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4:40 PM ET, February 5, 2019


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BuzzFeed News:
Secret Files Show How Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin  —  As a candidate, Donald Trump had a lot of praise for Vladimir Putin — and no business, he kept insisting, in Russia.  These documents tell a different story.  —  When Michael Cohen …
First on CNN: New York federal prosecutors seek interviews with Trump Organization executives  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have requested interviews in recent weeks with executives at the Trump Organization, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling a growing potential threat …
Felix Sater Promised a Putin Meeting with Michael Cohen Minutes after Don Jr Promised to Revisit Magnitsky Sanctions  —  BuzzFeed has posted the documents showing Michael Cohen and Felix Sater organizing a Trump Tower deal until June 14, literally as the news of the DNC hack broke.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
The plan to keep Trump's taxes hidden  —  The new House Democratic majority is widely expected to test one of Donald Trump's ultimate red lines by demanding the president's personal tax returns — and the Trump administration has been gearing up for months to fight back hard.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
We may finally see Trump's tax returns, and Republicans are panicking  —  Washington is terribly divided these days, but there is at least one thing everyone — the Trump administration, members of Congress from both parties, journalists, cabdrivers — clearly agrees on …
Discussion: Politico
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Woman Alleging Sexual Assault By Virginia's Lt. Gov. Hires Washington Law Firm  —  A California woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assaulting her 15 years ago, has hired the same law firm that represented Christine Blasey Ford in her allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Cory Booker schooled by Kavanaugh replacement pick after question on ‘LGBTQ law clerks’
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Daily Wire
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Sarah Sanders: Corruption in Trump's inauguration has ‘nothing to do with the White House’  —  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said that any corrupt activities surrounding President Donald Trump's inauguration had “nothing to do with the Trump White House.”
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘Tom Brady’ of leakers roils Trump White House before State of Union
Discussion: Fortune, New York Times and NPR
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Investigated Over Foreign Payments  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in recent weeks have been interviewing witnesses about the flow of foreign money to three powerful law and lobbying firms that Paul Manafort recruited seven years ago to help improve …
Discussion: Political Wire
Anna Silman / The Cut:
How I Get It Done: Merchants of Truth author Jill Abramson  —  In her new book Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts, out February 5, Jill Abramson chronicles the upheaval that has rocked the media industry over the past decade, as told through the stories of four outlets …
Discussion: Instapundit
Tucker Reals / CBS News:
Pope Francis confirms priests' abuse of nuns included “sexual slavery”  —  Nuns have suffered and are still suffering sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests and bishops, and even being held as sexual slaves, Pope Francis confirmed on Tuesday.  The abuse was so severe in one case …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope acknowledges priests, bishops have sexually abused nuns
Discussion: National Review and Daily Wire
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Hollow Call for Unity
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Fox News
FiveThirtyEight:   3 Reasons That State Of The Union Speeches Don't Matter
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Top Nancy Pelosi Aide Privately Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About Democrats Pushing “Medicare for All”  —  Less than a month after Democrats — many of them running on “Medicare for All” — won back control of the House of Representatives in November, the top health policy aide …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘I trusted you!’  Trump voters seethe after realizing they're getting screwed by the GOP's tax plan  —  Multiple supporters of President Donald Trump over the past couple of weeks have taken to Twitter to air their grievances about the president's signature tax cut plan.
Discussion: The Resurgent
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why Democrats Can't Talk Honestly About Abortion  —  The truth is unconscionable in a modern world.  —  Democrats will protect American children from the evils of trans fats and gay conversion therapy, but not from doctors who will kill them through negligent homicide in the first few hours of their lives.
Chris Pandolfo / Conservative Review:
Democrats block infanticide ban, but it's not over. The Senate must vote
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Former White House Staffer Cliff Sims on Trump's Emotional Life and the Fine Points of Leaking  —  When I met him on Thursday morning, Cliff Sims was just a few blocks away from the White House, the place he worked for the “500 extraordinary days” that provided most of the material for his memoir, Team of Vipers, released last week.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Top Progressive Firm Tells Dems to Leave Starbucks Alone  —  SKDKnickerbocker lists Starbucks as a client.  And they want to separate the company from the presidential ambitions of its former CEO.  —  One of the top Democratic firms in the country is privately urging top officials in the party …
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and CNBC
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Runner kills mountain lion that attacked him on Colorado trail  —  “In the event of a lion attack, you need to do anything in your power to fight back, just as this gentleman did,” a state wildlife official said.  —  A trail runner fought off and killed a mountain lion in self-defense …
Discussion: Denver Post and
Associated Press:
Ex-Gov. Weld back in the GOP as he mulls Trump challenge  —  BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has changed his party registration from Libertarian back to Republican as he mulls a possible primary challenge against President Donald Trump.  —  Weld served as a Republican governor from 1991 until 1997.
Broderick Turner / Los Angeles Times:
Lakers pull out of Anthony Davis trade talks amid ‘outrageous’ requests by Pelicans … The Lakers have “pulled out” of any more conversations in trying to acquire New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis because of the Pelican's “outrageous” trade requests, according to a person with knowledge …
Discussion: BlackSportsOnline and CBS Boston
Roland S. Martin / The Daily Beast:
Black America Knows White Avengers Like Liam Neeson All Too Well  —  Okay, it was 40 years ago.  But to black people, that hardly matters.  We've seen way too much of this to think those days are over.  —  When actor Liam Neeson admitted during a recent interview while promoting a new movie …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar heads to Iowa as she nears 2020 decision  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar is heading to Iowa this month, another sign the Minnesota Democrat is closing in on a 2020 launch.  —  Klobuchar is to headline the Feb. 21 Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet and Fundraiser in the first caucus state …
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox Guest Warns: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Trying to ‘Assimilate Us’ to ‘Latin American Values’  —  “Instead of us assimilating them, they are assimilating us,” Peter Morici said of Ocasio-Cortez and her likeminded colleagues.  —  A week after former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw faced intense backlash …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Cory Booker confirms he has a girlfriend  —  Sen. Cory Booker says he's boo'd up.  —  The New Jersey Democrat and 2020 White House hopeful is confirming that he has a girlfriend.  —  Booker was asked about his noted bachelordom by co-host Charlamagne tha God during a Tuesday interview …
Karoli Kuns / Crooks and Liars:
It's Time To Stop Being Afraid Of Medicare For All  —  Fox News is already gearing up the fear machine, alongside Mattie Duppler from the Koch-funded National Taxpayers Union.  —  Views:  —  If you want affordable healthcare and you want it before you die, it's time to take the narrative away from the Kochheads and Fox News.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg vs. Bezos: Ex-NY mayor knocks subsidies for Amazon  —  NEW YORK — Add former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman and potential presidential contender, to the list of people questioning the city's deal with Jeff Bezos over Amazon's new headquarters.
Haley Byrd / CNN:
Senators make a bipartisan push to limit Trump's trade powers  —  (CNN)As President Donald Trump prepares to once again make a bipartisan appeal in his State of the Union address Tuesday, members of Congress are linking arms on one of his favorite issues: trade.
Washington Post:
Washington's temperature leaps to record high of 72 degrees, less than a week after it was 10 degrees  —  On the ninth anniversary of one of its all-time great snowstorms, Washington has set a record high temperature for Feb. 5.  —  The National Weather Service reported the mercury soared …
John Feehery / The Hill:
Trump, like Apple, has smashed the status quo  —  Who knew that the one throwing the hammer would be a loudmouth billionaire with a unique hairstyle?  —  Sunday marked 35 Super Bowls since Apple unveiled its iconic 1984 commercial.  —  In that ad, a young woman, Anya Major …
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Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP Leadership Instructs Lawmakers to Play Up Gruesome Murders and Rapes by Immigrants
Discussion: Political Wire
David Moye / HuffPost:
Howard Schultz Prefers You Use Another Term Besides ‘Billionaire’
Discussion: Townhall, Daily Wire and Joe.My.God.
Patrick Malone / Center for Public Integrity:
Overwhelming majority believe U.S. should remain in controversial arms accord
Jack Baer / Yahoo! Sports:
Cubs patriarch Joe Ricketts apologizes for leaked emails that said ‘Muslims are naturally my enemy’
Discussion: BlackSportsOnline and Splinter
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Joyce Vance / Just Security:
Will the Public Find Out if Trump Directed Campaign Contact with Stone on Wikileaks?
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Jennifer Holton / FOX13news:
Comey critical of President Trump during Sarasota town hall
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
President Donald Trump's Childhood Home in Queens—With Life Size Cutout—Up For Sale
Discussion: Curbed NY and Splinter
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative Voters Preferred Trump In 2016
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Called Nepal And Bhutan ‘Nipple’ And ‘Button’ In Intel Briefing: Time's John Walcott
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
The Trump era could last 30 years
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
New York Times:
Trump's Options for Wall Shrink as Republicans Balk at National Emergency Declaration
The White House:
Special Guests for President Trump's Second State of the Union Address