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9:10 PM ET, January 17, 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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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 …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday broke nearly 72 hours of silence over alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying he believed the allegations would prove to be wrong …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials
Discussion: HuffPost and Bloomberg
Politico:
House releases new impeachment evidence linking Nunes aide to Parnas
Discussion: The Hill
Orion Rummler / Axios:   New Lev Parnas records detail Ukraine surveillance efforts, contact with Devin Nunes aide
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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Joe Otterson / Variety:
Hillary Clinton Urges Dems to ‘Vote for the Person Most Likely to Win’ in 2020  —  Hillary Clinton called for Americans to come to grips with “basic facts” of reality in an appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday.  —  “We've got to somehow understand …
Noah Berlatsky / NBC News:
Trump voters motivated by racism may be violating the Constitution.  Can they be stopped?  —  Republicans and Democrats alike have been unwilling to reprimand voters or to hold them accountable.  But racist voting isn't an accident.  —  If the Trump era has taught us anything …
Discussion: Twitchy and CNN
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Supreme Court will again review Obamacare birth control mandate
Discussion: NBC News, Axios and Associated Press
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:   Supreme Court to Look at Electoral College Rules
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:   Justices to consider faithless electors, ahead of 2020 vote
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
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
USDA proposes changing school menus to allow more fries and fewer vegetables, reversing a Michelle Obama effort  —  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.
Discussion: CNN, POLITICUSUSA and Mother Jones
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Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump to roll back Michelle Obama's school lunch rules on vegetables, fruits  —  The Trump administration on Friday announced plans to roll back school lunch standards on vegetables and fruits originally promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama.  —  The new standards will allow schools …
Lola Fadulu / New York Times:
Trump Targets Michelle Obama's School Nutrition Guidelines on Her Birthday
Discussion: USDA and UPI
Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:   Pro Level Trolling: Trump Admin Rolls Back Michelle Obama Lunch Rules On Her Birthday
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.
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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Politico:   Trump berates Azar over bad health care polling
Washington Post:   Trump lashes out at HHS secretary after briefing shows Democrats leading on health care
New York Times:
Joe Biden: Former vice president of the United States  —  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 …
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:   Joe Biden wants to revoke Section 230
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Mike Bloomberg throws shade at Joe Biden as a looming “lame duck”
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 and Raw Story
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Chris Collins, First U.S. Lawmaker To Endorse Trump, Gets 26-Month Prison Sentence  —  The ex-House member from western New York pleaded guilty to illegal insider trading in September.  —  A judge on Friday sentenced former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), an early and staunch ally of President Donald Trump …
Discussion: CNBC
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Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:   Trump associates who have been sent to prison or faced criminal charges
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: McSally 'Didn't Earn' the Senate Seat She Inherited From My Dad  —  “She didn't win that seat.  I think that's important.”  —  The View's Meghan McCain took some shots at Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Friday after the lawmaker personally insulted a CNN reporter …
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David Marcus / The Federalist:
If CNN Can't Take Punches, They Shouldn't Be Throwing Them
Discussion: NB Blog
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.
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.
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 …
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
White House Considers Changes to Law Banning Overseas Bribes  — Kudlow says administration has heard complaints from companies  — Book says Trump clashed with Tillerson over bribery law  —  President Donald Trump's administration is weighing whether to seek changes to a 1977 law …
Discussion: Above the Law and Raw Story
KUSA-TV:
We caught up with Sen. Gardner at the airport to ask if he supports new witnesses in impeachment trial  —  Some Senate Republicans may break ranks to add witness testimony in President Trump's impeachment trial.  —  DENVER — Colorado's U.S. Senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Variety:
Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures  —  The mouse has officially killed the fox.  —  In a move at once unsurprising and highly symbolic, the Walt Disney Company is dropping the “Fox” brand from the 21st Century Fox assets it acquired last March, Variety has learned.
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.
 
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg is assembling a team of fundraising experts to recruit wealthy donors - but not to take their money
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’
Ernesto Londoño / New York Times:
Brazil's Top Culture Official Fired Over Speech Evoking Nazi Propaganda
Discussion: BBC and Bloomberg
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
DNC outlines qualifying criteria for ABC News debate, adds new delegate threshold
Discussion: Axios
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Elizabeth Warren Takes Credit for Sponsoring Bills She Voted Against
Discussion: TheBlaze
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The Panama News:
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FiveThirtyEight:
Trump May Be Even More Unpopular Than His Approval Rating Shows
Discussion: The Banter
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Bernie Sanders Fallacy
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Checking in on Wisconsin
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