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National Enquirer’s parent company responds to explosive Bezos allegations — and doesn’t deny all of them

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On Thursday, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, published a post on Medium claiming that he’s being extorted by American Media Inc., the umbrella company that contains the National Enquirer. Bezos claimed the tabloid was threatening to release partially nude photos reportedly sent between Bezos and his girlfriend.

The post was titled, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” a reference to AMI’s CEO David Pecker. Bezos claimed that the National Enquirer had previously revealed details about his relationship and that they threatened to publish pictures. He suggested the threat was politically motivated and linked to the Washington Post’s coverage of figures linked to Donald Trump’s administration.

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“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,” Bezos wrote. “Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.”

Bezos said that the Washington Post was a “complexifier” for him as a public figure but that he was committed to the paper’s rigorous journalism.

On Friday, AMI issued a statement claiming that they acted lawfully but are investigating the allegations.

“American media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in reporting the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the board has convened and determined that it should promptly convene and thoroughly investigate these claims.”

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Stunning shift as Amy Klobuchar ‘tones things down’ after Ted Cruz rants about ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ at IG hearing

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) loudly and angrily bashed the Federal Bureau of Investigation during his time to speak during Wednesday's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Cruz ended his speech with two cultural references from the last century, citing fictional spy Jason Bourne who was first introduced by novelist Robert Ludlum in 1980 and Mike Judge's characters Beavis and Butt-head from the TV show of the same name that debuted in 1993.

"This wasn't Jason Bourne, this was Beavis and Butt-head," Cruz argued.

Cruz was followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who quickly shifted away from such a style of interrogation.

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Indicted Giuliani henchmen tried to broker Ukrainian gas deal at Trump’s DC hotel: report

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Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two associates of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who were indicted on election fraud charges earlier this year, reportedly tried to broker a major deal with the CEO of Ukraine’s state-owned natural gas company at President Donald Trump's flagship hotel in Washington D.C.

Vice reports that the two men pitched Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev on a deal to export natural gas from the United States to Ukraine at the Trump International Hotel in Washington shortly after former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was recalled after being targeted with a smear campaign.

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Watchdog report offers enemies a ‘roadmap’ of US sources and methods: Ex-intel officials

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The Justice Department's inspector general report contains few redactions, and intelligence veterans worry that could allow hostile spies to examine U.S. sources and methods for gathering secret information.

President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr broad authority on declassifying information, and he apparently kept a light hand in blacking out portions of the 476-page report examining the origins of the Russia probe, reported Politico.

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