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3:50 PM ET, January 13, 2020


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MJ Lee / CNN:
Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say  —  (CNN)The stakes were high when Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren met at Warren's apartment in Washington, DC, one evening in December 2018.  The longtime friends knew that they could soon be running against each other for president.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem 2020 Race Continues to Shift  —  Support is firming up, but many still open to changing their support  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren continue to top …
Discussion: Fox News and New York Times
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  January 13, 2020 - Voters Divided On Killing Of A Top Iranian General, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 66% Want To See Bolton Testify In Senate Impeachment Trial  —  Slightly more American voters say that the killing of a top Iranian general was the right action …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders surges as progressives flock to him over Warren  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa — Something's happening with Bernie Sanders that looked unlikely to many a few months ago: Progressive leaders and organizations are lining up behind him, not Elizabeth Warren, in the lead-up to voting.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Joe Biden's campaign chairman rallies Wall Street donors for a big fundraising push ahead of primaries
Stamford Advocate:   The Republican case for Biden
David Rohde / New Yorker:
William Barr, Trump's Sword and Shield  —  The Attorney General's mission to maximize executive power and protect the Presidency.  —  Last October, Attorney General William Barr appeared at Notre Dame Law School to make a case for ideological warfare.  Before an assembly of students and faculty …
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Asks Apple to Unlock iPhones of Pensacola Gunman  —  The request set up a collision between law enforcement and big technology firms in the latest battle over privacy and security.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month …
USA Today:
Shooting at Pensacola Navy base was ‘act of terrorism,’ attorney general says  —  Kevin Johnson Kristine PhillipsUSA TODAY  —  WASHINGTON - A shooting by a Saudi pilot on a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, in December was an act of terrorism motivated by “jihadist ideology,” Attorney General William Barr said Monday.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
How Schumer might get the last laugh on impeachment trial  —  Chuck Schumer lost the first impeachment trial battle to Mitch McConnell.  But the Democratic leader and his party insist they can still win the war.  —  While Senate Majority Leader McConnell has locked up enough Republican votes …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
McConnell's comments on impeachment have alienated some Obama/Trump swing voters
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Schiff says delaying articles holds McConnell, GOP moderates accountable on witnesses
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
The Senate Trial Will Be Totally Predictable—With One Potential for Surprise
Discussion: New York Times
NBC News:
Trump authorized Soleimani's killing 7 months ago, with conditions  —  The timing raises new questions about the Trump administration's stated justification for taking out the top Iranian general.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump authorized the killing of Iranian …
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Here Are 10 Headlines Comparing Meghan Markle To Kate Middleton That Might Show Why She And Prince Harry Are Cutting Off Royal Reporters  —  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) didn't just shockingly “step back” as senior members of the royal family this week …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Yahoo News:   Harry, William present united front ahead of royal crisis summit
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Judge finds Wisconsin elections commissioners in contempt of court, orders them to quickly remove people from the rolls … (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  —  PORT WASHINGTON - An Ozaukee County judge found the state Elections Commission and three of its members in contempt …
Cory Booker / YouTube:
Thank You … “It's with a full heart that I share this news—I've made the hard decision to suspend my campaign for president.  —  I've said throughout this race that this election is not just a referendum on Donald Trump.  It's a referendum on who we are and who we must be to each …
ABC News:
Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Cory Booker, the Rocket That Failed to Launch
NBC News:
Cory Booker drops out of the presidential race
NBC News:
Meet the Press Blog: Latest news, analysis and data driving the political discussion  —  Smart political reporting and analysis, including data points, interesting national trends, short updates and more from the NBC News political unit.  —  The latest political news and analysis from the campaign trail:
Discussion: Fox News and Bloomberg
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Takes Credit For Obamacare, Says Democrats Want to Repeal It
Discussion: Vox, Mother Jones and NBC News
Brian Thompson / NBC New York:
Bomb in Van of NJ Shooting Attack Suspects Could've Killed People 5 Football Fields Away: Officials  —  David Anderson and Francine Graham were found dead inside JC Kosher Supermarket last month after a hate-driven domestic terror attack that killed four innocent people, authorities have said
Discussion: National Review and New York Post
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Prosecutors recommend almost 5 years in prison for former GOP Rep. Chris Collins  —  Federal prosecutors recommended Monday that former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) be sentenced to up to 57 months in prison for pleading guilty to insider trading last year.  —  Why it matters …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and The Hill
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:   Behind the Collins scandal: How one phone call devastated two families
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Middle Age Misery Peaks at Age of 47.2, Economist Says  — New study says ‘happiness curve’ exists around the world  — Research has relevance because of focus on mental health  —  Middle age is miserable, according to a new economic study which pinpoints 47.2 years old as the moment of peak unhappiness in the developed world.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Slate
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US budget deficit running 11.8% higher this year  —  The U.S. budget deficit through the first three months of this budget year is up 11.8% from the same period a year ago, putting the country on track to record its first $1 trillion deficit in eight years.  —  In its monthly budget report …
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Deficit Widens 11.8% in First Quarter of Fiscal Year
Discussion: Axios
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Mark Esper, Former Raytheon Weapons Lobbyist, is in Charge of the Pentagon  —  Following the targeted killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by American military forces on January 3rd, weapons manufacturer Raytheon's stock shot up, closing at a record high.
New York Post:
Rep. Max Rose to endorse Michael Bloomberg in 2020 race  —  Democratic Staten Island Rep. Max Rose, who is facing a well-funded Republican challenge to his re-election, plans to endorse Michael Bloomberg's presidential bid, The Post has learned.  —  “He thinks Bloomberg will help with his re-election money,” a source told The Post.
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:   Michael Bloomberg Gets First Endorsement From Member of Congress
Alex Heath / The Information:
The People With Power at Twitter  —  For more than four years, Jack Dorsey has held the CEO role at both Twitter and Square, splitting his time between the two companies, whose headquarters are near each other in downtown San Francisco.  For Twitter, the lack of a full-time CEO has meant …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Giuliani associate Lev Parnas turns over thousands of pages of documents to impeachment investigators  —  (CNN)An attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, has turned over photos, dozens of text messages and thousands of pages of documents to House impeachment investigators …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Gigi Hadid Called to Potentially Serve as Harvey Weinstein Juror  —  The model, who appeared in court on Monday, told the judge she could be objective — despite having met the defendant and one of his alleged victims.  —  Since Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial on charges of sexual assault began …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
George Nader, key witness in Mueller probe, pleads guilty to child sex charges
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Harvard professor sues NYT over Epstein donations story
Erica Orden / CNN:
Treasury official pleads guilty to charge connected to leaks of Trump-related financial data
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Prepare to be shocked! Trump's one weird trick to avoid a campaign investigation.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Iran Strategy May Cost Him in 2020 Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Hired by Weinstein to spy on celebrities
Rick Sallinger / CBS Denver:
For First Time, A Colorado Judge Denies Confiscation Request Under Red Flag Law
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Fact Check: Joe Biden Has Advocated Cutting Social Security for 40 Years
Discussion: The Week
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court won't consider topless bans
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Mass Panic: It's Not Clear That Colorado's Mystery Drones Even Exist
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Van Drew's choice to run his campaign is now leading the charge to beat him
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
John Roberts may be leading the Senate impeachment trial, but this woman is shaping it
Discussion: NBC News and Redstate
Roger Friedman / Showbiz411:
UPDATING Oscar Nominations: Snubs Include JLo, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, “1917” …
Discussion: alicublog
James Fallows' thought experiment about Trump
Discussion: HuffPost
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Video: Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown
Discussion: ABC News, National Review and The Week