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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Referee says he told Rep. Jim Jordan that Ohio State doctor performed sex act in shower  —  The referee said the response of Jordan and another former coach was, “Yeah, yeah, we know.”  —  A professional referee says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that disgraced doctor Richard Strauss masturbated …
Washington Post:
House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies  —  House Republicans' latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani …
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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
I've Reported In Ukraine For 10 Years.  Please Read This Before You Say Anything Else About Impeachment.  —  MARIUPOL, Ukraine — If you're lucky enough to be within microphone-reach of Volodymyr Zelensky these days and to see the Ukrainian president take a question about Donald Trump, you'll witness some impressive facial gymnastics.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: House committees subpoena Mick Mulvaney  —  The House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine issued a subpoena Thursday night for acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at 9 am on Friday as part of their impeachment inquiry, two sources familiar tell Axios.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Is Trump Already Winning on Impeachment?  —  This coming Wednesday marks the official start of the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump in the House Intelligence Committee, the public beginning of what the historian Jon Meacham rightfully calls “a test for the country.”
Discussion: Althouse
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump's Ukraine defense: Blah, blah, blah  —  Sometimes a phrase can summarize an era.  “We shall overcome.”  “If it feels good, do it.”  “It's morning again in America.”  —  My candidate for the age of Trump was coined by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Enough with the Latin. What Trump did was bribery.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump to AP: impeachment aimed at undoing 2016 vote  —  RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Ivanka Trump on Friday weighed in on the House impeachment inquiry of her father from half a world away in Morocco.  —  President Donald Trump's daughter and White House adviser told The Associated Press …
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Lawyer for Ukraine whistleblower sends White House cease and desist letter to stop Trump's attacks  —  (CNN)A lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower, whose complaint document triggered the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, has sent a letter to the White House warning the President to …
Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower's ID irrelevant to impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump claims impeachment making him ‘stronger,’ rails against whistleblower
Discussion: Politico
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Leon Cooperman, who has been battling Elizabeth Warren, says he will support fellow billionaire Mike Bloomberg for president  — “I'm a huge fan of Michael.  I know him personally.  It's a breath of fresh air.  Unless he changes his stripes, he will have my unequivocal support,” Cooperman told CNBC on Friday.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Mike Bloomberg Should Go Away  —  Democrats woke up Friday morning with a development that pretty much nobody asked for: Michael Bloomberg's apparent entry into the presidential race.  Because evidently we don't have enough billionaires in our politics.  And the Democratic field is too small.
Forbes:
#8 Michael Bloomberg … - He put in the seed funding for the company and now owns 88% of the business, which has estimated revenues of $10 billion.  — After earning his M.B.A. from Harvard, Bloomberg got a job in 1966 in “The Cage” at Salomon Brothers, where he counted out securities by hand.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Michael Bloomberg has changed his mind on running for president yet again
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and The Guardian
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation  —  Senior Trump administration officials considered resigning en masse last year in a “midnight self-massacre” to sound a public alarm about President Trump's conduct, but rejected the idea because they believed …
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Tim Alberta / Politico:
Who Will Betray Trump?  —  From the moment Francis Rooney expressed alarm to his House colleagues that Donald Trump might have abused presidential power in his dealings with Ukraine—and more dramatically, that an impeachment inquiry could be warranted—the Florida Republican was a marked man.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Althouse
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Wall Street Journal:   House Freedom Caucus Emerges as Trump's Main Defender
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Trump ‘violates all recognized democratic norms,’ federal judge says in biting speech on judicial independence  —  In an unusually critical speech that lamented the public's flagging confidence in the independence of the judicial branch, a federal judge slammed President Trump for …
Discussion: Althouse and Law & Crime
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CNN:   Federal judge assails Trump's attacks on judiciary: He's feeding a ‘destructive narrative’
New York Times:
Democrats in Battleground States Prefer Moderate Nominee, Poll Shows  —  A New York Times/Siena College survey in six key states also showed voters want a candidate who can work with Republicans.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
How the Insufferably Woke Help Trump
Discussion: CNN
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia  —  Messages from network involving Matt Shea provide insight into ‘patriot movement’ - and the extent of their conspiracy thinking  —  Leaked Signal messages from an online chat network around six-term …
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats  —  An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor in Italy has been assigned police guards for protection after receiving hundreds of threats on social media.  —  Liliana Segre, who was sent to the notorious Auschwitz death camp at 13 …
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
A white restaurant owner admitted to enslaving a black man.  He got 10 years in prison.  —  John Christopher Smith initially liked working at J & J Cafeteria in Conway, S.C., where he was hired when he was 12 years old.  —  For about two decades, Smith washed dishes, bused tables and cooked food at the small-town diner without issue.
New York Times:
Bolivian Mayor Assaulted by Protesters in Postelection Mayhem  —  After the mayor was accused of organizing a pro-government mob, antigovernment protesters kidnapped her, cut her hair and doused her in paint.  —  LA PAZ, Bolivia — In a spasm of violence related to last month's disputed …
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BBC:
Bolivia mayor has hair forcibly cut by crowd of protesters
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Impeachment Inquiry Tests Ties Between Barr and Trump  —  The attorney general has not jumped in to publicly defend the president against the Democratic inquiry as he did with the Mueller investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — For a while at least, he seemed to have found his Roy Cohn …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Authoritarian Rot That Produced This President* Is Present in the Republican Party at All Levels  —  Need proof?  Look at Kentucky and Wisconsin. … I guess we should start this week's tour in Kentucky, where the Republican majority in the state legislature is making all kinds of noises about how …
Discussion: New Republic and Althouse
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP senators hit by early wave of outside money ahead of 2020  —  Democrats spent years sounding the alarm on “dark money” as groups pummeled their senators.  Now, the left is the side delivering the early blow.  —  A quartet of new nonprofit groups has already spent millions …
Discussion: Raw Story
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
It Is Shameful That ABC News and CBS News Are Punishing the Epstein Leaker  —  It gives me no pleasure to report that I agree, on just this one thing, with Donald Trump Jr., who went on The View Thursday to say he shouldn't be condemned for naming the Ukraine whistle-blower when ABC News …
Jeff Sessions / YouTube:
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Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
Everything Trump Touches Dies: “Dancing with the Stars” Edition  —  Sean Spicer on DWTS is everything that's wrong with the Trump era.  —  Some of us have been wondering exactly what victory in the Culture War would look like.  Well, now we know what Trump country thinks victory means.
Lin-Manuel Miranda / The Atlantic:
What Art Can Do … all art is political.  In tense, fractious times—like our current moment—all art is political.  But even during those times when politics and the future of our country itself are not the source of constant worry and anxiety, art is still political.
 
 
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Abbey Marshall / Politico:
Trump says he might attend Russian military parade
Raquel Reichard / Remezcla:
Youth Plan Nationwide School Walkouts Ahead of DACA Supreme Court Hearing
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Jeff Sessions announces a Senate run — by telling voters he's still loyal to Trump
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Farah Stockman / New York Times:
'We're Self-Interested': The Growing Identity Debate in Black America
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
A new chain of Christian pregnancy centers will provide a controversial service: Contraception
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Glenn Greenwald slapped in the face by Brazilian columnist during live stream
 Earlier Items: 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Tony Evers called lawmakers in Thursday to act on guns. GOP leaders rejected it within seconds.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump's 2016 team sounds alarm as Democrats make gains
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
Modi critic stripped of citizenship status in step denounced as ‘vindictive’
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder Takes Virginia
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg proposes free college for Americans earning under $100,000 in his new economic plan
Discussion: CNBC, IJR and The Hill
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Immigration helped Trump win in 2016. It could help spell his demise in 2020.
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall