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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Schumer's opening pitch for the Senate impeachment trial  —  On Sunday night, Chuck Schumer made his opening bid to Mitch McConnell in the two leaders' negotiations over the Senate impeachment trial.  —  Driving the news: Schumer has sent a letter to McConnell in which he asks the Republican leader …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's Senate trial is rigged, but a Watergate hero has an idea for saving impeachment  —  After feeding page after page of the U.S. Constitution into a paper shredder as he denied America's first black president his right to even a hearing on his Supreme Court pick while holding …
Discussion: CBS News, Vox and Axios
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Dems ask that Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton testify at impeachment trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Fox / CNN:
Schumer requests four witnesses, including Mulvaney and Bolton, in letter to McConnell about Senate impeachment trial
Discussion: HuffPost
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:   Schumer proposes that Bolton and Mulvaney testify in Senate impeachment trial
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:   Schumer proposes Bolton, Mulvaney testify in Senate impeachment trial
Associated Press:   Democrats seek Bolton, Mulvaney for impeachment trial
The Bulwark:   How A Small Group of Senators Can Shape the Impeachment Trial and Vindicate the Constitutional Order
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump goes after Pelosi's teeth as the House gears up for impeachment vote  —  President Trump opened a new, dental front Sunday in his periodic feuding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggesting on Twitter that her teeth were falling out as she answered a reporter's question about why bribery was not made an article of impeachment.
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Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Freshman Democrats push for Amash as impeachment manager  —  A private campaign is underway to draft Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) as an impeachment manager in the Senate trial of President Trump, a bid to diversify House Democrats' appeal to voters with a rare conservative voice.
emptywheel:
Why Justin Amash Should Be an Impeachment Manager  —  I'm sitting about six blocks from one of Gerald Ford's childhood homes.  That means I live in a city with an outsized role in America's history with impeachment.  Since the time I've lived in this city, our Federal Building added a sign reading …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and CNN
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump job approval ticks up, views on impeachment steady  —  Weeks of congressional hearings and debate have failed to move the electorate on impeachment, according to the latest Fox News Poll.  At the same time, approval of President Trump's job performance has climbed three points.
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William Cummings / USA Today:
Trump trails all top Democrats, half of voters favor impeachment, Fox News poll says  —  About half of registered voters say that President Donald Trump should be removed from office and that if he survives the impeachment effort, he'll have a tough time beating the Democratic candidate in the 2020 election …
Elizabeth Drew / New York Times:
The Impeachment Process Is Barely Functioning  —  Hyperpartisan politics and an implacable president may break Congress's ability to check him.  —  Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington who covered Watergate.  —  When the process of impeachment drove President Richard Nixon from office in 1974 …
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Fox News Poll: 54 Percent of Americans Say Trump Should Be Impeached  —  A Fox News poll released Sunday morning found a majority of Americans, 54 percent, said President Donald Trump should be impeached, a vote the House is likely to pass this coming week.  —  The latest Fox News poll conducted …
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Americans remain divided on impeachment
Discussion: DNyuz and The Hill
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Support for impeachment climbs to 54 percent in Fox News poll after Trump pitches fit over previous poll
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Staff exodus in Van Drew office after party switch  —  Five senior aides to Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey resigned on Sunday as the lawmaker formally prepared to switch parties, stating they were “deeply saddened and disappointed by his decision.”  —  The aides in Van Drew's Washington office wrote …
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CNN:   Five aides resign from office of Democratic congressman expected to switch parties
Carolyn Lange / Twin Cities:
MN Democrat Collin Peterson says he won't vote for impeachment ‘unless they come up with something’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Robby Soave / Reason:
James Comey Asked the American People To Trust the FBI.  Why Should They?  —  In an interview with Fox News, the former FBI director admitted mistakes with the FISA process but defended his team.  —  In an interview with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace, former FBI Director James Comey admitted …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Chris Wallace wants journalists to push for the truth. But Fox News often traffics in propaganda.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Comey admits ‘I was wrong’ on FISA conduct, remains defiant on dossier in tense interview
Rebecca Rosenberg / Page Six:
Harvey Weinstein: I deserve pat on back when it comes to women  —  More than 80 women have accused him of sex assault or harassment — but for Harvey Weinstein, it's still all about himself.  —  The alleged serial sex predator and disgraced Hollywood producer whined to The Post …
Wall Street Journal:
Boeing Weighs Cutting or Halting 737 MAX Production  —  Management of aerospace giant sees an output pause as most viable option, as fleet grounding stretches into 2020  —  Boeing Co. BA -1.33% is considering either halting or further cutting production of the 737 MAX amid growing uncertainty …
Discussion: Bloomberg
ABC News:
Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege  —  Bloomberg allegedly told employee who had just announced pregnancy to “kill it.”  —  Mike Bloomberg has on repeated occasions faced and fought allegations that he directed crude and sexist comments …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The only principle Republicans have left is partisanship  —  I come before you, my friends, to defend Republicans against charges that they are unprincipled, two-faced hypocrites.  —  Pointy-headed coastal elitists, with all sorts of useless book learning that real Americans don't need …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Don't worry, Sen. Graham. No one thought you'd be fair.
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Lindsey Graham's Democratic Challenger Nearly Tied in Heavily-Republican South Carolina, Poll Shows  —  Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is statistically tied with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, with the staunch pro-Trump incumbent seeing his favorability ratings plummet among independent voters.
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
House Republican Defends Trump Attacking Nancy Pelosi's ‘Teeth’: 'He's Frustrated' About Getting Impeached  —  GOP Rep. Mike Johnson appeared on CNN Sunday, where he was immediately asked about President Donald Trump's tweet claiming Speaker Nancy Pelosi's “teeth were falling out.”
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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MSNBC:   Christine Pelosi on her new book ‘The Nancy Pelosi Way’
Stephanie Farr / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
West Point investigating hand symbol with possible links to white power used by cadets during Army-Navy game  —  West Point is investigating a hand gesture made by several cadets and midshipmen during an ESPN pre-game broadcast at the Army-Navy game Saturday after clips of the signals went viral …
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Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Military investigates possible white power signs flashed by students during Army-Navy telecast
Davey Alba / New York Times:
2020 Campaigns Throw Their Hands Up on Disinformation  —  Few politicians have teams to spot false statements about them online, or to fight back before it spreads.  —  In 2018, Lisa Kaplan assembled a small team inside the re-election campaign for Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine.
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
GOP's Toomey says USMCA agreement diminishes free trade  —  The Republican calls deal with Congressional Democrats a “complete capitulation.”  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., warned his fellow Republicans Sunday that the bipartisan replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement represents …
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Emma Newburger / CNBC:   US trade representative says phase-one trade deal is ‘totally done’ and will double exports to China in two years
 
 
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