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4:35 PM ET, January 13, 2020

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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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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.
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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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 …
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:   The Senate Trial Will Be Totally Predictable—With One Potential for Surprise
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
John Roberts may be leading the Senate impeachment trial, but this woman is shaping it
Discussion: NBC News and Redstate
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
McConnell's comments on impeachment have alienated some Obama/Trump swing voters
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Schiff says delaying articles holds McConnell, GOP moderates accountable on witnesses
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
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, The Hill and Bloomberg
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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 …
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
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Asks Apple to Unlock iPhones of Pensacola Gunman  —  The request set up a collision between law enforcement and big technology firms in the latest battle over privacy and security.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
USA Today:   Shooting at Pensacola Navy base was ‘act of terrorism,’ attorney general says
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
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Yahoo News:   Harry, William present united front ahead of royal crisis summit
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New details about Soleimani killing further undercut Trump's lies  —  Ever since President Trump ordered the assassination of Iran's Qasem Soleimani, one big unanswered question has been this: How did the option of killing the Quds Force commander get on Trump's menu of possibilities in the first place, and why?
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Judge finds Wisconsin elections commissioners in contempt of court, orders them to quickly remove people from the rolls … (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  —  PORT WASHINGTON - An Ozaukee County judge found the state Elections Commission and three of its members in contempt …
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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Chandelis Duster / CNN:   Prosecutors say former Rep. Chris Collins should get a nearly 5-year prison sentence
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:   Behind the Collins scandal: How one phone call devastated two families
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
State Department security officials weren't notified of ‘imminent’ threats to US embassies  —  Washington (CNN)State Department officials involved in US embassy security were not made aware of imminent threats to four specific US embassies, two State Department officials tell CNN …
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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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ABC News:
Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Cory Booker, the Rocket That Failed to Launch
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Slate
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
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.
Discussion: National Review and Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Takes Credit For Obamacare, Says Democrats Want to Repeal It  —  Since he began running for president, Donald Trump has been lying about health care in general, and protections for patients with preexisting conditions in particular.  Trump's long-standing lie is that he has a plan …
Discussion: National Review, NBC News and Vox
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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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Joe Biden's campaign chairman rallies Wall Street donors for a big fundraising push ahead of primaries
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 …
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Prepare to be shocked!  Trump's one weird trick to avoid a campaign investigation.  —  The president is helping sideline the FEC in 2020 — and that's good news for his re-election effort … This is a tale of how President Donald Trump is avoiding judgment by the government agency that's supposed to …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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
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 Daily Caller, The Hill, ABC13 and UPI
 
 
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US budget deficit running 11.8% higher this year
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Erica Orden / CNN:
Treasury official pleads guilty to charge connected to leaks of Trump-related financial data
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Gigi Hadid Called to Potentially Serve as Harvey Weinstein Juror
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Iran Strategy May Cost Him in 2020 Election
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Fact Check: Joe Biden Has Advocated Cutting Social Security for 40 Years
Discussion: The Week
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court won't consider topless bans
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Roger Friedman / Showbiz411:
UPDATING Oscar Nominations: Snubs Include JLo, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, “1917” …
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CNN:
James Fallows' thought experiment about Trump
Discussion: HuffPost
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Video: Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown
Discussion: ABC News, National Review and The Week