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11:15 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 …
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’
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 …
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: ABC News, Vanity Fair and The Week
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Slate and Law & Crime
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 …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans break with Robert Hyde, latest player in Ukraine drama
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Zachary Cohen / CNN:   Trump administration abruptly cancels 4 classified Iran-related briefings
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 …
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.
Bernie Sanders isn't facing enough scrutiny
Discussion: Fox News and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
Warren accused Sanders of calling ‘me a liar on national TV’ during tense exchange after Tuesday's presidential debate
Discussion: Political Wire
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
What's on Steyer's hand?
Discussion: Althouse, Fox News and The Hill
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.
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
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pelosi names impeachment managers, ending House delay
Los Angeles Times:
Schiff says new evidence against Trump is likely to emerge during Senate trial
Discussion: New York Times and The Root
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
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 CNBC
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 …
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: Digby's Hullabaloo and Vox
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Virginia Approves the E.R.A., Becoming the 38th State to Back It  —  Virginia's move is symbolic, and crosses the threshold of three-quarters of states needed for ratification.  Yet the fate of the E.R.A. is far from decided.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia on Wednesday became the 38th state …
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
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, HuffPost and Common Dreams
Dark-money group backing AOC spent $20,000 on anti-Biden Facebook ads
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
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Washington Post:
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