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2:40 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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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.
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  —  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 …
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
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  —  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
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: 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...
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CNN:
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 …
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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.
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: The Daily Beast
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: Washington Post, ThinkProgress and Vox
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
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 …
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
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.
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 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
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: The Week and Jihad Watch
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The U.S. military is quietly launching efforts to deter Russian meddling
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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
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Trump Confidant Roger Stone Sued by Jerome Corsi in Latest Twist
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Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump
Discussion: Splinter and The Daily Caller
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