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2:55 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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The 7 big investigations of Trump, explained  —  News broke Monday night that federal prosecutors issued a subpoena in the burgeoning investigation of the Trump inaugural committee.  And we can add that one to the list of serious investigations President Trump has faced, including of himself …
Felix Sater Promised a Putin Meeting with Michael Cohen Minutes after Don Jr Promised to Revisit Magnitsky Sanctions
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
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 .
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Sarah Sanders: Corruption in Trump's inauguration has ‘nothing to do with the White House’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Sanders on Trump inaugural committee subpoena: ‘This has nothing to do with the White House’
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
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
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.
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 …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Showing Us the Future of Politics. Sort of.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
‘Green New Deal’ details emerge, as Ocasio-Cortez preps big reveal of WWII-level mobilization
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 …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Los Angeles Times Will Revive Its Separate Food Section  —  New hires are part of a rebuilding effort at a newspaper that has experienced hard times.  —  The Los Angeles Times said Tuesday that it would resume publishing a stand-alone print section dedicated to food, and that it had added new staff members to fill its pages.
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.
Edward Conard / Wall Street Journal:   Tax Reform Is Covering Its Costs
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.
FiveThirtyEight:   3 Reasons That State Of The Union Speeches Don't Matter
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.
Discussion: WORLD, and Townhall
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: Mother Jones, The Week and Splinter
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.
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.
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
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 …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump, Kushner met with contractors to discuss building border wall  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met with contractors at the White House to discuss building the border wall late last week, two sources with knowledge of the meeting told CNN.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Political Wire
Joyce Vance / Just Security:
Will the Public Find Out if Trump Directed Campaign Contact with Stone on Wikileaks?  —  Probably not in Stone's prosecution, which is why we need a full public accounting of Mueller's findings  —  On January 24th, a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller returned …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
An Inside Look At The World's Biggest Gun Show |  Shot Show 2019 … The Washington Free Beacon sent reporter Stephen Gutowski to Las Vegas to cover the biggest gun show on the planet.  From range day to the exhibit floor to the nightlife, get an inside look at what Shot Show is really like.
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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
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Hollow Call for Unity
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Fox News
Maïa de La Baume / Politico:
Italy's Di Maio meets with Yellow Jackets
How my sexual assault was hijacked by politicians & lobbies | Kimberly Corban | TEDxMileHigh
New York Times:
Afghans Go to Taliban Talks, but Government Is Still Left Out
Discussion: Washington Post
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
 Earlier Items: 
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
President Donald Trump's Childhood Home in Queens—With Life Size Cutout—Up For Sale
Discussion: Splinter
Silvia Foster-Frau /
First signs of border wall construction spotted at National Butterfly Center
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
The Trump era could last 30 years
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Murkowski bucks GOP as Trump seizes party