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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 …
Discussion: Slate and Raw Story
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race  —  Mr. Bloomberg is expected to file paperwork this week designating himself as a candidate in at least one state with an early filing deadline, although an adviser said he had not made a final decision to run.
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Axios:
Exclusive: Mike Bloomberg will “spend whatever it takes” in 2020  —  Mike Bloomberg is jumping into the Democratic presidential race because he believes that Joe Biden is fading, opening the moderate lane next to Elizabeth Warren, sources close to the former New York mayor tell Axios.
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost, Forbes and Political Wire
NBC News:
Bloomberg preparing to enter 2020 presidential race
Discussion: The Hill
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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Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
Book Review: In ‘A Warning,’ Anonymous Author Makes Case Against Re-election  —  The same writer who penned an Opinion essay in 2018 argues in a new book that the president's contract shouldn't be renewed.  —  “Trust me”: It's a tired cliché, a throwaway line, but when you first encounter it in …
Discussion: The Week, The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Politico, The Week, CNN and Associated Press
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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.
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Stephen Collinson / CNN:   Democrats' impeachment inquiry hits overdrive
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Ramsey Touchberry / Newsweek:
Sean Hannity denies diplomat's claim he was told to stop covering ex-Ukraine ambassador by State Department
Discussion: Mediaite
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Diplomat testified that Putin, Orban poisoned Trump's views on Ukraine
Discussion: CNBC and New York Times
Foreign Policy:   State Department Expected to Scrap Post of Special Envoy to Ukraine
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, YouTube and The Hill
Jeff Sessions / YouTube:
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Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post, Politico and NPR
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.”
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Four big facts that blow up the GOP's latest defense of Trump
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Exclusive: Economist who backed Warren healthcare plan has doubts about her wealth tax  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A leading economist who vouched for Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's healthcare reform plan told Reuters on Thursday he doubts its staggering cost …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg proposes free college for Americans earning under $100,000 in his new economic plan  —  The South Bend, Ind., mayor unveiled a big economic plan Friday that's a middle lane between Biden and Warren.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled a plan Friday …
Discussion: The Hill
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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
President Donald Trump ordered to pay $2M to collection of nonprofits as part of civil lawsuit
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, NBC News and The Mahablog
Washington Post:
Commerce Department aides knew Alabama hurricane forecasters were not responding to Trump, but still rebuked them  —  Senior aides at the Commerce Department forced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to publicly rebuke its weather forecasters in Birmingham, Ala. …
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNN and NBC News
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Joy Behar roasted for denying wearing blackface: ‘Enjoy the cancel culture you created’  —  “The View” co-host Joy Behar was roasted on social media after claiming in a heated interview with Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday that she never wore blackface, a claim that was quickly contradicted on Twitter by the president's eldest son.
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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.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Macron Says NATO Is Experiencing ‘Brain Death’ Because of Trump  —  The French president wonders if NATO is still committed to collective defense, decries U.S. unilateralism and calls for more European autonomy.  —  BRUSSELS — French President Emmanuel Macron shocked allies in an interview published …
Discussion: The Economist, Bloomberg and Politico
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CNN:
Macron says Europe is facing the ‘brain death of NATO’
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone's Trial Is Going Very Badly for Roger Stone  —  Jurors heard audio of the Trump adviser allegedly lying to Congress.  —  In a federal courtroom in Washington, DC, Thursday, jurors heard Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) as he questioned Roger Stone, the longtime associate of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and CANNONFIRE
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: Political Wire
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CBS News sparks outrage for reportedly firing ex-ABC News staffer who leaked Epstein bombshell  —  CBS News is facing heavy backlash for reportedly firing the ex-ABC News staffer who leaked the footage exposing how the network killed the Jeffrey Epstein story.
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
Andrea Jefferson / Political Flare:
Trump's Favorite Pastor Paula White Has a Fake Doctorate Degree and a History of Bankruptcy  —  Paula White is a Florida pastor who led a prayer at Donald Trump's inauguration, chairs his Evangelical Advisory Council, and is now a White House employee, with her salary paid for by the American taxpayer.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
John Solomon Reports:
Testimony bombshell: Obama administration tried to partner with Hunter Biden's Ukrainian gas firm but was blocked over corruption concerns  —  A State Department official who served in the U.S. embassy in Kiev told Congress that the Obama administration tried in 2016 to partner …
 
 
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Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
Everything Trump Touches Dies: “Dancing with the Stars” Edition
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell files bill to secure coal miners' pensions, but not black lung fund
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The anatomy of a Republican smear
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump and McConnell are failing the people of Hong Kong
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP senators hit by early wave of outside money ahead of 2020
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's immigration policy is in disarray
Discussion: Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
How Google Edged Out Rivals and Built the World's Dominant Ad Machine: A Visual Guide
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella was Biden guest at State Department banquet
Discussion: Breitbart and PJ Media Home
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Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Tulsi Gabbard to Breitbart News: ‘We Do Not Have a Nation If We Do Not Have Borders’
Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
Condo Buyers Can Keep Purchases Secret, NY Tax Officials Say in Reversal
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Nobody is buying Mark Halperin's book.  The disgraced journalist's publisher lambastes ‘cancel culture.’
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Page Six
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Rep. Matt Gaetz Mocks Media as ‘Kale and Quinoa’ Eaters Who Look Down Upon ‘Fried Food’ Eating ‘Real America’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Steyer aide offered money for endorsements