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9:05 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
Evan Mandery / Politico:
One of Trump's Lawyers Called the Other Dangerous
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
CNN:
Trump's legal team formally responds to Senate impeachment summons
Discussion: Axios and Common Dreams
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: Washington Post
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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
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:   Newly Released Text Messages Between Nunes Aide And Lev Parnas Are A Big Nothingburger
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:   New Records Bare Extensive Links Between Devin Nunes Aide And Lev Parnas
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
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Warren claims she is the only person running with executive experience  —  NEWTON, Iowa — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she was the only White House hopeful who has spent any time in the executive branch on government at an Iowa rally, seemingly forgetting about a number of her rivals.
Discussion: Althouse and The Gateway Pundit
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Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Democrats Consume Themselves  —  Eventually, I am going to get around to saying something about CNN's hostility to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—evidenced, most recently, by its energetic exertions on behalf of the campaign to elect Elizabeth Warren at last Tuesday's Democratic debate.
Discussion: The Federalist and Townhall
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states
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: UPI and The Hill
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: Redstate, 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
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 and New York Post
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.
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: Political Wire, HuffPost and Raw Story
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
With Biden, Will Democrats Be Both Safe and Sorry?  —  The lesson of 2016—and 2012 and 2004 and 2000 and 1996 and beyond—is that candidates like him don't win the White House.  Except sometimes they do.  —  Ethan Miller/Getty Images  —  Since the moment he declared he was once again running …
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: Axios and New York Times
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.
 
 
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Cat Schuknecht / NPR:
After A Fall At Baylor, Ken Starr Became A Fox Regular, And Then, A Trump Defender
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Margot Milliken / Press Herald:
Commentary: Real leadership needed to protect and advance reproductive rights
Discussion: Beacon
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
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Forces Clash With Migrants at Border With Guatemala
Discussion: Power Line
Fox Business:
Two billion reasons Bloomberg could unseat Trump
Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
How five members of Joe Biden's family got rich through his connections
Discussion: Breitbart
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Senate Democratic leader Janet Petersen endorses Elizabeth Warren, plans to appear at campaign events
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Behind Ghosn's Escape, an Ex-Green Beret With a Beef About His Own Time in Jail
Discussion: The Daily Caller