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National Enquirer asked DOJ on whether they needed register as a foreign agent

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On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, had asked the Justice Department if they’d have to register as a foreign entity after publishing a story celebrating Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Salman is accused of ordering the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Over the weekend, the National Enquirer published personal texts between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend.

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Prior to that, Bezos had published a post on Medium decrying the Enquirer’s methods, which seemed to suggest they were holding the “sexts” hostage to influence Bezos in regards to the Washington Post, which he owns and whose op-ed page is often critical of President Donald Trump.

The National Enquirer’s owner, David Pecker, is alleged to have helped buy off President Donald Trump’s former mistresses prior to the election.

“The dust-up between Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and National Enquirer parent American Media LLC has raised questions about the media company’s connections to Saudi Arabia,” the Wall Street Journal notes.

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Trump-loving evangelicals don’t want Mike Pence as president because he has too much ‘decency’: WaPo columnist

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Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig this week talked with Ana Marie Cox on her "With Friends Like These" podcast about how evangelical Christians have an almost apocalyptic fervor for supporting President Donald Trump.

Bruenig, who is herself a practicing Catholic, earlier this year traveled to her home state of Texas to get a sense of how evangelicals were feeling about politics headed into 2020.

What she found, she told Cox, was a group of Christian conservatives who are even more devoted to the president than they were just three years ago when they helped power his electoral college victory.

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TN GOPer claims to ‘honor’ women on same day his caucus refuses to condemn rep. who ‘sexually abused three girls’

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The Tennessee Democratic Party lashed out at state Republican lawmakers for refusing to bring up an effort to condemn a lawmaker who has reportedly admitted sexually harassing or abusing three girls.

The Tennessean reported on Monday that the Republican caucus controlling the state House had refused to add to the calendar an expulsion vote for Republican Rep. David Byrd.

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‘He’s ‘a sinister master manipulator’: Why Trump’s narcissistic bullying energizes his base

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump railed against the media on Twitter, accusing reporters of artificially sinking his poll numbers, which have consistently hovered at 43 percent nationwide.

Trump's attacks on the media—which he dubbed the "LameStream Media" in his tweet—have been consistent over the course of his administration. The name-calling also echoes his attacks on other perceived enemies, including lawmakers, ethnicities, immigrants and whole countries.

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