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5:40 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 …
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.
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.”
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘Tom Brady’ of leakers roils Trump White House before State of Union
Discussion: Fortune, Raw Story and NPR
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Hollow Call for Unity
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Fox News
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
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Cory Booker schooled by Kavanaugh replacement pick after question on ‘LGBTQ law clerks’  —  Something about judicial confirmation hearings seems to trip up Sen. Cory Booker — who got corrected by a high-profile nominee on Tuesday during a heated exchange about diversity on her staff.
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Daily Wire
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Are 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 …
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.
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Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope acknowledges priests, bishops have sexually abused nuns
Discussion: National Review and Daily Wire
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Customs And Border Protection Apologized After An Agent Questioned A BuzzFeed News Reporter About Trump Coverage  —  A top official of the Customs and Border Protection apologized Tuesday to a BuzzFeed News reporter who was aggressively questioned by an agent about articles regarding President Donald Trump …
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
USA Today:
Can Stacey Abrams break the curse when she delivers the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union?  —  Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.  Here's what you should know about her.  —  CONNECT
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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 …
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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Media Matters for America:
Fox guest: “What you have in Ocasio-Cortez are Latin American values. …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and 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 …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
MAGA all-stars visit border to plot private wall project  —  It could have been an outtake from a hard-right reboot of “Ocean's 11” for the Trump era: a gathering of some of President Donald Trump's most notorious and outspoken supporters, who descended last week on the Mexican border town of McAllen, Texas.
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.
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Chris Pandolfo / Conservative Review:
Democrats block infanticide ban, but it's not over. The Senate must vote
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: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
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.
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
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP Leadership Instructs Lawmakers to Play Up Gruesome Murders and Rapes by Immigrants  —  House Republican lawmakers are being encouraged by their party's leadership to play up gruesome murders, rapes, and other crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Discussion: Political Wire
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
PayPal Bans Anti-Muslim Fanatic Laura Loomer  —  They're not the first platform to say they've had enough.  —  PayPal banned far-right figure Laura Loomer on Tuesday, making her the latest right-wing figure to be banished from the online payment and funding platform.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Right Wing Watch
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.
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.
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 …
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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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
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Discussion: Breitbart
David Moye / HuffPost:
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Jack Baer / Yahoo! Sports:
Cubs patriarch Joe Ricketts apologizes for leaked emails that said ‘Muslims are naturally my enemy’
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Joyce Vance / Just Security:
Will the Public Find Out if Trump Directed Campaign Contact with Stone on Wikileaks?
Haley Byrd / CNN:
Senators make a bipartisan push to limit Trump's trade powers
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Called Nepal And Bhutan ‘Nipple’ And ‘Button’ In Intel Briefing: Time's John Walcott
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
The Trump era could last 30 years
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios