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4:35 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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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.
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  January 13, 2020 - Voters Divided On Killing Of A Top Iranian General, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 66% Want To See Bolton Testify In Senate Impeachment Trial  —  Slightly more American voters say that the killing of a top Iranian general was the right action …
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios, The Hill and Bloomberg
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.
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.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Republicans face reckoning on impeachment witnesses
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week, The Hill and Breitbart
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republicans Rule Out Outright Dismissal of Impeachment Charges
CNN:
White House wants Senate trial rules to include ability to dismiss Trump charges
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate vote to limit Trump's military actions against Iran in limbo
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Tangle Over Calling Witnesses in Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial
Discussion: NBC News 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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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:   Russian spies hacked Ukrainian gas company at heart of Trump impeachment trial
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
Be prepared to fight a dangerous new wave of disinformation during the Senate trial
Discussion: Raw Story
MJ Lee / CNN:
Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say  —  (CNN)The stakes were high when Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren met at Warren's apartment in Washington, DC, one evening in December 2018.  The longtime friends knew that they could soon be running against each other for president.
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem 2020 Race Continues to Shift  —  Support is firming up, but many still open to changing their support  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren continue to top …
Washington Post:
Sanders-Warren feud takes a turn onto the dangerous turf of gender
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN, ABC News and Politico
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.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
George Nader, key witness in Mueller probe, pleads guilty to child sex charges  —  George Nader, a key witness in the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, admitted Monday to bringing a 14-year-old boy to the United States for sex and to possessing child pornography.
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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Pensacola shooting was an act of terrorism, attorney general says  —  Attorney General William P. Barr said Monday that the December shooting that killed three U.S. sailors on a Florida base was an act of terrorism, as officials revealed harrowing new details about the 15-minute rampage …
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:   Barr Tightens Approvals of Probes of Presidential Campaigns
Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Calls Pensacola Attack Terrorism; Pressures Apple Over Gunman's Locked Phones
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
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK Memo  —  The State Department ordered employees days ago not to meet with an Iranian dissident outfit close to Rudy Giuliani and other Trumpworld figures.  Now, the memo is being overridden.  —  At whiplash speed, the State Department is walking …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
CNN:
Giuliani has lobbied to join White House impeachment defense  —  Giuliani: I would testify at impeachment trial  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose dealings with Ukraine are a key facet of the impeachment case, has been lobbying the President to join …
Discussion: HuffPost
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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: Fox News, HuffPost, NPR and UPI
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Here Are 10 Headlines Comparing Meghan Markle To Kate Middleton That Might Show Why She And Prince Harry Are Cutting Off Royal Reporters  —  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) didn't just shockingly “step back” as senior members of the royal family this week …
Discussion: The Royal Family, NPR and Mother Jones
American Oversight:
Joint Status Report: American Oversight v. DOE - Perry and Brouillette's Ukraine Records and Communications  —  Joint Status Report filed by American Oversight and the Department of Energy in American Oversight's lawsuit seeking the release of Secretary Rick Perry's communications …
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Ivana Kottasová / CNN:
Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second  —  How climate change impacted the world in 2019  —  (CNN)The world's oceans are now heating at the same rate as if five Hiroshima atomic bombs were dropped into the water every second, scientists have said.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Melissa Francis Offers Theory for Booker's Exit: I Heard 'He's Lazy'  —  For the claim, Francis cited Booker's unnamed Democratic colleagues who've appeared on her TV show.  —  Fox News host Melissa Francis on Monday reacted to the news that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) …
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Former NHGOP executive director, US State Department official Matt Mowers running for Congress  —  Slamming Democratic incumbent Pappas, Bedford resident declares bid for 1st District US House seat in interview  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas has his first high-profile Republican challenger.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Harvard professor sues NYT over Epstein donations story  —  A Harvard Law professor is suing The New York Times, accusing the paper of publishing “false and defamatory” information and employing “clickbait” in an article about him.  —  Lawrence Lessig, the legal scholar and political activist …
Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Unforced Errors on Preexisting Conditions  —  These Trump tweets have stirred up quite the reaction among lefties.  I hate to say it, but the lefties have a point. … Obamacare — enacted under, well, Obama — is the reason it's generally illegal for insurers in the individual market …
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.
 
 
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New York Times:
Iran Protests Rage Over Downed Jet, as Lawmakers Demand Accountability
Discussion: Axios and Al Jazeera
Nick Reisman New York / Spectrum News Central NY:
Preet Bharara Endorses In Westchester DA Race
Allison Jones / Campus Reform:
Student gov votes to ban Israeli hummus to be more ‘inclusive’
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
The U.S. is putting asylum seekers on planes to Guatemala — often without telling them where they're going
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Venezuela Mourns Soleimani
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Seattle reels in spending by ‘foreign-influenced’ companies
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Budget Deficit Topped $1 Trillion in 2019
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Accuses CNN of Helping Trump Spread Lies
Discussion: Apple Podcasts
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Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
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Urban Hollywood 411:
Fox Launches ‘Fox Soul’ Streaming Service Targeting African Americans
Discussion: New York Post
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
John McEntee Just Returned to the White House Despite Uncertified, “Closed” Disclosure
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
I Read 4,800 Pages of American History Textbooks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Reason
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
Swing voters on Trump: 'He drives me crazy but he'll get my vote'
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Heath / The Information:
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Brian Thompson / NBC New York:
Bomb in Van of NJ Shooting Attack Suspects Could've Killed People 5 Football Fields Away: Officials