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12:30 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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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
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow says he also received ‘blackmail’ threat over reporting on the National Enquirer and Trump
Washington Post:
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer parent company of ‘extortion’ over ‘intimate texts’ and photos
Discussion: Mashable
Bloomberg:   Amazon's Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer Publisher of Blackmail
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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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.
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 …
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 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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:   Dems ready to issue subpoena for phone records linked to Trump Tower meeting
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:
Whitaker agrees to testify before Congress after saying he wouldn't if under subpoena threat  —  The House Judiciary Committee chairman said late Thursday that a standoff with the acting attorney general had ended in an agreement for Matthew G. Whitaker to testify publicly Friday …
Washington Post:
The Mueller investigation has sprouted. Therein lies the jeopardy for Trump.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
USA Today:   After back-and-forth, Matthew Whitaker agrees to testify before Congress on Friday
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
Washington Post:   John D. Dingell Jr. dies at 92.  The Michigan Democrat was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Restrictions  —  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 …
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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: Politico, Axios, ABC News and Vox
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 …
Discussion: The Week, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
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Jamal Khashoggi / Al Jazeera:
UN rapporteur: Khashoggi murder ‘perpetrated’ by Saudi officials
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: Breitbart
Alex Baca / Slate:
The Green New Deal's Huge Flaw
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sydney Kashiwagi / Staten Island Advance:   Malliotakis makes it official, outlines why she's running for Congress
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline
Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Can a Journalist as Important as Jill Abramson Be a Plagiarist?  —  The Worst Thing We Read Yesterday™  —  Last night, Michael C. Moynihan of Vice tweeted a series of examples of Jill Abramson, formerly an executive editor of the New York Times, plagiarizing other writers' work in her new book …
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Washington Post:
‘I was up all night’ going through plagiarism claims, Jill Abramson says
The Daily Beast:
New York Times Staffers Blast Jill Abramson for Plagiarism: ‘One More Piece of Ammo’ for ‘Fake News’ Haters
Discussion: Contemptor
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: The Week, Raw Story and Shareblue Media
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.
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Tensions escalate over delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela
Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over Trump's tax returns
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
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Possum spotted in daylight outside Washington Post office. What does it mean?
Discussion: Big League Politics
ABC News:
Does inconspicuous clerk's marking on Stone indictment hold clues to Mueller case?
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Walling Off the GOP
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
A Florida politician allegedly made a habit of licking men's faces. She's now resigned.