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12:10 AM ET, January 19, 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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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
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U.S. House of Representatives Files Brief in Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Post:
House Democrats say Senate ‘must eliminate the threat’ that the president poses to national security
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:   House managers cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence against Trump in their brief to Senate
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
Newly Released Text Messages Between Nunes Aide And Lev Parnas Are A Big Nothingburger  —  In a Friday night news dump (so you know the story has no meat), House Democrats released a series of text messages between former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and an aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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  —  Last Sunday, a New York lawyer posted photographs of the shining dome of the U.S. Capitol on Twitter, announcing that he had just visited Washington to give Congress contents …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
When Trump's Thugs Turn on Him
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Bloomberg:
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: The Hill
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
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 …
Discussion: Slate and Raw Story
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago
Justin Sink / Yahoo News:   Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying ‘Bad Things’
Audrey McNamara / CBS News:
Puerto Rico governor fires emergency director after aid is found sitting in warehouse  —  Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island's emergency management director on Saturday, after a video showing aid sitting unused in a warehouse went viral on social media.
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ABC News:
Puerto Rico's emergency services director fired after warehouse discovered with supplies from Hurricane Maria
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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Hank Davis / Associated Press:
Murkowski on impeachment: “It is important that we have a process that is viewed as fair”
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox Business:
Two billion reasons Bloomberg could unseat Trump  —  Michael Bloomberg is willing to spend $2B on himself — or another Dem — to unseat Trump  —  It's only money.  —  That's the word coming from Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign, which is spending hundreds of millions of dollars …
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Warren claims she is the only person running with executive experience
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden charges Sanders camp ‘doctored video’ to attack him  —  INDIANOLA, Iowa — Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders' campaign Saturday of issuing a “doctored video” to attack him over Social Security, a false claim that ratcheted up the tension between the two campaigns in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.
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 …
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 …
Margot Milliken / Press Herald:
Commentary: Real leadership needed to protect and advance reproductive rights  —  Sen. Susan Collins is no longer a reliable advocate for the thousands of Mainers in need of affordable, high-quality sexual and reproductive care.  —  BY MARGOT MILLIKENSPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs
Discussion: Politico
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
 
 
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Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
Would a 37-Year-Old Woman Be Where Pete Buttigieg Is?
Anthony Leonardi / Washington Examiner:
Twitter mistakenly suspends and later reinstates Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Maduro says he's still in control of Venezuela, ready for direct talks with the United States
ICE:
ICE issues subpoenas to obtain information refused under NY sanctuary policies
Discussion: Townhall
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Okla. senators want MAGA license plates — which might violate federal campaign finance rules
Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Forces Clash With Migrants at Border With Guatemala
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
How five members of Joe Biden's family got rich through his connections
 Earlier Items: 
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Senate Democratic leader Janet Petersen endorses Elizabeth Warren, plans to appear at campaign events
Discussion: Politico
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Bloomberg can delay financial disclosure until after Super Tuesday
Discussion: Redstate and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Behind Ghosn's Escape, an Ex-Green Beret With a Beef About His Own Time in Jail
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
2020′s first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race
Ashwin Phatak / Slate:
Trump Judges Are Playing Keep-Away With His Tax Returns and Other Financial Records