What we’re reading: the weekend’s news as it happened

1. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, told The Wall Street Journal that he paid $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, a porn star who claims to have an affair with the president. Mr. Cohen said the payments were not illegal, but an investment banker cited by the Journal said that it would be a crime if Mr. Trump took out a loan against an alleged sham income and did not declare the loan on his financial disclosure report. Mr. Cohen told The New York Times that “Michael Cohen neither reimbursed me for the payment to Ms. Clifford, nor directed that payment. The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.” As of Monday afternoon, neither Mr. Trump nor his campaign had commented on the matter.

2. The University of Texas is running a poll on a proposition to start taking “illegal immigrant” backpacks and bags off campus, now that schools are required to disclose what students are carrying on campus. Voter turnout numbers are running low in Texas with caucuses scheduled to begin Tuesday evening.

3. In his opening remarks on the first day of the trial for the four Democratic members of Congress charged with conspiracy and bribery for their dealings with the former Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican, told the jury, “I hope that you watch from my perspective as a first-time jury member that I can set the record straight.” Mr. Collins was accused of illegally funneling money to a Texas-based political action committee in return for the PAC helping his wife run for a seat on the board of New York’s Health Department.

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