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3:35 PM ET, February 8, 2019


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National Enquirer's AMI Scrutinized Over Bezos Story, Sources Say  —  Federal prosecutors are reviewing the National Enquirer's handling of its story about Jeff Bezos' extramarital affair to determine if the company violated an earlier cooperation deal with prosecutors, according …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Prosecutors probing tabloid's Bezos story  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' allegations against the National Enquirer's publisher (all times local):  —  Federal prosecutors in New York are probing whether the National Enquirer's parent company violated …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Jeff Bezos:
No thank you, Mr. Pecker  —  Something unusual happened to me yesterday.
Washington Post:
Facing opposition, Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters site, two officials say  — 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.
New York Times:   Tensions Over Political Resistance to Amazon Boil Over in New York
Trump, Inc.:
New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee  —  Federal prosecutors in New York are circling Donald Trump's inaugural committee as part of a wide-ranging investigation into possible money laundering, illegal contributions and cash-for-access schemes.
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation  —  The crimes reportedly under investigation—money laundering, fraud, conspiracy—could amount to a criminal enterprise.  That's how my team of prosecutors put away Detroit's mayor.  —  Referring to a cooperator as a “rat,” President Trump sometimes sounds like a mob boss.
Discussion: Hullabaloo 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
ABC News:
Ivanka Trump says she and Kushner got no special treatment for security clearances
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Whitaker says he did not discuss Mueller investigation with 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 …
New York Times:
Vanessa Tyson Draws Support for Assault Allegation Against Justin Fairfax  —  Last fall, after Vanessa C. Tyson began a prestigious fellowship at Stanford, she told a gathering of colleagues in a behavioral sciences program that she had been sexually assaulted years earlier …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh Just Declared War on Roe v. Wade  —  John Roberts joined the liberals to save the constitutional right to choose—for now.  —  On Thursday night, the Supreme Court blocked a stringent Louisiana abortion law by a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals to keep the measure on hold.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law
Darran Simon / CNN:
Muslim inmate executed in Alabama after legal battle over imam's presence
Discussion: RedState and The Root
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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway says she was ‘assaulted’ in Maryland restaurant
Discussion: Breitbart and Chicks On The Right
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...
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Socialist That Could  —  Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the secret Republican weapon for 2020.
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
The Green New Deal Would Spend the U.S. Into Oblivion
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
AOC's Green New Deal Resolution Is Utopian — and Pragmatic
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 …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Progressive Assault on Israel  —  A movement that can detect a racist dog-whistle from miles away is strangely deaf when it comes to some of the barking on its own side of the fence.  —  It happened again last month in Detroit.  Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seized the stage …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mondoweiss
Sean Illing / Vox:
“I made mistakes”: Jill Abramson responds to plagiarism charges around her new book  —  “What we're talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed.”  —  Jill Abramson's new book, Merchants of Truth, is a lot of things — a paean to print journalism, a commentary on the digital revolution in news …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Hated by Everyone Inside the White House”: The State of the Union Left Trump Stoked—But Some of His Staff Are Miserable  —  The leak of his schedules is a sign of deep disaffection.  Mick Mulvaney, chafing at the family, is eyeing the exits, as is Larry Kudlow.
Discussion: Raw Story
White House refuses to meet Congress' deadline on Khashoggi killing  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is refusing to meet a legal requirement to send Congress a report due Friday that requires the White House to determine whether Saudi Arabia's crown prince is personally responsible …
Discussion: Politico, The Guardian and VICE News
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:   White House report tries to shift Trump health care rhetoric
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
New York Times:
Trump Gives Ground on his Wall as Border Deal Comes into View  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with limited options and a looming deadline to prevent another government shutdown, President Trump is moving toward accepting a border-security deal that would fall well short of his once-firm demand …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bloomberg:   Lawmakers Aim for Deal by Monday to Avoid Another Shutdown
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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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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