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4:20 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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Associated Press:
The Latest: Prosecutors probing tabloid's Bezos story
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow says he also received ‘blackmail’ threat over reporting on the National Enquirer and Trump
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  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday ratcheted up the pressure on political opponents of a deal to bring Amazon to New York City, warning that they would face the wrath of voters if the company pulled out and took with it tens of thousands of jobs.
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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David French / National Review:   The Supreme Court Upholds a Grave Violation of the First Amendment
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:   White House report tries to shift Trump health care rhetoric
 
 
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Washington Post:
Rocky restart after government shutdown: Many workers still haven't received back pay
Discussion: The Democrats and Associated Press
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Firm owned by Trump's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller has received $225,000 from Republican National Committee
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Bernie Sanders Is Ready to Rumble
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
New York Times:
Trump Gives Ground on His Wall as Border Deal Comes Into View
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg to announce 2020 decision by end of month
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Biden Fallacy
New York Times:
Republicans Got Us Into This Mess, and They Have to Get Us Out of It
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Sought Vice's Help to Build a Media Empire
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
Egypt parts ways with top lobbyist days after ‘60 Minutes’ debacle
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Political giant John Dingell dies at 92