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2:15 PM 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:   The Latest: Prosecutors probing tabloid's Bezos 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.
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
Discussion: Splinter, The Week and Mediaite
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 …
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
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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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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Darran Simon / CNN:
Muslim inmate executed in Alabama after legal battle over imam's presence
Discussion: RedState and The Root
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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Socialist That Could  —  Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the secret Republican weapon for 2020.
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
AOC's Green New Deal Resolution Is Utopian — and Pragmatic
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Washington Post and Vox
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Beast
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
BuzzFeed:
Days After Its Disastrous British Launch, Turning Point Has Already Lost One Of Its Star Recruits  —  “There was a sense of people realising, ‘Who are these cranks?’”  —  They were here to start a culture war, and Charlie Kirk was looking forward to the backlash.
Discussion: Raw Story, Contemptor and Mediaite
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 …
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.
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
White House report tries to shift Trump health care rhetoric  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration's combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law.
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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:
Trump campaign paid legal fees to firm representing Jared Kushner  —  The president's son-in-law's estimated net worth is more than $300 million.  —  16m ago  —  31m ago  —  Play
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party  —  Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images  —  Joaquin Oliver, nicknamed ‘Guac,’ was only 17 years old when he was gunned down at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida …
New York Times:
Trump Shows Flexibility on Wall as Border Deal Comes into View  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with limited options and a looming deadline to prevent another government shutdown, President Trump is showing new flexibility on a border-security deal that would fall well short of his once-firm demand …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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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
Molly Prince / The Daily Caller:
Mike Lee Slams Senate Judiciary Democrats For ‘Wildly Inappropriate’ …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
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Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons: Trump's border wall is not immoral — it's a piece of infrastructure
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Trump Confidant Roger Stone Sued by Jerome Corsi in Latest Twist
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