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8:50 AM ET, January 17, 2020

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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas Reveals Why He Turned on Trumpworld  —  The Soviet-born businessman at the center of Rudy Giuliani's dirt-digging crusade in Ukraine tells The Daily Beast he's determined to speak out despite backlash.  —  In an interview with The Daily Beast, Lev Parnas—an ex-associate …
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Washington Post:
‘It was like a breeding ground’: Trump hotel's mix of GOP insiders and hangers-on helped give rise to impeachment episodes  —  They are key locations in the drama that led to President Trump's impeachment: the steakhouse table where Trump's private lawyer set out a nameplate, “Rudolph W. Giuliani, Private Office.”
Discussion: emptywheel
NBC Universal:
“THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” SCORES HISTORIC RATING OF 4.5M TOTAL VIEWERS IN EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LEV PARNAS  —  Maddow's Exclusive Interview with Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Dominates News Cycle and Draws Largest-Ever Audience for “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Kicking Off 2020 With Huge Ratings Win
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Politico:
Here's what the Parnas revelations mean for Trump  —  Lev Parnas, the indicted Rudy Giuliani associate at the center of the Ukraine controversy, has disrupted the days leading up to President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.  —  With a slate of newly released documents from House investigators …
Washington Post:
Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, Slate and Vox
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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David Harsanyi / New York Post:
CNN's bias is now beyond laughable  —  As Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) walked through the hallways of the Senate Thursday, CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked her if the Senate should consider “new evidence as part of the impeachment trial.”  McSally shot back: “Manu, you're a liberal hack.
Discussion: Instapundit
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
An Impeachment Trial That Could Unfold Out of Public View  —  President Trump's trial will feature bitter debates and intense legal wrangling.  Much of it is likely to unfold behind closed doors.  —  WASHINGTON — Americans tuning in to witness electrifying exchanges in the Senate impeachment trial …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Impeachment Trial Set to Put Vulnerable Senate Republicans in a Familiar Bind
Kevin Stone / KTAR.com:   Mark Kelly heads into election year with big cash lead over Sen. McSally
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Eleven US Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Strike  —  The troops were medevaced this week to Germany and Kuwait to be treated for traumatic brain injury after experiencing concussion symptoms.  —  Nearly one dozen American troops were wounded in Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack on Iraq's al-Asad air base.
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Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
American Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Attack
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Angry Trump Says Focus Should Be on a Trade Deal, Not a ‘Hoax’  —  But the few times the president did anything in public on Thursday, it was clear he was unnerved by the prospect of a Senate trial.  —  WASHINGTON — Shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Senator Charles E. Grassley …
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump  —  Shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday, ninety-nine of the hundred members of the United States Senate raised their hands and swore en masse to do “impartial justice” in the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.
John Kruzel / The Hill:   Trump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts
Senator Susan Collins:
Senator Collins' Statement on Impeachment Trial Process
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and Contemptor
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 …
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Reportedly Target Comey In Previously Unreported Leak Probe
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Sanders-Warren: An Alliance, if Not a Close Friendship, Suddenly Fractures  —  The dispute has led to negative attacks and doubts about party unity, exactly what Democratic leaders do not want to happen, for fear of handing an advantage to President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — For a year …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Sanders climbs, now tied with Biden among registered voters: Reuters poll
Discussion: Washington Times
Associated Press:
Georgia election server showed signs of tampering, expert says  —  The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the same expert discovered in August 2016.  —  BOSTON — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central …
Discussion: The Hill
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Kim Zetter / Politico:   Georgia election systems could have been hacked before 2016 vote
Gary Levin / USA Today:
HBO won't pursue second season of ‘Watchmen’ after creator bows out  —  PASADENA, Calif. - “Watchmen” won a loyal following and critical acclaim, as the superhero comics series was adapted into a politically relevant drama about race and the criminal justice system.
Discussion: Mashable and Vanity Fair
Washington Post:
'You're a bunch of dopes and babies': Inside Trump's stunning tirade against generals  —  There is no more sacred room for military officers than 2E924 of the Pentagon, a windowless and secure vault where the Joint Chiefs of Staff meet regularly to wrestle with classified matters.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Black Americans deeply pessimistic about country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds  —  President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, “What have you got to lose?”
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
South Korea Is an Ally, Not a Dependent  —  Seoul can and should contribute more to its own national defense.  —  American presidents have long asked allies to pay more for their own defense—often with lackluster results.  But both the U.S. and South Korea now face strategic challenges …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mike Pence / Wall Street Journal:
A Partisan Impeachment, a Profile in Courage  —  JFK lauded the senator who bucked his party and voted to acquit Andrew Johnson.  —  The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual “Profile in Courage” award.  The award recognizes “a public official …
Discussion: Washington Times, CNN and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Barr's Encryption Push Is Decades in the Making, But Troubles Some at FBI  —  Attorney general's earlier service, telecom experience shaped his views; some bureau officials were stunned by his rebuke of Apple over Pensacola shooter's iPhones  —  WASHINGTON—When Attorney General William Barr returned …
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Central California DA quits state association over its opposition to criminal justice reforms  —  A Republican Central California district attorney made a surprising decision last week to quit the California District Attorneys Association — whose president is Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley …
The Marshall Project:
Facing Intimidation, Black Women Prosecutors Say: “Enough”  —  A lawsuit filed by St. Louis's first black female prosecutor highlights the virulent opposition progressive black women in the role say they have encountered. … St. Louis's first black prosecutor is fighting back.
Jim Wallis / Sojourners:
International Bonhoeffer Society Calls for 'Ending Donald Trump's Presidency' in ‘Statement of Concern’  —  Two years ago, Sojourners magazine released our February 2018 cover story, asking the question, “Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?”  This week, the board of directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society …
Solomon Gustavo / Orlando Weekly:
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz accused of creating sex game with ‘points’ for sleeping with staff  —  In a Twitter clapback for the Capitol Hill ages, Florida state Rep. Chris Latvala accused Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz of designing a “game” with a point system for “sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators.”
Discussion: Fox News and Sun-Sentinel
 
 
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Breitbart
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Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
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Joe Tidy / BBC:
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Top Democrat Asks FBI to Refuse to Cooperate With GOP Senators' Ukraine Investigation
Discussion: Law & Crime
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“Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy
Andrew Cohen / Slate:
This Trump Supreme Court Short-Lister Says God Can Instruct Juries on Guilt and Innocence
Discussion: Raw Story
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