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3:25 AM ET, January 15, 2020

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The Daily Beast:
Parnas Associate Tracked Ousted Ambassador's Movements in Kyiv: Docs  —  “They will let me know when she's on the move... They are willing to help if you/we would like a price.”  —  On the eve of a Senate trial to remove President Trump, House Democratic investigators have released a trove …
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courthousenews.com:
Indicted Giuliani Ally Has Money-Tied Republicans Seeking Cover  —  WASHINGTON (CN) — Two weeks out from the 2016 elections, a first-time donor born in Ukraine lit up the map of the Republican Party with a $50,000 cash donation to Donald Trump's joint fundraising committee.
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Toensing Law Firm Distances Itself From Giuliani Letter to Zelensky  —  UKRAINE OUTREACH  —  Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas gave congressional impeachment investigators a letter on Giuliani's law firm stationery asking for a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky …
Washington Post:
Ukraine prosecutor offered information related to Biden in exchange for ambassador's ouster, newly released materials show  —  New materials released by House Democrats appear to show Ukraine's top prosecutor offering an associate of President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Discussion: The Week
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Who is the Robert Hyde who surfaced in House Intelligence Committee documents?  —  Robert Hyde, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Connecticut, surfaced in House Intelligence Committee documents released Tuesday.  —  The documents, released on the eve of the House vote …
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Dems release new impeachment evidence related to indicted Giuliani associate  —  The House Intelligence Committee released new evidence on Tuesday related to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Discussion: The Hill
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Republican candidate who made sexist comment about Kamala Harris owed thousands in child support while making big donations to Trump, GOP causes  —  Robert F. Hyde, the Republican candidate for Congress whose sexist and offensive tweet about Kamala Harris drew widespread condemnation from leaders …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Fox News
David Corn / Mother Jones:
New Figure in Ukraine Scandal Was Taken Into Police Custody at Trump Resort Last Year  —  On Tuesday evening, the House Intelligence Committee released a new batch of documents relating to the Ukraine scandal, and the material introduced a new player: Robert F. Hyde, a minor Republican lobbyist …
New York Times:
New Details Emerge on Shadow Campaign to Oust Ambassador to Ukraine
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Trump and His Aides Focused for Now on 2 Rivals (Neither Is the Front-Runner)  —  When it comes to the Democratic presidential primary candidates, President Trump is worried about Mike Bloomberg while his campaign sees an opportunity in Bernie Sanders.  —  President Trump's advisers …
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders camp admits anti-Warren script was deployed in multiple early states  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — The controversial talking points attacking Elizabeth Warren that Bernie Sanders' campaign deployed were given to teams in at least two early voting states on Friday, three Sanders campaign officials confirmed.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Sanders takes on Biden over Iraq war vote during Democratic debate  —  The final Democratic presidential debate before the pivotal Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses quickly erupted Tuesday night, as Bernie Sanders directly challenged former Vice President Joe Biden's initial support for the Iraq war …
Joe Murphy / NBC News:
Live Blog / January Democratic debate live updates: Six candidates face off in Des Moines
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC, The Hill and Breitbart
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:   Joe Biden says he'd consider Kamala Harris ‘for anything’ she wants, including VP
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Amy Klobuchar's moderate case against Medicare-for-all
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fact check: Did Biden introduce the first climate change bill?
Discussion: Breitbart
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Debate Highlights: Candidates engage on foreign policy, impeachment and sexism
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Hill
Matt Welch / Reason:   The Woke Primary Is Over and Everyone Lost
Jason McGahan / The Daily Beast:
Michael Avenatti Arrested by Feds at California State Bar Hearing  —  Stormy Daniels' ex-lawyer was taken into custody by federal agents during a disciplinary hearing at California's State Bar Court.  —  LOS ANGELES—Ex-Stormy Daniels lawyer and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti was led …
Discussion: The US Sun and The Daily Caller
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Impeachment trial security crackdown will limit Capitol press access  —  The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are launching an unprecedented crackdown on the Capitol press corps for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, following a standoff between the Capitol's chief security officials …
Politico:
McConnell courts GOP hard-liners, moderates and Trump as impeachment trial looms  —  The Senate majority leader is weighing strategy with key Republicans and keeping his plans close to the vest.  —  For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Trump impeachment trial marks …
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Fox News:
Michael Flynn moves to withdraw guilty plea, citing ‘bad faith’ by government  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn moved Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea for lying to the FBI in the Russia probe, citing “bad faith” by the government.  —  The court filing came just days …
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Adam Goldman / New York Times:   Michael Flynn Moves to Withdraw Guilty Plea in About-Face After Extensive Cooperation
Doha Madani / NBC News:
More than 50 injured after Delta jet dumps fuel on L.A. schools during midair emergency  —  At least 20 children and dozens of other people at 6 schools were treated for minor injuries after exposure to the jet fuel.  —  A Delta flight injured more than 50 people after dumping fuel …
Associated Press:
Trump counter-programs Democrats' debate with his own rally  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — As Democrats prepare for their last debate before primary voting commences, President Donald Trump is eager to provide political counter-programming in a nearby battleground state.
Discussion: Breitbart and WCCO | CBS Minnesota
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New York Times:
New Video Shows Two Iranian Missiles Hit Ukrainian Plane  —  Security camera footage verified by The New York Times shows that two missiles fired 30 seconds apart took down Flight 752, killing all aboard.  —  The New York Times has verified security camera footage on Tuesday that shows …
Clyde McGrady / Roll Call:
Brett Kavanaugh brings pizza to the Supreme Court and it is not good  —  The crust is slightly burnt around the edges where the cheese bubbles.  The pepperonis are large, oily and plentiful, so no complaints there.  —  Brett Kavanaugh has already left his mark on the Supreme Court, and it is pizza.
Wendell Potter / New York Times:
How the Health Insurance Industry (and I) Invented the ‘Choice’ Talking Point  —  It was always misleading.  Now Democrats are repeating it.  —  Mr. Potter is a former insurance executive.  —  There's a dangerous talking point being repeated in the Democratic primary for president …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:   President Trump Rejects Premise of Justice Department Briefs in ACA Case
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
America's Favorite Poison  —  Occasionally, Elizabeth Bruenig unleashes a tweet for which she knows she's sure to get dragged: She admits that she doesn't drink.  —  Bruenig, a columnist at The New York Times with a sizable social-media following, told me that it usually begins …
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
GOP lawmaker accuses Rep. Matt Gaetz of creating ‘a game’ where politicians get ‘points’ for sleeping with interns and married colleagues  —  In Florida politics, Rep. Matt Gaetz is not only known for getting into bitter arguments with Democrats — he is also known for his feuds with fellow Republicans.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times and Mediaite
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
Lack of diversity ‘pressures’ Yang to talk race  —  It's a quandary Andrew Yang didn't see coming but is starting to embrace: Being the last candidate of color in the Democratic primary with sizable support.  —  For most of the primary season, on the off-chance Yang talked about race, it was mostly to crack Asian jokes.
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Dave Chappelle endorses Andrew Yang in Democratic primary
 
 
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Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Trump agrees with UK's Johnson on replacing Obama-era Iranian deal
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Biden: “I would leave troops in the Middle East”
Discussion: NBC News, Reason and Breitbart
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Looks at Cuts to Military Aid to Iraq if Troops Are Asked to Leave
Discussion: The National Interest
John Binder / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Iranian National Arrested Near Mar-a-Lago with Machete, Knives Came to U.S. as Refugee
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Fox News Guest Points Out No One Actually Cares About Vince Vaughn Shaking Trump's Hand
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump looks to reward conservative Catholics for their loyalty
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Anna Merlan / VICE:
46% of Americans Are ‘Unsure’ if Vaccines Cause Autism. They Don't
Discussion: Gallup
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It Was Always About Supporting Trump
Matt Ford / New Republic:
The Plot to Level the Administrative State
Alyssa Vaughn / Boston Magazine:
John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy
New York Times:
Who Controls Trump's Environmental Policy?
Discussion: Washington Times
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump: Saudi Arabia paid the US $1 billion for more troops. Pentagon: Eh, not quite.