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3:40 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 …
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CNN:
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
emptywheel:
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The 7 big investigations of Trump, explained
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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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
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 .
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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.
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
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.
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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 …
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Los Angeles Times Will Revive Its Separate Food Section
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
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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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
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Edward Conard / Wall Street Journal:   Tax Reform Is Covering Its Costs
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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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
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 …
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.
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.
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, twitchy.com and Townhall
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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.
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 twitchy.com
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 …
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.
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
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
YouTube:
How my sexual assault was hijacked by politicians & lobbies |  Kimberly Corban |  TEDxMileHigh … In 2006, a stranger broke into Kimberly Corban's apartment, held her captive for two hours, and raped her.  Then, without her permission, politicians & lobbyists began to use her story to push their own agendas.
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Hollow Call for Unity  —  President Donald Trump says he will stress “unity” in his State of the Union address Tuesday.  This is almost unavoidable.  The words union and unity spring from the same word root.  And it's expected.  Presidents are entrusted with husbanding unity …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Fox News
 
 
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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
YouTube:
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Joyce Vance / Just Security:
Will the Public Find Out if Trump Directed Campaign Contact with Stone on Wikileaks?
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris to focus on early states this month
Discussion: The Root
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
President Donald Trump's Childhood Home in Queens—With Life Size Cutout—Up For Sale
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 Earlier Items: 
John Feehery / The Hill:
Trump, like Apple, has smashed the status quo
Silvia Foster-Frau / ExpressNews.com:
First signs of border wall construction spotted at National Butterfly Center
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative Voters Preferred Trump In 2016
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Called Nepal And Bhutan ‘Nipple’ And ‘Button’ In Intel Briefing: Time's John Walcott
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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