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10:15 AM ET, January 14, 2020

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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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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 and The Week
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP leadership: There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment  —  Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters on Monday that there are not the votes within the Senate Republican caucus to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump—who endorsed an “outright dismissal” over the weekend.
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 …
Associated Press:
GOP senators reject plans to dismiss Trump impeachment  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans signaled Monday they would reject the idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as the House prepares to send the charges to the chamber for the historic trial.
Discussion: National Review and Contemptor
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 …
Washington Post:
Top Senate Republicans reject Trump's renewed call for immediate dismissal of impeachment charges  —  Top Senate Republicans on Monday rejected President Trump's call for outright dismissal of the impeachment charges against him, but continued to grapple with the shape of the Senate trial that could begin as soon as this week.
Discussion: HillReporter.com and The Hill
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate vote to limit Trump's military actions against Iran in limbo
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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BBC:   Burisma: US firm says Russia hacked company at heart of Trump impeachment
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
Be prepared to fight a dangerous new wave of disinformation during the Senate trial
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.
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Yahoo News:   Democrats to clash in final debate before Iowa votes
Marcia Brown / American Prospect:
Warren Commits to Using Executive Authority to Cancel Student Debt
Discussion: Redstate
MJ Lee / CNN:
Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say
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 …
Adam White / The Independent:
Vince Vaughn faces backlash after shaking Trump's hand at football game  —  Wedding Crashers actor previously described himself as politically libertarian  —  Vince Vaughn is facing a backlash after being filmed shaking hands with Donald Trump at a football game.
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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.
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.
Washington Post:
‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump's unfounded claim about Iran  —  The theory was born last Thursday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, where President Trump stood before men in hard hats and orange construction vests for an environmental announcement and offered a fresh rationale …
Discussion: Mediaite, Deadline and The Daily Caller
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
We Can't Trust the Media to Report Honestly on Iran
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Al Jazeera
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:   U.S. Embassies Were Never Told of Supposed Soleimani Threat Because It Didn't Exist: Officials
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Obama Passed the Buck.  Trump Refused to Play.  —  In the wake of the targeted killing of Iranian terror master Qassem Soleimani, an interesting fight has broken out—after Donald Trump failed to brief them in advance of the strike, Democrats began fulsomely criticizing the president.
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:   France, Germany and U.K. Serve Notice on Iran Under Nuclear Deal
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:   Boris Johnson calls for ‘Trump deal’ to replace Iran nuclear pact
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump planning to divert additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall  —  President Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget …
SFGATE:
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian, Mediaite, Raw Story and VICE
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: ScienceAlert
Ella Ide / Agence France-Presse:
Dispute over former pope's role in controversial book  —  Vatican City (AFP) - The Vatican was gripped Tuesday by a dispute over whether elderly ex-pope Benedict XVI was being used by the Catholic Church's ultra-conservative wing to undermine his successor Pope Francis.
Guy Davies / ABC News:
Saudi Arabia executed record number of prisoners in 2019: Report  —  Mohammed bin Salman had promised to curb the use of the death penalty.  —  LONDON — Saudi Arabia executed the highest number of prisoners in recent years in 2019, a year that saw the kingdom come under intense scrutiny …
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com and UPI
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump retweeted Pelosi in Muslim garb.  The White House made it worse.  —  After President Trump retweeted a doctored image of Democratic leaders dressed in Islamic garb, the White House offered a curious justification: Trump retweeted that image to send the message that Democrats are on the side of terrorists.
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Here Are The Lawyers Who Will Defend President Trump Against Impeachment  —  Toggle more options  —  President Trump is finalizing his defense team for his Senate impeachment trial as the process draws nearer.  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway outlined the leadership of the team …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The cost of Sanders' agenda would set a peacetime US record  —  John King: No real leader among Dems heading into Iowa  —  (CNN)While the new spending programs Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed in his presidential campaign would at least double federal spending over the next decade …
Guillaume Decamme / Yahoo News:
Fed up Venezuelans find solace on the beach  —  People enjoy Bahia de los Ninos beach in La Guaira, Vargas state, Venezuela  —  La Guaira (Venezuela) (AFP) - When Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for street protests at the weekend in a bid to rekindle popular outrage …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
American Held in Egypt Prison Dies After a Hunger Strike  —  Moustafa Kassem, detained in Cairo in 2013 and suffering from serious medical problems, had protested his innocence.  —  CAIRO — An American imprisoned in Egypt for six years on what he insisted were false charges …
Discussion: HuffPost, Fox News, UPI and NPR
Sébastien DUVAL / Agence France-Presse:
US speakeasies back in vogue — in echo of Prohibition era  —  The new speakeasies tend to lure in revelers seeking fancy cocktails with an illicit 1920s vibe — like The Mirror in Washington  —  Washington (AFP) - A century after the United States clamped down on alcohol and ushered in the Prohibition era …
Brandi Buchman / courthousenews.com:
Trump Campaign Adviser Pleads Guilty to Child Porn, Sex Trafficking  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - An informal adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign who testified in the Mueller probe pleaded guilty Monday to charges of child sex trafficking and possessing child pornography.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
 
 
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Jessie Yeung / CNN:
We have 10 years to save Earth's biodiversity as mass extinction caused by humans takes hold, UN warns
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Christopher Carbone / Fox News:
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The Daily Beast:
The Untold Story of How Trump's Fixers Silenced Stormy Daniels Just Days Before the 2016 Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Anjeanette Damon / Reno Gazette-Journal:
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Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Nick Reisman New York / Spectrum News Central NY:
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John DiStaso / WMUR:
Former NHGOP executive director, US State Department official Matt Mowers running for Congress
Discussion: Politico
Allison Jones / Campus Reform:
Student gov votes to ban Israeli hummus to be more ‘inclusive’
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
Ivana Kottasová / CNN:
Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second
Discussion: HuffPost and Blue Virginia
The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK Memo
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Accuses CNN of Helping Trump Spread Lies
Discussion: Twitchy, Mediaite and Apple Podcasts
American Oversight:
Joint Status Report: American Oversight v. DOE - Perry and Brouillette's Ukraine Records and Communications
Discussion: The Hill and Axios