August 22, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Tuesday was a landmark day for the Mueller investigation: Within minutes of each other in separate courtrooms, former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts (five of tax fraud, two of bank fraud and one of failure to disclose a foreign bank account), and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to the triple whammy of campaign finance violations, tax evasion and falsifying bank submissions on eight counts. Ten other charges against Manafort were declared a mistrial when the jury failed to come to a verdict. The BBC reports that Cohen was released on a $500,000 bail, with sentencing set for Wednesday, Dec. 12.

  • President Trump responded the news on Manafort and Cohen with a string of tweets, including one slamming Cohen that read: "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!"
  • Closer to home, on Tuesday Idaho's State Board of Land Commissioners agreed to increase its FY 2020 payout to local endowments by 3.5 percent, year-over-year, setting a new record. Beneficiaries, including state hospitals, schools, veteran's homes, prisons and more, will split a hefty boon of nearly $81 million.

  • A study published by Zippa, a national job-finding platform, names Eagle the "Most Successful City" in Idaho. Criteria included unemployment rate, medium income and the percentage of residents over age 25 with a bachelor's degree, and although Eagle topped the Gem State, it didn't make the national list. The crown for Most Successful City in America went to Glencoe, Illinois, which has a median income of over $185,000, an unemployment rate of 1.5 percent and a highly educated citizenry, with nearly 87 percent of residents over 25 holding bachelor's degrees.

  • According to the flight comparison website, the Mile High Club is still alive and well. In a recent poll of nearly 5,000 Americans over 18, Jetcost found that 1 in 4 admitted to having a sexual encounter on a plane in the last 12 months, with 15 percent of those saying they were motivated by the prospect of joining the Mile High Club. To ice the cake, 21 percent of the frisky fliers said they were caught by a member of the flight staff.
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