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Attorney Says He Paid Adult Film Actress Who Alleges Affair With Trump

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, says he paid $130,000 to adult film star.

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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, says he paid $130,000 to adult film star.

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Updated at 2:51 p.m. ET

President Trump’s personal attorney says he paid $130,000 to an adult film star who said she had an affair with Trump.

In a statement first provided to The New York Times, Michael Cohen says that “in a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”

Get Caught Up: Trump's Alleged Affair With Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels

Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, says she met Trump during a golf tournament in 2006. In a 2011 interview with In Touch Weekly, she said she had an affair with Trump while he was married to his current wife, Melania, shortly after she gave birth to their son, Barron. Cohen has stated that Trump has denied the affair. After the allegations became public, Clifford went on a publicity tour but was coy about the specifics.

On Wednesday, Daniels’ manager, Gina Rodriguez, told The Associated Press that Cohen had violated the non-disclosure agreement between Daniels and Cohen and that the actress was now free to tell her side of the story.

“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Rodriguez told the AP.

Cohen says his payment to Clifford, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, “was lawful and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.” Cohen initially denied making the payments in the first Wall Street Journal story.

He cited a complaint filed by Common Cause to the Federal Election Commission that he said “alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution.” Cohen says the allegation in the complaint “are factually unsupported and without legal merit,” adding his counsel has submitted a response to the FEC.

Cohen said he would not have any further comment on the complaint or Clifford.

Paul Seamus Ryan, the lawyer for Common Cause who filed the FEC complaint, said Cohen’s denial only included the Trump Organization and Trump campaign, not Trump himself.

Cohen “did not remove the possibility that he was reimbursed by Donald Trump himself or by someone other than Donald Trump, for this payment,” said Ryan.

Of Cohen’s allegation that the payment to Daniels had nothing to do with the campaign, Ryan said, “this came came a week after the Access Hollywood tapes, so the Trump campaign already was mired in sexual misconduct allegations, or a sexual misconduct scandal.”

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Trump Lawyer Says He Paid Former Adult Film Star $130000 In A Private Transaction

Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for President Trump says he paid adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known otherwise as Stormy Daniels, $130,000. The payment happened during the campaign after Clifford alleged she had an affair with Trump.

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New Dutch law makes every adult an organ donor

The Netherlands narrowly passed new legislation on Tuesday that will register every citizen aged 18 and over as a potential organ donor, unless they explicitly choose to opt out.

Senators in the Dutch upper house of parliament voted 38 to 36 to pass the draft bill put forward by the progressive D66 party.

Read more: Tinder: the perfect match for organ donation?

Under the new law, every Dutch adult who has not yet registered as an organ donor will receive two letters asking them to indicate whether or not they want to become donors. If they don’t respond after the second mail they will automatically be added to the list, but are free to amend their status at any time.

The bill was already approved by the Netherlands’ upper House of Representatives in September 2016, albeit by a narrow vote of 75 to 74. Critics of the bill complained that it put too much authority in the hands of the government over what happens to a citizen after their death.

The drafter of the legislation, D66 MP Pia Dijkstra, said she made a number of changes in a bid to ease its passage through the lower house. As part of the changes, authorities must consult with the deceased’s relatives. The family will also have the final say over whether the procedure goes ahead, according to Dijkstra.

Organ donor shortages have long been a problem in the Netherlands. According to Dutch public broadcaster NOS, some 57 people died waiting for a new organ during the first half of 2016.

“Hopefully that number will decline under the new system,” it said.

Read more: The long wait for a donor heart

Organ donations: Spain leads the global charts while Germany continues to lag

The Netherlands follows the likes of Spain, which has had its own opt-out organ donor system since 1979, and France, which introduced similar legislation in January 2017.

In Spain, which is widely viewed as a world leader in organ donations, there were an average of 43.4 individual donors per million people in 2016, markedly more than that year’s EU average (19.6) and US average (26.6).

Germany, which has an opt-in registration system, continues to lag behind, partly thanks to a 2012 organ donor scandal.

A Göttingen doctor was accused of attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm after he allegedly falsified medical documents to speed up the process for receiving organs transplants for his patients. Prosecutors argued his actions cost the lives of others who needed the transplants more urgently.

The doctor was acquitted in 2015 after the judge ruled it could not be proven exactly who had died as a result. It subsequently became apparent that the practice was far more widespread than initially thought.

Read more: Organ scandal forces rethink of donor system

German Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said then the number of organ donations had dropped in the aftermath of the scandal, as people have felt increasingly discouraged to participate in the program.

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Large Opposition to NH Bill That Would Deny Some Immigrants Adult Education

The New Hampshire Senate Education Committee heard testimony on a bill today that would make certain adult education programs available only to legal residents of the state.


Republican Senator Andy Sanborn is the primary sponsor of the measure, which he said will direct funds toward students who can legally work in the state.


Sanborn posed the question: “Specifically for adult workforce education and training, shouldn’t that adult workforce education and training be made available to people who can legally work in America?”


But opponents of the bill worry it will unfairly target adult immigrants who take advantage of English as a Second Language and basic learning classes, which are included in some adult education programs.


Mary Ngwanda Georges is on the Manchester school board and spoke in opposition to the bill. She immigrated to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo when she was 33 and took advantage of ESL classes when she arrived.


“I came here, I was nurse. But because of the English, that’s what was stopping me to do anything I can do,” Georges said.


There were some 88 signatures in opposition to the bill and it was standing room only during the public hearing at the Legislative Office Building. Senate Education Committee Chair John Reagan, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, said he was not hopeful for its passage.

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Trump’s lawyer says he paid adult film star out of his own pocket

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump’s desire for military parade: ‘We have a Napoleon in the making’ MORE’s personal lawyer told The New York Times on Tuesday he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to an adult film star, Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. 

Michael Cohen, who previously served as an attorney for the Trump Organization and is now Trump’s personal lawyer, defended the payment to the newspaper.

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen told the Times in a statement, referring to Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels.

“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

He declined to discuss the payment further, including whether Trump knew of it or the motivation behind it.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Cohen arranged for Clifford to receive $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement one month before the 2016 presidential election.

In the wake of the reported payment, Common Cause, a nonprofit watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) claiming Cohen’s payment to Clifford violated campaign finance law because it was an unreported in-kind contribution to the president’s 2016 campaign.

Cohen said Tuesday that his counsel has responded to the FEC regarding the complaint.

Clifford has said she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006. Last month, In Touch magazine published an interview with the adult-film star from 2011 in which she details her affair with Trump, which she claims happened shortly after his youngest son, Barron, was born.

Daniels later caused confusion when a statement surfaced in which she appeared to deny having the affair with Trump. 

Afterward, during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Daniels said of the statement: “I do not know where it came from.”

Cohen has denied that Trump had a sexual encounter with Clifford. 

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Top Awards Given Out for Young Adult and Children’s Literature

The King Author Award, which recognizes outstanding books by African-American authors and illustrators, went to Renée Watson’s “Piecing Me Together,” a novel about an African-American teenage girl named Jade who feels out of place as a scholarship student at a mostly white private high school in Portland, Ore.


Last year, “March,” a graphic memoir about the civil rights movement that was co-written by Representative John Lewis, swept the awards, winning four prizes from the American Library Association.

At a moment when the children’s book industry seems focused on issue-driven books that grapple with race, politics and gender, this year’s batch of winners also included some unexpected, quieter books and sleeper hits. “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” a picture book that celebrates the experiences of African-American boys at the barbershop, which was illustrated by Gordon C. James and written by Derrick Barnes, drew citations in several categories, and received Caldecott and Newbery honors.


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There were some big names among this year’s winners, if not in the major categories. Jacqueline Woodson, author of “Brown Girl Dreaming,” received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which honors an author or illustrator whose books have made “a lasting contribution to literature for children.”


Jason Reynolds’s young adult novel “ Long Way Down,” about a 15-year-old boy who is deciding whether or not to avenge his brother’s murder, received multiple citations from the association, including a Printz Honor, a Newbery Honor, an Odyssey honor for outstanding audiobook and a King Author honor.

Angie Thomas’s “The Hate U Give,” a best-selling young adult novel that addresses police violence against young African-Americans, received the William C. Morris Award for a debut book for teenagers, as well as the Odyssey Award for best audiobook, a King Author honor and a Printz honor.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Ms. Thomas seemed to be at a loss for words: She posted a series of crying emojis.

Here is a complete list of the winners and honorees.

Follow Alexandra Alter on Twitter: @xanalter.

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Ask Amy: Adult education class leads to childish behavior

Dear Amy: I teach an adult education class in a very culturally, racially and ethnically diverse community.

One of my (foreign-born) students has recently brought to my attention some very negative and hurtful comments she has received from another of my students.

She says this other student has said to her, “Why are you here?” “Aren’t you lucky we are so accepting of you?” and other comments like this.

What can I do? Should I speak to the perpetrator privately? Should I address the whole class?

What can I say or do? What can she say?

— Horrified

Dear Horrified: You should speak to the person your student alleges said these things to her. These are questions/statements that might seem benign — or aggressive — depending on the tone of voice and body language, as well as the native language and interpretation of both parties.

Ask this student why they felt the need to single out a fellow student. Listen to whatever explanation they have, and then emphasize how important it is that every student respects one another. Tell the perpetrator that the other student felt embarrassed and offended, and that she is owed an apology. Tell the student that in your class, you expect everyone to speak to one another respectfully.

It is best for you to handle this privately. If the greater lesson is about shaming, then you should not publicly call out the perpetrator. This is a teachable moment.

I’d also suggest that you introduce your class to immigrant narratives (if you haven’t already); and have them write and share their own personal narrative stories. The more they know each other, and know about each other, the more connected they will feel. Empathy, respect and understanding should grow from there.

If the student refuses to adjust their behavior, you should seek counsel from an administrator regarding next steps.

Dear Amy: My husband of almost 27 years survived quintuple bypass surgery last year, and was able to return to work three months later.

His doctors insisted that he give up a lifelong habit of using smokeless tobacco. With my help, he managed to quit. He still misses this habit and said he would do it if it weren’t for my insistence that he stay off it.

To replace the tobacco, he has begun drinking. The doctors say he can drink in moderation — at most, two beers per day. At first, this was all he drank, but now, especially on the weekends, he drinks in excess of nine or 10 beers at a time.

I know this is not good for him and could, in fact, be deadly, but if I mention it I am nagging. He says things like, “I need one little vice” or “one little pleasure.”

This makes me feel very scared, and sad, to think that all the enjoyment he gets out of life now is to drink.

He’s alive. He has a job that he loves and a wonderful family. I cannot discuss this with our children or his mother because it would only hurt them. They do not know about his excessive drinking.

I can’t deal with it any longer. What should I do? I believe his drinking is going to put him in the grave.

— Worried Sick

Dear Worried: Al-anon meetings could be very helpful for you. There, you could unleash this secret you’re holding by talking with other people whose lives are also affected by a loved one’s drinking.

I’m not sure why you are keeping this secret so close. All of your worrying (and nagging) is not prompting your husband to change, but your anxiety, and the secrecy surrounding it, has become a burden which could affect your own health.

Your husband has emerged from a near-death experience clinging to a vice versus clinging to life. This might be a reflection of his own (secret) anxieties and terror.

You both assigned you the responsibility for getting him to quit smokeless tobacco. You cannot be responsible for his drinking. When you finally accept this powerlessness, you will be liberated.

Dear Amy: Responding to the letter from “Insomniac,” who wondered if it would be OK to sleep in separate beds from her snoring husband, I’d like to say that my husband and I started sleeping apart two years ago.

In 24 years of marriage, it was the best decision we’ve ever made. We sleep better at night, and get along better during the day.

— Well Rested

Dear Rested: I’ve had a huge (mainly positive) response to the idea of sleeping separately.

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Blockchain Disrupting An Underserved Industry – The Adult Industry

Leah Callon-Butler with team members at

In New York City and in other major cities there are several meetups nearly every day of the week relating to blockchain or cryptoassets. There is no shortage of new companies, people pivoting careers, media coverage and instant millionaires. My evenings have certainly been consumed with anything and everything blockchain. Here’s a new decentralized exchange, here’s another ethereum killer, here’s yet another crypto-fund. Sure, I’ve heard of them. But one person and one company I met back in December 2017 left a remarkable impression.

Meet Leah Callon-Butler from, a cryptocurrency company designed to make the adult and sextech industry safer for all. Callon-Butler is a cofounder and the engagement director. She is Australian, intelligent, delightful, engaging, and will capture you in a discussion on why she cares so much about her work in the adult industry.

Now why would blockchain be relevant to the adult industry? I mean, not everything has to be blockchain, right? But the adult industry may just be the use case to drive the mass scale adoption we need in cryptocurrency. Why? For the same reason, third world countries are – they are underserved.

I am just as guilty as anyone else contributing to the challenges in the adult industry. Beyond the typical stereotypes and jokes, I have not given much thought to that world or the real people in it. I champion diversity and inclusion because it is a fact that this is an advantage and a benefit. It occurred to me how much I and the rest of the world exclude the entire sex industry – morally and financially.

Callon-Butler shares with me her journey and how she co-founded intimate, what drives her to be so committed to the mission, what drives her mad, and what fuels her to keep working. Below is an excerpt of our interview (paraphrased for editing purposes.)

Jamie Moy: You’ve said you did not get into crypto but instead got into blockchain. Can you elaborate on that?

Leah Callon-Butler: I used to work in renewable energy. The industry was developing incredible technology and I was really passionate about that. I fundamentally believed that renewable energy was the way of the future. We have this issue with dwindling fossil fuels so why weren’t we moving to a new paradigm that actually saw renewable energy as the future and not just an alternative? And I also saw issues on the macro and micro levels. Corporations were managing their KPIs short term rather than investing in long-term sustainability, while Moms and Pops with solar panels were not incentivized to contribute to the broader energy short fall. We had all these real problems but couldn’t do much about them because the people who dominate the energy market have got it all wrapped up in centralized bodies that control the ways that everybody else lives their lives.

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1 adult, 1 child killed in head-on crash in Fort Collins – The Coloradoan

The crash on Harmony Road in Fort Collins killed an adult and a child and injured another adult and another child on Feb. 11, 2018.
Cassa Niedringhaus

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Older teens and adult children in weddings – Pocono Record

I love including children in a wedding ceremony! We often see kids as flower girls or ring bearers. When the children are the children of the couple getting married (rather than say, nieces or nephews) it becomes even more important to involve them in the ceremony. Let them know you understand that this is a big day for them, as well. The little ones are always adorable!

But for slightly older couples, they may have older children, perhaps teens or even adults themselves. How do you include them? Is it even appropriate? As in many things in life – it depends.

If the children are ‘on board’ for the wedding, happy to see their mother or father has found love again, then they should certainly be honored, recognized or involved. It’s always a good idea to ask anyone what role they might enjoy in your ceremony, but because we’ve seen so little of this modeled for us, most people won’t have any idea of what to do. So here are a few suggestions.

Once your kids are out of the house, you really are not blending the family, nor are you becoming a step-parent in the traditional sense of helping to raise the kids, so rituals like the Sand Ceremony may not resonate as much.

Instead, I like to see teens or adult children doing something together, and one thing that works especially well, is sharing a reading. In a religious ceremony, they might be asked to read scripture, and in a less religious or secular context, there are countless sources of inspiration. Teens will need direction but adults might be honored to find their own selection. On the other hand, in our busy world, asking them to do that might feel like a burden. In that case, come up with a few ideas to present to them. Once the reading is selected, one that is age and topic appropriate, it can be split up into sections.

For teens, giving them gifts is fitting, pointing out how the gift is analogous to the rings the couple exchanges, how it is symbolic of your love and commitment to them. I often include this as part of the ceremony itself. Admittedly this is easier for girls, since jewelry usually works out well as a comparative symbol. Some boys will also like jewelry, but really anything can work, because with the gift you are simply telling them you will love them always.

Gifts for adult children are great, too, but they don’t necessarily need to be presented in the ceremony. An heirloom, if you have one, makes a very meaningful gift.

Adult children, male or female, can present the rings to their respective parents. They may also want to walk down the aisle with their mother, not ‘giving away’ their mom, but supporting her. And I like the idea of fathers walking with their children as well.

Another possibility is to write a short statement about your children, and have the officiant include it in the ceremony. Or prepare a program and include lots of wonderful details about your amazing children for everyone to read; it gives them something good to do while waiting for the ceremony to begin.

And of course, those adult children may have children, and I’m sure you will be considering roles for your grandkids!

Just because you are marrying again, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate it. Many ‘older’ couples feel they need to keep it toned down, especially if they had a big wedding the first time around. And that makes complete sense. But don’t apologize or underestimate the importance of this milestone. After all, it is quite miraculous to find love and start anew! Worthy of celebration indeed! Bring the whole family.

— Lois Heckman is a certified Celebrant practicing in the Poconos. She writes about creating meaningful weddings, focusing on ceremony, ritual, and diverse traditions.

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