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12:55 AM ET, January 17, 2020

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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas Reveals Why He Turned on Trump World  —  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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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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
‘It was like a breeding ground’: Trump hotel's mix of GOP insiders and hangers-on helped give rise to impeachment episodes  —  They are key locations in the drama that led to President Trump's impeachment: the steakhouse table where Trump's private lawyer set out a nameplate, “Rudolph W. Giuliani, Private Office.”
Discussion: emptywheel and National Review
Politico:
Here's what the Parnas revelations mean for Trump  —  Lev Parnas, the indicted Rudy Giuliani associate at the center of the Ukraine controversy, has disrupted the days leading up to President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.  —  With a slate of newly released documents from House investigators …
Washington Post:
Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point  —  Lev Parnas said he arrived for his May meeting in Kyiv with a top aide to Ukraine's president-elect, Volodymyr Zelensky, with a clear directive from Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Lev Parnas says he watched Trump tell aide to fire the US ambassador to Ukraine  —  Washington (CNN)Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, told CNN he witnessed President Donald Trump telling a top aide that the US ambassador to Ukraine should be fired.  —  It was one of several instances …
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   Everything Rudy Did, He Did For Trump
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   'He's Lying': Lev Parnas Says He'll Post a Photo With Trump Every Time President Claims Not to Know Him
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.
David Harsanyi / New York Post:   CNN's bias is now beyond laughable
Kevin Stone / KTAR.com:   Mark Kelly heads into election year with big cash lead over Sen. McSally
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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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.
New York Times:
Sanders-Warren: An Alliance, if Not a Close Friendship, Suddenly Fractures  —  The dispute has led to negative attacks and doubts about party unity, exactly what Democratic leaders do not want to happen, for fear of handing an advantage to President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — For a year …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:   Sanders climbs, now tied with Biden among registered voters: Reuters poll
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: Mashable and Vanity Fair
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
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump  —  Shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday, ninety-nine of the hundred members of the United States Senate raised their hands and swore en masse to do “impartial justice” in the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.
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CBS News:
Trump impeachment moves to Senate ahead of historic trial
Ashraf Khalil / Associated Press:
Reporters getting 1st taste of impeachment restrictions
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Politico
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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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 …
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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Senator Susan Collins:
Senator Collins' Statement on Impeachment Trial Process
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and Contemptor
Craig Melvin / MSNBC:
Senator Chris Van Hollen on new GAO report: ‘This is a bombshell’  —  Nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office, the GAO, concluded that the Trump administration violated the law in withholding the aid to Ukraine.  Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, who last month …
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Washington Post:
White House hold on Ukraine aid violated federal law, congressional watchdog says
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Central California DA quits state association over its opposition to criminal justice reforms  —  A Republican Central California district attorney made a surprising decision last week to quit the California District Attorneys Association — whose president is Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley …
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Where Are the (Reform) Candidates in Ohio?  —  Few of Ohio's local elections feature candidates talking of criminal justice reform, but there are some notable exceptions such as in Cincinnati.  Some activists are pressing ahead through other organizing.  —  Ohio's criminal legal system can lay claim to many distinctions.
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 …
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Teacher of the Year Takes a Knee  —  Kelly Holstine is a left-wing Minnesota teacher who was honored as the state's Teacher of the Year for 2018-19, and made headlines locally by refusing to attend the White House ceremony at which the states' honorees were recognized last spring.
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 …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Joe Tidy / BBC:
Twitter apologises for letting ads target neo-Nazis and bigots  —  Twitter has apologised for allowing adverts to be micro-targeted at certain users such as neo-Nazis, homophobes and other hate groups.  —  The BBC discovered the issue and that prompted the tech firm to act.
The Marshall Project:
Facing Intimidation, Black Women Prosecutors Say: “Enough”  —  A lawsuit filed by St. Louis's first black female prosecutor highlights the virulent opposition progressive black women in the role say they have encountered. … St. Louis's first black prosecutor is fighting back.
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Detroit News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Top Democrat Asks FBI to Refuse to Cooperate With GOP Senators' Ukraine Investigation
Discussion: Law & Crime
Sean Illing / Vox:
“Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy
Andrew Cohen / Slate:
This Trump Supreme Court Short-Lister Says God Can Instruct Juries on Guilt and Innocence
Discussion: Raw Story
Yalman Onaran / Bloomberg:
Trump Tax Cut Hands $32 Billion Windfall to America's Top Banks
Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
Jessica Moulite / The Root:
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