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12:45 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
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Now Remembers Call With Lev Parnas
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Post-Debate Dramatics  —  What Kind of President Trusts …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Week
Washington Post:
GOP figure who said he tracked U.S. ambassador was previously involuntarily committed, records show
Discussion: The Editorial Board and Slate
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
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 …
CBS News:
Trump impeachment moves to Senate ahead of historic trial  —  Washington — After months of hearings and votes in the House, the impeachment case against President Trump is now in the hands of the Senate, where a trial to decide on the removal of a president set to get underway for just the third time in U.S. history.
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
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
GAO says Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid
Discussion: Common Dreams
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 …
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  —  Before the trial part of President Trump's impeachment case even begins, senators take an oath of impartiality, administered by the chief justice of the United States.  It goes something like this, according to past impeachment trials:
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.
Discussion: Politico
The caucus change that has Iowa bracing for a hot mess
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Reid Wilson / The Hill:   Iowa Democrats view flawed front-runners with anxiety
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.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
How Will the Senate Get Away With Its Sham Trial Now?
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
David Siders / Politico:
Left launches bid to unify Sanders, Warren camps
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Reuters:   With rivals stuck in impeachment trial, Biden and Buttigieg to barnstorm Iowa
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Can Trump Earn Black Support?
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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 …
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
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
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.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and HuffPost
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
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Sonia Pérez D. / Associated Press:
100s of migrants advance to Guatemala from Honduras
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
Julian E. Zelizer / USA Today:
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Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google cutting web cookies, ending lucrative tracking tool for advertisers
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NBC News:
Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Week
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Koch network plans its biggest election-year effort in 2020
Discussion: The Hill
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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