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4:00 PM ET, January 16, 2020


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Republicans Should Fear the Unknown on Trump Impeachment  —  Ignoring the accusation that Trump knew all about the Ukraine plot that got him impeached carries heavy political risks.  —  It's not yet clear how much of what Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Ukraine Investigates Reports of Surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch
Discussion: ABC News, UPI and Daily Kos
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Chris Cuomo, Kellyanne Conway Renew Rivalry in Epic Fight Over Impeachment: ‘You Want That Moment to Go Viral’
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Lev Parnas Just Took Down Attorney General William Barr
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and KTLA
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Susan Collins's willful blindness already looks awful
CBS News:
Trump impeachment moves to Senate ahead of historic trial
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Senate passes USMCA trade deal
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate kicks off historic Trump impeachment trial
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and The Hill
ABC News:
Trump impeachment trial live updates: Chief Justice Roberts, senators to be sworn in
Discussion: NBC News
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul threatens fellow Republicans with explosive witness votes
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump officially begins
Discussion: IJR
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.
White House violated the law by freezing Ukraine aid, GAO says  —  The White House budget office violated the law when it froze U.S. military aid to Ukraine, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report.  —  President Donald Trump ordered the hold on the critical security assistance …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Government watchdog concludes Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid
Discussion: The Root
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:   Trump administration violated the law by withholding Ukraine aid, Government Accountability Office says
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
F.B.I. Arrests Suspected Members of Neo-Nazi Group Before Virginia Gun Rally  —  The three men had obtained guns and discussed traveling to Virginia for protests against new gun control measures, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. has arrested three men suspected of being members …
Washington Post:
FBI arrests alleged members of white supremacist group ‘the Base’  —  The FBI has arrested alleged members of a white supremacist group on federal gun charges and other alleged crimes, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The charges, expected to be unsealed Thursday …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
FBI Busts Members of Neo-Nazi Group ‘The Base’ Days Before Richmond Gun Rally
Discussion: IJR, National Post and Fox News
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Amanda Golden / NBC News:
Two New Hampshire state reps switch their support to Amy Klobuchar  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar expanded her support base in the Granite State on Thursday when she picked up endorsements from two state representatives who previously supported Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren brushed off Bernie Sanders and taught a master class in handling sexism
Discussion: Twitchy
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why we shouldn't stop talking about the Sanders-Warren fight
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:   Here we go again: CBS News falsely accuses firefighters of flashing ‘white power’ symbol
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
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Daily Kos
The caucus change that has Iowa bracing for a hot mess
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: CBS Boston and The Hill
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had burst capillaries in his eyeballs after he died which pathologist tells Dr. Oz suggests he was STRANGLED and did not hang himself  — Dr. Baden shared never-before-seen photos of Epstein's eyeballs and the burst capillaries in his eye sockets
David Steinberg / TheBlaze:
Finally.  The Feds — including ICE — appear to be investigating Rep. Ilhan Omar.  —  At least three departments are reviewing what could be the worst-ever crime spree by an elected US official  —  On Oct. 30, I reported that the Department of Justice had assigned an FBI Special Agent in Charge …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Nick Reynolds / Casper Star-Tribune:
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney announces she will not run for Senate  —  Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney announced Thursday she will not be making a bid for the U.S. Senate, initiating a reelection campaign some predict could one day lead to her becoming speaker of the house.
Pete Buttigieg / New York Times:
Former mayor of South Bend, Ind.  —  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.
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Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and The Hill
Associated Press:
Judge postpones sentencing hearing for ex-Trump aide Flynn
Discussion: The Hill
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Intelligence officials ask Congress not to hold threats hearings after angering Trump last year
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