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Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire

Sean Hannity: Michael Cohen case shines light on real estate empire

When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael Cohen, the Fox News host insisted their discussions had been limited to the subject of buying property.

“I’ve said many times on my radio show: I hate the stock market, I prefer real estate. Michael knows real estate,” Hannity said on television, a few hours after the dramatic hearing in Manhattan, where Cohen is under criminal investigation.

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Trump attacks New York Times journalist over Michael Cohen article

Maggie Haberman attacked by TrumpDonald Trump lashed out on Saturday at the New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, after she contributed to a story that suggested his longtime lawyer and fixer might cooperate with federal investigators.

“The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Habberman [sic] known as a Crooked H[illary Clinton] flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip,’” Trump wrote.

In a subsequent tweet, the president corrected his spelling.

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Pulitzer Prizes honor reporting on Trump-Russia, sexual misconduct scandals

Ronan Farrow among those given Pulitzers for reportingThe New York Times and The Washington Post each won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday, capping a newsroom battle last year for scoops on links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the focus of an ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 election.

Another dominant story of 2017, the global reckoning over sexual misconduct across industries, was also a major theme of this year’s awards. The Times and The New Yorker, whose separate, groundbreaking reports on disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates last fall, shared the public service prize. The Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey led their paper’s coverage, while Ronan Farrow’s work for The New Yorker was honored.

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USA TODAY NETWORK wins 3 Pulitzer Prizes for border wall, heroin reporting and editorials

Pulitzer Prizes given to USA Today

The USA TODAY NETWORK won three Pulitzer prizes Monday for in-depth coverage of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the heroin epidemic and editorial writing in health care.

Also among the winners of the 2018 prizes was coverage by The New York Times and The New Yorker of sexual harassment claims against director Harvey Weinstein that led to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

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Teen with full ride to 20 colleges requests public apology from Fox affiliate in order to air interview

Teen accepted to 20 colleges called 'obnoxious' by FOX anchors

A teen accepted to 20 colleges offering him full financial aid wants journalists at a Fox affiliate to apologize for calling his decision to apply to the schools "obnoxious."

An anchor and contributor on Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., criticized Micheal Brown's decision to apply to 20 colleges in a segment airing April 3.

Co-anchor Holly Morris and contributor Sarah Fraser called applying to that number of schools "ridiculous."

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U.N. experts, Britain demand release of Reuters reporters in Myanmar

Mayanmar holds Reuters reporters

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Twitter that Myanmar must show its “commitment to media freedom” while the U.N. special rapporteurs said in a joint statement that the pursuit of the case against Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, gave rise to “grave concern for investigative journalism”.

A Myanmar government spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

A court in Yangon has been holding preliminary hearings since January to decide whether the journalists will be charged for possessing secret government papers under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

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Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner again

Trump to skip journalists dinner again

President Donald Trump will again skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year, and will send his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, instead.

"The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year's dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment,” White House Correspondents’ Association President Margaret Talev said in a statement on Friday.

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