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3:50 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  —  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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos Takes on the National Enquirer and Trump
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
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
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 …
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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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
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 …
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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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Socialist That Could  —  Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the secret Republican weapon for 2020.
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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
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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Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Legislative leaders cut bipartisan deal with Northam to return $976 million to taxpayers
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico, The Guardian and VICE News
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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
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 …
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
BostonGlobe.com:
Joe Kennedy III to introduce, endorse Warren at presidential announcement  —  Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, heir to that famous Democratic dynasty, plans to endorse Elizabeth Warren's bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at her announcement Saturday, according to people familiar with the event.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Manafort Prosecutors Have Questions About $1 Million Condo Loan
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
I took a break from Twitter. It was like taking a break from anthrax.
ABC News:
Trump campaign paid legal fees to firm representing Jared Kushner
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
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Reuters:
‘Death to America’ aimed at Trump, not American nation, Iran leader says
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg to announce 2020 decision by end of month
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The U.S. military is quietly launching efforts to deter Russian meddling
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Wall Street Journal:
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Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump
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Egypt parts ways with top lobbyist days after ‘60 Minutes’ debacle
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Political giant John Dingell dies at 92