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3:25 AM ET, January 18, 2020

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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Coordinated Posts Defend Connecticut Man Who Exchanged Ukraine Texts  —  Some of the pages describe themselves as representing groups of supporters of President Trump from different states  —  WASHINGTON—A network of several dozen Facebook pages is coordinating posts defending Robert F. Hyde …
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Washington Post:
Nunes aide communicated with Parnas about Ukraine campaign, messages show  —  House Democrats released new documents Friday evening showing extensive contact between an associate of President Trump's personal attorney and an aide to the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee regarding …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.  —  The photo shows Igor Fruman — who …
CNN:
Barr dropped into Giuliani meeting at Justice Department in previously undisclosed encounter  —  Lev Parnas describes multiple quid pro quos with Ukraine  —  (CNN)Attorney General William Barr briefly attended a meeting at the Justice Department last fall between top criminal prosecutors …
Politico:
House releases new impeachment evidence linking Nunes aide to Parnas  —  House impeachment investigators sought Friday to pull Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, deeper into the Ukraine scandal at the center of President Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Grisham Watch: What's the White House press secretary up to?  —  First in a regular series on the activities of White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.  —  Everyone knows what White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham isn't doing.  Since assuming her post last summer …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and VICE
NBC News:
Texts suggest Robert Hyde passed along details about Yovanovitch movements  —  They include screenshots of messages about the U.S. ambassador's movements that appear to have been sent to Hyde, who forwarded thems to Lev Parnas.  —  New text messages released by House Democrats …
CNN:
New impeachment documents show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials
Discussion: HuffPost and Bloomberg
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Orion Rummler / Axios:   New Lev Parnas records detail Ukraine surveillance efforts, contact with Devin Nunes aide
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
National Archives exhibit blurs images critical of President Trump  —  The large color photograph that greets visitors to a National Archives exhibit celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage shows a massive crowd filling Pennsylvania Avenue NW for the Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Trump's inauguration.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
More pizza, fewer vegetables: Trump administration further undercuts Obama school-lunch rules  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken another whack at former first lady Michelle Obama's signature achievement: Establishing stricter nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches.
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Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:
Pro Level Trolling: Trump Admin Rolls Back Michelle Obama Lunch Rules On Her Birthday
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Axios:
Trump tells HHS secretary he regrets wading into “that f***ing vaping thing”  —  President Trump told his health secretary yesterday that he regrets getting involved in the administration's policy on vaping, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:   In Oval Office Meeting, Trump Expresses Regret on Vaping Policy
Washington Post:   Trump lashes out at HHS secretary after briefing shows Democrats leading on health care
Politico:   Trump berates Azar over bad health care polling
Pete Williams / NBC News:
‘Faithless elector’: Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen  —  A ruling could come in the spring — just as the 2020 presidential race is heating up.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up an issue that could change a key element …
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Noah Berlatsky / NBC News:
Trump voters motivated by racism may be violating the Constitution. Can they be stopped?
Discussion: Twitchy and CNN
Joe Otterson / Variety:   Hillary Clinton Urges Dems to ‘Vote for the Person Most Likely to Win’ in 2020
Wall Street Journal:
Men Discussed Opening Fire at Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond, Officials Say  —  Other suspected members of white-supremacist group the Base arrested in Georgia  —  Three suspected white supremacists arrested in Maryland and Delaware this week had discussed opening fire from different positions …
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
The Sanders Campaign Researched Whether Warren Could Be Both Vice President and Treasury Secretary at Once  —  The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders has researched the question of whether the same person can serve as both vice president and treasury secretary, according to three sources on the campaign.
Tom Winter / NBC News:
Former N.Y. Rep. Christopher Collins sentenced to federal prison for insider trading  —  He pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit insider trading and lying to the FBI in October.  —  Former New York Congressman Christopher Collins was sentenced Friday to 26 months in federal prison …
Discussion: Fox News and Associated Press
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Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Chris Collins, First U.S. Lawmaker To Endorse Trump, Gets 26-Month Prison Sentence
Discussion: CNBC
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
An anguished Chris Collins faces 26 months in prison
Discussion: Balloon Juice and UPI
NBC News:
Meet Trump's legal team for the impeachment trial  —  Trump's legal team has some high-profile members, including Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr.  —  WASHINGTON — The legal team for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate includes some high-profile names …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
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J.E. Dyer / The Lid:
‘Trump Effect’ Takes Over Iran As Regime Starts Covering Country With American And Israeli Flags  —  Avoiding The Flags Has Become Symbol Of Protest  —  Probably the most overlooked aspect of the “flags on the sidewalk” phenomenon in Iran is that, as the regime paints those flags everywhere …
Kansas City Star:
Trump tried to call Kris Kobach during his meeting with Roger Marshall, sources say  —  President Donald Trump initially tried to call Kansas Republican Kris Kobach while he was meeting in the Oval Office with Kobach's GOP rival Rep. Roger Marshall, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
ISIS leader dubbed ‘Jabba the Jihadi’ captured in Iraq  —  He put the fat in fatwa.  —  A morbidly obese ISIS fanatic dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been captured by Iraqi forces — who loaded him onto a flatbed truck because he couldn't fit in a police car.
Martin Indyk / Wall Street Journal:
The Middle East Isn't Worth It Anymore  —  With few vital American interests still at stake there, the U.S. should finally set aside its grandiose ambitions for the chaotic region  —  Last week, despite Donald Trump's repeated pledge to end American involvement in the Middle East's conflicts …
Steve Vockrodt / Kansas City Star:
Kansas City radio station agrees to broadcast Russian-owned ‘propaganda’ program  —  A Kansas City area radio station can broadcast Russian state-owned media programming, the type that U.S. intelligence called a “propaganda machine,” for six hours a day through a lease agreement struck by a local radio operator.
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg is assembling a team of fundraising experts to recruit wealthy donors - but not to take their money  — Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is creating a team of fundraising experts to recruit wealthy donors.  But he doesn't want their money.  He wants them to act as surrogates for his campaign.
Discussion: Vox, more at Mediagazer »
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
They ‘Would Love to See a Woman in Office,’ but It's Not Priority No. 1  —  In the Trump era, some voters say the power of a symbolic first is overshadowed by anxiety about defeating him.  —  WINTERSET, Iowa — Almost exactly three years ago, Leila Schlenker marveled at the crowds …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
Mueller Memos Part 4: FBI Documents That Congress Had To Fight To Get  —  BuzzFeed News sued the US government under the Freedom of Information Act for the right to see all the work that Robert Mueller's team kept secret.  Today we are publishing the fourth installment of the FBI's summaries of interviews with key witnesses.
Nick Arama / Redstate:
Sounds Like Biden Thinks Beto Is Latino  —  As we reported earlier, Joe Biden told Politico that he might consider two of his former competitors as his running mate if he were to win the Democratic nomination for president. … He immediately followed that up.
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
 
 
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New York Times:
Indian General Talks of ‘Deradicalization Camps’ for Kashmiris
Eleni Courea / Politico:
UK to celebrate Brexit with flags and ‘light display’
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook is ordered to hand over data about thousands of apps that may have violated user privacy
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
Man found guilty of aggravated assault against Owen Jones
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Cambridge Analytica email chain with Facebook sheds new light on data misuse scandal
Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:
Trump associates who have been sent to prison or faced criminal charges
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’
 Earlier Items: 
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
DNC outlines qualifying criteria for ABC News debate, adds new delegate threshold
Discussion: Axios
Thomas Chatterton Williams / Harper's:
An Incoherent Truth  —  Last fall, Tobi Haslett, a young writer …
KUSA-TV:
We caught up with Sen. Gardner at the airport to ask if he supports new witnesses in impeachment trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
White House Considers Changes to Law Banning Overseas Bribes
Discussion: Above the Law and Raw Story
Jonathan Rauch / New York Times:
Did the Civil Rights Movement Go Wrong?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money