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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.
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.
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Fact-checking Republican Sen. Susan Collins' confusing comments about the new documents from Lev Parnas  —  Lev Parnas: Trump is lying.  He knows me  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a pivotal swing vote in the fight over whether to allow new witnesses during …
Discussion: Roll Call, The Root, Foreign Policy and KTLA
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
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Susan Collins's willful blindness already looks awful
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
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
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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 …
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 …
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
Washington Post:
‘It was like a breeding ground’: Trump hotel's mix of GOP insiders and hangers-on helped give rise …
Discussion: National Review
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   Everything Rudy Did, He Did For Trump
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
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 …
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
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.
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Politico:
White House violated the law by freezing Ukraine aid, GAO says
New York Times:
Ukraine Investigates Trump Allies Amid Reports of Surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch  —  Newly released documents suggest that Ms. Yovanovitch was being watched in Kyiv while she was the American ambassador there.  —  MOSCOW — Ukraine has opened a criminal investigation into allies of President Trump …
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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
Kevin Stone / KTAR.com:
Mark Kelly heads into election year with big cash lead over Sen. McSally  —  PHOENIX - In what's shaping up to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate campaigns of 2020, and the costliest in Arizona history, Democrat Mark Kelly continues to dominate incumbent Sen. Martha McSally on the fundraising front.
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 …
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
Justin Worland / TIME:
The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning with Climate Change  —  A peculiar theme park in the Hague celebrates the history of the Netherlands through a series of miniature models.  The Madurodam features little canals, old-fashioned windmills, tiny tulips and, amid it all …
 
 
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David Steinberg / TheBlaze:
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Yalman Onaran / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos