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7:20 PM ET, February 7, 2019

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Jeff Bezos:
No thank you, Mr. Pecker  —  Something unusual happened to me yesterday.  Actually, for me it wasn't just unusual—it was a first.  I was made an offer I couldn't refuse.  Or at least that's what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.  I'm glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing.
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Karen Weise / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Blackmail  —  SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive and the world's richest man, accused the owner of The National Enquirer on Thursday of trying “extortion and blackmail” to stop his investigation into how his private text messages and photos …
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:   Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics
Virginian-Pilot:
Virginia Sen. Tommy Norment was an editor for VMI yearbook filled with racist photos and slurs  —  Blackface and Confederate flag images are seen from the 1968 edition of Bomb: Virginia Military Institute's yearbook.  —  Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment arrives on the floor of the Senate chamber on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.
CNN:
Trump furious after Schiff hires former NSC aides to help oversee his administration  —  Washington (CNN)House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has hired officials with experience at the National Security Council to help with its oversight of President Donald Trump's administration, according to a committee aide.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Fears Schiff Is Recruiting White House Employees for Probe  — Intelligence chairman hired former national security official  — Schiff said not to be trying to learn about Trump via hires  —  Donald Trump believes House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is trying …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog NewsAMERICAblog News:
Adam Schiff says there's collusion  —  US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) joins us for an update on the Trump-Russia investigation.  —  In this episode, Schiff responds to Trump's latest attack on him just this morning; and gives his views on the infamous Trump Tower meeting …
John Solomon / The Hill:   Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:   Dems ready to issue subpoena for phone records linked to Trump Tower meeting
Joe Concha / The Hill:   Fox's Kilmeade: Why doesn't Trump investigate personal finances of Schiff and Waters?
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline  —  Whether it's a deadly cold snap or a hole in an Antarctic glacier or a terrifying new report, there seem to be constant reminders now of the dangers that climate change poses to humanity.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Too hot to handle’: Pelosi predicts GOP won't trigger another shutdown  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is vowing that the federal government will not shut down again, even as President Donald Trump ratchets up pressure for his border wall ahead of a fast-approaching deadline.
Alex Baca / Slate:   The Green New Deal's Huge Flaw
Washington Post:
Whitaker's testimony uncertain after Democrats refuse to drop subpoena threat  —  House Democrats refused to rescind their subpoena threat against President Trump's acting attorney general, leaving it unclear whether the nation's top law enforcement official will appear at a much-anticipated hearing scheduled for Friday.
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
‘They Hate This Guy’: Matt Whitaker Braces for Showdown With Dems  —  'We don't know what we're up against with the House Judiciary Committee,' one Justice Department source told The Daily Beast.  ‘We have no idea.’  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  The Justice Department is bracing for impact.
CNN:
Whitaker says he will not appear before House panel unless he gets guarantee he won't face subpoena
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I Am Disgusted”: Behind the Scenes of Trump's Increasingly Scrutinized $107 Million Inauguration  —  Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was the mastermind event producer behind Trump's inaugural celebration, which has since come under S.D.N.Y. investigation.  Now, taped conversations reveal Wolkoff's concerns …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
The Mueller investigation has sprouted. Therein lies the jeopardy for Trump.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Year Before Killing, Saudi Prince Told Aide He Would Use ‘a Bullet’ on Khashoggi  —  WASHINGTON — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a conversation in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed in October …
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Former Fox News reporter expected to be named to lead counter-propaganda efforts at State  —  (CNN)A former Fox News reporter is expected to be appointed to lead the State Department agency in charge of efforts to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation, two officials told CNN.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
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NBC News:
Manafort kept working in Ukraine after Mueller indictment, transcript shows  —  According to prosecutors, Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik had a discussion that referred to a “backdoor.”  —  The newly released transcript of a sealed hearing held earlier this week reveals …
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CNN:
Transcript of closed-door Manafort hearing  —  A federal court released a partial transcript from Paul Manafort's four-and-a-half hour sealed court hearing held on Monday.
Discussion: Axios and Law & Crime
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will not seek re-election  —  U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who narrowly won the closest congressional race in the nation last fall, will not seek re-election next year, all but ensuring his rapidly-diversifying suburban House district will become one of the country's fiercest political battlegrounds in 2020.
John Sides / Washington Post:
Poll: Only 58 percent of Americans oppose blackface  —  The roiling blackface scandal in Virginia continues.  It not only includes Gov. Ralph Northam (D) but now Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who says that he dressed in blackface at a college party.  The scandal has put renewed focus …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democratic focus groups may have identified a hidden vulnerability for Trump  —  This is the week that the broad outlines of President Trump's reelection strategy are coming into focus.  Trump will continue pushing forward with his reactionary xenophobic nationalist agenda on immigration …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Phoenix Police Refute Cindy McCain's Story of Human Trafficking at Airport  —  Phoenix police on Wednesday disputed Cindy McCain's account of human trafficking at an Arizona airport.  McCain had told local news station KTAR on Monday that she intervened at Sky Harbor International Airport …
ABC News:
Does inconspicuous clerk's marking on Stone indictment hold clues to Mueller case?  —  Hints of those ties may have been in a little-noticed marking on the indictment.  —  2h ago  —  Ex Fox News reporter, Navy vet tapped to lead center combating Russian disinformation
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Jacob Engels / The Gateway Pundit:
Apple Gives Deep State Access To Roger Stone's iCloud Account, After Refusing To Violate Privacy …
Discussion: Spectator USA and Geller Report
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
A Florida politician allegedly made a habit of licking men's faces.  She's now resigned.  —  It was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted alternative to typical government meetings, and one befitting a laid-back beach town.  The city commission of Madeira Beach, Fla. — a coastal community …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Senate Intel Chairman: 'We Don't Have Anything That Would Suggest There Was Collusion'  —  After more than two years of investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has not found evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the committee's Republican chairman said in interview.
Discussion: Tennessee Star
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Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Richard Burr on the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, 2 years on
Discussion: Politico
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
A Swamp Divided: How Trump's Arrival Turned D.C. Nightlife Upside Down  —  “Trump doesn't need to build a wall; he's built one here.”  —  Washington is one of the only places in America where an election transforms the city's social life.  Plenty of people live here with no regard …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The vow of ‘never again’ is dying in Assad's prisons  —  During his State of the Union address, President Trump invoked the Holocaust, praising some of his invited guests: American soldiers who liberated Nazi concentration camps and victims of those camps.  Trump's comments force us to ask ourselves …
Discussion: CNN
Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel to Be Torn Down  —  A development group will demolish the glass-sheathed hotel by Grand Central Terminal that was Donald Trump's first major Manhattan project, and replace it with a mixed-use tower.
James Comey / Washington Post:
Blackface is a tool of white oppression.  There are many more towering over us.  —  James Comey is a former director of the FBI and a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.  —  White people designed blackface to keep black people down, to intimidate, mock and stereotype.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Popularity Slumps to Record Low in January  —  (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)  — A majority of voters in 12 states approved of Trump's job performance, while a majority disapproved in 27 states.  — Trump's best numbers came in Wyoming and West Virginia …
 
 
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Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Donald Trump's Annihilation of the Democratic Party
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Democratic group to spend $30M on voting rights effort
Mike Spies / The Trace:
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Targeted in Congressional Inquiry Into Illegal Campaign Coordination
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and POLITICUSUSA
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Kushner to visit Mideast for peace plan push
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Sets April Target Date for Leaving Syria
Discussion: RT
 Earlier Items: 
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Jaime Harrison forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate campaign against Lindsey Graham
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
‘I was up all night’ going through plagiarism claims, Jill Abramson says
Paul Chi / Vanity Fair:
Liam Neeson Can't Be Racist Because of How He Kisses, Says Michelle Rodriguez
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Walling Off the GOP
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
The parking lot suicides
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?  —  Howard Schultz has a point …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION, Splinter and CNN