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8:50 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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos Takes on the National Enquirer and Trump
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 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
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
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court on 5-to-4 vote blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion law
Discussion: ABC News, Vox, Breitbart, Politico and Axios
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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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
The Impossible Green Dream of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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, Shareblue Media and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump  —  Billionaire Tom Steyer is cranking up pressure on key House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump where he thinks they'll feel it most — back in their home districts.  —  Steyer's first targets …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Breitbart
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, POLITICUSUSA and Wired
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Trump Confidant Roger Stone Sued by Jerome Corsi in Latest Twist  — Author said to play key role in Mueller's Stone indictment  — Stone accused of defamation, intimidation in $25 million claim  —  Roger Stone, the long-time Donald Trump confidant indicted last month for lying …
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.
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.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
GOP border security negotiator: Chances of another shutdown are ‘nil or next to nil’  —  A Republican member of the bipartisan conference committee responsible for reaching a deal on border security said Friday that there is “no appetite” in the Capitol for a second government shutdown this year.
Discussion: Political Wire
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Watchdog group starts ad campaign against labor secretary over Epstein deal  —  U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is the target of an ad campaign begun Wednesday by a Washington-based consumer watchdog group demanding that he answer questions about a secret plea deal he gave a wealthy …
Discussion: VICE News, The Daily Caller and Axios
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:
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 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
After back-and-forth, Matthew Whitaker agrees to testify before Congress on Friday
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: Raw Story and 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