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6:35 PM ET, January 16, 2020

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Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Investigating Years-Old Leaks and Appears Focused on Comey  —  An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Washington …
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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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   'He's Lying': Lev Parnas Says He'll Post a Photo With Trump Every Time President Claims Not to Know Him
New York Times:
Lev Parnas, Key Player in Ukraine Affair, Completes Break With Trump and Giuliani
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Ukraine Is Investigating Whether Marie Yovanovitch Was Under Surveillance By Rudy Giuliani's Associates
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Chris Cuomo, Kellyanne Conway Renew Rivalry in Epic Fight Over Impeachment: ‘You Want That Moment to Go Viral’
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and The Week
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP senator's vicious outburst shows the corruption of Trump's defenders  —  If you were a United States senator who just snapped angrily at a reporter for politely asking whether compelling new information about a matter of great import to the nation was weighing on your understanding …
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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 …
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.
Senator Susan Collins:
Senator Collins' Statement on Impeachment Trial Process  —  Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued the following statement on the impeachment trial process:
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Susan Collins's willful blindness already looks awful
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 …
Bill Chappell / NPR:   FBI Arrests 3 Alleged Members Of White Supremacist Group Ahead Of Richmond Rally
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.
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Bernie ‘will play dirty’: Ex-Vermont governor slams Sanders  —  A former Vermont governor and ex-chair of the Democratic Governors Association is taking aim at Bernie Sanders and his campaign, accusing the senator of trying to “Hillarize” Elizabeth Warren.  —  In an interview with POLITICO …
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Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren brushed off Bernie Sanders and taught a master class in handling sexism
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: The Hill and Mediaite
Andrew Cohen / Slate:
This Trump Supreme Court Short-Lister Says God Can Instruct Juries on Guilt and Innocence  —  Judge William Pryor of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a jurist from Alabama with a long record in law enforcement, has twice now been high on President Donald Trump's short list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day, 2020
Discussion: CNN, Christianity Today and Breitbart
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 …
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
Denver Post:
For people, policy and Colorado politics  —  With committee hearings yet to start, the biggest action at the state Capitol this week - so far, at least - was outside the building.  Homeless people who'd erected tents less than a block away were required by the city to pack up and move Wednesday morning.
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
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Impeachment Trial Set to Put Vulnerable Senate Republicans in a Familiar Bind  —  Voters continued to sour on some, as Trump's unpopularity threatens to drag them further  —  Getty Images / Morning Consult Illustration by Vladimir Gorshkov  — With a 52 percent disapproval rating …
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.
Detroit News:
‘Like Hitler:’ Flint councilman insults council president, does Nazi salute  —  A Flint councilman referred to the council president as “Hitler” and gave a Nazi salute during a contentious meeting Tuesday.  —  Councilman Eric Mays and President Monica Galloway had been clashing at various points when …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Judge postpones sentencing hearing for ex-Trump aide Flynn
Discussion: The Hill
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Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos