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9:10 AM ET, January 13, 2020


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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
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 …
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
Pete Williams / NBC News:
How Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the politically charged Trump impeachment trial
Discussion: Politico
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The stakes have never been higher.  Here's who I plan to vote for in April's Dem primary  —  I believe in my political independence, but I also believe in fate.  In 2016, declaring the stakes were just too damn high, I ended nearly three decades as a registered independent to become a Democrat …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders surges as progressives flock to him over Warren
Discussion: Associated Press and MSNBC
New York Times:   Bernie Sanders Says He'd Consider Releasing List of Supreme Court Picks
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
2020 Watch: Will the debate provide any clarity?
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou / Yahoo News:   Warren Tries to Ease Iowans' Concerns About Electability
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 …
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: Washington Times
Jason Lange / Reuters:
'I'm spending all my money to get rid of Trump': Michael Bloomberg  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg told Reuters he is ready to spend much of his vast fortune to oust Republican President Donald Trump from the White House in 2020 …
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
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 and The Week
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Killing of Soleimani reflects an aggressive national security team not inclined to curb Trump  —  President Trump has from his earliest days in office raised the possibility of killing Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military commander who died this month in a U.S. military drone strike.
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
Joshua J. McElwee / National Catholic Reporter:
In surprise, Benedict openly defends clerical celibacy as Francis considers married priests  —  VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has coauthored a new book defending the Catholic Church's practice of a celibate priesthood, in a shocking move that comes as Pope Francis is considering …
Discussion: Don Surber and NPR
Gregg Re / Fox News:
FISA court selects former Obama admin lawyer, left-wing blogger to oversee FBI's surveillance reforms  —  Devin Nunes, R-Calif., discusses the FISC's appointment of former Obama DOJ lawyer, as well as whistleblower matters.  —  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:   Trump attacks former DOJ official appointed to review the FBI's proposed wiretap reforms
Jeremy Berke / Business Insider:
Jeff Bezos announces Amazon is donating $690,000 to help the country recover from the devastating brushfires  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the tech company will donate $1 million Australian dollars to help Australia recover from the fires.
Discussion: VICE and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Protesters interrupt Buttigieg at Iowa rally  —  Protesters with a local Black Lives Matter group disrupted an event being held in Des Moines, Iowa, by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) on Sunday.  —  Videos showed demonstrators wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts being led out by security while chanting …
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 …
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The Twitter Electorate Isn't the Real Electorate
Iliana Magra / New York Times:
U.S. Rejects Extradition Request for Driver in Fatal U.K. Accident
Discussion: The Hill
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden picks up Colin Allred as 10th Black Caucus endorser
Discussion: The Hill
Agence France-Presse:
Malta gets new PM after Muscat departs over Daphne Caruana Galizia murder
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Impeachment Team Takes Shape as Trial Looms
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Hill
Doug Palmer / Politico:
EU's tough new trade boss seeks reset with Trump
Leslie Brody / Wall Street Journal:
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Vasco Cotovio / CNN:
Iran's sole female Olympic medalist says she's defected
Discussion: UPI