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6:15 PM ET, January 18, 2020

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Politico:
‘Brazen and unlawful’: Trump team attacks House impeachment effort in first formal response  —  President Donald Trump launched his first formal attack on the House's effort to remove him from office on Saturday, calling the Democrats' impeachment case against him fatally flawed and …
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U.S. House of Representatives Files Brief in Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - This afternoon, the House Managers, on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, filed with the Secretary of the Senate a Trial Memorandum and Statement of Material Facts …
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Trump, who wanted a TV legal team, is ‘distracted’ by impeachment trial, source says  —  (CNN)A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared “distracted” by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Sarah Westwood / CNN:
Trump's legal team to deliver extensive and aggressive impeachment response, sources say  —  (CNN)The response from Donald Trump's legal team to the secretary of the Senate — due at 6 p.m. — will extensively respond to the charges against the President in their answer to the summons sent …
Discussion: Axios and Common Dreams
Washington Post:   House Democrats say Senate must 'eliminate the threat that the President poses to America's national security'
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago  —  (CNN)President Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of the US strike that killed Iran's top military commander during remarks to high-dollar Republican donors at his South Florida estate, according to audio obtained by CNN.
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Washington Post:
Trump privately told donors new details about Soleimani airstrike at Mar-a-Lago fundraiser  —  President Trump delivered a dramatic account of the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, joked that he doesn't care if construction projects kill all the rattlesnakes and noted …
Justin Sink / Yahoo News:   Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying ‘Bad Things’
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas Dishes on Kushner, Maduro, and Soros  —  In an interview from his lawyer's office, the ex-Giuliani ally talked cannabis, conspiracies, and one very weird meeting with the lawyers of an indicted Ukrainian oligarch.  —  A dinner with Jared and Ivanka about cannabis …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Raw Story and emptywheel
The Royal Family:
Statement from HM The Queen  —  Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.  —  Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP  —  Pressure is growing on Senate Republicans to call Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, to testify in the impeachment trial.  —  Democrats are opening the door to hearing from Parnas as a witness at the impeachment trial …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
When Trump's Thugs Turn on Him
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC News:
Giuliani associate Parnas texted with Trump campaign donors, including about Ukraine efforts
Discussion: The Independent
Washington Post:
Nunes aide communicated with Parnas about Ukraine campaign, messages show
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It  —  A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.  —  Until recently, Hoan Ton-That's greatest hits included …
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
National Archives Apologizes for Altering Image of 2017 Women's March  —  A photo from the march displayed at the National Archives was altered to blur signs that were critical of President Trump or might be offensive, officials said.  —  The National Archives and Records Administration …
Tom Cullen / The Guardian:
‘The red wall is cracking’: Buttigieg gets ovation after expecting protests  —  His campaign feared hostility in Iowa's most conservative county.  But the local response told a different story  —  Pete Buttigieg knew he was foraying into unfriendly confines when he was en route to Orange City …
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg tries to recapture Iowa magic
Discussion: Associated Press
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Rod Rosenstein says he made call to release Strzok-Page texts  —  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein authorized the release to the media of text messages between two highly placed FBI employees who exchanged criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign …
William Cole / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller  —  On Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Pearl Harbor Monday, the U.S. Navy is expected to announce that a new aircraft carrier will be named after Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first African American to receive …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Senate Democratic leader Janet Petersen endorses Elizabeth Warren, plans to appear at campaign events  —  Iowa Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen is endorsing Elizabeth Warren for president, moving off the sidelines in the final weeks of the caucus cycle after previously saying she did not plan to endorse anyone.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Trump's impeachment, starring Bill Clinton
Bloomberg Law:
Senate Judiciary Pauses Nominations for Impeachment Trial
Discussion: Redstate
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
2020′s first big test?  Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race  —  KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again.  Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt.  Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads.
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.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   The Sanders-Warren ‘feud’ and Ukraine revelations are nowhere near equal in importance.
 
 
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Bloomberg can delay financial disclosure until after Super Tuesday
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Wall Street Journal:
Behind Ghosn's Escape, an Ex-Green Beret With a Beef About His Own Time in Jail
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Trump's Evil Is Contagious
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Paige Godden / Iowa Starting Line:
Iowa Postal Workers Union Local 44 Endorses Bernie Sanders
Ronald J. Daniels / The Atlantic:
Why We Ended Legacy Admissions at Johns Hopkins
Ashwin Phatak / Slate:
Trump Judges Are Playing Keep-Away With His Tax Returns and Other Financial Records
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Associated Press:
Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results
Discussion: Axios
Spectator USA:
EDITORIAL: Tyranny of the minority
J.E. Dyer / The Lid:
‘Trump Effect’ Takes Over Iran As Regime Starts Covering Country With American And Israeli Flags
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In Oval Office Meeting, Trump Expresses Regret on Vaping Policy
Steve Vockrodt / Kansas City Star:
Kansas City radio station agrees to broadcast Russian-owned ‘propaganda’ program
Discussion: The Hill
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
An anguished Chris Collins faces 26 months in prison