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8:20 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.
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  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the National Enquirer is threatening to publish revealing photographs of him unless his private investigators back off the tabloid.  —  Bezos detailed the revelations in a Thursday post on
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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.
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.
John Solomon / The Hill:
Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen  —  The new House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has proven to be his party's most effective antagonist toward President Trump.  And now, with the new powers of being chairman, he is drawing both new weapons and new scrutiny.
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
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:   Dems ready to issue subpoena for phone records linked to Trump Tower meeting
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 …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Too hot to handle’: Pelosi predicts GOP won't trigger another shutdown
Brian Faler / Politico:   Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over Trump's tax returns
Michael Grunwald / Politico:   The Impossible Green Dream of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Congress nears border security deal, but Trump's support unclear
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal
Alex Baca / Slate:   The Green New Deal's Huge Flaw
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
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 …
Washington Post:
The Mueller investigation has sprouted. Therein lies the jeopardy for Trump.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Transcript of closed-door Manafort hearing
Discussion: Axios and Law & Crime
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.
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.
Whitaker says he will not appear before House panel unless he gets guarantee he won't face subpoena
Discussion: Daily Kos
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Whitaker clashes with Dems over subpoena threat
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: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Jamal Khashoggi / Al Jazeera:
UN rapporteur: Khashoggi murder ‘perpetrated’ by Saudi officials
Discussion: New York Daily News
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.
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.
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: Toronto Star and Raw Story
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
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 …
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
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Richard Burr on the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, 2 years on
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Trump's troop deployment strung ‘lethal’ razor wire on the border.  This city has had enough.  —  Arturo Garino said one of his constituents told him about the razor wire on Saturday night.  —  Garino knew the military had installed a line of wire across the top of the fence that divides Nogales …
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 LaPorta / Newsweek:
Did U.S. Army Officials Pocket Over $1 Million of Taxpayer Money?  Exclusive Documents Reveal Investigation of ‘Gross Mismanagement’ Claims  —  A U.S. State Department report out of Kiev, Ukraine, has accused officials at U.S. Army Europe of trying to cover up the “gross mismanagement” …
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.
Washington Post:
‘I was up all night’ going through plagiarism claims, Jill Abramson says  —  Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson responded Thursday to allegations that she plagiarized portions of her new book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts,” …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The vow of ‘never again’ is dying in Assad's prisons
Discussion: CNN
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Possum spotted in daylight outside Washington Post office. What does it mean?
Discussion: Big League Politics
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Donald Trump's Annihilation of the Democratic Party
Mike Spies / The Trace:
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Targeted in Congressional Inquiry Into Illegal Campaign Coordination
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Sets April Target Date for Leaving Syria
Discussion: RT
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Jaime Harrison forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate campaign against Lindsey Graham
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
A Swamp Divided: How Trump's Arrival Turned D.C. Nightlife Upside Down
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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: Raw Story and Shakesville
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us
Discussion: Raw Story, Latest - Truthout and CNN
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?  —  Howard Schultz has a point …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Splinter