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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, walks along a sidewalk in New York. Cohen will testify publicly before Congress in February 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

A lighthearted look at news of the day:

The Wall Street Journal says former Trump attorney Michael Cohen paid a small technology company to attempt to rig some online polls in favor of Donald Trump. The truly astounding thing is that, apparently, online polls show 98 percent of Americans think this is OK.

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That isn’t all. Cohen reportedly also paid to have the company set up a fake Twitter account called @WomenForCohen, which would, among other things, praise his looks and character. Apparently, polls show 98 percent of American males are wondering, “How much do I have to pay for something like that?”

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At one point, Cohen tweeted that he thought he looked like a young Andy Garcia. “You look even more sexy!” tweeted back no one, except the fake account.

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One fake tweet said, "No wonder @realDonaldTrump chose @MichaelCohen212 as his right-hand man! He's charming, intelligent & handsome!" This must have made Cohen feel great as he asked Siri to read his tweets while staring into the mirror.

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Meanwhile, the partial government shutdown continued last week as politicians took mature, adult measures to seek a way out of the impasse. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disinvited the president from giving his State of the Union address, Trump took away the jet she was going to use for a fact-finding trip abroad. Americans seemed glad their prime-time viewing wouldn’t be interrupted by a speech and indifferent about another plane not taking off. Stay tuned this week as Trump and Pelosi set out on secret late-night excursions to toilet paper each other’s houses.

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Microsoft is now pledging to spend $500 million to build affordable housing in Seattle, where many people accuse the tech giant of running up the price of real estate. Given that price of real estate, $500 million probably will build about 200 very small houses.

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Meanwhile, Trump took some heat for providing heaps of fast food for players on the national champion Clemson football team during their visit to the White House. Actually, it was just the thing young college men want: lots of calories and not having to worry about which fork to use.

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It does make you wonder, however, what fast-food workers thought as the president pulled up to the drive-thru window. “Make this snappy! I’ve got to get this all set up on tables while it’s still warm!”