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11:55 AM 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: MSNBC, Raw Story, CNN, The Hill and The Week
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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 …
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 …
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP leadership: There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment
NBC News:
Pelosi says House vote likely Wednesday to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi announces Wednesday vote on impeachment articles
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Top Senate Republicans reject Trump's renewed call for immediate dismissal of impeachment charges
CNN:
Pelosi sets up floor vote Wednesday to name impeachment managers and send articles to the Senate
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Associated Press:
GOP senators reject plans to dismiss Trump impeachment
Discussion: National Review and Contemptor
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 …
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 …
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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Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Warren and Sanders' Famous Friendship Finally Ices Over
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.
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
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
BlackRock to Hold Companies and Itself to Higher Standards on Climate Risk  —  World's largest asset manager to take tougher stance against corporations that aren't providing a full accounting of climate change risks  —  BlackRock Inc. BLK -.90% said it would take a tougher stance …
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Sam Meredith / CNBC:
BlackRock CEO says the climate crisis is about to trigger ‘a fundamental reshaping of finance’
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 …
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.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
We Can't Trust the Media to Report Honestly on Iran  —  It's hard enough watching journalists blaming the United States for the Islamic Republic's perniciousness or exaggerating the importance of “revered leader” Qasem Soleimani while minimizing the actions of the courageous Iranians who oppose the mullahs.
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Kyle Drennen / NB Blog:   NYT Reporter Applauds Iran For Showing ‘More Restraint’ Than U.S.
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: HuffPost
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
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 …
Channel NewsAsia:
Tinder, Grindr accused of illegally sharing user data  —  OSLO: Popular dating apps like Tinder and Grindr are sharing the personal data of their users to third parties in breach of EU regulations, a Norwegian consumer rights group said Tuesday (Jan 14).  —  A new report by the Norwegian …
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.
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: globalnews.ca and ScienceAlert
Dario Thuburn / Agence France-Presse:
Trump to headline Davos summit as Iran drops out  —  Geneva (AFP) - US President Donald Trump will be the star attraction at this year's Davos forum, which will also focus on the fallout of climate change and a more inclusive model of capitalism, organisers said Tuesday.
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.
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.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg's campaign snowballs to 1,000 staffers and counting  —  Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign has brought on more than 700 staffers spread out across 33 states, with a growing number of organizers joining his ranks in states that vote on Super Tuesday, aides told POLITICO.
Discussion: National Review
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Trump is making the judicial branch white and male again  —  WASHINGTON — A couple of weeks after the 116th Congress opened in January 2019, President Trump announced his first slate of judicial nominees for that congressional session.  That slate was notable mostly for what it lacked: any hint of diversity.
Discussion: Raw Story
Allison Jones / Campus Reform:
Student gov votes to ban Israeli hummus to be more ‘inclusive’  —  Late last year, the student senate at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania passed a ban against Sabra Hummus on campus as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israeli products.
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  —  The Democratic candidates and New York-D.C. media exist in a largely closed bubble, reflecting their own obsessions and not reaching much of the country—while Trump is seen everywhere.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Wells Fargo Attorney Moonlights as Buttigieg Campaign Policy Adviser  —  The campaign has also had advisers sign non-disclosure agreements, and in at least one case attempted to lock someone up with a non-compete agreement.  —  Pete Buttigieg laughs at a campaign stop in Ames, Iowa, on January 13, 2020.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Term Limits for Congress?  That's a Terrible Idea  —  The best reason to take a Tom Steyer policy position seriously is to point out that it would just hand more power to lobbyists and the White House.  —  What's the worst idea in presidential politics this cycle?
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
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 …
 
 
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In a Year of Trade War, U.S. Deficit With China Shrank
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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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Ella Ide / Agence France-Presse:
Dispute over former pope's role in controversial book
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
France, Germany and U.K. Serve Notice on Iran Under Nuclear Deal
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Brandi Buchman / courthousenews.com:
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Discussion: CNN and Raw Story