $26 million deal Arenado signed in January to avoid arbitration. He was set to become a free agent after the 2019 season.
Arenado, 27, has won a Gold Glove at third base in each of his six major league seasons. He is a career .291 hitter with 186 home runs, 616 RBIs and an .886 OPS. He batted .297 with an NL-leading 38 homers last season, finishing third in MVP voting.
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The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory indefinitely. It’s the fourth time the 2015 draftee has been pinched by the league for violating its substance-abuse policy. Gregory has previously admitted to using marijuana to help cope with chronic anxiety.
After playing in 12 games as a rookie, Gregory missed the first 14 games of the 2016 season, before missing all of 2017. Gregory failed two drug tests in college at Nebraska and another at the NFL’s scouting combine. The Cowboys have stuck with Gregory over the last four years, and before his latest suspension, Gregory was enrolled in Stage 3 of the NFL’s drug program, meaning he was subject to, among other conditions, as many as 10 unannounced drug tests a month and mandatory treatment.
Any player in Stage 3 who fails to meet the conditions set by the league faces a minimum one-year ban. After a year, the player can apply for reinstatement but must prove he was clean the entire time he was out, provide proof of drug treatment and go through a series of meetings with league personnel. It’s no guarantee that a player who picks up a suspension after already being enrolled in Stage 3 will ever be reinstated.
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