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7:05 PM ET, January 15, 2020


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Democrats release more Parnas evidence, including voicemails with Trump associates  —  House impeachment investigators released a new set of evidence that was obtained from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani — including voicemails …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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.
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, Spectator USA and Mother Jones
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans break with Robert Hyde, latest player in Ukraine drama
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
I Don't Think the Lev Parnas Texts Are the Last Hound to Be Unleashed
Discussion:, Balloon Juice and CNN
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Ukraine's top prosecutor went after Marie Yovanovitch, step by step
David Corn / Mother Jones:
New Figure in Ukraine Scandal Was Taken Into Police Custody at Trump Resort Last Year
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 …
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
What's on Steyer's hand?
Discussion: Althouse, Fox News and The Hill
Walker Bragman / Paste - Recently Added:   Elizabeth Warren Failed to Mention “Medicare-For-All” Once During Tuesday's Debate
Bernie Sanders isn't facing enough scrutiny
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Confronts the Issue Dragging Her Down
Discussion: Vox
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The case for Elizabeth Warren
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.
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
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:   Northam temporarily bans firearms, other weapons on Virginia Capitol grounds
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 …
Daniel Chang / Miami Herald:
Virgin Islands allege Jeffrey Epstein trafficked girls as young as 11 as recently as 2018  —  A lawsuit filed Wednesday by the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands alleges that multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually trafficked hundreds of young women and girls …
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This media failure really could help Trump politically  —  We constantly talk about the news media's failure to aggressively call out President Trump's serial lies.  We talk somewhat less often about the media's failure to adequately convey just how deeply corrupt and absurd Trump's explicitly …
Discussion: Vox
Washington Post:
Impeachment live updates: House managers deliver impeachment articles to Senate; McConnell's office says Senate will formally accept them Thursday  —  The House on Wednesday delivered articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate and approved seven Democrats to serve as prosecutors in the third trial of a U.S. president.
Los Angeles Times:
Schiff says new evidence against Trump is likely to emerge during Senate trial
Discussion: New York Times and The Root
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pelosi names impeachment managers, ending House delay
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.
‘Huge mistake’: Senators in both parties rip impeachment press access  —  The Senate is prepared to enforce strict measures on reporters' access during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, hoping to avoid the spectacle of senators being yelled at in the hallways as they were during the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Here's what's in the U.S.-China trade deal  —  The U.S.-China trade deal that President Donald Trump and China's Vice Premier Liu He signed on Wednesday provides an escape clause for either country to withdraw if a dispute cannot be resolved through high-level talks.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:   Trump ‘broke the Chinese Communist Party’ with phase one trade deal, says Steve Bannon
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: The Week, Washington Post and Mediaite
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 …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Virginia Approves the E.R.A., Becoming the 38th State to Back It
Discussion: The Atlantic, The Hill and Mother Jones
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 …
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
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Sean Moran / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Wayne King to Blanket Airwaves in North Carolina with Defense of Trump
Justin Mattingly / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Virginia Union revokes group's permission for event that planned to honor Trump on MLK Day
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's agenda makes him the definition of unelectable
Discussion: CNN
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
WGN America Enters Cable-TV News Arena, Promising No Opinions
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
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: NBC News and Politico
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Pete Buttigieg's Campaign Cybersecurity Chief Resigns
Discussion: Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Federal judge temporarily halts Trump administration policy allowing local governments to block refugees
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and UPI