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1:30 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 …
Discussion: emptywheel, Raw Story and Mediaite
New York Times:
Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators  —  Trump Inaugural Committee Is Ordered to Give Documents to Investigators  — Federal prosecutors demanded documents about the committee's finances and activities, showing interest in whether it received illegal foreign donations.
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘Tom Brady’ of leakers roils Trump White House before State of Union  —  Good morning, Power friends.  Happy Chinese new year!  2019 is the Year of the Pig, which represents wealth and treasure in Chinese culture.  So gong hay fat choy (wishing you happiness and prosperity) to everyone celebrating .
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Sanders on Trump inaugural committee subpoena: ‘This has nothing to do with the White House’  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought Tuesday to distance the White House from allegations of misusing money from President Donald Trump's inaugural committee …
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Sarah Sanders: Corruption in Trump's inauguration has ‘nothing to do with the White House’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee …
CNN:
Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says
Associated Press:   White House says feds' inaugural probe part of ‘hysteria’
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.
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The White House:
Special Guests for President Trump's Second State of the Union Address  —  Here are the special guests who will join the President and First Lady at the U.S. Capitol when President Donald J. Trump delivers the second State of the Union Address of his presidency.
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FiveThirtyEight:   3 Reasons That State Of The Union Speeches Don't Matter
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 …
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
‘Green New Deal’ details emerge, as Ocasio-Cortez preps big reveal of WWII-level mobilization
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Showing Us the Future of Politics. Sort of.
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.
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Edward Conard / Wall Street Journal:   Tax Reform Is Covering Its Costs
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Trump Once Said Power Was About Instilling Fear.  In That Case, He Should Be Worried.  —  WASHINGTON — Richard M. Nixon once said, “People react to fear, not love; they don't teach that in Sunday school, but it's true.”  —  No president since has deployed fear quite like Donald J. Trump.
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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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: CNBC
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate Dems block Sasse measure meant to respond to Virginia bill  —  Senate Democrats blocked abortion-related legislation on Monday night in the wake of a political firestorm sparked by a Virginia abortion-rights bill last week.  —  Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) tried to pass legislation …
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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 …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Lobbyist at Trump Tower Meeting Received Half A Million Dollars In Suspicious Payments  —  A Russian-born lobbyist who attended the controversial Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 received a series of suspicious payments totaling half a million dollars before and after the encounter.
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.
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 …
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Shrunken State of Donald Trump's Presidency  —  The Harvard political scientist Richard Neustadt famously remarked that the Oval Office “is no place for amateurs.”  This is because, as Neustadt pointed out in his book “Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents,” which was originally published in 1960 …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Called Nepal And Bhutan ‘Nipple’ And ‘Button’ In Intel Briefing: Time's John Walcott  —  The national security reporter says on CNN that the president is alarmingly out of touch in White House intelligence sessions.  —  President Donald Trump mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan as “Nipple” …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative Voters Preferred Trump In 2016  —  The conventional wisdom is that a socially liberal, fiscally conservative independent presidential candidate — like, say, Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, who is considering just such a run …
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
President Donald Trump's Childhood Home in Queens—With Life Size Cutout—Up For Sale  —  In a middle-class area, the modest home where President Trump lived until the age of 4 has been trading for a big premium over its neighbors.
Discussion: Splinter
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
The Trump era could last 30 years  —  How long is this going to last?  Ever since the twin political upheavals of 2016 — Britain's vote for Brexit and America's election of Donald Trump — analysts have argued about whether this a temporary aberration, or the beginning of a new era.
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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.
Nadja Popovich / New York Times:
Climate Change Could Leave Thousands of Lakes Ice-Free … Each dot represents one lake.  —  Global warming is melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica, but for millions of people, ice is vanishing closer to home as lakes lose their winter cover.  —  In a study published last week …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris to focus on early states this month
Discussion: The Root
Jennifer Holton / FOX13news:
Comey critical of President Trump during Sarasota town hall
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Runner kills mountain lion that attacked him on Colorado trail
Discussion: Denver Post and twitchy.com
Rachel Silberstein / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo: State facing $2.3 billion shortfall
Jocelyn Wiener / CALmatters:
All too often, California's default mental institutions are now jails and prisons
Silvia Foster-Frau / ExpressNews.com:
First signs of border wall construction spotted at National Butterfly Center
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Trump is straining democracy at home and around the world
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Murkowski bucks GOP as Trump seizes party
 Earlier Items: 
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Donald Trump is ignoring the law today. And no one really cares.
Discussion: Raw Story and Shareblue Media
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes first public appearance since cancer surgery
Washington Post:
Purge of undocumented workers by the president's company spreads to at least 5 Trump golf courses