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Paul Manafort’s Reality Television-Worthy Life, And Other News: Your Prime Week In Review

August 4, 2018 9:00 am

Hello Prime subscribers. Welcome to the weekend.  Here’s a rundown of Prime stuff — Manafort trial-related and otherwise — that we covered this week.

  • Josh Marshall wonders once again: Why did Tom Barrack, a very rich man, need Manafort or Trump?
  • Republicans are seizing on a new study published by a Koch brothers think tank that estimates the cost of Medicare-for-All to be just under $33 trillion over 10 years. Problem is, that’s actually a few trillion less than the projected cost of keeping the health care system we have now, Alice Ollstein writes.
  • You probably know that the first Manafort trial got started this week. It is going far faster than we expected, Tierney Sneed writes.
  • Manafort’s strategy seems to be to pin any wrongdoing on his former associate, Rick Gates, David Kurtz writes.
  • The judge in the case, T.S. Ellis, has some opinions about what the prosecution can and can’t say, and they seem to revolve around criticizing a person over their wealth.
  • Tierney Sneed gives the details of what happened when the FBI raided Paul Manafort’s home.
  • Here’s what we know about the lawyers for the prosecution and the defense.
  • If Manafort was laundering money, here’s what we know about how it likely worked.
  • Tierney Sneed gets into the reality television-worthy details, exposed in the trial this week, of Manafort’s home renovations.
  • Montana Governor Steve Bullock is suing the Trump administration, challenging its move to roll back requirements that certain nonprofits identify to the IRS any contributors giving more than $5,000. He says he wants to “make sure that dark money and foreign money isn’t flowing into our elections unchecked,” Tierney Sneed writes in her weekly primer on voting rights.
  • Rudy Giuliani bumbled his way, while on live television, into talking about a second Trump Tower meeting related to Russians’ offer of dirt on Hillary Clinton, which may or may not have happened. Josh Marshall gives some theories on what Rudy might have been up to, and reviews the timeline around the Trump Tower meeting we know about.
  • The Trump administration has a bizarre explanation for why it’s changing vehicle fuel efficiency requirements, Matt Shuham writes.
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