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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
Washington Post:
House Democrats say Senate ‘must eliminate the threat’ that the president poses to national security  —  House prosecutors on Saturday argued for President Trump's conviction in the Senate, insisting he poses a threat to national security, while the White House rejected the impeachment charges as a …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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U.S. House of Representatives Files Brief in Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump
Discussion: The Guardian
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:   House managers cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence against Trump in their brief to Senate
CNN:
Trump's legal team formally responds to Senate impeachment summons
Discussion: Axios and Common Dreams
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 …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
When Trump's Thugs Turn on Him  —  Of course Lev Parnas is unreliable.  He worked for Trump.  —  One good thing about surrounding yourself with tawdry gangsters and grifters is that if they flip on you, you can claim they have no credibility because they're criminals.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
'Once this is over, we'll be kings': How Lev Parnas worked his way into Trump's world — and now is rattling it
Discussion: Vanity Fair
ABC News:
Giuliani associate Parnas texted with Trump campaign donors, including about Ukraine efforts
Discussion: The Independent
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 …
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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.
Justin Sink / Yahoo News:   Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying ‘Bad Things’
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.
Margaret Talev / Axios:
NSC official on leave pending investigation  —  Andrew Peek, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, people familiar with the situation tell Axios.
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 …
Chesley B. Sullenberger III / New York Times:
Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Like Joe Biden, I Once Stuttered, Too.  I Dare You to Mock Me.  —  The retired pilot responds to recent comments from the president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, on the way the former vice president talks.  —  Mr. Sullenberger is a retired pilot, safety expert and public speaker.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
BuzzFeed News:
“Why Are We Not Winning Them?”:  Pete Buttigieg's White Supporters Are Baffled By His Lack Of Black Support  —  DES MOINES — The white voters who come to Pete Buttigieg's rallies just don't understand.  —  Many of them fell for the 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Post and CNN
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Tom Cullen / The Guardian:   ‘The red wall is cracking’: Buttigieg gets ovation after expecting protests
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg tries to recapture Iowa magic
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Draft of McConnell's rules for trial still allows motion to dismiss  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing a resolution that would leave room for President Trump's lawyers to move immediately to dismiss the impeachment charges if they so choose, according to Republican Sen. Josh Hawley.
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
 
 
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden charges Sanders camp ‘doctored video’ to attack him
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Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Okla. senators want MAGA license plates — which might violate federal campaign finance rules
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Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Forces Clash With Migrants at Border With Guatemala
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Boomer Socialism Led to Bernie Sanders
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How five members of Joe Biden's family got rich through his connections
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Bloomberg can delay financial disclosure until after Super Tuesday
Discussion: Redstate and New York Times
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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
Paige Godden / Iowa Starting Line:
Iowa Postal Workers Union Local 44 Endorses Bernie Sanders
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
2020′s first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race
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
Associated Press:
Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results
Discussion: Axios
Spectator USA:
EDITORIAL: Tyranny of the minority