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12:40 PM 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 …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
National Enquirer publisher says it will investigate Bezos' allegations  —  New York (CNN Business)Jeff Bezos has told his side of the story.  Now David Pecker is responding.  —  Pecker, the head of American Media Inc., controls the National Enquirer.  In a blockbuster blog post titled …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos Takes on the National Enquirer and Trump
Washington Post:
Facing opposition, Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters site, two officials say  —  Amazon.com is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of opposition from local politicians, according to two people familiar with the company's thinking.
Washington Post:
‘My whole town practically lived there’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years  —  SANTA TERESA DE CAJON, COSTA RICA — At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica's tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the years …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
ABC News:
Ivanka Trump has ‘zero concern’ about special counsel investigation  —  Trump said she has no concerns about Robert Mueller's investigation.  —  1h ago  —  Congressional negotiators closing in on border security deal  —  “Pretty close, but we're not closed,” the top negotiator said.  —  1h ago
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Washington Post:
Whitaker says he did not discuss Mueller investigation with Trump
Discussion: Splinter, The Daily Signal and Mediaite
Politico:
Whitaker says he never interfered in Mueller probe
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Beast
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Ivanka Trump: I have ‘zero concerns’ about Mueller probe
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
First on CNN: Kellyanne Conway describes for the first time alleged October 2018 assault  —  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.  —  In an interview with CNN …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway says she was ‘assaulted’ in Maryland restaurant
Discussion: Chicks On The Right and Breitbart
Axios:
Trump's lifeline: Democrats' socialism surge  —  Democrats are flirting with socialism in ways they carefully and clearly ran away from in the past, handing President Trump a new way to unify Republicans — and to club his opponents.  — It started with Democrats sitting silently as he railed …
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats Are Boosting Trump's Re-election Prospects  —  Their top 2020 presidential hopefuls are embracing socialist-minded economic policy, from a Green New Deal to single-payer health insurance.  It's playing right into the president's hands.  —  ADD TO BRIEFCASE  —  See more stories about...
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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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Don't Forget About Trump's Judicial Nominees. Another 44 Just Moved Forward.
Mark Sherman / Washington Times:
John Roberts joins liberal justices as Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law
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 …
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Inside Ralph Northam's plot for survival  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Ralph Northam might just hang on to his job.  —  Left for dead a week ago after his disastrous handling of his history with blackface, the Democratic Virginia governor is quietly plotting a survival strategy.
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Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Legislative leaders cut bipartisan deal with Northam to return $976 million to taxpayers
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Sought Vice's Help to Build a Media Empire  —  Saudi Arabia is seeking to build an international media empire to combat the kingdom's rivals and remake its image in the West, and sought a partnership with Vice Media as part of the project, according to people familiar with the efforts.
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Rosenstein did not want to write memo justifying Comey firing - new book  —  Deputy attorney general privately complained about Trump's order, according to Comey's former deputy Andrew McCabe  —  The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, privately complained that he was ordered …
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Trump is first modern president to hire his customers - including as US ambassadors  —  WASHINGTON - When President Donald Trump needed an ambassador to represent the United States in Romania, he enlisted a real estate lawyer who was a member of one of his private golf clubs.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg to announce 2020 decision by end of month  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he'll decide by the end of the month whether to seek the presidency.  —  The 76-year-old businessman, one of the richest men in the world …
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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Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Republicans Got Us Into This Mess, and They Have to Get Us Out of It  —  The idea sounds crazy — until suddenly it doesn't.  —  Mr. Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Mr. Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Biden Fallacy  —  Struggle against the powerful, not accommodation of their interests, is how America produced the conditions for its greatest social reforms.  —  There's something odd about the self-described moderates and centrists considering a run for president.
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party  —  Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images  —  Joaquin Oliver, nicknamed ‘Guac,’ was only 17 years old when he was gunned down at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida …
Molly Prince / The Daily Caller:
Mike Lee Slams Senate Judiciary Democrats For ‘Wildly Inappropriate’ Questions On Religion — Mazie Hirono Fires Back An Accusation  —  Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee condemned the Senate Judiciary Democrats on Thursday for questioning judicial nominees' religious beliefs before the committee.
Discussion: Daily Wire
 
 
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Reuters:
‘Death to America’ aimed at Trump, not American nation, Iran leader says
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
Manafort continued Ukraine work in 2018, prosecutors say
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The U.S. military is quietly launching efforts to deter Russian meddling
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan once got caught in blackface. How did he survive?
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons: Trump's border wall is not immoral — it's a piece of infrastructure
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Watchdog group starts ad campaign against labor secretary over Epstein deal
Discussion: VICE News
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Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Trump Confidant Roger Stone Sued by Jerome Corsi in Latest Twist
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
GOP border security negotiator: Chances of another shutdown are ‘nil or next to nil’
Discussion: TheBlaze
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Brown runs as Biden without the baggage
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump
Discussion: Splinter and The Daily Caller
Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
Egypt parts ways with top lobbyist days after ‘60 Minutes’ debacle
Elie Honig / CNN:
Trump's biggest nightmare isn't Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story
John Solomon / The Hill:
Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen