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2:15 PM ET, January 19, 2020


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Evan Mandery / Politico:
One of Trump's Lawyers Called the Other Dangerous  —  Politics makes strange bedfellows, but perhaps none have ever been stranger than the two celebrity lawyers just announced as part of Donald Trump's impeachment defense team: Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
As Democrats push for witnesses in Senate trial, Alan Dershowitz slams impeachment case  —  The Senate impeachment trial formally began on Thursday.  —  Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard professor emeritus who recently joined President Donald Trump's defense team, made the constitutional case …
Kelly Cannon / ABC News:
Ahead of trial, Sens. Booker, Shelby disagree whether Trump's actions impeachable  —  The two senators will be jurors in the president's impeachment trial.  —  Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., disagreed whether the president's conduct, forming the basis of the charges …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Ursula Perano / Axios:   GOP Sen. Shelby on Trump soliciting foreign interference: “Things happen”
Jacob Knutson / Axios:   Dershowitz claims abuse of power is not an impeachable offense even if proven
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Cornyn: Giuliani ‘not relevant’ to impeachment trial
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Law & Crime
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-19-20: Rep. Adam Schiff, Alan Dershowitz, Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Cory Booker
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
The Impeachment ‘Kill Switch’: McConnell Dismissal Rule Corners Democrats, Blocks Antics as Trial Commences  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is as of now including in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial rules a “kill switch” that effectively allows for the president's legal team to seek …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial
Discussion: Politico
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Graham calls for swift end to impeachment trial, warns Dems against calling witnesses
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
A Very Stable Genius review: dysfunction and disaster at the court of King Donald  —  In January 2018, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury made headlines as it depicted a president out of control and a White House that careened from crisis to crisis.  Donald Trump threatened legal action against author and publisher.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Richmond Gun Rally: Is A Virginia Cop Giving 4Chan's /pol Board Inside Info?  —  On Monday, January 20, the city of Richmond, Virginia will be host to a massive gathering of militias and individual gun owners, protesting against a series of proposed bills in the state legislature.
Washington Post:
Rep. Jayapal, a leading liberal Congresswoman, endorses Sanders for president  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a rising star in the Democratic Party's liberal wing and one of the most prominent women of color in Congress, is endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president …
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian and The Hill
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Warren claims she is the only person running with executive experience
Discussion: Althouse and The Gateway Pundit
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Even C-SPAN Is Piqued: Senate Puts Limits on Trial Coverage  —  The Senate will control the cameras during the impeachment trial, limiting what viewers see, and reporters will be confined to roped-off areas.  —  News coverage of President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate began last week …
Quad-City / Quad City Times:
Klobuchar is the one  —  Amy Klobuchar earned our endorsement.  —  She won it from an editorial board that, like much of the electorate just two weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, has struggled with how to assess the large field of candidates vying for the Democrats' 2020 presidential nomination.
Audra D. S. Burch / New York Times:
How 17 Outsize Portraits Rattled a Small Southern Town  —  Newnan, Ga., decided to use art to help the community celebrate diversity and embrace change.  Not everyone was ready for what they saw.  —  This story took several months to report, including more than a dozen interviews …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Steve Bannon Wants to Save Trump — So He's Launched a Podcast  —  It's been two and a half years since Steve Bannon was exiled from the Trump administration, but the former White House chief strategist is still trying to coordinate messaging for the president.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
‘Pretty nervy of you!’:  Trump's Palm Beach billionaire spat  —  There were certainly other things for President Donald Trump to care about in early December.  He was about to depart for the NATO summit in London.  Impeachment hearings were dominating Washington.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Sacramento Bee:
Who is Devin Nunes' aide caught up in Ukraine texts, and will they hurt his boss?  —  Derek Harvey was known as a retired Army colonel and respected military intelligence analyst — a Middle East expert who predicted the growing threat from al Qaeda.  —  He worked tirelessly with retired …
Discussion: Progress Pond and Washington Post
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:   Newly Released Text Messages Between Nunes Aide And Lev Parnas Are A Big Nothingburger
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: emptywheel and Vanity Fair
Trent Spiner / Politico:
Bennet die-hards drawn to awkward, unusual New Hampshire campaign  —  The Colorado senator's supporters hope he can emulate Gary Hart's rise from back of the pack to New Hampshire winner.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet speaks to supporters in New Hampshire.  Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Bloomberg: “My story might have turned out very differently if I had been black”  —  TULSA, Okla. — Mike Bloomberg is ready to acknowledge his white privilege, and he's hoping it'll help him with black voters.  —  Why it matters: Bloomberg's courtship of black voters appears an uphill climb …
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats' impeachment brief  —  In a newly released impeachment brief, Democratic House managers argue that President Trump must be removed “immediately” to protect the integrity of the current presidential race.  “The Senate must use that remedy now to safeguard …
Discussion: Twitchy
Isabella Gomez Sarmiento / NPR:
Women's March Draws A Smaller, But Passionate Crowd  —  The fourth annual Women's March descended on the streets of Washington on Saturday.  But unlike the first demonstration that brought hundreds of thousands to the capital on the day after President Trump's inauguration …
Discussion: Althouse, Axios and New York Times
Trump Loses Another Russia Adviser, Adding to NSC Turnover  — Andrew Peek was top Russia hand on National Security Council  — Peek's two predecessors testified in impeachment inquiry  —  The top Russia expert on President Donald Trump's National Security Council has left his post …
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Margaret Talev / Axios:
NSC official on leave pending investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
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Erielle Davidson / The Federalist:
The Women's March Is More About Trump Than About Women
Windsor Mann / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: If Trump loves America, why does he call our cities ‘disgusting’ and ‘embarrassing’?
Wall Street Journal:
How Trump Has Kept Near-Unanimous GOP Support Through Impeachment
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: ‘I stuttered once, too.  I dare you to mock me’
Harry Litman / Washington Post:
Dershowitz and Starr may bring a slightly more reality-based Trump defense
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNN and MSNBC
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
STUDY: Trump sent 657 live tweets of Fox programming in 2019
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Tigers at the White House
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
With Biden, Will Democrats Be Both Safe and Sorry?
Cat Schuknecht / NPR:
After A Fall At Baylor, Ken Starr Became A Fox Regular, And Then, A Trump Defender
Senior Administration Officials / Public Pool:
Background Press Call
Audrey McNamara / CBS News:
Puerto Rico governor fires emergency director after aid is found sitting in warehouse
Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
How five members of Joe Biden's family got rich through his connections
Discussion: Breitbart