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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 …
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 …
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
McConnell's comments on impeachment have alienated some Obama/Trump swing voters  —  WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's public comment that he will not be an “impartial juror” in President Trump's Senate trial has alienated some swing voters here …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, NBC News and MSNBC
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Scott Bland / Politico:
Buttigieg snags endorsement from Iowa congressman
Discussion: NBC News
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
John Roberts may be leading the Senate impeachment trial, but this woman is shaping it  —  The first female Senate parliamentarian will be advising the chief justice on how to address arcane procedural questions.  —  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be advised by the Senate parliamentarian …
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Pete Williams / NBC News:   How Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the politically charged Trump impeachment trial
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘four embassies’ claim utterly falls apart  —  The Trump administration has struggled to justify the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani from the jump.  And now the one justification presented publicly by President Trump has utterly fallen apart.
Discussion: Raw Story, IJR, The Hill and Slate
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Washington Post:
Killing of Soleimani reflects an aggressive national security team not inclined to curb Trump
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
DNyuz:
In McGahn Case, an Epic Constitutional Showdown  —  1.7k  —  WASHINGTON — “Has there ever been,” the judge asked, “an instance of such broad-scale defiance of a congressional request for information in the history of the Republic?”  —  It was the first Friday of the new year …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court won't consider topless bans
Discussion: Associated Press
Roger Friedman / Showbiz411:
UPDATING Oscar Nominations: Snubs Include JLo, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, “1917” for Editing, No Women Directors, “The Farewell,” “Cats,” Just 1 African American Nominee  —  The 2020 Oscar nominations are here.  Snubs include Jennifer Lopez for “Hustlers.”  Eddie Murphy for “Dolemite” and everything for that movie.
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Behind the Collins scandal: How one phone call devastated two families  —  Chris Collins, his wife Mary, son, Cameron, and daughter Caitlin, in happier times when he won his 2012 congressional primary.  Now all, plus Cameron's fiancé and future in-laws, must deal with the fallout from the insider trading convictions.
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Video: Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, online videos purported to show Monday.
Discussion: National Review, ABC News and The Week
Devan Cole / CNN:
Bloomberg blasts role of early states in Democratic nominating process in CNN op-ed  —  Bloomberg: Trump would ‘eat alive’ other candidates  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg blasted his party's nominating system in a CNN op-ed for placing an outsized emphasis …
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CNN:
Michael Bloomberg: Starting with Iowa and New Hampshire hurts Democrats and helps Trump
Discussion: Axios and Washington Times
Griff Witte / SFGATE:
McConnell walks impeachment tightrope  —  FLORENCE, Ky. - It is not easy these days to lose as a Republican running in ruby-red Kentucky.  But that is what happened here in November in the governor's race, when the caustic incumbent managed to alienate enough of his base to fall just short.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Washington Post
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.
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
With its 228 delegates and Super Tuesday slot, Texas looms in the presidential primary  —  The focus is on the early states, but candidates are also paying attention to Texas.  Early voting starts here before the Nevada and South Carolina primaries wrap up.
Discussion: Politico
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CNN:
James Fallows' thought experiment about Trump  —  James Fallows asks the audience to “try to think of a personality like the one who's currently in the White House in any other position of responsibility,” and asks, “would you want somebody with this kind of temperament to be in a position …
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Van Drew's choice to run his campaign is now leading the charge to beat him  —  WASHINGTON — Josh Roesch is playing a major role in South Jersey's hot congressional race.  But it's different than the one he thought he'd signed up for.  —  Roesch, who grew in Stow Creek …
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Mass Panic: It's Not Clear That Colorado's Mystery Drones Even Exist  —  It all started on December 23 when the Denver Post reported on “a band of large drones” flying over Phillips and Yuma counties in northeast Colorado.  Phillips County Sheriff Thomas Elliott, as relayed by the Denver Post …
Page Six:
Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra providing luxe hideout for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle  —  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been hiding out at the home of Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra, whose close ties to the Clintons have created international controversy, Page Six can exclusively reveal.
Martin Robinson / Daily Mail:
THE HRH QUESTION  —  Harry and Meghan wish to continue to undertake duties on behalf of the Queen and for that they will need titles.  —  They could voluntarily relinquish their HRHs and retain their courtesy titles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, given by the Queen.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Away C.E.O. Is Back, Just Weeks After Stepping Down  —  Former employees of the luggage start-up told a tech website that Steph Korey had created a toxic culture.  She stepped aside.  But now, she says that was a mistake.  —  She apologized for her management style and stepped down as chief executive.
Discussion: New York Post
Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
The Twitter Electorate Isn't the Real Electorate  —  Does Twitter matter?  The temptation is to say no. Its user base is small compared with Facebook—321 million monthly active users versus more than 2 billion—and a quick glance at the trending topics reveals its fractious, claustrophobic atmosphere.
Stamford Advocate:
The Republican case for Biden  —  It isn't easy to support a Democrat after an attachment to Republican politics that began when I watched the 1992 GOP convention at age 12.  Eventually I worked on Capitol Hill as a Republican senior counsel for the House Financial Services Committee …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Bloomberg and Steyer Reveal That Billionaires Are Underinvesting In Politics  —  Tom Steyer has the résumé of a hedge-fund manager and the charisma of an accountant.  His public speaking skills are minimal, political experience, negligible, and taste in ties, unforgivable.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Foiled in U.S. Courts, Anti-Trump Lawyer Got Results Taking Ukraine Cases to Mueller and FBI  —  When the FBI began investigating Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman - the indicted pair who worked with Rudy Giuliani on his Ukraine inquiries - one of the first people agents interviewed early last year was Kenneth McCallion.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 
 
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Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Bob Dole endorses Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall in Senate race
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
F.D.R. Got It. Most Democrats Don't.
Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
Soleimani's Latin America Terror
Iliana Magra / New York Times:
U.S. Rejects Extradition Request for Driver in Fatal U.K. Accident
Discussion: The Hill
John Bowden / The Hill:
Protesters interrupt Buttigieg at Iowa rally
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Says He'd Consider Releasing List of Supreme Court Picks
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Impeachment Team Takes Shape as Trial Looms
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Sarah Frier / Yahoo News:
Pompeo Plans Dinner With Tech Leaders Including Oracle's Ellison
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Flushing ‘10 times’: What's really behind Trump's tirades about toilets
Jeremy Berke / Business Insider:
Jeff Bezos announces Amazon is donating $690,000 to help the country recover from the devastating brushfires
Discussion: VICE and Mediaite
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The stakes have never been higher. Here's who I plan to vote for in April's Dem primary
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton is the most exonerated politician ever