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"Good morning. I'm James from the Washington Post, and this is the daily to Friday March beat in today's news, the house passes, a watered down resolution condemning all forms of hate congress scrutinises why the Chinese approved trademark deals for Vonk Trump and Joe Biden's past comes back to haunt him. But first the big idea Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman and twenty sixteen was sentenced to less than four years in prison last night for cheating on his taxes and committing massive Bank fraud, it's a far more lenient sentence than the roughly twenty years he had faced under federal sentencing guidelines and then special counsel. Bob molars sought the guidelines said he should serve between nineteen and a half and twenty four years in the clink after a jury found him guilty of eight charges and deadlocked on ten. Others legal experts generally expected judge T S Ellis to sentence somewhere below that range, but many were shocked by just how little time the Ronald Reagan appointee gave the former Reagan campaign staffer sensitive to the criticism. He knows face Ellis told a packed courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia. That anyone who doesn't think the punishment is tough enough should quote, go and spend a day or a week. In jail. Yes. To spend forty seven months. Prosecutors have painted Manafort as an incorrigible cheat who must be made to understand the seriousness of his wrongdoing. Manafort contends that he's near collateral damage in Muller's investigation of Russian involvement in the twenty sixteen election, speaking to the court Manafort did not apologize for his years of illegal activity in for cheating, the IRS out of more than seven million dollars. He instead spoke about how hard the past two years have been for him saying quote to say that I feel humiliated in shamed would be a gross understatement. The judge later complained to Manafort that he was surprised he didn't hear him express any regret for engaging in wrongful conduct. But he added that didn't affect his sentence. Manafort has already spent nine months in jail, meaning the sentence imposed Thursday could end in less than three years with an additional reduction for good behaviour, but he still faces sentencing for related conspiracy charges a case in DC federal court he could receive as much. As ten more years of prison time next week related to that case. Although it probably won't be the full ten. The key to watch is whether the judge in DC, let's his sentence run simultaneously or staggers it. She has the discretion to decide manafort's attorneys clash during last night's hearing with molars prosecutors before the judge handed down the sentence. The defendants team noted that he spent fifty hours in proffer sessions with the special counsel as part of his plea agreement for the DC case, but prosecutor Greg Andres who works for Muller said manafort's supposed cooperation was totally worthless to them because he either told prosecutors things they already knew or told falsehoods wearing a green jail uniform in sitting in a wheelchair. The sixty nine year old Manafort did not visibly react when the sentence was read by the judge, but Andre and the rest of Muller's team looked downright glum. And that's the big idea. Here are three other headlines that should be on your radar number one the house overwhelmingly passed a broad watered-down anti hate resolution yesterday that was originally intended as response to allegedly antisemitic comments from congresswoman yawn, Omar, but the house wound up not mentioning her at all the four hundred seven two twenty three vote cap days of frustration and anger over the comments by the Muslim democratic freshman from Minnesota that have overshadowed democratic legislative priorities in their investigations. The final version of the resolution that passed included a wide array of density groups who are subject to hate not just Jews. The resolution was revised shortly before the vote to add Latinos, Asian Americans and LGBT people to a list of several groups subject to hate the resolution condemned anti-semitism and discrimination against Muslims in equal measure a shift from the draft circulated Monday.."