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12:45 PM ET, January 13, 2020

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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 …
Cory Booker / YouTube:
Thank You … “It's with a full heart that I share this news—I've made the hard decision to suspend my campaign for president.  —  I've said throughout this race that this election is not just a referendum on Donald Trump.  It's a referendum on who we are and who we must be to each …
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NBC News:
Cory Booker drops out of the presidential race  —  “I will carry this fight forward — I just won't be doing it as a candidate for president this year,” Booker told supporters in an email.  —  Sen. Cory Booker.  D-N.J., announced Monday he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race.
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and The Root
ABC News:
Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign  —  The New Jersey senator struggled to break into the field's top tier.  —  Sen. Cory Booker suspended his presidential campaign Monday, the final act of a bid for the Democratic nomination defined by a persistent struggle to catch fire …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Cory Booker Runs Out of Time
Discussion: The Week
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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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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
McConnell's comments on impeachment have alienated some Obama/Trump swing voters
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Mother Jones
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Yahoo News:   Harry, William present united front ahead of royal crisis summit
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.
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Tight polls, impeachment, billionaire wild cards: Uncertainty reigns in the 2020 Democratic race
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
With its 228 delegates and Super Tuesday slot, Texas looms in the presidential primary
Discussion: Politico
Joanne Rosa / ABC News:
Abby Huntsman departing ‘The View’ to run father's Utah governor campaign  —  Huntsman began co-hosting “The View” in 2018.  —  Abby Huntsman announced that she's leaving “The View” to help run her father Jon Huntsman Jr.'s campaign for governor of Utah.  —  The 33 year-old daughter …
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and UPI
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court won't consider topless bans  —  A group with the motto “Free The Nipple” argued that the law violates the Constitution by treating men and women differently.  —  The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not take up a challenge to a city ordinance banning women from appearing topless in public.
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DNyuz:
In McGahn Case, an Epic Constitutional Showdown
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
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.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
John Roberts may be leading the Senate impeachment trial, but this woman is shaping it  —  In a small Capitol Hill office after President Donald Trump had been impeached and official Washington bolted town for the holidays, a three-person team gathered to dig through musty old law books and congressional records.
Discussion: Redstate
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Pete Williams / NBC News:   How Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the politically charged Trump impeachment trial
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
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Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:   For decades Iranians have risen up, only to be put down
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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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  —  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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: alicublog
New York Post:
Rep. Max Rose to endorse Michael Bloomberg in 2020 race  —  Democratic Staten Island Rep. Max Rose, who is facing a well-funded Republican challenge to his re-election, plans to endorse Michael Bloomberg's presidential bid, The Post has learned.  —  “He thinks Bloomberg will help with his re-election money,” a source told The Post.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
‘Government Sachs’ Reunites When Mnuchin Dines With Goldman Pals  —  Picture this: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a dinner table in New York, surrounded by Hank Paulson, Jon Corzine and Gary Cohn, along with David Solomon.  It's not a Bernie Sanders nightmare — just the Goldman Sachs alumni dinner.
Rick Sallinger / CBS Denver:
For First Time, A Colorado Judge Denies Confiscation Request Under Red Flag Law  —  (CBS4) - For the first time, a judge has denied a request to take away a man's guns under Colorado's new red flag law.  A Limon woman claimed a man who she had a relationship with threatened her with a gun and filed the request.
 
 
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Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
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John Bowden / The Hill:
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