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9:05 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: Axios, Raw Story, Bloomberg and The Hill
CNN:
Giuliani has lobbied to join White House impeachment defense
Discussion: HuffPost
CNN:
White House wants Senate trial rules to include ability to dismiss Trump charges
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   GOP leadership: There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:   The Senate Trial Will Be Totally Predictable—With One Potential for Surprise
Politico:
Republicans face reckoning on impeachment witnesses
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Pelosi accuses Trump of a ‘cover-up’ after president lashes out over impeachment
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 …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren Said Bernie Sanders Told Her He Didn't Believe A Woman Could Win In 2020
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Joe Biden's campaign chairman rallies Wall Street donors for a big fundraising push ahead of primaries
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:   Joe Biden pulls ahead in New Hampshire; Elizabeth Warren drops to third: poll
New York Times:
Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment  —  With President Trump facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, Russian military hackers have been boring …
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
Washington Post:   ‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump's unfounded claim about Iran
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
The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK Memo  —  The State Department ordered employees days ago not to meet with an Iranian dissident outfit close to Rudy Giuliani and other Trumpworld figures.  Now, the memo is being overridden.  —  At whiplash speed, the State Department is walking …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Brandi Buchman / courthousenews.com:   Trump Campaign Adviser Pleads Guilty to Child Porn, Sex Trafficking
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump planning to divert additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall  —  President Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget …
Discussion: The Hill
The Daily Beast:
Jitters at MSNBC as Brass Eyes Moving Chuck Todd and Talks to Shep Smith  —  Chuck Todd's daily show could move to mornings, causing angst among the show's staff.  Other potential changes could alter weekends and, eventually, the network's primetime roster.
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:   Budget Deficit Topped $1 Trillion in 2019
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: The Hill and Axios
Erica Orden / CNN:
Treasury official pleads guilty to charge connected to leaks of Trump-related financial data  —  New York (CNN)A senior Treasury Department official pleaded guilty Monday in Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy in a case in which prosecutors accused her of disclosing sensitive …
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Justice News:
Former Senior Fincen Employee Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Unlawfully Disclose Suspicious Activity Reports
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Welcome to Kissimmee, Mike Pence: Democrats unveil billboard of Trump throwing paper towels at Puerto Ricans  —  Vice President Mike Pence will be greeted in Kissimmee by a billboard slamming President Donald Trump over his response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Ivana Kottasová / CNN:
Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second  —  How climate change impacted the world in 2019  —  (CNN)The world's oceans are now heating at the same rate as if five Hiroshima atomic bombs were dropped into the water every second, scientists have said.
Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Unforced Errors on Preexisting Conditions  —  These Trump tweets have stirred up quite the reaction among lefties.  I hate to say it, but the lefties have a point. … Obamacare — enacted under, well, Obama — is the reason it's generally illegal for insurers in the individual market …
 
 
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Melissa Francis Offers Theory for Booker's Exit: I Heard 'He's Lazy'
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Accuses CNN of Helping Trump Spread Lies
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Urban Hollywood 411:
Fox Launches ‘Fox Soul’ Streaming Service Targeting African Americans
Discussion: New York Post
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
John McEntee Just Returned to the White House Despite Uncertified, “Closed” Disclosure
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
U.S. commanders at al-Asad base believe Iranian missile barrage was designed to kill
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Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
I Read 4,800 Pages of American History Textbooks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Reason
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
Swing voters on Trump: 'He drives me crazy but he'll get my vote'
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Prosecutors recommend almost 5 years in prison for former GOP Rep. Chris Collins
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and The Hill
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Middle Age Misery Peaks at Age of 47.2, Economist Says
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Slate
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Van Drew's choice to run his campaign is now leading the charge to beat him
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and Politico