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3:50 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, Daily Kos, 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
Aaron Blake / Stamford Advocate:
Will John Bolton testify at Trump impeachment trial in Senate?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump tries scripting a made-for-TV drama out of his impeachment trial
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Politico:   McConnell: Senate to vote on new trade deal before impeachment trial
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 …
Matt Welch / Reason:
The Woke Primary Is Over and Everyone Lost  —  In the run-up to tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, the last such contest before primary voting begins, one of the big storylines is about who won't be among the half-dozen candidates on stage.  —  “This debate is so white …
Discussion: Politico
Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:   Warren, Sanders backers feud after ‘Pocahontas’ text message
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
The Third Rail of Calling ‘Sexism’ Warren tried not to talk about it.
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
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 …
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.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   Did Mar-a-Lago Members Trade On Advance Knowledge Of Soleimani Attack?
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
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 …
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.
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.
Adam White / The Independent:   Vince Vaughn faces backlash after shaking Trump's hand at football game
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Alyssa Vaughn / Boston Magazine:
John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy  —  The representative is ramping up his Senate campaign against Ed Markey.  —  To kick off 2020, Joe Kennedy is ramping up his campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Ed Markey—and today, the 4th district rep's campaign shared …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Who Controls Trump's Environmental Policy?  —  Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce.  —  A small number of people at a few federal agencies …
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
Matt Ford / New Republic:
The Plot to Level the Administrative State  —  The nondelegation doctrine, unlike most legal concepts, is less boring than it sounds.  After the 1930s, it became constitutional esoterica, a relic of a bygone age in which the Supreme Court resisted efforts by Americans to regulate their own economic affairs.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Guardian and The Hill
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Democratic Presidential Candidates Need to Start Talking About the Supreme Court
John Carney / Breitbart:
Consumer Price Index Surprise: Everyone Has Jobs and Prices on Many Things Are Falling
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone Easier to Crack
Los Angeles Times:
An Australia in flames tries to cope with an ‘animal apocalypse.’ Could California be next?
Channel NewsAsia:
Tinder, Grindr accused of illegally sharing user data
Chao Deng / Wall Street Journal:
In a Year of Trade War, U.S. Deficit With China Shrank
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Term Limits for Congress? That's a Terrible Idea
Christopher Carbone / Fox News:
Top-secret UFO files could ‘gravely damage’ US national security, Navy says
Discussion: CBS News and HuffPost
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Obama Passed the Buck. Trump Refused to Play.
Discussion: The Federalist
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
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots
Discussion: and ScienceAlert
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