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5:10 PM ET, January 14, 2020

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BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Telling Key Supporters To De-Escalate From The Fight With Bernie Sanders  —  CLIVE, Iowa — Elizabeth Warren's campaign is telling key online supporters that their “goal is de-escalation” and warning backers not to accuse Bernie Sanders of sexism …
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Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:
Warren, Sanders backers feud after ‘Pocahontas’ text message  —  A text message that referred to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” that was sent through rival Bernie Sanders' volunteer messaging system led to social media feuding and confusion among supporters of both candidates.
Matt Welch / Reason:
The Woke Primary Is Over and Everyone Lost  —  In the run-up to tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, the last such contest before primary voting begins, one of the big storylines is about who won't be among the half-dozen candidates on stage.  —  “This debate is so white …
Discussion: Politico
Eric S / PVA:
Expose2020 - PART 1: Bernie 2020 Field Organizer States “F***ing Cities Will Burn” if Trump Wins Re-Election; Calls for Violence, Mass Murder of Opposition, and “Reign of Terror”  —  Kyle Jurek, Iowa Field Organizer, Sanders Campaign: “I'm Ready to Throw Down Now...The Billionaire Class.
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
The Third Rail of Calling ‘Sexism’ Warren tried not to talk about it.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Scripting News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Up to 10 GOP senators consider bucking Trump on war powers  —  As many as 10 Republican senators are considering bucking President Trump on a resolution that would limit his ability to take military action against Iran.  —  The increasing number is the latest sign of growing GOP frustration …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi may yet have the last laugh  —  Some voices in the punditocracy have insisted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “lost” in finally agreeing to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate.  Pelosi has responded that the delay resulted in a bunch …
Discussion: MSNBC, Raw Story, Daily Kos and CNN
The Daily Beast:
Senator Predicts a Dozen GOPers Might Break with Trump over Iran
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How GOP senators are already pre-spinning their coverup for Trump
New York Daily News:
Off-duty Secret Service agent shoots and kills dog on a leash in Brooklyn  —  An off-duty Secret Service agent fatally shot a dog being walked on a leash through a Brooklyn neighborhood Monday night, police sources and witnesses said.  —  The agent, whose name has not been released …
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New York Times:
Off-Duty Secret Service Agent Shoots and Kills Dog in Brooklyn  —  The agent told the police the animal had charged at him while he was walking in Windsor Terrace on Monday night.  —  An off-duty Secret Service agent shot and killed a dog that he told the police had charged at him while he was walking …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Did Mar-a-Lago Members Trade On Advance Knowledge Of Soleimani Attack?  —  Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) want to know whether any Mar-a-Lago members had advanced knowledge that the Trump administration would kill a top Iranian general — and whether they used that knowledge to game the stock market.
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The Daily Beast:
Warren Calls for SEC Probe Into Whether Trump Tipped Off Mar-a-Lago Pals to Soleimani Attack  —  The president told Mar-a-Lago guests to expect a “big” response to Iranian provocation.  The senator wants financial regulators to see if any of those guests traded on that info.
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Impeachment trial security crackdown will limit Capitol press access  —  Press pens and no walking and talking draw criticism from press corps advocates  —  Senators look to clear legislative deck before impeachment trial Impeachment articles' path to Senate governed by rules and precedent Road Ahead …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Fox News Guest Points Out No One Actually Cares About Vince Vaughn Shaking Trump's Hand  —  Is “cancel culture” real?  —  In the case of Actor Vince Vaughn shaking President Donald Trump's hand, Fox News led viewers to believe that the outrage and “cancel culture” calls were legitimate …
Discussion: Vox, Fox News and The Daily Beast
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Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:   LSU Coach Ed Orgeron Gives Props To Trump After College Football Championship Win
Adam White / The Independent:   Vince Vaughn faces backlash after shaking Trump's hand at football game
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A modest proposal to save American democracy  —  In a democracy, neither one of these men would have their jobs.  Mark Wilson/Getty Images  —  A law journal just floated a wild idea to add 127 more states to the union.  And it's all constitutional.  —  American democracy is broken.
Discussion: Twitchy
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Joe Biden says he'd consider Kamala Harris ‘for anything’ she wants, including VP  —  Read more: The Bee's interview with Joe Biden  —  In an interview with The Sacramento Bee's California Nation podcast, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden discussed his approach to the Golden State …
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Melissa Gomez / Los Angeles Times:
Sanders, Biden and Warren in three-way race in California as primary nears, poll shows
Discussion: KTLA
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state.
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:   The Democratic Presidential Candidates Need to Start Talking About the Supreme Court
Alyssa Vaughn / Boston Magazine:
John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy  —  The representative is ramping up his Senate campaign against Ed Markey.  —  To kick off 2020, Joe Kennedy is ramping up his campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Ed Markey—and today, the 4th district rep's campaign shared …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump: Saudi Arabia paid the US $1 billion for more troops.  Pentagon: Eh, not quite.  —  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans on Monday.  Alika Jenner/Getty Images  —  Trump seemingly announced …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Considers New System for Releasing Key Economic Reports  — Labor Department plans to remove computers from media lockups  — Move could spur arms race among traders for access to numbers  —  The Trump administration plans to restrict the news media's ability to prepare advance stories …
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas Shown in Photo With Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner  —  HELLO  —  Lev Parnas met Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, according to a previously unreleased photo shared with The Daily Beast by Parnas' attorney Joseph Bondy.  The picture, published here for the first time …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren says her plan to eliminate student loan debt can bypass Congress  — Presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on Tuesday that she would begin to eliminate student loan debt on the first day of her administration, using legal tools that would allow her to bypass Congress.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It Was Always About Supporting Trump  —  One of the truisms of the last three years — most often spoken by Democrats — is that everyone has an interest in preventing future Russian interventions in U.S. elections because next time it could be Republicans who are the target rather than Democrats.
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
He thought his U.S. passport and letters to Trump would save him from dying in an Egyptian prison.  He was wrong.  —  CAIRO — As an American imprisoned in Egypt, Mustafa Kassem thought his government would come to his rescue from what he saw as his unjust incarceration.
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times, Fox News and NPR
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
James Murdoch Slams Fox News and News Corp Over Climate-Change Denial  —  Rupert Murdoch's younger son and his wife issued a rare public rebuke of the family's media empire and its promotion of climate-change skeptics during Australia's bushfire crisis.  —  In a long-simmering rift between factions …
New York Times:
Who Controls Trump's Environmental Policy?  —  Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce.  —  A small number of people at a few federal agencies …
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
GOP lawmaker accuses Rep. Matt Gaetz of creating ‘a game’ where politicians get ‘points’ for sleeping with interns and married colleagues  —  In Florida politics, Rep. Matt Gaetz is not only known for getting into bitter arguments with Democrats — he is also known for his feuds with fellow Republicans.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
The Daily Beast:
The Untold Story of How Trump's Fixers Silenced Stormy Daniels Just Days Before the 2016 Election  —  A new book exposes for the first time the extraordinary efforts by Michael Cohen, David Pecker, and others to hush up a porn star about her sexual fling with the future president.
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Dear Dems, Don't Walk Into Trump's Foreign Policy Trap  —  The president is trying to box his opponents into playing familiar roles in the debate over Iran.  —  President Trump has stepped back from the brink of his own war with Iran, but the incoherence of his foreign policy remains on full display.
Associated Press:
Questions of racism linger as Harry, Meghan step back  —  LONDON (AP) — When accomplished, glamorous American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, she was hailed as a breath of fresh air for Britain's fusty royal family.  That honeymoon didn't last.
Discussion: Washington Post and BuzzFeed News
Kate Payne / NPR:
Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App  —  Iowa's Democratic Party plans to use a new internet-connected smartphone app to help calculate and transmit results during the state's caucuses next month, Iowa Public Radio and NPR have confirmed.
Discussion: The Hill
Anna Merlan / VICE:
46% of Americans Are ‘Unsure’ if Vaccines Cause Autism.  They Don't  —  Misinformation has a powerful half-life, particularly when it comes to public health.  In the latest demonstration of this, a new Gallup poll shows that there's still “substantial uncertainty” among Americans …
Nick Squires / Yahoo News:
Catholic Church criticises The New Pope for scene of nuns in nighties dancing beneath crucifix  —  A scene in The New Pope, a mini-series starring Jude Law and John Malkovich, in which sexy young nuns dance in their nighties beneath a giant fluorescent crucifix, has incurred the wrath of the Catholic Church.
Issues & Insights:
Hillary Clinton Vindicated On Corruption Charges?  Hardly  —  Last week, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department had wound down a Hillary Clinton-related inquiry after finding “nothing of consequence.”  That set off a series of Hosannas from the allegedly non-partisan press …
Discussion: Instapundit
Matt Ford / New Republic:
The Plot to Level the Administrative State  —  The nondelegation doctrine, unlike most legal concepts, is less boring than it sounds.  After the 1930s, it became constitutional esoterica, a relic of a bygone age in which the Supreme Court resisted efforts by Americans to regulate their own economic affairs.
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Homeland’ star accuses Trump of trying to ‘have it both ways’ on intelligence  —  “Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin is accusing President Trump of wanting to have it “both ways” with the U.S. intelligence community and selectively picking which conclusions to support.
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views  —  White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Doctored images have become a fact of life for political campaigns.  When they're disproved, believers 'just don't care.'  —  There's an explosion of online disinformation from politicians.  They do it for a simple reason: It works, and there's no price to pay.
Discussion: CBS News, Breitbart and The Guardian
 
 
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump looks to reward conservative Catholics for their loyalty
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Wall Street Journal:
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Daniel Burke / CNN:
Every Catholic bishop in Texas is slamming Gov. Abbott's decision to bar refugees
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump tries scripting a made-for-TV drama out of his impeachment trial
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SFGATE:
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Ian Sample / The Guardian:
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