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10:40 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
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.
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.
CNN:
White House wants Senate trial rules to include ability to dismiss Trump charges  —  GOP Sources: Republicans want to fast-track Trump acquittal before State of Union  —  (CNN)The White House is urging Senate Republicans to preserve the option of moving to swiftly dismiss the charges …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
CNN:
Giuliani has lobbied to join White House impeachment defense
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:   Top Senate Republicans reject Trump's renewed call for immediate dismissal of impeachment charges
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Republicans face reckoning on impeachment witnesses
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Breitbart
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
How Schumer might get the last laugh on impeachment trial
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Tangle Over Calling Witnesses in Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
The Senate Trial Will Be Totally Predictable—With One Potential for Surprise
Discussion: New York Times
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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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian spies hacked Ukrainian gas company at heart of Trump impeachment trial  —  Russian military spies have hacked a Ukrainian gas company that is at the heart of an impeachment trial of President Trump, who sought last year to pressure Ukraine to investigate the company and its links to Joe Biden's son …
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 …
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: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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
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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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 …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Trump says 'it doesn't really matter' if Iranian general posed an imminent threat
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
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 …
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David Rohde / New Yorker:
William Barr, Trump's Sword and Shield
Discussion: New York Post, Raw Story and Politico
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
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: HuffPost and The Hill
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
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Budget Deficit Topped $1 Trillion in 2019  —  The budget gap widened despite a growing economy, hitting its highest level since 2012.  —  WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit surpassed $1 trillion in 2019, the Treasury Department reported on Monday, as tax cuts and spending increases continued …
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US budget deficit running 11.8% higher this year
Discussion: Bloomberg and Axios
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
The U.S. is putting asylum seekers on planes to Guatemala — often without telling them where they're going
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Venezuela Mourns Soleimani
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Seattle reels in spending by ‘foreign-influenced’ companies
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Accuses CNN of Helping Trump Spread Lies
Discussion: Apple Podcasts
Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Welcome to Kissimmee, Mike Pence: Democrats unveil billboard of Trump throwing paper towels at Puerto Ricans
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
 Earlier Items: 
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
U.S. commanders at al-Asad base believe Iranian missile barrage was designed to kill
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Apple Podcasts:
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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
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden's campaign chairman rallies Wall Street donors for a big fundraising push ahead of primaries
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Middle Age Misery Peaks at Age of 47.2, Economist Says
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Slate