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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen confesses all of his crimes without any formal plea deal.

North Carolina ballot reveals potential election fraud

A common battle cry of the Republican party, voter fraud seems to have involved itself with a candidate from the GOP, bringing forth the largest alleged election fraud in recent history. The candidate in question is Republican Mark Harris who won North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District by 905 votes. These results, however, remain to be certified due to the accusations towards a contractor from the Harris campaign for filling out hundreds of absentee ballots.

On Nov. 30, 2018, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement voted 7-2 and called for a hearing by Dec. 21 to examine the allegations of fraud, specifically regarding the absentee ballot and its collection.

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Since this statement, several news outlets including the Associated Press have retracted their reporting of the election results until more evidence is found

These allegations come amidst the accusations by President Trump and other Republicans that the Democrats are committing voter fraud. In fact, in the 2018 Midterm elections, certain groups were denied the ability to vote in order to “prevent voter fraud.” Now, with allegations surrounding the GOP itself, Republicans argue that the discrepancies are too localized to cause concern.

The fate of Harris and his confirmation into the House rests in the upcoming investigation as House Democrats will not vote to seat Harris until the resolution of the investigation.

Michael Cohen tells all

Former lawyer to President Trump, Michael Cohen, confesses all, despite his lack of any traditional plea deal. Once Trump’s ally, Cohen is adopting a new and far riskier approach: volunteering information about Trump to those investigating him.

Typically, in order to obtain information, the government will offer a criminal a lesser sentence, however, no such arrangement has been made with Cohen.

Cohen has already pleaded guilty to eight felonies, many of which include interactions with Trump and his campaign, and is now assuming responsibility for all of his actions.

According to the New York Times, “Mr. Cohen has concluded that his life has been utterly destroyed by his relationship with Mr. Trump and his own actions, and to begin anew he needed to speed up the legal process by quickly confessing his crimes and serving any sentence he receives, according to his friends and associates, and analysis of documents in the case.”

Though it is still unclear as to whether Cohen has any information to convict the president, his unusual cooperation could serve as crucial evidence against Trump.

‘Thank you, next’ video breaks records

Popular singer Ariana Grande’s newest single, “Thank you, next” broke the record for Youtube’s biggest music video debut. The song refers to Grande’s experiences with her ex-boyfriends.

The video is an homage to many of the popular romantic comedies from the late 1990s and early 2000s. With Grande dressing up as characters from “Mean Girls,” “Bring it on,” “13 going on 30,” and “Legally Blonde” along with numerous celebrity cameos, “Thank you, next.” is taking Youtube by storm.

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Emma Romanowsky, Highlander Editor-in-Chief
Emma Romanowsky is a senior at Carlmont High School. This is her third year of being on the journalism staff and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Highlander newsmagazine. She loves using journalism to spark conversation about controversial subjects. To check out her portfolio, click here. Twitter: @ERomanowsky

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