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12:30 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: 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 …
Associated Press:
GOP senators reject plans to dismiss Trump impeachment
Discussion: National Review and Contemptor
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP leadership: There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment
CBS News:
White House expects GOP defections on calling witnesses in Senate impeachment trial
Washington Post:
Top Senate Republicans reject Trump's renewed call for immediate dismissal of impeachment charges
NBC News:
Pelosi says House vote likely Wednesday to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Raw Story
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
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Of course a woman can beat Trump
Discussion: CNN, Townhall and The Daily Beast
CNN:
9 things to watch in Tuesday night's Democratic debate
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
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.
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Adam White / The Independent:   Vince Vaughn faces backlash after shaking Trump's hand at football game
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.
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.
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.
Kyle Drennen / NB Blog:
NYT Reporter Applauds Iran For Showing ‘More Restraint’ Than U.S.  —  Listen to the Article!  —  Appearing on MSNBC Live With Ali Velshi Monday afternoon, New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi slammed the United States as a country that takes action “outside the law,” …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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.
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: Washingtonian
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.
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
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Jessie Yeung / CNN:
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Guy Davies / ABC News:
Saudi Arabia executed record number of prisoners in 2019: Report
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Ella Ide / Agence France-Presse:
Dispute over former pope's role in controversial book
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Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Here Are The Lawyers Who Will Defend President Trump Against Impeachment
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
Brandi Buchman / courthousenews.com:
Trump Campaign Adviser Pleads Guilty to Child Porn, Sex Trafficking
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