Okay so Maybe Chris Evans Isn’t Done Playing Captain America After All?

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It’s been a long day of the Russo brothers saying things and toying with our emotional wellbeing, and it just got worse. Director Joe Russo stated that Chris Evans isn’t “done yet.” I have to go lie down.

Russo was speaking with Entertainment Tonight Canada when he made a comment that sent shockwaves of speculation through the legions of nerd press who are desperate for something to say about Avengers 4 (I number amongst them). Without a trailer or even a film title to keep us warm at night, we must dissect the Russos’ every voiced syllable. Regarding Chris Evans, per E! Online:

“I think it was more emotional for him than us only because he’s not done yet,” Joe Russo shared with ET Canada. “And I won’t explain what that means but the audience will soon understand what I’m talking about.”

This cryptic remark has prompted a lot of coverage about whether Evans—and thus his character Steve Rogers—will indeed be exiting the MCU post-Avengers 4, as is generally expected. I was surprised Steve made it through Infinity War, and Evans has been pretty vocal about hanging up his shield. On Twitter, he announced his final day on the Avengers 4 set thusly:

“Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.”

“Thank you for the memories” would rather strongly imply that Evans is finished making memories about Steve Rogers, no?

I suspect that Joe Russo is toying with us here, as is his wont. What he says doesn’t even make sense—why would Evans be more emotional about wrapping the movie if he isn’t done playing Cap yet?

While Russo does say of Evans that “he’s not done yet,” there’s no need to take this statement at face value. “I won’t explain what that means” means that he’s misleading us in some fashion, and it’s all either nonsense or it’s in regards to a twist in Avengers 4: Title Unknown that we will never know about until the movie’s debut in May. That’s not “soon,” Joe.

Maybe in a desperate attempt to save Cap, Tony Stark downloads his brain into his AI system and Chris Evans will voice Iron Man’s navigational system for decades to come! Maybe he “isn’t done yet” because he’s passed on the shield and the spirit of Captain America lives on! Maybe Marvel had second thoughts about letting Chris Evans go and gave him many more millions of dollars to stay! Maybe this is all a red herring to distract us from the fact that the trailer still has not dropped even though it has been seventeen thousand years since Infinity War! Your guess is as good as mine.

Why do you think that Joe Russo is tormenting us in this fashion?

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Newest Luther Trailer Features a New Foe and an Old Friend

Featuring a gothic cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” the trailer for series five of the BBC show Luther brings us back into the world of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, played by People’s sexiest man, Idris Elba.

Right now from the trailer, we see that there is yet another creepy baddie for Luther to track down in London, in what will be a four-episode installment in the series. As is typical of Luther, the creep factor is high when you see a man crawling on the floor of what is probably a disgusting bus, to his female victim, who probably just wants to go home and watch Netflix.

It’s not a random series of killing, of course, and so Luther and his team will have to “play dirty.” Expectedly, Luther is told to behave himself, which is “noted,” but considering it’s Luther, there’s probably going to be a lot of him breaking people’s shit. However, the most exciting aspect of the trailer is the literal blink-and-you-miss-it shot of a scarred Ruth Wilson returning as Alice Morgan.

Yes, I am screaming.

Luther is a show that is so deeply over-the-top sometimes that you feel as if you’re on the world’s most psychologically disturbed roller coaster, but through the performances of Idris Elba and the talented ensemble they roll out when this series returns, you know it’ll be a well-acted adventure.

If there were any role that makes you want to see Idris Elba as the lead of his own action film series, it’s Luther, but while he may never be James Bond, I do enjoy that he gets to have a character that allows him to be as brilliant and complex as a Sherlock Holmes, while having the physical presence of a James Bond character. Plus, Alice is back!

But of course, her return could mean appearing for one episode, which is entirely too little of that character and the amazing chemistry she has with Luther. In a world where a lot of female villains are subpar and don’t often get the most interesting backstories, Alice Morgan has always been a refreshing change.

She’s a just a typical malignant narcissist who kills her parents to see if she can get away with it and dreams about becoming a widow. Despite having a meh reaction to series four, especially because it was implied that Alice died, this fifth season seems to be retconning that all away, so all the more reason to look forward to this new season of Luther.

There is no release date yet, but let’s see what the Holiday season will bring?

Who would you rather be the supporting character on BBC’s Sherlock or Luther? The battle of the trench coats.

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Betty Draper and Loving Flawed Women

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Because I was watching Sons of Anarchy instead, I missed the Mad Men train and have recently been watching the series for the first time. From the moment I mentioned starting the series, everyone told me the same thing: I’d love Peggy and Joan, and Betty Draper, the first/second Mrs. Donald Draper, was the worst.

Well, in typical Princess Weekes fashion, I fell in love with the female character everyone hates.

Just like Skylar from Breaking Bad, I knew Betty was one of those wife characters people deeply disliked. From the Screen Prism video I watched about her character before even seeing the series, I got a broad overview of what her story arc was going to be. However, nothing prepared me for the real enjoyment I got out of her character and the deep dread I felt knowing that her fate was to die from lung cancer. *Shakes fist at Lucky Strike.*

Part of the reason I have massive empathy for Betty Draper has to do with how terrible a husband Don is to her. He cheats on her, shames her, and is hyper-possessive over her person in the same episodes where he will have stopped over at some mistress’s house. In the earlier seasons, Betty longs for Don; she talks about how her day is spent waiting for him to come home.

She puts in most of the sexual effort in their relationship, despite having a lot of sexual frustration. We see during their anniversary that Don sometimes has problems performing, as well as the iconic scene where she stands in front of a vibrating washing machine while having a sexual fantasy.

Well, to be fair, a washing machine is just as affectionate as Don.

Don’s cheating is a huge deal because he does it so freely. I mean, the man ends up sleeping with his daughter’s elementary school teacher. The episode in which Betty confronts him about his secret past is the same episode he’s planning a sexy escape with his love, who is in the car right outside of their house.

When cheating first comes up, Don gaslights Betty so hard, saying there’s nothing, until Betty, for her own sanity, needs to kick him out of their home. The only reason Betty takes him back is that, after having a one-night stand with Don, she becomes pregnant with their third child, Gene, and she feels, for the sake of this new baby, that she should try. Then Don, after all the “effort” he makes in apologizing, takes almost no time at all to go back to philandering.

Betty is a product of her time in a much more groomed way than either Joan or Peggy in the Mad Men universe. Joan wants to get married, but she’s also an older, professional woman who needs to work. Peggy is younger and just beginning her professional life from a working-class family. Betty came from money and, as dialogue establishes, was raised to be a beautiful wife and mother with an emphasis on domesticity over intelligence (but Betty’s not stupid—she speaks Italian, and don’t you forget it).

Her arrested development in terms of maturity comes from her privilege, but also having lived her life in preparation for being an accessory to a husband and to her children’s upbringing. However, Betty does feel anxiety over this, with her hand issues that are prominent in season one and lead to a car accident. That never gets to be fully resolved in any way because Don spies on her therapy sessions by getting reports on her from her therapist, and uses her mental health against her.

Even when Betty finally leaves Don and marries Henry, while he is a better man, he also treats Betty as an accessory who should be silent when necessary.

Is Betty a bad mother? Yes, but what’s interesting about that is that Betty’s doesn’t know how to unconditionally love, because she’s never been unconditionally loved—not by her parents, her brother, or her husbands—so she places that need to be loved on the shoulders of her children. The children that she is supposed to love unconditionally become the poeple she looks to for that source of affection.

There are episodes where Betty is a great mother, and there are times she is a horrible mother because she doesn’t know how to raise her children, and beyond the actual “help,” she doesn’t get any assistance from her husband(s).

Don is not a good father. Post-divorce, Don is mostly with his kids under obligation and often has to be called by Betty to be reminded “hey, you are supposed to be here.” It’s easy to see Don’s backstory and his trauma and put that on a pedestal and say, “Well, maybe it’s Betty,” but his marriage to Megan quickly shows that the problem in his marriages is him.

When Betty gives birth to baby Gene in this haze, you really get a feeling of the disconnect that is established between mother and child from the beginning. There is this fog, this lack of connection, and it carries women like Betty throughout their entire existence.

One of my favorite Betty episodes is in season six, called “The Better Half,” where Don and Betty sexually reconnect. They sleep together, and in bed, Betty says that she feels bad for Megan because she hasn’t learned that “loving [him] is the worst way to get to [him].” It shows how, in these years, despite her moments of pettiness, she did understand Don. She loved Don, and he couldn’t love her back because that part of him is broken, which is sad, but it doesn’t mean that the women in his life need to suffer for it.

Season seven is a hard one for me to watch, because just as Betty is coming into her own, going back to school and attempting to evolve, she gets her death notice. She finds out that she has aggressive cancer and not long to live. Instead of crying, she, in true old-world fashion, presses on, going to school and climbing those stairs, still smoking those cigarettes, because she’s not going to give in to the full distress of it all.

Betty, who said she wanted to die young, will, and she’ll do it this way. She writes a letter to Sally, with whom she’s had a tense relationship throughout the show, and says at the end: “Sally, I always worried about you, because you always marched to the beat of your own drum. But now I know that’s good. I know your life will be an adventure. I love you. Mom.”

Betty Draper is a woman of untapped potential, because she was not allowed to be more than whom she was until too late in her life. At twenty-one, she was married, and by twenty-eight, she as the mother of two, with a man who had already fallen out of love with her.

We know how to feel sorry for Don, who struggled with poverty and sexual trauma at a young age, because of the clear terribleness of that backstory. Yet, this is still the man who calls his wife a “whore” for having an affair, when he’s had several, and shames his second wife for having a sex scene on a TV show when he’s sleeping with their downstairs neighbor.

It’s harder to pity Betty unless you really allow yourself to understand that she is exactly what she was supposed to be at a time when that was no longer sustainable for happiness. While she was never reading The Feminine Mystique, Betty suffers from the middle-class white ennui that has so deeply intertwined itself with her own person that, by the time she throws off that identity, she’s already dying.

It’s easy to look at modern characters like Joan and Peggy and root for them because we see the upward mobility they are going for. However, they all suffer in different ways with the gender constraints of their time, and very often, they also confirm to them. They just do it in a way that is more palatable.

Yet, when I look at things critics say about Betty, like the HuffPo piece that ranked her number two as one of the Worst Characters of TV for 2012, saying, “We’re not buying that Betty brings us a critique of the restrictions placed on mid-century housewives or a compelling commentary on the changing nature of gender roles. Don’t get us wrong, those are interesting topics, but her unchanging narcissism and her selfish petulance simply bore us to tears,” I can’t help but think … so she’s pretty much like every male character on the show?

Betty is not often likable, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a fascinating character and interesting. Her imperfections as a mother are part of her tragedy, and her inability to truly love is what makes her, oddly enough, Don’s truest foil. The issue is that we don’t value exploring that realm with characters because we’ve already decided that era was “wrong,” and therefore who cares about exploring that?

Well Betty Draper, you beautiful mess of a human being, I loved you because not every mother is perfect, not every woman is on the right side of progress initially, and the things you felt were valid, even if your husband tried to convince you otherwise.

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It’s Teens vs Parents in the Trailer for Runaways Season Two

The first full trailer for season two of Marvel’s Runaways has landed, picking up right where season one left off as the titular runaways finally escaped their supervillain parents. The teens find refuge in a cave in Griffith Park, which they dub The Hostel. Meanwhile, their parents convene in a secret lair where they plan to track down their missing kids.

Executive producer Stephanie Savage said of the new season, “This year is much more the cat-and-mouse [game] and the two sides going to war.” Savage also discussed the origins of the Hostel, saying “It was originally built in the 1920s by a magician. It was lived in for many years, [but] perhaps sometime in the ’60s or ’70s there was an earthquake or mudslide that made it uninhabitable. We wanted it to be our equivalent of, like, the Batcave.”

“It’s the biggest set that Marvel Television has ever built,” said executive producer Josh Schwartz. “When [comic co-creator] Brian K. Vaughan came to the set for the first time, he had tears in his eyes.”

The trailer includes some action scenes of the teens fighting their parents, with Nico Minoru saying, “We’re gonna figure out how to use our powers together, as a team.” Teamwork seems to be a major theme of the new season, as the Runaways must come together to face off against the Pride. But there may be a mole in the group, as fans of the comic series may remember. We’ll have to wait and see if the mole storyline will be the same as it was in the comics.

We see scenes of Karolina bonding with her alien father Jonah and exploring her mysterious rainbow powers, as well as the massive hole in the ground that the Pride dug in the finale of season one. And we also get another glimpse of Karolina and Nico’s love fest, which is sure to satisfy Deanoru shippers.

We meet a new character, Topher (Jan Luis Castellanos) who also possesses powers. Topher is a vampire street criminal in the comics series, but it is unclear whether or not he will retain those attributes in the show.

The trailer leans into one of the most compelling themes of the series, namely children undoing the sins of their parents. The series works as a handy parallel to the rise of politically engaged teens protesting the corrupt and self-serving policies of the powers that be. Woke teens will save the world, y’all.

Runaways returns to Hulu on December 21st.

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Betty Cooper Takes on the Gargoyle King and More Wild Events From Last Night’s Riverdale

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Betty Cooper is currently working by herself to take down the Gargoyle King, and honestly, what a very typical Riverdale twist. In this week’s episode, Betty won’t let the stuff about Gryphons and Gargoyles go and, so it results in the Gargoyle King breaking into her house, and then Alice Cooper deciding that the best thing for Betty is to put her into Riverdale’s messed up convent that tried to use conversion therapy on Cheryl Blossom.

The Sisters of Quiet Mercy took in Polly and Alice when they were pregnant, and then took Cheryl when her mother wanted her to be “fixed.” So obviously, the smartest place to send Betty to keep her safe from the Gargoyle King? A place that has all the women there drawing pictures of him. (Yeah, that’s going to be an interesting turn of events.)

If this sort of thing had happened at another time, Betty likely wouldn’t be there for long, because Jughead or Veronica would probably realize she was missing and go find her. So why won’t that happen? Oh, that’s right, Jughead is on a Stand By Me adventure with Archie Andrews, while Veronica is crying because Archie abandoned her, despite her working hard to get him exonerated of his fake crimes.

Why? Because Archie realized that he’s always going to be the kid who went to juvenile detention, so he needed to leave town. While that’s fun and fine, Archie is 16 years old and didn’t even say goodbye to his father, so what exactly is his endgame here? Not to mention that Jughead went with him while his girlfriend is trapped in a convent—because that’s Riverdale.

Then again, when isn’t everything on Betty’s shoulders? If not for Betty and Veronica, this town would be in disarray time and time again. Sure, Archie and Jughead help, but it’s the girls’ burden. Now though, Betty is the only one who seems to know what’s going on. Veronica was concerned about getting Archie out of prison, and who knows if she even will figure out where Betty is.

But with the other girls at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy clearly dedicated to the Gargoyle King, what is Betty going to have to do to get out of this situation and rise above everything happening in the town? Maybe Kevin Keller will be the only one out there to realize that Betty needs their help because, otherwise, can we give Betty a fun storyline next season? Just something light and fluffy so Betty doesn’t have to witness her father murder her friends or deal with a crazy game character by herself?

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Michael Avenatti Is the Epitome of a Fake Ally

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People’s opinions about Michael Avenatti seem to be split into two camps: 1. He’s a total scumbag or 2. He’s the hero (even if a scummy one) that the Democratic Party needs. Lately, every piece of news we hear about him makes it more and more clear he belongs firmly in category A.

In a recent statement made to the Daily Beast, Stormy Daniels–whose lawsuit is what rocketed Avenatti into the public eye–says that the defamation suit made in her name against Donald Trump was filed without her knowledge or permission. She says Avenatti also made a crowdfunding campaign in her name without her permission, and she’d like to know where those funds–as well as funds from a previous campaign that raised more than $100,000 in one day–are going.

“For months I’ve asked Michael Avenatti to give me accounting information about the fund my supporters so generously donated to for my safety and legal defense. He has repeatedly ignored those requests,” her statement reads. “Days ago I demanded again, repeatedly, that he tell me how the money was being spent and how much was left. Instead of answering me, without my permission or even my knowledge Michael launched another crowdfunding campaign to raise money on my behalf. I learned about it on Twitter.”

She says that Avenatti has been “a great advocate in many ways.” He “aggressively” stood up for her in her fight against Trump.

“But in other ways Michael has not treated me with the respect and deference an attorney should show to a client,” she writes. “He has spoken on my behalf without my approval. He filed a defamation case against Donald Trump against my wishes. He repeatedly refused to tell me how my legal defense fund was being spent. Now he has launched a new crowdfunding campaign using my face and name without my permission and attributing words to me that I never wrote or said. I’m deeply grateful to my supporters and they deserve to know their money is being spent responsibly. I don’t want to hurt Michael, but it’s time to set the record straight. The truth has always been my greatest ally.”

When reached for comment, Avenatti’s response was to say “I am and have always been Stormy’s biggest champion.”

Which is a great reminder that the type of man who declares himself to be a “champion” of women is usually the kind of person who doesn’t value or show respect to individual women, and who leverages their image as a person who champions women into huge personal gains.

Avenatti says “I have personally sacrificed an enormous amount of money, time and energy toward assisting her because I believe in her.” I don’t doubt he did make sacrifices. But he fails to mention the enormous spotlight Daniels has given him that he’s openly trying to turn into a place in the 2020 presidential run. He can care about Stormy Daniels and also want to take down Trump. But he never appears to be someone who actually cares about both of those things. One of them seems to be not much more than a tool for the other in his eyes.

There are a lot of good men who do great things for women. You can usually find them not proclaiming loudly to be our “champion.” Real allies don’t manufacture fake quotes and steamroll the women around them. They don’t talk for or talk over. They facilitate, listen, and amplify.

(via The Daily Beast, image: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Things We Saw Today: A Blade Runner Anime Series is Coming to Adult Swim

Futuristic neo-noir classic Blade Runner is getting the anime treatment in an all new series coming to Adult Swim’s Toonami line-up. The series, titled Blade Runner – Black Lotus, will be set in 2032, and is said to feature characters from the Blade Runner universe. This puts the events of the series before last year’s Blade Runner 2049 but after the events of the original film.

The series will be animated by Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman), and the 13 half-hour episodes will be directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Jason DeMarco, SVP/Creative Director of Adult Swim said, “I first saw Blade Runner in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life. To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”

Few franchises are better suited to an anime adaptation than Blade Runner, with its replicants, flying cars, and neo-noir landscape based on the Japanese city Osaka. It will be exciting to see what the anime can offer, given the limitless nature of animation.

(via Deadline, image; Warner Bros.)

  • Looks like one company is doing something good with the profits they earned off the Trump tax cut. Patagonia’s CEO has announced that they are donating $10 million to environmental nonprofits. (via Upworthy)
  • The final trailer for season eight of Voltron: Legendary Defender has landed. (via Nerdist)
  • Add this to your must-watch list: Viola Davis will be playing legendary politician Shirley Chisholm in a film for Amazon Studios. (via Deadline)
  • Tessa Thompson thinks men should be responsible for dealing with their own toxicity, and we couldn’t agree more. (via The Independent)

What’s caught your eye today, Mary Suevians?

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Manifesting Your Michael B. Jordan Destiny Apparently Works

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Remember the girl who “photoshopped” herself into a picture with Michael B. Jordan? Well … she got a real one now.

When it comes to wanting Michael B. Jordan to be your boyfriend, Twitter user BeeBabs isn’t alone. She is, however, the first to manifest her destiny—sort of. Twitter brought two best friends together, and now, it brought Michael B. Jordan to Bolu. Using a photoshopped picture of herself and Jordan, she posted it on Twitter, asking the internet for their help making it a reality.

That led to a fun running bit between her and her Twitter followers, but no one was taking it seriously. So when, suddenly, she posted an actual picture of herself and Michael B. Jordan, we were pretty shocked.

She really did the thing! And to make it even better, Michael B. Jordan shared it and, apparently, had already seen the ensuing hilarity of her original post.

Bolu Babalola is an icon among us. She saw her shot, took it, and brought her dream into her reality. Because really, who wouldn’t want to manifest a famous boyfriend like that?

It is clearly quite the year for BeeBabs, because she tweeted about her very productive 2018.

A masters degree, a picture with Michael B. Jordan, and a novel coming out? She’s the queen of Twitter, and we’re here to praise her. Can’t wait to get the invite to their wedding. All of Twitter is invited, right?

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Stephen Colbert Says He’s Suing Donald Trump

Yesterday, we wrote about Donald Trump’s nonsense words about how he trusts his gut over science and facts and data. “One of the problems that a lot of people like myself — we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers,” he told The Washington Post. People who tell him bad news regarding the economy or climate change or basically anything else are “making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”

At the time, we noted how similar that sounded to an old bit of Stephen Colbert’s. At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 20016, Colbert said the same thing, nearly verbatim (with some embellishments). “Guys like us,” he said to George W. Bush, “… we go straight from the gut. That’s where the truth lies, right down here, in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. Now I know some of you are going to say ‘I did look it up and that’s not true.’ That’s ’cause you looked it up in a book.”

We weren’t the only ones to notice the similarities. During last night’s episode of Late Show, Colbert called out the apparent plagiarism. “That quote about trusting your gut over the brains of experts reminded me of someone I used to know. … Me.

And the WHCD wasn’t the only time he used that “gut” bit. He used it in his very first-ever episode of The Colbert Report. He played the clip to prove it and then declared, “Trump stole my bit!”

“That is clear copyright infringement,” he went on. “He is stealing my anti-intellectual property! So tonight, I am officially announcing that I am suing Donald J. Trump for stealing my old character. It’s official!

So is Donald Trump a Colbert Report fan? Did that old bit slide into his subconscious and stick? Or is Trump just the full unwitting embodiment of Colbert’s over-the-top, narcissistic, ignorant right-wing caricature? We may never know, but I sure do hope Colbert follows through with his pledge to sue. Not that this is a provable infringement, of course, but with the whole heap of trouble Trump has beating down his door right now, why not throw one more pile of paperwork on top?

“You better lawyer up, buddy,” Colbert warns. “And somebody better than Rudy Giuliani, too.”

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What You Need to Know About Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea & the Mueller Investigation Developments

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Throughout special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s go-to line has been that there was “no collusion,” usually in all caps, followed by cries of “WITCH HUNT.” He says Mueller and the “angry dems” are searching for a crime that doesn’t exist, and that if it does exist, he wasn’t involved.

That defense has really been unravelling this week.

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has reached a plea deal with Mueller’s team and has admitted to lying to Congress in regard to Trump’s Russian real estate efforts. He said in court this morning that development on a Trump Tower in Moscow continued into the summer of 2016 (far later than he originally said), and that he spoke with a Kremlin official in 2016 about securing Russian government support for the project. Originally, he said he sent an inquiry email but never heard back. Now he’s saying that he lied about that (per Mueller) “to give the false impression that the Moscow project ended before the Iowa caucus,” the important first vote in Trump’s path to win the Republican nomination.

As for why Cohen lied, he says he did it to be “loyal” to Trump and to “be consistent” with Trump’s “political messaging.” Basically, Trump said the Russia deal had ended so Cohen had to say the same thing, even though it was a lie.

He also specifically says he lied for the purpose of “limiting the ongoing Russia investigations.”

As for Trump, he’s going with the defense of ‘Cohen didn’t do anything wrong but if he did, I didn’t know about it and even if I did know about it, I can’t be punished for it because nothing I do is illegal.’

Also, this is a hell of a defense:

Trump scrapped a meeting planned for today with Putin in Argentina, citing a conflict between Ukraine and Russia that he just now conveniently decided to start caring about.

This all comes just days after it was revealed that Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort reportedly had secret meetings with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Assange has been living under political asylum since 2012.

Manafort reportedly met with Assange a number of times, including in the spring of 2016, when Manafort was leading Trump’s campaign and just months before Wikileaks released Democratic emails hacked by Russian intelligence. (Manafort and Assange both deny the meetings took place.)

So Donald Trump is not having his best day (or week). He’s stated that he’s open to pardoning Manafort, which, if anything has the power to be catastrophic to the perpetually Teflon Trump presidency, it seems like that would be it.

Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said they’re going to be looking into the implications of Cohen’s testimony.

Also, this seems big if relevant, no?

Meanwhile, Trump is still out here, screaming “NO COLLUSION” into the void.

(Side note: Just two days ago, Trump tweeted that the investigation cost $30,000,000. Amazing what you can do with totally made-up numbers!)

(via The Guardian, Washington Post, image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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