What We’re Following
Payment Pains: Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is now a member of President Trump’s legal team, told Fox News that Trump had reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment made to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Here’s a rundown of the White House’s statements about the money. Giuliani’s comments suggest that the payment was made to protect Trump’s campaign from Daniels’s allegations of an affair with the then-candidate—meaning that the deal may have violated campaign-finance law. In tonight’s Evening Read, Caitlin Flanagan reflects on how Daniels could bring Trump down.
Pruitt’s Press: A staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency shopped negative stories about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to multiple news outlets in an attempt to divert attention away from Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to two sources with direct knowledge of these efforts. Read Elaina Plott’s report.
Financial Aid: In 2017, for the first time ever, America’s public universities received more revenue from tuition than they did from tax dollars—a funding model that places a higher burden on students and their families and risks widening economic inequality, even as the population of would-be students becomes more diverse. And a new report finds that while many low-income students fall behind and fail to graduate on time from U.S. colleges, the University of California system supports them significantly better than other schools do. Here’s how.