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McConnell Caves To Trump And Other News: Your Prime Week In Review

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 13: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives for the Senate Republicans' lunch meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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February 16, 2019 9:00 am

Welcome to the weekend, TPM members. Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • Mitch McConnell did what he had suggested he wouldn’t and caved to Trump on a national emergency.
  • The timeline of what happened in the days before and after that Aug. 2, 2016 meeting between Paul Manafort, Konstantin Kilimnik and Rick Gatges at a Manhattan cigar bar.
  • House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is threatening to subpoena Matt Whitaker. Here are the claims Whitaker made last week that Nadler may be looking for further answers on.
  • Travel scandals have become something of a theme for the Trump administration. Brock Long was just the latest to go down.
  • TPM’s Josh Kovensky and Allegra Kirkland were among the first to report Wednesday that the FEC is investigating a pro-Trump, Manafort linked PAC that reported a $1 million contribution two years after it happened. Here are some of our outstanding questions on that story.
  • A top Kremlin aide published an op-ed this week about how Russia’s government sees its meddling in the 2016 election and its broader campaign of informational warfare.
  • Where’s the Bezos/AMI story going? Josh Marshall offers some theories.
  • Kate Riga is keeping tabs daily on the 29 people who want to become the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2020.
  • The CFPB has been bracingly open about how it is working with payday lenders to ensure that their business model isn’t harmed, Matt Shuham writes.
  • North Carolina election officials will hand over the records of nearly 800 voters to a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in the state.
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