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12:30 PM ET, January 17, 2020

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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.
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Leo Shane III / Military Times:
Trump blasted top military generals as ‘a bunch of dopes and babies’ according to new book  —  President Donald Trump blasted top military officials as “losers” and “a bunch of dopes and babies” for a lack of success in the recent wars during a tense meeting early in his presidency that set …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Hannity previews Trump's final defense: So what if he's guilty?  —  It has long been obvious that Republicans would ultimately converge on this final defense of President Trump: Even if he did everything he's been accused of doing, and perhaps a lot more that we don't know about, it's absolutely fine!
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and HuffPost
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 …
David Knowles / Yahoo News:   Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr
Washington Post:
‘It was like a breeding ground’: Trump hotel's mix of GOP insiders and hangers-on helped give rise …
Discussion: emptywheel
CNN:
Trump expected to add Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz to impeachment defense team  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump plans to add three seasoned lawyers to his impeachment legal defense team, people familiar with the matter said, including Kenneth Starr, the hard-charging prosecutor whose work led …
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Washington Post:
Impeachment trial live updates: Trump expands legal team to include Alan Dershowtiz, Kenneth Starr and others  —  With his Senate trial to begin in earnest next week, President Trump has added some high-profile lawyers to his legal team, including Harvard emeritus law professor Alan Dershowitz …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:   Trump Legal Team to Add Starr and Dershowitz for Senate Trial
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   An Impeachment Trial That Could Unfold Out of Public View
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
William Barr Is Going After Trump's Enemies One by One  —  In May of 2016, shortly after Donald Trump had wrapped up his party's nomination, but when the notion he might win the presidency seemed remote at best, Benjamin Wittes wrote one of the very early essays attempting to analyze …
Discussion: The Crime Report
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Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Investigating Years-Old Leaks and Appears Focused on Comey
Wall Street Journal:
Barr's Encryption Push Is Decades in the Making, But Troubles Some at FBI
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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ABC News:
US service members injured in Iran missile attack last week; 11 evacuated for treatment
Discussion: PressTV and Breitbart
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
American Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Attack
Discussion: National Review
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.
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Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
‘Liberal Hacks’: Ted Cruz Dropkicks Chris Cuomo After His Nasty Attack Against Martha McSally
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
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: The Hill and Axios
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 …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The McSally Maneuver  —  At this point, the goal of impeachment is simply forcing Republican senators to admit the truth.  —  On Thursday, in the halls of Congress, Senator Martha McSally was asked a simple question by reporter Manu Raju: “Should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?”
NBC News:
History shows Chief Justice John Roberts could cast tie-breaking votes at Trump's impeachment trial  —  The chief justice has offered no clues about how he would approach the question of witnesses, but judges typically rule in favor of allowing relevant testimony.
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump
John Kruzel / The Hill:   Trump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts
Savannah Behrmann / USA Today:
Susan Collins surpasses Mitch McConnell as the most unpopular senator in a new poll  —  WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Susan Collins has surpassed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the most unpopular U.S. Senator, according to a new tracking poll.  —  The Maine Senator's net approval rating …
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Issues & Insights:   Pelosi's And Putin's Remarkably Similar Abuses Of Power
FiveThirtyEight:
Trump May Be Even More Unpopular Than His Approval Rating Shows  —  Polls have consistently shown that President Trump is pretty unpopular, with only about 42 percent of the American public approving of the job he is doing as president.  These numbers are much lower than what one might expect given the bustling economy.
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
Rich McKay / Reuters:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter says U.S. voter suppression is alive and well  —  ATLANTA (Reuters) - The center that honors slain U.S. civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will devote the holiday celebrating his legacy on Monday to voter education and registration, his youngest daughter said in a recent interview.
Discussion: The Hill
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Joe Biden boosts Super Tuesday case with Sewell endorsement
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
CNN:
Exclusive: Evelyn Yang reveals she was sexually assaulted by her OB-GYN while pregnant  —  Washington (CNN)Evelyn Yang was reading letters that voters had sent to her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and suddenly stopped in her tracks.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Bernie Sanders Fallacy  —  No, Virginia, there is no class war.  —  This is a golden age for “Theyism.”  This is the belief that there is some malevolent, elite “they” out there and “they” are destroying life for the rest of us.  —  There is Donald Trump's culture-war Theyism …
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
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Checking in on Wisconsin  —  One of the hallmarks of the Trump presidency is that no matter how unpredictable and erratic he may be, opinions of him are incredibly stable.  At this point in 2019, for example, the FiveThirtyEight tracker showed President Trump's job approval rating at 41percent …
 
 
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