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1:15 PM 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 …
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 …
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: 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: ABC News, UPI and Daily Kos
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Republicans Should Fear the Unknown on Trump Impeachment
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Washington Post:
GOP figure who said he tracked U.S. ambassador was previously involuntarily committed, records show
Discussion: The Editorial Board
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Post-Debate Dramatics  —  What Kind of President Trusts …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Giuliani associate Parnas says Trump ‘knew exactly what was going on’
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Lev Parnas Just Took Down Attorney General William Barr
NBC News:
Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy
Discussion: Politico, Axios, MSNBC and The Week
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
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
GAO says Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:   Trump administration violated the law by withholding Ukraine aid, Government Accountability Office says
Associated Press:
Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid
Discussion: Common Dreams
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell mocks Pelosi for commemorative pens on impeachment articles  —  The Senate is preparing to begin the impeachment trial, with Supreme Court Justice John Roberts set to swear in senators.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch …
Discussion: NBC News
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
About that oath of ‘impartiality’ senators will take
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
ABC News:
Trump impeachment trial live updates: Senate accepts articles
Discussion: NBC News
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:   Iowa Democrats view flawed front-runners with anxiety
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
New Iowa caucus rules could spark clashing claims of victory
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
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 …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:   The Dems Could Bern It All Down  —  Communist curmudgeon Bernie Sanders …
Los Angeles Times:
Who's lying? How the Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren feud could reshape the Democratic race
Discussion: Washington Post
David Siders / Politico:
Left launches bid to unify Sanders, Warren camps
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Pocan endorses Sanders, giving him a boost in Wisconsin
Discussion: VICE
Prince Harry Resurfaces / 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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Bloomberg Effect: Huge Spending Transforms 2020 Campaign Dynamics  —  Michael Bloomberg has spent roughly three-quarters of the amount spent by all other presidential campaigns combined on ads  —  The presidential election is 10 months away, but Michael Bloomberg's long-shot campaign is running like it's already late October.
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Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had burst capillaries in his eyeballs after he died which pathologist tells …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Associated Press:
AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos
Trump to underline his support for school prayer as he courts evangelicals
Discussion: ABC News, BuzzFeed News and The Hill
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Senate passes USMCA trade deal
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Julian E. Zelizer / USA Today:
Don't downplay Donald Trump's toxic tweets. A president's words are never a sideshow.
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google cutting web cookies, ending lucrative tracking tool for advertisers
Discussion: Politico, VICE and Ad Hominem
Pete Buttigieg / New York Times:
Former mayor of South Bend, Ind.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and HuffPost
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Mike Tipping / Beacon:
Collins lies about Sackler contribution, won't return Eli Lilly money
Emily Smith / Page Six:
CNN nixes Mike Pence-Wolf Blitzer Israel interview, citing impeachment
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Koch network plans its biggest election-year effort in 2020
Discussion: The Hill
Lia Russell / New Republic:
The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here. And It's a Nightmare.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Russia has already won the fight to undermine U.S. elections
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Intel agencies push to close threats hearing after Trump outburst
Discussion: The Week
Jon Sharman / The Independent:
Putin and Assad caught on video mocking Trump