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10:35 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 …
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  —  The scandal sheet that aided and abetted the president's ascent picked the wrong man to try to bully.  —  Jeff Bezos, the digital retail titan and media baron, took to the internet on Thursday evening to defend himself.
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
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.
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Mark Sherman / Washington Times:
John Roberts joins liberal justices as Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law
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 …
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CNN:
Trump furious after Schiff hires former NSC aides to help oversee his administration
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog NewsAMERICAblog News:
Adam Schiff says there's collusion
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   The Socialist That Could  —  Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway says she was ‘assaulted’ in Maryland restaurant
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons: Trump's border wall is not immoral — it's a piece of infrastructure  — Trump's proposed wall along the U.S-Mexico border isn't immoral, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons says.  —  Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Friday that President Donald Trump's proposed wall along …
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 …
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Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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.
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Justice Department decision to issue legal opinion long sought by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson draws criticism  —  The Justice Department's decision last month to release a legal opinion that could further restrict Internet gambling is drawing fire from state attorneys general …
Discussion: The Intercept
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Washington Post:
Whitaker agrees to testify before Congress after saying he wouldn't if under subpoena threat
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 …
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: TheBlaze and Political Wire
 
 
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