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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:
‘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: Raw Story
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.
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
Washington Post:
Whitaker says he did not discuss Mueller investigation with Trump  —  Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker said Friday he has not spoken to President Trump about the special counsel investigation since taking the helm at the Justice Department in November.
Discussion: Splinter, The Daily Signal and Mediaite
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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
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Ivanka Trump: I have ‘zero concerns’ about Mueller probe
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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
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 …
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
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Sought Vice's Help to Build a Media Empire
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 …
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 …
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
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Manafort continued Ukraine work in 2018, prosecutors say  —  Prosecutors allege that Paul Manafort was working on Ukrainian political matters in 2018, after his indictment in the special counsel's investigation, and also revealed that a former business associate of his who was assessed …
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NBC News:
Manafort kept working in Ukraine after Mueller indictment, transcript shows
Discussion: The Week, Shareblue Media and 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.
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 …
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
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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Reuters:
‘Death to America’ aimed at Trump, not American nation, Iran leader says
Discussion: Jihad Watch
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The U.S. military is quietly launching efforts to deter Russian meddling
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Justice Department decision to issue legal opinion long sought by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson draws criticism
Discussion: The Intercept
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 and NBC News
bellingcat:
Third Skripal Suspect Linked to 2015 Bulgaria Poisoning
Lisa Damour / New York Times:
Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office
 Earlier Items: 
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 and Political Wire
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