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7:45 AM ET, January 16, 2020


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New York Times:
Lev Parnas, Key Player in Ukraine Affair, Completes Break With Trump and Giuliani  —  In an interview, he said the president knew everything about the effort to push Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election.  —  WASHINGTON — Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman who played …
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC, The Week and Mother Jones
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 …
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
Collins rejects new evidence in Trump trial after saying she'd welcome it  —  Collins said in December that seeing the evidence in the case was necessary to determine whether Trump should be removed from office.  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said on Wednesday she doesn't think newly released evidence …
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’
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Now Remembers Call With Lev Parnas  —  TOTAL RECALL  —  House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News on Wednesday night that he now remembers speaking on the phone with Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani actively involved …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
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: Vanity Fair, UPI, ABC News and The Week
Washington Post:
GOP figure who said he tracked U.S. ambassador was previously involuntarily committed, records show  —  A Republican congressional candidate and former Marine who suggested last year that he was tracking a U.S. ambassador who had fallen out of favor with President Trump was once involuntarily committed …
Discussion: Politico, Vanity Fair, Slate and NBC News
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Five takeaways from Parnas's Maddow interview  —  Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas revealed new accusations against President Trump and his administration in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday night.  —  A day after the House published evidence provided by Parnas …
Discussion: MSNBC
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Trump Supporter Who Discussed Surveillance of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Has History of Stalking, Mental Health Issues
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Who is Robert Hyde? The latest character in the Trump impeachment saga has a wild backstory
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and Raw Story
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Parnas used access to Trump's world to help push shadow Ukraine effort, new documents show
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans break with Robert Hyde, latest player in Ukraine drama
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Washington Post:
How Giuliani's outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt …
Discussion: Spectator USA, Axios and Mother Jones
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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Doomsday scenario on the left: Warren, Sanders destroy each other while Biden skates in  —  “We cannot allow what was a nonaggression pact to transform into a suicide pact,” a progressive activist said.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Warren Told Sanders After Debate, ‘I Think You Called Me a Liar on National TV’
Bernie Sanders isn't facing enough scrutiny
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Washington Post:   Warren accused Sanders of calling ‘me a liar on national TV’ during tense exchange after Tuesday's presidential debate
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul threatens fellow Republicans with explosive witness votes  —  Sen. Rand Paul is waging a fierce campaign to prevent the Senate from hearing witnesses in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, vowing to force tough votes on his fellow Republicans if they break with the president or back Democrats' demands for new evidence.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
How Will the Senate Get Away With Its Sham Trial Now?
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Mitch McConnell Is Trying To Blackout Trump's Impeachment Trial
Miami Herald:
Pelosi impeachment manager is calling for McConnell's recusal from Trump Senate trial
Discussion: The Week and PJ Media Home
Aaron Feis / New York Post:   Pelosi quotes ‘Irishman’ before signing impeachment articles against Trump
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Landmark Trade Deal With China; New York Times Hardest Hit  —  President Trump signed the “Phase One” trade agreement with China today at the White House.  The agreement is far-ranging; you can read its entire text here.  Among other things, it includes “commitments from Beijing …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Here's what's in the U.S.-China trade deal
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 …
Daniel Chang / Miami Herald:   Virgin Islands allege Jeffrey Epstein trafficked girls as young as 11 as recently as 2018
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: Digby's Hullabaloo and Vox
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will report three sets of results from the party's presidential caucuses.  And there is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner.
Rebecca Ingber / Washington Post:
If there was no ‘imminent’ attack from Iran, killing Soleimani was illegal  —  Soleimani's “horrible past,” as Trump put it, cannot justify the strike.  —  President Trump and officials in his administration have put forward shifting explanations to justify the strike on Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lia Russell / New Republic:
The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here.  And It's a Nightmare.  —  Vanessa Bain was less than a year into her gig as an Instacart shopper when the company announced it would no longer allow tipping on its app.  Instacart instead began imposing a 10 percent “service fee” that replaced the previous default tip of 10 percent.
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Dark Money Group Linked To Ocasio-Cortez To Spend $500,000 Attacking Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg  —  A dark money group with ties to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Tuesday it will spend over $500,000 on digital ads attacking former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Discussion: Fox News
Dark-money group backing AOC spent $20,000 on anti-Biden Facebook ads
Discussion: Redstate
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Russia has already won the fight to undermine U.S. elections  —  If Russia's goal in meddling in U.S. elections has been to undermine trust in the democratic process, it has already won — and the U.S. isn't even starting to take the sort of steps that might reverse that outcome.
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Financial Times:
Angela Merkel warns EU: ‘Brexit is a wake-up call’
Discussion: Politico
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Afghan war plagued by ‘mendacity’ and lies, inspector general tells Congress
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Bloomberg plans to make a secret pitch to Silicon Valley billionaires, showing he's not afraid to schmooze Big Tech
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Trump Tried to Kill Anti-Bribery Rule He Deemed ‘Unfair,’ New Book Alleges
Discussion: Law & Crime
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
Where Christian evangelicals worship Trump more than Jesus - key voters stay loyal to president
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Treasury's internal watchdog is probing Trump administration Opportunity Zone program
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Sharman / The Independent:
Putin and Assad caught on video mocking Trump
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Trump Campaign Names Kimberly Guilfoyle National Finance Chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
John Bolton will speak in his book, if not at the Senate trial.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
New book portrays Trump as erratic, ‘at times dangerously uninformed’