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5:30 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
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   'He's Lying': Lev Parnas Says He'll Post a Photo With Trump Every Time President Claims Not to Know Him
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Lev Parnas Just Took Down Attorney General William Barr
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 …
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 …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Susan Collins's willful blindness already looks awful
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Bernie ‘will play dirty’: Ex-Vermont governor slams Sanders  —  Democrat Peter Shumlin, who has endorsed Joe Biden, weighed in on the disagreement between Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.  —  Tensions between Elizabeth Warren, left, and Bernie Sanders, right, came to a head at Tuesday's debate …
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Top Democrat Asks FBI to Refuse to Cooperate With GOP Senators' Ukraine Investigation  —  In a letter obtained by The Daily Beast, Sen. Wyden urges the bureau to deny two Senate Republicans' requests for materials from an ex-DNC consultant.  —  A top member of the Senate Finance Committee …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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.
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
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.
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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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI will now notify state election officials when any part of their election systems is hacked
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press and The Hill
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
14 states, D.C. and New York City sue to stop Trump plan to slash food stamps for 700,000 unemployed people
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
James Arkin / Politico:
NRSC raised $70M in 2019
Discussion: The Hill
Sean Illing / Vox:
“Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy
Amanda Golden / NBC News:
Two New Hampshire state reps switch their support to Amy Klobuchar
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Joe Biden says he'll commit resources needed to win Texas for Democrats
Associated Press:
Judge postpones sentencing hearing for ex-Trump aide Flynn
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
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
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Senate passes USMCA trade deal