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4:45 PM ET, January 15, 2020


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Washington Post:
Lev Parnas and Rudy Giuliani have demolished Trump's claims of innocence  —  New documents show why the president has been trying to hide evidence from Congress.  —  Americans who have been wondering why President Trump has taken the extraordinary step of trying to block every document …
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Trump Supporter Who Discussed Surveillance of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Has History of Stalking, Mental Health Issues  —  The man who relayed information about Marie Yovanovitch's location to Rudy Giuliani's Ukrainian associates was a known stalker with mental health issues.
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Talking Points Memo
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Department abruptly cancels briefings on Iran, embassy security  —  The State Department abruptly canceled two classified congressional briefings Wednesday that were supposed to focus on embassy security and the U.S. relationship with Iran, Capitol Hill aides said …
Washington Post:
How Giuliani's outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt for material to bolster Trump  —  The four men are gathered around a table cluttered with glasses inside an exclusive Parisian cigar bar, beaming as they each offer an ebullient thumbs-up for the camera.
Discussion: Axios and Mother Jones
David Corn / Mother Jones:
New Figure in Ukraine Scandal Was Taken Into Police Custody at Trump Resort Last Year
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
I Don't Think the Lev Parnas Texts Are the Last Hound to Be Unleashed
Discussion: CNN, and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
The Fog of Rudy
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Washington Post:
Ukraine prosecutor offered information related to Biden in exchange for ambassador's ouster …
New York Times:
Here Are New Details on That Warren and Sanders Post-Debate Exchange  —  Following a tense debate during which Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders clashed over a disputed remark, the two exchanged words, but did not shake hands. … NEWTON, Iowa — It was the most tense moment …
Washington Post:
Warren ‘came to raise a concern’ with Sanders after debate, his campaign manager says  —  DES MOINES — Sen. Elizabeth Warren “came to raise a concern” with Sen. Bernie Sanders after Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, according to Sanders's campaign manager, who briefly described …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The case for Elizabeth Warren
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
CNN Has It In for Bernie  —  The cable news network …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Bernie Boneheads and Liz Losers Unite!
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
New book portrays Trump as erratic, ‘at times dangerously uninformed’  —  President Trump reveals himself as woefully uniformed about the basics of geography, incorrectly telling Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “It's not like you've got China on your border.”  He toys with awarding himself the Medal of Freedom.
Washington Post:
Impeachment live updates: House members vote to send articles of impeachment against Trump to Senate, approve seven members to serve as prosecutors in trial  —  The House voted Wednesday to send articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate and approved seven Democrats to serve …
Los Angeles Times:
Schiff says new evidence against Trump is likely to emerge during Senate trial
Discussion: The Root
Associated Press:
Who are the House's 7 impeachment prosecutors?
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Alayna Treene / Axios:
House votes to send articles of impeachment to Senate
Discussion: The Hill
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:   Val Demings: Impeachment Manager Offers Law Enforcement Experience
Pelosi announces the seven impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against Trump
Discussion: NBC News
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Northam temporarily bans firearms, other weapons on Virginia Capitol grounds  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced a temporary ban on firearms and other weapons on the Capitol grounds, saying he was responding to “credible intelligence” about potential violence at a gun-rights rally planned for Monday.
Tess Owen / VICE:
Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Armed Militias Threaten to Storm the Capitol  —  In response to what he described as “credible intelligence” of threats of violence at an upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency …
Aaron Gell / GEN:
Death Threats Are Sending the South's Only Socialist Lawmaker Into Hiding
Discussion: Washington Post
Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:
I tried to interview Sen. Peter Lucido.  He told me a group of schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with me.  —  I waited outside the Michigan Senate chamber to ask Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) on Tuesday for a comment about the Detroit Metro Times' story reporting that he was a member of a violent …
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan senator to female reporter: High school boys could ‘have a lot of fun’ with you
Discussion: Michigan Advance and Raw Story
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Michigan lawmaker apologizes for comments to female reporter
Discussion: Michigan Advance
Russian government resigns as Putin proposes reforms that could extend his grip on power  —  Moscow, Russia (CNN)The entire Russian government is resigning, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Wednesday, after Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping reforms that could extend his decades-long grip on power beyond the end of his presidency.
Washington Post:
Days before Europeans warned Iran of nuclear deal violations, Trump secretly threatened to impose 25% tariff on European autos if they didn't  —  A week before Germany, France and Britain formally accused Iran of breaching the 2015 nuclear deal, the Trump administration issued a private threat …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
Lawsuit Claims Epstein Trafficked Girls in Caribbean Until 2018  —  The attorney general of the Virgin Islands says Mr. Epstein and his associates used a database to track victims as young as 11 years old.  —  New evidence shows Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused and trafficked hundreds …
Discussion: UPI, New York Post and CNBC
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
John Bolton will speak in his book, if not at the Senate trial.  —  The Senate is still discussing whether it will hear witness testimony from John Bolton, the former national security adviser, who has said he would comply with a subpoena during the impeachment trial.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
NPR's sanitizing of Trump's Milwaukee rally shows how he's broken the media  —  Trump at his rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday.  Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images  —  In trying to be above taking sides, the mainstream media does Trump a favor by making order out of his chaos.
Andy Gregory / Yahoo News:
Trump renews attack on lightbulbs and goes after dishwashers, fridges, toilets and showers  —  Donald Trump has revisited his vendetta against energy-saving lightbulbs, ascribing them the blame for his orange hue while extending the focus of his ire to include showers, dishwashers and toilets in a wide-ranging rally speech in
Discussion: The Independent
Douglas London / Just Security:
The President, His Relationship with Intelligence, and the Soleimani Strike  —  When it comes to intelligence, like with so much else, President Donald Trump likes big names.  It's this focus on celebrity, headlines, and immediate gratification — versus substance, impact, and consequences — that so often motivates him.
Washington Post:
Virginia lawmakers pass Equal Rights Amendment in historic vote  —  RICHMOND — Both chambers of Virginia's General Assembly passed the Equal Rights Amendment Wednesday, fulfilling a promise that helped Democrats seize control of the legislature and marking a watershed moment …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Twitchy and Vox
Virginia moves to brink of becoming 38th state to ratify ERA
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Trump Campaign Names Kimberly Guilfoyle National Finance Chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee
Kiah Collier / The Texas Tribune:
Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Senate Republicans are blocking photographers from documenting the moment the House delivers articles …
Denise Petski / Deadline:
Ronan Farrow To Investigate Threats & Violence Against Journalists In HBO Documentary Film
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick to seek treatment for alcoholism
Discussion: The Hill and Roll Call
The Ministry Of Untruth  —  What Donald Trump's unending stream …
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Slager / Redstate:
Michael Bloomberg Had a Horrible Debate Without Attending — His Campaign Twitter Account Goes Off the Rails Last Night
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
‘OK, Boomer’ makes a Supreme Court appearance in age case
Discussion: Politico
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Pete Buttigieg's Campaign Cybersecurity Chief Resigns
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ex-JPMorgan Banker Invited Erik Prince on Secret Venezuela Trip
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Michael Avenatti ordered to remain in jail amid new accusations of money laundering
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Federal judge temporarily halts Trump administration policy allowing local governments to block refugees
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Brian Mast speaks — silence ensues
Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Steve Hayes / The Dispatch:
Justin Amash Has a Decision to Make
Discussion: Reason