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7:05 PM ET, January 8, 2020


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Washington Post:
U.S. officials knew Iranian missiles were coming hours in advance  —  The Iranian missile strike on U.S. bases in Iraq on Tuesday was a calibrated event intended to cause minimal American casualties, give the Iranians a face-saving measure and provide an opportunity for both sides to step …
Joanna Piacenza / Morning Consult:
Can You Locate Iran?  Few Voters Can.  —  A 47% plurality support the airstrike that killed Soleimani  —  Morning Consult Illustration by Vladimir Gorshkov  —  As tensions between the United States and Iran rise in the aftermath of the American drone strike that killed the country's …
Matthew Dresch /   Satellite image shows US airbase hit by Iranian missiles in revenge attack
Associated Press:
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘to step back’ as senior members of royal family … In a stunning declaration, Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning “to step back” as senior members of the royal family and “work to become financially independent.”
Discussion: The Wrap and Mediaite
Henry Austin / NBC News:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to ‘step back as senior members of the Royal Family’  —  Royal couple say they will “work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”  —  LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said Wednesday that they …
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:
Megxit: Harry and Meghan are doomed  —  Never mind World War Three.  How about the implosion of the world's most glamorous couple?  Welcome to Megxit.  —  Harry and Meghan think they're going to escape press intrusion and live a more meaningful life by ‘stepping back’ from the British royal family …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Vote on War Powers Resolution  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement announcing the upcoming vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military action regarding Iran:  —  “Last week, the Trump Administration conducted a provocative …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Pelosi Announces Vote to Limit Trump's War-Making Power Against Iran  —  The House is expected to vote on Thursday on a resolution to force the president to halt any military action against Iran unless Congress authorizes it.  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Wednesday …
Discussion: National Review
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   GOP Sen. Mike Lee RAGES at ‘Insulting’ Military Briefing on Iran Crisis: ‘Probably the Worst’ I've Ever Seen
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg is trying to check the conservative majority  —  Washington (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the liberal minority on the Supreme Court but has a way of steering the debate on a case.  —  Ginsburg spoke to CNN in a rare interview in her chambers this week.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she is cancer-free
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg declares she's ‘cancer free’
Washington Post:
Mnuchin seeks delay of proposed disclosure of Secret Service spending on presidential travel until next year  —  The Trump administration is seeking to delay a Democratic effort to require the Secret Service to disclose how much it spends protecting President Trump and his family when they travel …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia's Bushfire Debate  —  Critics see a concerted effort to shift blame, protect conservative leaders and divert attention from climate change.  —  WOMBEYAN CAVES, Australia — Deep in the burning forests south of Sydney this week …
Top US general says Iran tried to kill US troops as some administration officials believe they purposely missed  —  Washington (CNN)The top US general made clear Wednesday night that he believes Iran meant to kill US troops in the ballistic missile attack on US forces in Iraq …
USA Today:
President Donald Trump addresses nation after Iran's attack - latest updates
Discussion: NATSECTACULAR and The Week
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Their undoing will inevitably come’: Rev. William Barber explains why Trump-loving evangelicals are doomed
Discussion: The Guardian
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Senate Democrats break with Pelosi over impeachment trial  —  Democrats are finally acknowledging that their efforts to extract concessions from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on President Donald Trump's impeachment trial are coming to an end.  —  Though Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Associated Press:
Ukrainian airplane crashes near Iran's capital, killing 176  —  SHAHEDSHAHR, Iran (AP) — A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board.
David Martosko / Daily Mail:   Was the Ukrainian jet brought down by an Iranian missile …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump is a war president now
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Did Donald Trump and Iran Use Twitter to Prevent a War?  —  Tweets from US president Donald Trump and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif Tuesday offered a fascinating glimpse at how world leaders can communicate more quickly and directly than ever in times of crisis.
James Beal / The Sun US:
PRESIDENT AND THE ‘PIMP’ Bill Clinton poses with Epstein's ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell and a sex slave on board private jet the ‘Lolita Express’  —  BILL Clinton poses side-by-side with suspected pimp Ghislaine Maxwell - as the pair board pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's notorious private jet.
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Kentucky judge accused of courthouse threesome is suspended  —  Judge Dawn Gentry, who is facing nine counts of misconduct, denies engaging in sexual activity at the courthouse with two employees.  —  A Kentucky family court judge was suspended temporarily without pay after she was accused of misconduct …
Discussion: Above the Law
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Twitter will put options to limit replies directly on the compose screen  —  Several features inspired by Twitter's beta app are coming  —  Speaking today at a CES event in Las Vegas, Twitter's director of product management, Suzanne Xie, unveiled some new changes that are coming to the platform this year …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's deepening Iran morass all started with one big lie  —  As we await President Trump's response to Iran's missile attack, one word is everywhere: confusion.  —  There's confusion over Trump's rationale for assassinating Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.  Confusion over Trump's broader strategic goals.
Glacier National Park is replacing signs that predicted its glaciers would be gone by 2020  —  (CNN)The signs at Glacier National Park warning that its signature glaciers would be gone by 2020 are being changed.  —  The signs in the Montana park were added more than a decade ago …
Associated Press:
Harvey Weinstein's lawyers want judge off rape case over texting jabs  —  Weinstein's lawyers sent a letter to Judge James Burke saying his comments Tuesday raised questions about his impartiality.  —  Harvey Weinstein's lawyers asked the judge in his New York City rape case to step aside Wednesday …
Discussion: New York Times and NBC News
Public Policy Polling:
Democratic Unity Will Determine Trump's Fate  —  Over the last couple weeks PPP did polls testing the leading Democratic contenders for President against Donald Trump in both Arizona and Iowa.  —  On the surface the numbers are decent but not amazing for Democrats.  Donald Trump won Arizona by 4 points in 2016.
Craig Karmin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization Sets Jan. 23 Deadline for Bids on Washington Hotel  —  Private equity, wealthy families, hotel operators expected to make offers  —  President Trump's real-estate business is telling potential bidders for its marquee Washington hotel that they have until Jan. 23 to make an offer …
Discussion: and The Hill
Sam Zieve-Cohen / Jewish Insider:
Tom Cotton accuses a Koch and Soros-backed think tank of fomenting antisemitism  —  Cotton to call out Quincy Institute, NY Bail reform, and others in Senate floor speech  —  On Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) will criticize the Quincy Institute and the BDS movement …
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
New York Post Reporter's Identity Hijacked to Spread Pro-Iran Propaganda  —  It's one of a number of bogus accounts that spread fake news about enemies of the Iranian regime.  —  Twitter suspended on Wednesday an account impersonating a New York Post reporter after it sent out a series …
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
New US plan keeps autonomous vehicle standards voluntary  —  FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announces new voluntary safety guidelines for self-driving cars during a visit to an autonomous vehicle testing facility at the University of Michigan …
Discussion: Curbed
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Olivia Altman / Politico:
POLITICO / Morning Consult Poll: Voters Back Trump's Decision to Kill Top Iranian Military Commander
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
FBI Got Warrants for ‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Jason Kessler, Antifa Activists
Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Iran's missiles intended to ‘kill personnel’ in Iraq, Pentagon says
Discussion: Politico and The Sun US
Caroline Haskins / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Is Running Anti-Vax Ads, Despite Its Ban On Anti-Vax Ads
Star Tribune:
Minnesota's Beltrami County votes against allowing refugee resettlement
Streetsblog New York City:
NYPD Targets Blacks and Latinos for ‘Jaywalking’ Tickets
Claudia Vargas / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Republicans ‘got greedy’ in drawing Pennsylvania congressional maps, new documents say
 Earlier Items: 
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How Elizabeth Warren Is Being Squeezed by the Left and Center
Discussion: The Atlantic
Ronnie Koenig /
Kristen Welker named new co-anchor of Weekend TODAY
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
The Church of Scientology Says Danny Masterson Stalking Suit Must Go to “Religious Arbitration”
Dalmeet Singh Chawla / Science:
Russian journals retract more than 800 papers after ‘bombshell’ investigation
Zach Dorfman / Foreign Policy:
Iran's Revenge Plans Are Bigger Than Missile Strikes
Discussion: Lawfare
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Mayor Pete's Invisible Black Police
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump's ‘crappy’ Iran speech torn to shreds after he spent much of it attacking Obama
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
'It's terrible': Fears grow that Trump is kneecapping the Pentagon
Discussion: Raw Story