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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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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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Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Schiff says delaying articles holds McConnell, GOP moderates accountable on witnesses
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
McConnell's comments on impeachment have alienated some Obama/Trump swing voters
Discussion: Breitbart and 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
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
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and The Root
ABC News:
Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign
Discussion: Big League Politics and Raw Story
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
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Prosecutors recommend almost 5 years in prison for former GOP Rep. Chris Collins  —  Federal prosecutors recommended Monday that former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) be sentenced to up to 57 months in prison for pleading guilty to insider trading last year.  —  Why it matters …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and The Hill
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Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:   Behind the Collins scandal: How one phone call devastated two families
CREW:
Mark Esper, Former Raytheon Weapons Lobbyist, is in Charge of the Pentagon  —  Following the targeted killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by American military forces, weapons manufacturer Raytheon's stock shot up, closing at a record high.  The man in charge of the Pentagon …
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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.
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Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:   Michael Bloomberg Gets First Endorsement From Member of Congress
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
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.
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
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
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Gigi Hadid Called to Potentially Serve as Harvey Weinstein Juror  —  The model, who appeared in court on Monday, told the judge she could be objective — despite having met the defendant and one of his alleged victims.  —  Since Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial on charges of sexual assault began …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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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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, UPI, ABC13 and The Daily Caller
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 and NBC News
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: Politico and The Hill
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Iran Strategy May Cost Him in 2020 Election  —  Part of President Trump's appeal reflected his criticisms of America's entanglements abroad.  The uncertainty in the Middle East could threaten his re-election chances.  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa — Almost exactly four years ago …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
BBC:
Hired by Weinstein to spy on celebrities  —  In 2016, Harvey Weinstein hired a private intelligence firm to spy on a long list of people - including those accusing him of sexual assault.  —  Seth Freedman was one of the operatives on that mission.  —  Posing as a journalist …
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 …
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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John Bowden / The Hill:
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