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9:45 AM ET, January 16, 2020

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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 …
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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Ukraine Is Investigating Whether Marie Yovanovitch Was Under Surveillance By Rudy Giuliani's Associates  —  KYIV — Ukrainian authorities said Thursday they had opened a criminal investigation into whether the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch was under surveillance by associates …
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Five takeaways from Parnas's Maddow interview  —  Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas revealed new accusations against President Trump and his administration in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday night.  —  A day after the House published evidence provided by Parnas …
Discussion: MSNBC
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Chris Cuomo, Kellyanne Conway Renew Rivalry in Epic Fight Over Impeachment: ‘You Want That Moment to Go Viral’  —  CNN host Chris Cuomo and presidential spokesperson Kellyanne Conway reprised their ongoing, fractious on-air relationship in a long, rambling segment where almost no actual questions …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Ukraine Investigates Reports of Illegal Surveillance of U.S. Ambassador  —  A text message exchange including a businessman involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden suggested that Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was being watched in Kyiv.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Now Remembers Call With Lev Parnas  —  TOTAL RECALL  —  House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News on Wednesday night that he now remembers speaking on the phone with Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani actively involved …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
NBC News:
Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy  —  The Interior Ministry is also investigating alleged hacking of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company at the center of the Trump impeachment case.  —  Ukraine has launched criminal investigations …
Discussion: Axios and MSNBC
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’
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism  —  Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that a lawyer for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) threatened to sue him if he did not apologize for saying last month that the Republican conspired with an associate of Rudy Giuliani.
Discussion: Raw Story
MSNBC:
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.
Yuras Karmanau / Associated Press:   Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador
Washington Post:
GOP figure who said he tracked U.S. ambassador was previously involuntarily committed, records show
Discussion: Slate, Politico and Digby's Hullabaloo
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Trump Supporter Who Discussed Surveillance of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Has History of Stalking, Mental Health Issues
CNN:
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 …
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:   Pocan endorses Sanders, giving him a boost in Wisconsin
Reuters:   With rivals stuck in impeachment trial, Biden and Buttigieg to barnstorm Iowa
Los Angeles Times:
Who's lying? How the Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren feud could reshape the Democratic race
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
Bernie Sanders isn't facing enough scrutiny
Discussion: Washington Post, Twitchy and Fox News
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.
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
How Will the Senate Get Away With Its Sham Trial Now?
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Mitch McConnell Is Trying To Blackout Trump's Impeachment Trial
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will report three sets of results from the party's presidential caucuses.  And there is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner.
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Politico:
The caucus change that has Iowa bracing for a hot mess  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Bernie Sanders' energy and momentum suggest he could win the Iowa caucuses.  But the latest poll shows Joe Biden comfortably in the lead.  —  The problem?  Both could claim victory on caucus night.
Discussion: NBC News
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:   Doomsday scenario on the left: Warren, Sanders destroy each other while Biden skates in
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:   New Iowa caucus rules could spark clashing claims of victory
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.
Lia Russell / New Republic:
The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here.  And It's a Nightmare.  —  Vanessa Bain was less than a year into her gig as an Instacart shopper when the company announced it would no longer allow tipping on its app.  Instacart instead began imposing a 10 percent “service fee” that replaced the previous default tip of 10 percent.
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Koch network plans its biggest election-year effort in 2020  —  (CNN)The conservative political network affiliated with billionaire Charles Koch intends to launch its widest election effort in 2020 and could engage in nearly 200 federal and state races this year, top Koch officials tell CNN.
Sarah Rankin / Associated Press:
Virginia moves to brink of becoming 38th state to ratify ERA  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia on Wednesday moved to the brink of becoming the crucial 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in what was seen as a momentous victory for the women's rights movement even though it is far …
Discussion: Fox News and Blue Virginia
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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 The Week
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Doug Palmer / Politico:
Here's what's in the U.S.-China trade deal
Washington Post:
Eyeing swift impeachment trial, Trump's legal team aims to block witnesses and cast doubt on charges  —  White House lawyers are trying to engineer the fastest impeachment trial in American history, aiming to have President Trump acquitted by the Senate without witnesses and after just a few days …
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Aaron Feis / New York Post:   Pelosi quotes ‘Irishman’ before signing impeachment articles against Trump
 
 
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Financial Times:
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Discussion: Law & Crime
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: The Week
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This media failure really could help Trump politically
Discussion: Vox, Digby's Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Tess Owen / VICE:
Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Armed Militias Threaten to Storm the Capitol
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
John Bolton will speak in his book, if not at the Senate trial.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
New book portrays Trump as erratic, ‘at times dangerously uninformed’