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11:05 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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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: One America News Network and 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
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Ukraine Investigates Reports of Surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch  —  Newly released documents suggest that Ms. Yovanovitch was being watched in Kyiv while she was the U.S. ambassador there.  —  The police in Ukraine have opened a criminal investigation into whether allies of President Trump …
Discussion: UPI, Daily Kos and 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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Post-Debate Dramatics  —  What Kind of President Trusts …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and HillReporter.com
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Giuliani associate Parnas says Trump ‘knew exactly what was going on’
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism
Discussion: Raw Story
Isabelle Khurshudyan / Washington Post:
Ukraine opens probe into possible surveillance of U.S. Ambassador Yovanovitch
Washington Post:
GOP figure who said he tracked U.S. ambassador was previously involuntarily committed, records show
Discussion: Slate, Washington Monthly and Politico
NBC News:
Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy
Discussion: Axios and MSNBC
Politico:
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.  —  “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart
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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.
Discussion: VICE
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump administration violated the law by withholding Ukraine aid, Government Accountability Office says  —  The government watchdog found that the money was withheld “for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act.”  —  The Trump administration violated the law …
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:   Hold on Ukraine Aid Violated Law, Nonpartisan Watchdog Finds
Associated Press:   Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid
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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David Catron / The American Spectator:
Sanders Supporters Shocked to Find Bias at CNN
Discussion: The Bulwark, Washington Post and Slate
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
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:   The Dems Could Bern It All Down  —  Communist curmudgeon Bernie Sanders …
David Siders / Politico:
Left launches bid to unify Sanders, Warren camps
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Pocan endorses Sanders, giving him a boost in Wisconsin
Discussion: VICE
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
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
Discussion: Politico
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Senators to Be Sworn In as Trump Impeachment Trial Begins  —  House managers will read the articles of impeachment, and Senate will formally notify White House  —  WASHINGTON—The impeachment trial of President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will begin …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Washington Post:
The rare and bizarre ritual of marching the impeachment articles from the House to the Senate
Discussion: Vox
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: The Hill
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
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.
Discussion: HuffPost
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Roll Call
Mike Tipping / Beacon:
Collins lies about Sackler contribution, won't return Eli Lilly money  —  In a conversation with a constituent last week, U.S. Senator Susan Collins at first flatly denied she had accepted money from both the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, and drug company giant Eli Lilly.
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.
 
 
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Martin Matishak / Politico:
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Discussion: The Week
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