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4:30 PM ET, February 8, 2019

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Bloomberg:
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 …
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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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Prosecutors probing tabloid's Bezos story
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos Takes on the National Enquirer and Trump
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.
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Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation
Discussion: Hullabaloo and 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.
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New York Times:   Tensions Over Political Resistance to Amazon Boil Over in New York
John D. Dingell / Washington Post:
My last words for America  —  John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who served in the U.S. House from 1955 to 2015, was the longest-serving member of Congress in American history.  He dictated these reflections to his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), at their home in Dearborn, on Feb. 7, the day he died.
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Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Political giant John Dingell dies at 92
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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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 …
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar's Wrath Towards Her Aides  —  Amy Klobuchar has laid the grounds for a presidential run on an image of “Minnesota nice.”  —  But behind the doors of her Washington, DC, office, the Minnesota Democrat ran a workplace controlled by fear, anger, and shame …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Reality check: Cost of ‘Green New Deal’ would dwarf moon landing, highway system, and New Deal itself  —  One of the favorite comebacks Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has to anybody dismissing the “ Green New Deal” as an absurd fantasy is to point to large-scale projects in the past …
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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
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
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.
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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 …
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...
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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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Riding It Out?  Northam Surrenders To GOP On Tax Cuts As WaPo Reports “Stronger Position”  —  Hardest hit?  The Washington Post editorial board.  Twenty-four hours after the editors insisted that Ralph Northam had destroyed his ability to govern and had to leave, their reporters discovered …
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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: The Root and Talking Points Memo
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Firm owned by Trump's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller has received $225,000 from Republican National Committee  — A company owned by Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump's former longtime bodyguard, has received $225,000 from the RNC for security consulting since he left his White House job in September 2017.
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
 
 
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Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Roger Stone to Federal Judge: Don't Gag Me, and Get Off My Case
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Rocky restart after government shutdown: Many workers still haven't received back pay
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Bernie Sanders Is Ready to Rumble
David French / National Review:
The Supreme Court Upholds a Grave Violation of the First Amendment
Bloomberg:
Manafort Prosecutors Have Questions About $1 Million Condo Loan
Discussion: Raw Story
BostonGlobe.com:
Joe Kennedy III to introduce, endorse Warren at presidential announcement
Discussion: CNN
ABC News:
Trump campaign paid legal fees to firm representing Jared Kushner
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter