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President Trump's charity is shutting down.

Amid a lawsuit alleging the president used the Trump Foundation for personal and political gain, the charity agreed to "dissolve" and donate its "remaining assets" to approved charities, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday. Trump tried to get the state lawsuit thrown out as recently as last month, but a judge ruled it could proceed. The suit effectively claims that "persistently illegal conduct" turned the charity into Trump's personal piggy bank.

Per a document filed in a Manhattan court Tuesday, the Trump Foundation will "dissolve under judicial supervision." The foundation's most recent tax return says it has about $1.7 million in assets, reports CNN. Those funds will go to charities chosen after "review and approval by the attorney general," the release says.

The lawsuit was filed by Underwood in June, and alleges "a shocking pattern of illegality ... including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign," per the release. Essentially, Underwood says the Trump Foundation served as Trump's personal "checkbook."

Tuesday's agreement is just one of three "outcomes" the attorney general was hoping for, CNN notes. The lawsuit "also seeks millions in restitution and penalties and a bar on President Trump and his three eldest children from serving on the boards of other New York charities," the attorney general's statement, so it'll continue to be fought in court. Kathryn Krawczyk

December 17, 2018

CBS has decided its ousted CEO Les Moonves won't receive a severance payment.

A series of sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves were reported by The New Yorker in July. Moonves was removed as chairman and CEO of the network in early September, and CBS announced Monday he wouldn't receive a $120 million severance payment due to his "breach of employment contract" and resistance to the company's investigation, among other things.

Lawyers hired by CBS found Moonves to be "evasive" and "untruthful at times" in the investigation, though Moonves' attorney said the former executive "cooperated extensively and fully with investigators."

The New Yorker's original reporting detailed six allegations against Moonves, and several more were reported in September. Moonves continually denied the allegations and said he only knew about three of the encounters, but said they were consensual. Kathryn Krawczyk

December 14, 2018

President Trump on Friday tweeted an announcement that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will step in as acting White House chief of staff.

Mulvaney, who also worked as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before bowing out this week, will replace current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who will depart at the end of the year. "Mick has done an outstanding job while in the administration," wrote Trump, "I look forward to working with him in this new capacity."

Trump additionally praised Kelly as a "great patriot" who "served our country with distinction." Trump's reported first choice to replace Kelly, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers, turned down the job, leaving Trump to consider several administration officials and lawmakers for the post. Summer Meza

December 12, 2018

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to 3 years in prison on Wednesday for lying to Congress and for financial crimes, Courthouse News' Adam Klasfield reports. He also has to pay a $100,000 fine, and the sentence will begin March 6, likely in a minimum-security prison.

At a Manhattan federal courthouse, Cohen was sentenced to 36 months, or 3 years, for his guilty plea to New York prosecutors' eight counts of tax evasion and campaign finance violations — financial crimes in which Cohen implicated Trump. He got 2 more months for his late November deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in which he pleaded guilty to the federal crime of lying to Congress about Trump's business dealings with Russia. The 2-month sentence will be served concurrently with the 36 months.

In sentencing recommendations filed Friday, Mueller's team recommended leniency given Cohen's subsequent cooperation with the probe into the Trump campaign's involvement with Russian election interference. Mueller's team also affirmed Wednesday that Cohen provided "credible" and "valuable information" to the investigation. But in Friday's recommendations, the Southern District of New York said Cohen committed "serious crimes worthy of meaningful punishment." A prosecutor speaking Wednesday said Cohen "didn't come anywhere close to assisting this office in an investigation."

Cohen's lawyer fought back against the Southern District in Wednesday's sentencing, saying his client "came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country." Still, the judge called each of Cohen's crimes "a serious offense against the United States," CNN says. Cohen on Wednesday said he took "responsibility" for his "blind loyalty to Donald Trump," per Courthouse News. Kathryn Krawczyk

December 11, 2018

At least two people are dead and 11 are injured after a shooter opened fire in Strasbourg, France, French National Police tells NBC News.

The shooting happened near Strasbourg's Christmas market, which was being held under tight security measures after France was rocked by terror attacks in recent years, Reuters reports. A shooter has been identified as someone on a terrorist watchlist, per NBC News. They were shot by an Operation Sentinel soldier, but are still on the run, per AFP. Witnesses tell Reuters the gunshots lasted about 10 minutes, though it's not clear if all those shots came from the original shooter or police returning fire.

The European Parliament has a location in Strasbourg, which is on France's border with Germany, and a parliament member tells Euronews the building is on lockdown. Around 80 people sheltered in place in a nearby McDonald's, and residents around the market have been told to stay inside. France's counterterrorism prosecutor has already launched an investigation into the attack, per BBC.

More than 130 people died in 2015 when terrorists attacked a concert hall and other spots around Paris. In 2016, a terrorist drove a car into vacationers in Nice, killing more than 80. These past incidents led authorities to check bags before visitors could enter the Strasbourg market and unauthorized vehicles were banned from getting close, Reuters says. Kathryn Krawczyk

December 8, 2018

Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave the White House at the end of the year, President Trump announced Saturday. "John Kelly will be leaving — I don't know if I can say 'retiring.' But he's a great guy," Trump told reporters. "John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year." A retired four-star general, Kelly was reportedly hired last year to bring order to a chaotic White House, but quickly found himself stymied by a freewheeling president who reportedly resented his constraints. Kelly's departure has been anticipated for months, and Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's 36-year-old chief of staff, is rumored to be the frontrunner to replace him.

Read more at The New York Times. Nico Lauricella

December 5, 2018

Two naval planes crashed into the Pacific Ocean after a midair collision early Thursday morning 200 miles off the southwestern coast of Japan, the U.S. Marine Corps said.

The incident involved a KC-130 and F/A-18; there were two crew members on the F/A-18, which was being refueled, and five on the KC-130. Officials said one Marine has been found and is in stable condition, while six remain missing. The two planes had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, but went missing during regularly scheduled training.

This is a developing story, and has been updated throughout. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 28, 2018

In a closed-door meeting Wednesday, House Democrats nominated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to return as House speaker next year. It's a "vote of confidence," as Pelosi described it, for when the whole House officially votes for its leader in January.

Pelosi ran unopposed to become speaker, the same role she held when Democrats held a House majority from 2007-2011. But she faced opposition from some Democrats, mostly newcomers, who wanted to see fresh leadership. Sixteen representatives signed a letter officially opposing Pelosi, and the nine Democratic members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus demanded a set of rule changes before they would back Pelosi.

One of those letter-signing defectors, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), told The Washington Post on Wednesday there was "no alternative" to electing Pelosi. Pelosi also reached a deal with the Problem Solvers on Wednesday, securing their support. Still, 22 Democrats opposed Pelosi as of Wednesday by the Post's count. Pelosi could only lose 17 Democratic votes without losing the speakership, assuming every Republican votes against her.

Also on Wednesday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) beat Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), 123-113, for caucus chair. The spot was vacated by outgoing Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), who Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surprisingly beat earlier this year. Both Jeffries and Lee are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, but the 72-year-old Lee said "institutional barriers" including gender and age likely prevented her from winning the race. The 48-year-old Jeffries will take the No. 5 spot in the Democratic House and is seen as a "future party leader," Politico writes. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), meanwhile, was elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus. Kathryn Krawczyk

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