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7:45 PM ET, January 16, 2020

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NBC News:
FBI visits Robert Hyde's home and office after he's swept into Ukraine scheme  —  Impeachment investigators released texts earlier this week suggesting Hyde was tracking the movements of the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.  —  The FBI paid a visit to Republican congressional candidate …
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NBC Universal:
“THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” SCORES HISTORIC RATING OF 4.5M TOTAL VIEWERS IN EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LEV PARNAS  —  Maddow's Exclusive Interview with Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Dominates News Cycle and Draws Largest-Ever Audience for “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Kicking Off 2020 With Huge Ratings Win
CBS News:
Trump impeachment moves to Senate ahead of historic trial  —  Washington — After months of hearings and votes in the House, the impeachment case against President Trump is now in the hands of the Senate, where a trial to decide on the removal of a president set to get underway for just the third time in U.S. history.
Washington Post:
White House hold on Ukraine aid violated federal law, congressional watchdog says  —  The White House violated federal law in its hold on security aid to Ukraine last year, according to a decision by a congressional watchdog released on Thursday and reviewed by The Washington Post.
Ashraf Khalil / Associated Press:
Reporters getting 1st taste of impeachment restrictions  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has barely started and already journalists are getting a glimpse of how hard it will be cover the event under harsh new media restrictions imposed by the Senate.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Axios
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas: ‘I Felt Like My Family Left Me’  —  The Soviet-born businessman at the center of Rudy Giuliani's dirt-digging crusade in Ukraine tells The Daily Beast he's determined to speak out despite backlash.  —  In an interview with The Daily Beast, Lev Parnas—an ex-associate …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
'He's Lying': Lev Parnas Says He'll Post a Photo With Trump Every Time President Claims Not to Know Him
Discussion: New York Times
Politico:
White House violated the law by freezing Ukraine aid, GAO says
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   Everything Rudy Did, He Did For Trump
New York Times:
Ukraine Investigates Trump Allies Amid Reports of Surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Susan Collins's willful blindness already looks awful
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Ukraine Is Investigating Whether Marie Yovanovitch Was Under Surveillance By Rudy Giuliani's Associates
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Investigating Years-Old Leaks and Appears Focused on Comey  —  An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Washington …
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Reportedly Target Comey In Previously Unreported Leak Probe
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP senator's vicious outburst shows the corruption of Trump's defenders  —  If you were a United States senator who just snapped angrily at a reporter for politely asking whether compelling new information about a matter of great import to the nation was weighing on your understanding …
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Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Martha McSally takes a cheap shot at CNN reporter  —  Everybody knows CNN has a liberal bias.  But it's still not appropriate for a sitting Republican senator to bash one of its reporters when he asks a perfectly legitimate question.  —  That's what happened Thursday afternoon.
Senator Susan Collins:
Senator Collins' Statement on Impeachment Trial Process  —  Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued the following statement on the impeachment trial process:
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Susan Collins says she would “likely” vote to call impeachment witnesses
New York Times:
Virginia Capital on Edge as F.B.I. Arrests Suspected Neo-Nazis Before Gun Rally  —  The three men had obtained guns and discussed traveling to Virginia for protests against new gun control measures, officials said.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Alarming calls online for a race war.  The arrest of three suspected neo-Nazis.
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Washington Post:   FBI arrests alleged members of white supremacist group ‘the Base’
Bill Chappell / NPR:   FBI Arrests 3 Alleged Members Of White Supremacist Group Ahead Of Richmond Rally
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Bernie ‘will play dirty’: Ex-Vermont governor slams Sanders  —  A former Vermont governor and ex-chair of the Democratic Governors Association is taking aim at Bernie Sanders and his campaign, accusing the senator of trying to “Hillarize” Elizabeth Warren.  —  In an interview with POLITICO …
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:   Bernie Sanders's Foreign Policy Is Too Evidence-Based for the Beltway's Taste
Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren brushed off Bernie Sanders and taught a master class in handling sexism
Discussion: Twitchy
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
A Meticulous Account of Trump's Tenure Reads Like a Comic Horror Story  —  The essence of irony, Henry Fowler wrote in “A Dictionary of Modern English Usage,” is that it “postulates a double audience” — one that's in on the joke, and another that isn't.  The title of Philip Rucker …
Brian Bennett / TIME:
Inside Jared Kushner's Unusual White House Role  —  Jared Kushner's White House office is a shrine to his own influence.  Gold-framed accolades from his father-in-law hang on the walls, written in thick black Sharpie in President Donald Trump's spiky hand.  To Jared, Great job on Mexico.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Jessica Moulite / The Root:
Exclusive: Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time  —  We'd like to have A Word with you.  In The Root's op-ed video series, thought leaders across various disciplines give their perspectives on the important issues you should know about.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pelosi says Trump has options for State of Union  —  The Latest on President Donald Trump's impeachment (all times local):  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump can keep his Feb. 4 appointment with Congress to deliver his State of the Union address or he can ask …
Andrew Cohen / Slate:
This Trump Supreme Court Short-Lister Says God Can Instruct Juries on Guilt and Innocence  —  Judge William Pryor of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a jurist from Alabama with a long record in law enforcement, has twice now been high on President Donald Trump's short list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
Discussion: Raw Story
Shamira Ibrahim / New York Times:
‘The View’ Has a Meghan McCain Problem  —  The daytime co-hosts' heated bipartisan debates are played down as disagreement among friends.  But the strain for “civility” is tiring.  —  Ms. Ibrahim is a culture writer and reporter.  —  During an episode of “The View” earlier this month …
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
Bloomberg Campaign To El Bloombito Parody Account: Make Me Look Cool...Por Favor  —  There are very few things on this planet that Michael Bloomberg cannot buy.  Private jets, knighthood, Republican Congressional victories—their costs are droplets in a $59 billion sea of wealth.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
CBS News:
D.C. Fire Department recruits might be making “white power” hand gesture in photo  —  Washington — A photo of fire department recruits possibly using a racist hand gesture is being investigated by District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services.  CBS Washington, D.C. affiliate WUSA-TV reports …
Denver Post:
For people, policy and Colorado politics  —  With committee hearings yet to start, the biggest action at the state Capitol this week - so far, at least - was outside the building.  Homeless people who'd erected tents less than a block away were required by the city to pack up and move Wednesday morning.
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Eleven people arrested during ‘Remove Trump’ protests in Senate buildings  —  Protesters occupied part of the Russell Senate Office Building on Thursday shortly after the Senate accepted a pair of articles presented by House Democrats officially opening the impeachment trial against President Trump.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“It's Quite an Upheaval”: In an Ongoing Makeover of the Times Opinion Babel, the Old Editorial Voice of God Is Being Rationed  —  Even as controversies (Bret Stephens) explode like bombs, Opinion chief James Bennet, the second-most powerful journalist at the Times, pursues his cacophonous plans.
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Top Democrat Asks FBI to Refuse to Cooperate With GOP Senators' Ukraine Investigation  —  In a letter obtained by The Daily Beast, Sen. Wyden urges the bureau to deny two Senate Republicans' requests for materials from an ex-DNC consultant.  —  A top member of the Senate Finance Committee …
Discussion: Law & Crime
 
 
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David Steinberg / TheBlaze:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Yalman Onaran / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos