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Washington Post:
'You're a bunch of dopes and babies': Inside Trump's stunning tirade against generals  —  There is no more sacred room for military officers than 2E924 of the Pentagon, a windowless and secure vault where the Joint Chiefs of Staff meet regularly to wrestle with classified matters.
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Leo Shane III / Military Times:
Trump blasted top military generals as ‘a bunch of dopes and babies’ according to new book  —  President Donald Trump blasted top military officials as “losers” and “a bunch of dopes and babies” for a lack of success in the recent wars during a tense meeting early in his presidency that set …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
A Meticulous Account of Trump's Tenure Reads Like a Comic Horror Story
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas Reveals Why He Turned on Trumpworld  —  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 …
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Washington Post:
‘It was like a breeding ground’: Trump hotel's mix of GOP insiders and hangers-on helped give rise …
Discussion: emptywheel
David Knowles / Yahoo News:   Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr
Washington Post:
Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Slate
NBC Universal:
“THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” SCORES HISTORIC RATING OF 4.5M TOTAL VIEWERS IN EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LEV PARNAS
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Harry Litman / Washington Post:
Bolton matters. But the documents probably matter more.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The McSally Maneuver  —  At this point, the goal of impeachment is simply forcing Republican senators to admit the truth.  —  On Thursday, in the halls of Congress, Senator Martha McSally was asked a simple question by reporter Manu Raju: “Should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?”
Discussion: Politico, CNSNews, POLITICUSUSA and CNN
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David Harsanyi / New York Post:
CNN's bias is now beyond laughable  —  As Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) walked through the hallways of the Senate Thursday, CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked her if the Senate should consider “new evidence as part of the impeachment trial.”  McSally shot back: “Manu, you're a liberal hack.
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
‘Liberal Hacks’: Ted Cruz Dropkicks Chris Cuomo After His Nasty Attack Against Martha McSally
Discussion: Mediaite
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP senator's vicious outburst shows the corruption of Trump's defenders
Savannah Behrmann / USA Today:
Susan Collins surpasses Mitch McConnell as the most unpopular senator in a new poll  —  WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Susan Collins has surpassed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the most unpopular U.S. Senator, according to a new tracking poll.  —  The Maine Senator's net approval rating …
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump
John Kruzel / The Hill:   Trump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts
New York Post:
Dems' impeachment trial strategy: endless circus worse than Kavanaugh hearings
Discussion: Fox News
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:   The Never-Ending Impeachment  —  Column: Efforts to remove Trump …
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Eleven US Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Strike  —  The troops were medevaced this week to Germany and Kuwait to be treated for traumatic brain injury after experiencing concussion symptoms.  —  Nearly one dozen American troops were wounded in Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack on Iraq's al-Asad air base.
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ABC News:   US service members injured in Iran bombing despite prior claims; 11 airlifted for treatment
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
American Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Attack
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
Trump expected to add Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz to impeachment defense team  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump plans to add three seasoned lawyers to his impeachment legal defense team, people familiar with the matter said, including Kenneth Starr, the hard-charging prosecutor whose work led …
Discussion: New York Post
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Washington Post:
Impeachment trial live updates: Trump expands legal team to include Dershowtiz, Starr and Ray
CNBC:
Trump impeachment defense team will include Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr and Jeffrey Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz
Discussion: Breitbart and The Independent
Washington Post:
Black Americans deeply pessimistic about country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds  —  President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, “What have you got to lose?”
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
New York Times:
Joe Biden: Former vice president of the United States  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  —  This interview was conducted by the editorial board of The New York Times …
Associated Press:
Georgia election server showed signs of tampering, expert says  —  The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the same expert discovered in August 2016.  —  BOSTON — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central …
Discussion: The Hill
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Kim Zetter / Politico:   Georgia election systems could have been hacked before 2016 vote
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Barr's Encryption Push Is Decades in the Making, But Troubles Some at FBI  —  Attorney general's earlier service, telecom experience shaped his views; some bureau officials were stunned by his rebuke of Apple over Pensacola shooter's iPhones  —  WASHINGTON—When Attorney General William Barr returned …
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Ari Levy / CNBC:   Big Tech is worth over $5 trillion now that Alphabet has joined the four comma club
Solomon Gustavo / Orlando Weekly:
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz accused of creating sex game with ‘points’ for sleeping with staff  —  In a Twitter clapback for the Capitol Hill ages, Florida state Rep. Chris Latvala accused Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz of designing a “game” with a point system for “sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators.”
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Angry Trump Says Focus Should Be on a Trade Deal, Not a ‘Hoax’  —  But the few times the president did anything in public on Thursday, it was clear he was unnerved by the prospect of a Senate trial.  —  WASHINGTON — Shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Senator Charles E. Grassley …
Jim Wallis / Sojourners:
International Bonhoeffer Society Calls for 'Ending Donald Trump's Presidency' in ‘Statement of Concern’  —  Two years ago, Sojourners magazine released our February 2018 cover story, asking the question, “Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?”  This week, the board of directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society …
CNN:
Exclusive: Evelyn Yang reveals she was sexually assaulted by her OB-GYN while pregnant  —  Washington (CNN)Evelyn Yang was reading letters that voters had sent to her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and suddenly stopped in her tracks.
Gary Levin / USA Today:
HBO won't pursue second season of ‘Watchmen’ after creator bows out  —  PASADENA, Calif. - “Watchmen” won a loyal following and critical acclaim, as the superhero comics series was adapted into a politically relevant drama about race and the criminal justice system.
Discussion: The Root, Mashable and Vanity Fair
 
 
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