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9:55 AM ET, January 17, 2020

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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.
Discussion: Instapundit
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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, CNN and The Hill
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Impeachment Trial Set to Put Vulnerable Senate Republicans in a Familiar Bind
Kevin Stone / KTAR.com:   Mark Kelly heads into election year with big cash lead over Sen. McSally
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
Washington Post:
Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point
Harry Litman / Washington Post:
Bolton matters. But the documents probably matter more.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Eschaton and Raw Story
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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Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
American Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Attack
Discussion: National Review
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
An Impeachment Trial That Could Unfold Out of Public View  —  President Trump's trial will feature bitter debates and intense legal wrangling.  Much of it is likely to unfold behind closed doors.  —  WASHINGTON — Americans tuning in to witness electrifying exchanges in the Senate impeachment trial …
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John Kruzel / The Hill:   Trump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts
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
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
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
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
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 …
Joe Biden / New York Times:
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, which will announce its Democratic primary endorsement on Jan. 19.
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Sanders climbs, now tied with Biden among registered voters: Reuters poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has been steadily climbing in popularity this year and is now tied with former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination among registered voters …
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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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
South Korea Is an Ally, Not a Dependent  —  Seoul can and should contribute more to its own national defense.  —  American presidents have long asked allies to pay more for their own defense—often with lackluster results.  But both the U.S. and South Korea now face strategic challenges …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mike Pence / Wall Street Journal:
A Partisan Impeachment, a Profile in Courage  —  JFK lauded the senator who bucked his party and voted to acquit Andrew Johnson.  —  The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual “Profile in Courage” award.  The award recognizes “a public official …
 
 
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Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Twitter apologises for letting ads target neo-Nazis and bigots
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NBC Universal:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“It's Quite an Upheaval”: In an Ongoing Makeover of the Times Opinion Babel, the Old Editorial Voice …
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