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9:15 PM ET, January 15, 2020


 Top Items: 
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 …
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’
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: ABC News, The Week and 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 …
Washington Post:
How Giuliani's outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans break with Robert Hyde, latest player in Ukraine drama
Discussion: Raw Story and East Bay Times
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
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
Collins rejects new evidence in Trump trial after saying she'd welcome it
Discussion: Slate, POLITICUSUSA and Law & Crime
New York Times:
Warren Told Sanders After Debate, ‘I Think You Called Me a Liar on National TV’  —  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.
Exclusive: Warren accused Sanders in tense post-debate exchange of calling her a ‘liar’ on national TV  —  Sanders responded that it was Warren who called him a liar and said they should not talk about it right then.  —  When the CNN/Des Moines Register debate concluded …
Washington Post:
Warren ‘came to raise a concern’ with Sanders after debate, his campaign manager says
Bernie Sanders isn't facing enough scrutiny
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
What's on Steyer's hand?
Discussion: Althouse, Fox News and The Hill
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's agenda makes him the definition of unelectable
Discussion: Fox News
Miami Herald:
Pelosi impeachment manager is calling for McConnell's recusal from Trump Senate trial  —  A Florida congresswoman who on Wednesday became an impeachment manager in President Donald Trump's upcoming Senate trial wants to remove the lead juror: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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” …
‘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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Schiff says new evidence against Trump is likely to emerge during Senate trial
Discussion: New York Times and The Root
Washington Post:
Eyeing swift impeachment trial, Trump's legal team aims to block witnesses and cast doubt on charges
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and NBC News
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
Discussion: Townhall
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.
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
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 …
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Intel agencies push to close threats hearing after Trump outburst  —  The U.S. intelligence community is trying to persuade House and Senate lawmakers to drop the public portion of an annual briefing on the globe's greatest security threats — a move compelled by last year's session that provoked …
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 …
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: Washington Post, The Week and Mediaite
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 …
Jon Sharman / The Independent:
Putin and Assad caught on video mocking Trump  —  Russian president jokingly urges counterpart to invite US leader to Syria  —  Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad have been caught on video mocking Donald Trump.  —  At a recent summit in Damascus the leaders were filmed discussing …
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 …
Steve Hayes / The Dispatch:
Justin Amash Has a Decision to Make  —  ‘Is there any better time to have a president who might be not from either party?’  —  Three weeks from the first votes of the 2020 election, the presidential race seems—finally—to be taking shape.  Republicans, having blocked any serious attempts …
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Matt Welch / Reason:
Justin Amash's Biggest Fiscally Conservative National Donors Are Abandoning His Re-election Bid
Discussion: Big League Politics
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The case for Elizabeth Warren  —  The second article in a Vox series making the best case for the leading Democratic candidates. … Sen. Elizabeth Warren's most viral debate moments feature blistering rebuttals to challengers who dare emphasize presidential constraint or political limits.
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Confronts the Issue Dragging Her Down
Discussion: Vox
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Rand Paul threatens fellow Republicans with explosive witness votes
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Ministry Of Untruth  —  What Donald Trump's unending stream …
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
Andy Gregory / Yahoo News:
Trump renews attack on lightbulbs and goes after dishwashers, fridges, toilets and showers