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8:40 PM ET, January 15, 2020


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Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Giuliani associate Parnas says Trump ‘knew exactly what was going on’  —  The indicted associate of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in an interview that Trump “knew exactly what was going on.”  —  Lev Parnas tells Maddow ‘Trump knew exactly what was going on’
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 …
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.
Lev Parnas tells Maddow ‘Trump knew exactly what was going on’  —  Lev Parnas is breaking his silence in an exclusive interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.  He says, “President Trump knew exactly what was going on.  He was aware of all my movements.  I wouldn't do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the President.
Discussion: Political Wire
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:
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 …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans break with Robert Hyde, latest player in Ukraine drama  —  Congressional Republicans are distancing themselves from Robert Hyde, a controversial House candidate and GOP donor who has become the latest figure to get wrapped up in the Ukraine saga that led to President Donald Trump's impeachment.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
How Giuliani's outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Ukraine's top prosecutor went after Marie Yovanovitch, step by step
Zachary Cohen / CNN:   Trump administration abruptly cancels three classified Iran-related briefings
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 …
Warren accused Sanders in tense post-debate exchange of calling her a ‘liar’ on national TV  —  In a tense and dramatic exchange in the moments after the Democratic debate Tuesday night, Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar on national television.
Washington Post:
Warren ‘came to raise a concern’ with Sanders after debate, his campaign manager says
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
What's on Steyer's hand?
Discussion: Althouse, Fox News and The Hill
Bernie Sanders isn't facing enough scrutiny
Discussion: Common Dreams
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Confronts the Issue Dragging Her Down
Discussion: Vox
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's agenda makes him the definition of unelectable
Discussion: Fox News
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
Aaron Feis / New York Post:
Pelosi quotes ‘Irishman’ before signing impeachment articles against Trump  —  Leave the articles of impeachment, take the cannoli.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday likened President Trump's request for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “do us a favor” …
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
Washington Post:
Impeachment live updates: House managers deliver impeachment articles to Senate; McConnell's office …
Daniel Chang / Miami Herald:   Virgin Islands allege Jeffrey Epstein trafficked girls as young as 11 as recently as 2018
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:
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
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Russian Premier Abruptly Quits Amid Swirl of Speculation on Putin  —  The unexpected move by Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev fueled speculation that President Vladimir V. Putin is maneuvering to stay in power when his term ends in 2024.  —  MOSCOW — Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev …
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 …
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, The Week and Mediaite
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:   Trump ‘broke the Chinese Communist Party’ with phase one trade deal, says Steve Bannon
‘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 …
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 …
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Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Wealthy donors now allowed to give over half a million dollars each to support Trump's reelection
Discussion: Raw Story
Jon Sharman / The Independent:
Putin and Assad caught on video mocking Trump
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
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Senate Republicans are blocking photographers from documenting the moment the House delivers articles …
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: 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, UPI and Daily Kos
Andy Gregory / Yahoo News:
Trump renews attack on lightbulbs and goes after dishwashers, fridges, toilets and showers