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6:45 PM ET, January 13, 2020

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CBS News:
White House expects GOP defections on calling witnesses in Senate impeachment trial  —  Washington — The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days.
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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: Raw Story, The Hill and Bloomberg
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 …
CNN:
White House wants Senate trial rules to include ability to dismiss Trump charges
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:   The Senate Trial Will Be Totally Predictable—With One Potential for Surprise
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Pelosi accuses Trump of a ‘cover-up’ after president lashes out over impeachment
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and Mediaite
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
66% of Americans want John Bolton to testify
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New details about Soleimani killing further undercut Trump's lies  —  Ever since President Trump ordered the assassination of Iran's Qasem Soleimani, one big unanswered question has been this: How did the option of killing the Quds Force commander get on Trump's menu of possibilities in the first place, and why?
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Trump says 'it doesn't really matter' if Iranian general posed an imminent threat  —  President Trump added to the controversy over his administration's justification for the killing of an Iranian general, saying Monday that “it doesn't really matter” whether it was in response to an imminent threat to the United States.
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: The Royal Family, NPR and Mother Jones
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Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:   Prince Harry's Shift Puts Spotlight on Royal Finances
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 …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
George Nader, key witness in Mueller probe, pleads guilty to child sex charges  —  George Nader, a key witness in the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, admitted Monday to bringing a 14-year-old boy to the United States for sex and to possessing child pornography.
American Oversight:
Joint Status Report: American Oversight v. DOE - Perry and Brouillette's Ukraine Records and Communications  —  Joint Status Report filed by American Oversight and the Department of Energy in American Oversight's lawsuit seeking the release of Secretary Rick Perry's communications …
Discussion: Axios
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
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:   Prosecutors say former Rep. Chris Collins should get a nearly 5-year prison sentence
Apple Podcasts:
The Ezra Klein Show  —  There is a moral radicalism to the way Cory Booker lives out his politics.  He lived for years in a housing project.  He leads hunger strikes.  He challenges political machines.  He's a vegan.  He has a more ambitious policy vision than is often discussed.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Cory Booker, the Rocket That Failed to Launch
Justice News:
Former Senior Fincen Employee Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Unlawfully Disclose Suspicious Activity Reports  —  Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards Illegally Repeatedly Transmitted SARs and Other Sensitive Government Information To A Reporter Resulting In Approximately 12 News Articles Over 1-Year Period
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Erica Orden / CNN:   Treasury official pleads guilty to charge connected to leaks of Trump-related financial data
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
State Department security officials weren't notified of ‘imminent’ threats to US embassies  —  Washington (CNN)State Department officials involved in US embassy security were not made aware of imminent threats to four specific US embassies, two State Department officials tell CNN …
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 Pensacola Killer's Phones, Setting Up Clash  —  We have asked Apple for their help in unlocking the shooter's phones.  So far, Apple has not given any substantive assistance.  This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that the public be able to get access …
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Axios
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
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
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Harvard professor sues NYT over Epstein donations story  —  A Harvard Law professor is suing The New York Times, accusing the paper of publishing “false and defamatory” information and employing “clickbait” in an article about him.  —  Lawrence Lessig, the legal scholar and political activist …
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 …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Treasury Department drops China's currency manipulator designation  —  The Treasury Department announced Monday that China will no longer be designated as a currency manipulator, just two days before President Trump and Vice Premier Liu He are set to sign “phase one” of a long-awaited trade deal, CNBC reports.
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
Swing voters on Trump: 'He drives me crazy but he'll get my vote'  —  In the latest dispatch from counties where voters swung from Obama to Trump, Chris McGreal finds residents of Howard county, Iowa, pining for calmer days but many crediting the president on the economy
Discussion: Raw Story
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Prepare to be shocked!  Trump's one weird trick to avoid a campaign investigation.  —  The president is helping sideline the FEC in 2020 — and that's good news for his re-election effort … This is a tale of how President Donald Trump is avoiding judgment by the government agency that's supposed to …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Common Dreams
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
I Read 4,800 Pages of American History Textbooks  —  Here's how I did it, and what I learned about how the curriculum has changed since my own school days.  —  Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.
Discussion: Reason
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
John McEntee Just Returned to the White House Despite Uncertified, “Closed” Disclosure  —  The White House reportedly rehired a former aide to President Trump whose termination financial disclosure report ethics officials “closed [without] agency certification.”
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
U.S. commanders at al-Asad base believe Iranian missile barrage was designed to kill  —  AIN AL-ASAD, Iraq — U.S. commanders at the Iraqi military base targeted by Iranian missiles said Monday they believe the attack was intended to kill American personnel, an act that could have pushed the two powers closer to outright war.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
 
 
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Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California weighs unique intersex surgery ban for some kids
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
US Border Patrol chief Carla Provost to quit this month
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Marc Erik Elias / Medium:
We Are Not Counting Every Vote
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
In Tennessee, Tourists Rediscover The First President Who Was Impeached
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Takes Credit For Obamacare, Says Democrats Want to Repeal It
Discussion: National Review, NBC News and Vox
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden's campaign chairman rallies Wall Street donors for a big fundraising push ahead of primaries
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Mark Esper, Former Raytheon Weapons Lobbyist, is in Charge of the Pentagon
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Iran Strategy May Cost Him in 2020 Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Rick Sallinger / CBS Denver:
For First Time, A Colorado Judge Denies Confiscation Request Under Red Flag Law
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Fact Check: Joe Biden Has Advocated Cutting Social Security for 40 Years
Discussion: Jacobin and The Week
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court won't consider topless bans
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
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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