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7:30 AM ET, February 8, 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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Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow says he also received ‘blackmail’ threat over reporting on the National Enquirer and Trump  —  Ronan Farrow said Thursday that he and “at least one other prominent journalist” who had reported on the National Enquirer and President Trump received blackmail threats …
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of ‘Extortion and Blackmail’  —  SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive, 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 documenting …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Boing Boing
Bloomberg:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer Publisher of Blackmail
Discussion: The Guardian and Mashable
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Political giant John Dingell dies at 92  —  Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member ever of Congress who helped write most of the nation's major environmental and energy laws, died Thursday, his wife said.  He was 92.  —  The Dearborn statesman was a champion …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress, dies at 92  —  Former Democratic Rep. John D. Dingell Jr., the longest-serving member of Congress whose tenure stretched from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama, died on Thursday.  He was 92.  —  The cause of death was prostate cancer.
Washington Post:   John D. Dingell Jr. dies at 92.  The Michigan Democrat was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
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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CNN:
Ahead of annual physical, Trump has not followed doctor's orders  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump was less than thrilled last year when his personal physician recommended he get on a diet, start exercising and set a goal of losing a dozen pounds.  —  The President famous for his love …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog NewsAMERICAblog News:
Adam Schiff says there's collusion
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Bloomberg:
Trump Fears Schiff Is Recruiting White House Employees for Probe
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Dems ready to issue subpoena for phone records linked to Trump Tower meeting
Discussion: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana law that its opponents say could have left the state with only one doctor in a single clinic authorized to provide abortions.  —  The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining …
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Mark Sherman / Washington Times:
John Roberts joins liberal justices as Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law  —  WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court's views on abortion rights.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court on 5-to-4 vote blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion law  —  A divided Supreme Court said Thursday that Louisiana may not enforce a law that opponents say would close most of the state's abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure.
Discussion: ABC News, Vox, Breitbart, Politico and Axios
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Year Before Killing, Saudi Prince Told Aide He Would Use ‘a Bullet’ on Jamal 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 …
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 …
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Washington Post:
‘I was up all night’ going through plagiarism claims, Jill Abramson says
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal  —  The Green New Deal isn't just un-America, it's also completely bonkers.  —  Note: Ocasio-Cortez's office has taken down their page describing the Green New Deal.  —  A number of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls …
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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
The Impossible Green Dream of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Sydney Kashiwagi / Staten Island Advance:   Malliotakis makes it official, outlines why she's running for Congress
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.
USA Today:
After back-and-forth, Matthew Whitaker agrees to testify before Congress on Friday  —  WASHINGTON - Members of Congress will have their first - and probably only - chance to question acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday, and there's a lot they want to ask: Has the White House tried …
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Shareblue Media and The Week
Elie Honig / CNN:
Trump's biggest nightmare isn't Mueller  —  In this new weekly column “Cross-exam,” Elie Honig, a former federal and state prosecutor and CNN legal analyst, gives his take on the latest legal news and answers questions from readers.  Post your questions below.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
Discussion: Raw Story, Wired and POLITICUSUSA
Politico:
Inside Ralph Northam's plot for survival  —  Buffeted by his blackface scandal, the Virginia governor has a better chance of hanging on than anyone imagined a few days ago.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Ralph Northam might just hang on to his job.  —  Left for dead a week ago after his disastrous handling …
Discussion: Washington Post
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Kirsten Gillibrand Offers Justin Fairfax's Accuser ‘Support’ Rather Than ‘Belief’  —  “I support Dr. Tyson... We have to support survivors first so their claims can be fully investigated.”  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillbrand (D­-N.Y.), one of several contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination …
CNN:
First on CNN: Kellyanne Conway describes alleged assault in a restaurant in October by a woman, who denies the charge  —  Washington (CNN)Kellyanne Conway says that she was grabbed and shaken by a woman while out with her teenage daughter in a Maryland restaurant late last year.
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 …
 
 
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Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
Egypt parts ways with top lobbyist days after ‘60 Minutes’ debacle
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Rosenstein did not want to write memo justifying Comey firing - new book
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Tensions escalate over delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela
Thomas Boswell / Washington Post:
The Frank Robinson I knew: The proudest, orneriest, most competitive man in baseball
Discussion: New York Times and Power Line
Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Breitbart
James LaPorta / Newsweek:
Did U.S. Army Officials Pocket Over $1 Million of Taxpayer Money? …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The vow of ‘never again’ is dying in Assad's prisons
 Earlier Items: 
ABC News:
Does inconspicuous clerk's marking on Stone indictment hold clues to Mueller case?
James Comey / Washington Post:
Blackface is a tool of white oppression. There are many more towering over us.
Discussion: CNN
Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel to Be Torn Down
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democratic focus groups may have identified a hidden vulnerability for Trump
Discussion: Toronto Star and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Sets April Target Date for Leaving Syria
Discussion: RT
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
A Swamp Divided: How Trump's Arrival Turned D.C. Nightlife Upside Down