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2:45 PM ET, January 14, 2020


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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: Daily Kos, MSNBC, Raw Story, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Senator Predicts a Dozen GOPers Might Break with Trump over Iran  —  Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine thinks last week's Hill briefings on the Soleimani assassination cost the White House way more Republican support than expected.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's briefing to legislators …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Republicans face reckoning on impeachment witnesses  —  Republican Sen. Rand Paul offered a warning to his colleagues as they began debating whether to hear from witnesses like John Bolton in President Donald Trump's imminent impeachment trial.  —  “Don't think you can just vote for Bolton …
Aaron Blake / Stamford Advocate:   Will John Bolton testify at Trump impeachment trial in Senate?
Bruce Udolf / USA Today:   House Democrats should subpoena Bolton to testify on Trump and Ukraine. It's not too late.
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 …
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
The Third Rail of Calling ‘Sexism’ Warren tried not to talk about it.  —  For a year on the presidential campaign trail, Elizabeth Warren has tried very hard to not have the kind of conversation about sexism that can be messy for candidates, but this week, in a fight with her ideologically …
Discussion: Scripting News
Melissa Gomez / Los Angeles Times:
Sanders, Biden and Warren in three-way race in California as primary nears, poll shows
Discussion: KTLA
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Of course a woman can beat Trump
Discussion: NBC News, CNN and The Daily Beast
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:   “Like, I'll Tune In When There's Two Weeks Left”: Why Trump Has a Huge Advantage Over Dems With Low-Information Voters
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 …
New York Times:
Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment  —  With President Trump facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, Russian military hackers have been boring …
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 and Washingtonian
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
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.
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.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron Gives Props To Trump After College Football Championship Win  —  LSU head coach Ed Orgeron gave a shoutout to President Donald Trump on Monday night after his team defeated Clemson to take home the College Football National Championship.
Adam White / The Independent:   Vince Vaughn faces backlash after shaking Trump's hand at football game
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.
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 …
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: New York Times, HuffPost, Fox News and NPR
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
CBS Denver:
State Scaling Back Drone Investigation: ‘We Will Continue To Remain Vigilant’  —  LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) - The Colorado Department of Public Safety said Monday it will be scaling back operations of its investigations into suspicious drone activity in northeastern Colorado.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump administration starts returning migrants deep into Mexico to combat border crisis  —  The Trump administration has started returning Mexican migrants deep into the country's interior as part of an expanding effort to deter illegal immigration and combat the ongoing crisis at the border.
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.
The Daily Beast:
Jitters at MSNBC as Brass Eyes Moving Chuck Todd and Talks to Shep Smith  —  Chuck Todd's daily show could move to mornings, causing angst among the show's staff.  Other potential changes could alter weekends and, eventually, the network's primetime roster.
Los Angeles Times:
An Australia in flames tries to cope with an ‘animal apocalypse.’ Could California be next?  —  Sam Mitchell balanced himself on a eucalyptus branch 30 feet above the ground as his meaty right fist clutched a koala, which wailed like a pig with breathing problems.
Airline employee took woman's number from her bag tag, then followed her on a flight, lawsuit says  —  Ashley Barno was in a boarding area at San Diego International Airport, awaiting a Chicago-bound flight, when a message from an unfamiliar number flashed across her phone, saying hello and asking how she was doing.
John Carney / Breitbart:
Consumer Price Index Surprise: Everyone Has Jobs and Prices on Many Things Are Falling  —  U.S. consumer prices barely rose in December despite record low unemployment, indicating that inflationary pressures remain very muted.  —  The Labor Department's Consumer price index increased .2 percent …
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots  —  Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues  —  Play Video  —  Be warned.  If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for.
Discussion: and ScienceAlert
Christopher Carbone / Fox News:
Top-secret UFO files could ‘gravely damage’ US national security, Navy says  —  The Department of Defense has top-secret classified briefings and a classified video about a UFO incident.  —  The U.S. Navy acknowledged the existence of the information, which concerns a 2004 encounter between …
Discussion: CBS News and HuffPost
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
BlackRock CEO says the climate crisis is about to trigger ‘a fundamental reshaping of finance’  — In an annual letter to CEOs published Tuesday, BlackRock chief executive Larry Fink said: “Climate change has become a defining factor in companies' long-term prospects.”
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.
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
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Who Controls Trump's Environmental Policy?
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Democratic Presidential Candidates Need to Start Talking About the Supreme Court
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone Easier to Crack
Channel NewsAsia:
Tinder, Grindr accused of illegally sharing user data
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
She's Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer, and She Thinks #MeToo Is ‘Dangerous’
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Trump is making the judicial branch white and male again
Discussion: Raw Story
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Wells Fargo Attorney Moonlights as Buttigieg Campaign Policy Adviser
 Earlier Items: 
Dario Thuburn / Agence France-Presse:
Trump to headline Davos summit as Iran drops out
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Doctored images have become a fact of life for political campaigns. …
Discussion: CBS News, Breitbart and The Hill
Ella Ide / Agence France-Presse:
Dispute over former pope's role in controversial book
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The cost of Sanders' agenda would set a peacetime US record
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg's campaign snowballs to 1,000 staffers and counting
Allison Jones / Campus Reform:
Student gov votes to ban Israeli hummus to be more ‘inclusive’
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
Be prepared to fight a dangerous new wave of disinformation during the Senate trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump planning to divert additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall