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3:00 PM ET, January 11, 2020


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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
How to dump Trump: Rick Wilson on Running Against the Devil  —  He was a Republican ad man but now he's a bestselling author out to bring down a president.  He says Democrats must listen  —  Democratic voters should read Rick Wilson's new book, he says, and heed his advice about how to beat Donald Trump.
Washington Post:
Biden holds wide lead among black voters in Democratic presidential race, Post-Ipsos poll finds  —  Former vice president Joe Biden is far and away the favored candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination among black Americans, boosted by his personal popularity …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Endangered Democrats sound the alarm on Bernie and Warren
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Podium order announced for CNN/Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debate
Discussion: Mediaite
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders leads the Iowa Poll for the first time, just weeks before the Iowa caucuses
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Jill Biden responds to Sanders attack on her husband: 'I don't like it that Democrats attack other Democrats'
Discussion: Townhall
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Bloomberg Spent $200 Million and Isn't on Track to Score a Single Delegate
Discussion: Mother Jones and ABC News
Associated Press:
Iran says it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian jetliner  —  A woman mourns outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, during a vigil for those killed after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed, killing at least 63 Canadians, just minutes after taking off from Iran's capital.
Trump's national security adviser claims Iran more likely to negotiate now
Discussion: Associated Press
Oleksandr Savochenko / Agence France-Presse:   Ukraine demands punishment for Iran plane downing
Washington Post:
New Iran revelations suggest Trump's deceptions were deeper than we thought
Discussion: CBS News and Vox
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   Congress doesn't seem to have the courage that our Founding Fathers expected
Babak Dehghanpisheh / Reuters:   Iran says military shot down plane in error, after denial drew scrutiny abroad
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Rationale for Killing Soleimani Is Falling Apart  —  Why did the United States kill Iranian general Qasem Soleimani?  President Trump, in remarks to the nation the morning after the attack, gave a clear rationale.  Soleimani “was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him.”
Washington Post:
Trump now claims four embassies were under threat from Iran, raising fresh questions about intelligence reports  —  President Trump said on Friday that a senior Iranian general killed by a U.S. drone strike had been planning attacks on four U.S. embassies, a claim made to justify the decision …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets Lie Accusing Dems of Defending Soleimani
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Deadline
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account If Troops Told to Leave  —  Loss of access to New York Fed account, where international oil sale revenue is kept, could creating cash crunch in Iraq's financial system  —  The Trump administration warned Iraq this week …
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
John Bolton impeachment testimony will be blocked, Donald Trump says  —  John Bolton will be blocked from testifying at Donald Trump's impeachment trial, the president has indicated, despite the former national security adviser insisting he would do so if he received a subpoena.
Nick Bilton / Vanity Fair:
You Won't Believe What Trump Said About His Middle Name  —  Special correspondent Gabriel Sherman dishes on the White House's Iran scramble, Don Jr.'s electoral ambitions, and—most importantly—the latest evidence of the president's mental decay.  —  In the midst of the Golden Globes …
Natalia V. Navarro / Colorado Public Radio:
Drone Mystery Spreads: More Sightings, Close Calls, No Answers  —  Concerns about the mysterious drones reportedly flying over eastern Colorado are rising as reports of sightings become more widespread.  —  And a drone nearly hit a medical helicopter Tuesday.
Merrill Matthews / The Hill:
The blue-state exodus gains momentum  —  Nine years ago I published a piece that asserted, “Voters around the country are concluding it's better to be red than dead” — applying almost the exact opposite meaning to an old phrase referring to communism.  New Census Bureau figures appear to confirm my prediction — mostly.
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses  —  Facebook, Google and other major tech firms were every student's dream workplaces.  Until they weren't.  —  In 2006, Google bought YouTube for more than $1 billion, Apple was preparing to announce the first iPhone, and the American housing bubble began to deflate.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Stephanie Grisham is not the worst-ever White House press secretary.  Here's why.  —  Hearing Joe Lockhart talk about his old job as White House press secretary almost seems quaint.  —  The idealism: “Your main job is to advocate for the press within the government.”
Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Oprah Winfrey exits Russell Simmons #MeToo documentary, and the filmmakers respond  —  Oprah Winfrey is disassociating herself with a new documentary about Russell Simmons and the #MeToo movement.  —  In December, Winfrey announced that she would serve as executive producer on a still-untitled film …
Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
On the brink: Swing county tense as Trump tangles with Iran  —  MONROE, Mich. (AP) — He flipped anxiously between news stations, bracing for an announcement of bombs falling and troops boarding planes destined for the Middle East.  It was a nightmare he hoped he would never see again.
Jacque Talbot / Daily Express:
Michelle and Barack Obama advising ‘friends’ Harry and Meghan on life outside Royal Family  —  MICHELLE and Barack Obama have been advising Prince Harry and Megan Markle on their new life outside the Royal Family, insiders have claimed  —  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are friends …
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
Judge Judy sets the stage for Bloomberg's anti-Trump rally  —  Mike Bloomberg slammed President Trump - as well as his Democratic rivals - Saturday as he kicked off what he called “Day One” of his run for the White House.  —  “Unlike everyone else in this race, I think what's important …
New York Times:
In Blow to Beijing, Taiwan Re-elects Tsai Ing-wen as President  —  The victory was a remarkable comeback for Ms. Tsai and suggested that Beijing's pressure campaign had backfired.  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's voters delivered a stinging rebuke of China's rising authoritarianism on Saturday …
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Fan of Trump and Farage raises far-right ‘Q’ flag at his Cornish castle  —  Hotelier uses Tintagel pile to back American QAnon deep state conspiracy theory  —  A key supporter of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump has provoked ridicule after using his landmark Cornish castle to fly the flag …
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Fliers recruiting suicide terrorists for jihad against US distributed in Iran  —  Students at Iran's Islamic Azad University are being offered a novel new career choice — suicide terrorist.  —  Leaflets are being distributed at the influential school urging students to sign up for Jihad missions …
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Hlr / Harvard Law Review:
Pack the Union: A Proposal to Admit New States for the Purpose of Amending the Constitution …
Discussion: Balkinization
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
Elizabeth Wurtzel and the Illusion of Gen-X Success
Yahoo News:
Curtain falls on Chinese film festival as censorship intensifies
Aya Batrawy / Associated Press:
New Oman ruler vows to uphold late sultan's peaceful policy
Discussion: NPR and Associated Press
Fred Barnes / Washington Examiner:
The unconventional president
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Mike Lee signs on to Bernie Sanders' bill to prevent funding for military intervention in Iran
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
Wisconsin dairy farmers suffer massive blow thanks to Trump's trade war
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
F.B.I. Apologizes to Court for Botching Surveillance of Trump Adviser, and Pledges Fixes
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Washington, Beijing Agree to New Dialogue to Pursue Reforms, Address Disputes
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer Weiner / New York Times:
Why America Needs a Royal Family
Discussion: Althouse
Amanda Teuscher / American Oversight:
State Department's Release of Volker Calendars and Text Messages Raises Further Questions
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
The Most Popular Facebook Content About Iran Right Now Isn't Just Pro-Trump — It Was Posted By Him
Andrew Sheeler / Sacramento Bee:
‘We want to be a no-kill state.’ Newsom calls for end to animal euthanasia in California
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
How a High Schooler Scooped Everyone on the Iowa Poll
Washington Post:
George Conway and Neal Katyal: How Pelosi should play her impeachment cards
Discussion: Contemptor, ABC News and Breitbart