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5:05 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 …
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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 …
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
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   'He's Lying': Lev Parnas Says He'll Post a Photo With Trump Every Time President Claims Not to Know Him
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.
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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.  —  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.
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes
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 …
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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 …
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
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
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
About that oath of ‘impartiality’ senators just took  —  Before the trial part of President Trump's impeachment case even begins, senators took an oath of impartiality, administered by the chief justice of the United States:  —  Which raises the question: How can senators in good conscience …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Susan Collins's willful blindness already looks awful
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why we shouldn't stop talking about the Sanders-Warren fight
Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren brushed off Bernie Sanders and taught a master class in handling sexism
Discussion: Twitchy
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: Townhall, The Root and Twitchy
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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: The Hill and Mediaite
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
AP sources: FBI to keep states in loop on election breaches  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials told The Associated Press.  —  In the past, the FBI would alert local governments …
Discussion: The Hill
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI will now notify state election officials when any part of their election systems is hacked
Discussion: Axios
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.
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
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.
Shamira Ibrahim / New York Times:
‘The View’ Has a Meghan McCain Problem  —  The daytime co-hosts' heated bipartisan debates are played down as disagreement among friends.  But the strain for “civility” is tiring.  —  Ms. Ibrahim is a culture writer and reporter.  —  During an episode of “The View” earlier this month …
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.
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
Politico:
Trump to underline his support for school prayer as he courts evangelicals  —  States will be required to report instances in which the right to pray has been denied in public schools under new guidance on religious freedom rolled out Thursday by the administration, as President Donald Trump works …
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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ACLU:
Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration's So-Called ‘Safe Third Country’ Asylum Policy
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Kos
New York Times:
The Anti-Israel Craze Hits High School
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Law & Crime
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Andrew Cohen / Slate:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Yalman Onaran / Bloomberg:
Trump Tax Cut Hands $32 Billion Windfall to America's Top Banks
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Iraqi refugee launches GOP challenge to Ilhan Omar: ‘She needs to be stopped’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos
Wall Street Journal:
The Bloomberg Effect: Huge Spending Transforms 2020 Campaign Dynamics
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos