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7:05 AM ET, January 14, 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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP leadership: There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment  —  Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters on Monday that there are not the votes within the Senate Republican caucus to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump—who endorsed an “outright dismissal” over the weekend.
Washington Post:
Top Senate Republicans reject Trump's renewed call for immediate dismissal of impeachment charges  —  Top Senate Republicans on Monday rejected President Trump's call for outright dismissal of the impeachment charges against him, but continued to grapple with the shape of the Senate trial that could begin as soon as this week.
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
GOP senators reject plans to dismiss Trump impeachment  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans signaled Monday they would reject the idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as the House prepares to send the charges to the chamber for the historic trial.
Discussion: Contemptor
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Up to 10 GOP senators consider bucking Trump on war powers  —  As many as 10 Republican senators are considering bucking President Trump on a resolution that would limit his ability to take military action against Iran.  —  The increasing number is the latest sign of growing GOP frustration …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republicans Rule Out Outright Dismissal of Impeachment Charges
Anne Flaherty / ABC News:
Trump's impeachment trial: How we got there, what happens next and what to watch
Discussion: Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate vote to limit Trump's military actions against Iran in limbo
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
White House wants Senate trial rules to include ability to dismiss Trump charges
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Tangle Over Calling Witnesses in Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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 …
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BBC:
Burisma: US firm says Russia hacked company at heart of Trump impeachment  —  The Ukrainian gas company at the centre of President Donald Trump's impeachment was successfully hacked by Russian military agents in November, a US cybersecurity firm has said.  —  Area 1 Security said it was not clear …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian spies hacked Ukrainian gas company at heart of Trump impeachment trial
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
Be prepared to fight a dangerous new wave of disinformation during the Senate trial
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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: CNN, Raw Story, Axios, The Hill and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Sanders-Warren feud takes a turn onto the dangerous turf of gender
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:   Democrats set to clash in final debate before Iowa caucuses
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.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
France, Germany and U.K. Serve Notice on Iran Under Nuclear Deal  —  The European nations triggered a dispute mechanism in the 2015 pact, a first step toward reimposing United Nations sanctions.  —  BRUSSELS — Britain, France and Germany triggered the dispute resolution mechanism …
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Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
UK's Boris Johnson welcomes replacing Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement with ‘Trump deal’
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:   Boris Johnson calls for ‘Trump deal’ to replace Iran nuclear pact
Brandi Buchman / courthousenews.com:
Trump Campaign Adviser Pleads Guilty to Child Porn, Sex Trafficking  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - An informal adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign who testified in the Mueller probe pleaded guilty Monday to charges of child sex trafficking and possessing child pornography.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Pensacola shooting was an act of terrorism, attorney general says  —  Attorney General William P. Barr said Monday that the December shooting that killed three U.S. sailors on a Florida base was an act of terrorism, as officials revealed harrowing new details about the 15-minute rampage …
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:   Barr Tightens Approvals of Probes of Presidential Campaigns
Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Calls Pensacola Attack Terrorism; Pressures Apple Over Gunman's Locked Phones
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump retweeted Pelosi in Muslim garb.  The White House made it worse.  —  After President Trump retweeted a doctored image of Democratic leaders dressed in Islamic garb, the White House offered a curious justification: Trump retweeted that image to send the message that Democrats are on the side of terrorists.
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
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
American Held in Egypt Prison Dies After a Hunger Strike  —  Moustafa Kassem, detained in Cairo in 2013 and suffering from serious medical problems, had protested his innocence.  —  CAIRO — An American imprisoned in Egypt for six years on what he insisted were false charges …
Discussion: Fox News, HuffPost, NPR and UPI
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots  —  Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues  —  Play Video  —  Be warned.  If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for.
Discussion: ScienceAlert
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
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Former NHGOP executive director, US State Department official Matt Mowers running for Congress  —  Slamming Democratic incumbent Pappas, Bedford resident declares bid for 1st District US House seat in interview  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas has his first high-profile Republican challenger.
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.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Melissa Francis Offers Theory for Booker's Exit: I Heard 'He's Lazy'  —  For the claim, Francis cited Booker's unnamed Democratic colleagues who've appeared on her TV show.  —  Fox News host Melissa Francis on Monday reacted to the news that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) …
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
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 …
Washington Post:
‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump's unfounded claim about Iran  —  The theory was born last Thursday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, where President Trump stood before men in hard hats and orange construction vests for an environmental announcement and offered a fresh rationale …
Discussion: Mediaite, Deadline and The Daily Caller
 
 
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New York Times:
You Call That Transparency, Mr. President?
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and Al Jazeera
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Allison Jones / Campus Reform:
Student gov votes to ban Israeli hummus to be more ‘inclusive’
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
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Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
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Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
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I Read 4,800 Pages of American History Textbooks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Reason
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
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