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We’re back and we’re reading everything from “Fox News” to the “Washington Post.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got a lot of White House and President Trump-related things, with Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Bill Shine all making headlines.

Cohen sues Trump Organization

According to the Associated Press, Michael Cohen filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization.

The president’s former lawyer claimed the Trump Organization did not pay his legal bills like they promised. Cohen said he is owed at least $1.9 million.

Cohen’s lawsuit said the Trump Organization had stopped paying his legal bills after he started cooperating with federal prosecutors in the Russia investigation.

The Trump Organization has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to almost four years in prison after he was found guilty on eight accounts of bank and tax fraud, according to Fox News.

The conviction made Manafort the first campaign associate of Donald Trump to be found guilty during the Robert Mueller probe.

The nine months Manafort has already served will be counted toward the sentence, and he was also given a $50,000 fine.

This is not it, however, for Manafort, as he is still facing prison time from another case in which he plead guilty to foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering.  It is possible he could be sentenced to 24 years in prison with a $24 million fine for the second case.

Facebook announces plans to block anti-vaccination content

Facebook said it is going to start blocking the spread of misinformation about vaccines, according to CBS News.

The company faced a lot of criticism for being a vessel to spread false information about vaccinations during the measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.

Facebook has said it will start rejecting ads with vaccine misinformation, as well as cutting down on posts that contain incorrect data.

Additionally, the tech giant said it will share educational material on vaccinations to users who have come across false information.

House of Representatives passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that condemns anti-Semite and anti-Muslim hate and intolerance, according to CNN.

The resolution passed with a 407-23 vote, with all 23 ‘no’ votes coming from Republicans.

Some Republicans, however, are not happy with the resolution because it did not address condemning Ilhan Omar, D- Minn., who was criticized recently for making anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he wished there was a separate resolution just about anti-Semitism, but at least something was passed to address hatred and bigotry.

White House Communications Director Bill Shine resigns

According to the Washington Examiner, White House Communications Director Bill Shine has resigned.

President Trump accepted Shine’s resignation Thursday evening, and Shine will join Trump’s campaign as a senior adviser.

The president praised Shine and said he looks forward to working together on the 2020 campaign.

Shine was the co-president of Fox News before becoming the White House Commutations Director in July 2018.

Kentucky school districts close during protests

According to ABC News, at least four Kentucky school districts had to close as hundreds of teachers called in sick to protest public education proposals by the state legislature.

This is the third time in the past week that a school district has had to close because of teachers not going to work.

Kentucky has joined California, Colorado, and West Virginia as states where public school teachers have gone on massive strikes.

In all cases, the teachers say there is not enough money going to support public education.

That’s all we have for today.