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12:00 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: Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz.
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and Raw Story
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: Axios
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Trump, who wanted a TV legal team, is ‘distracted’ by impeachment trial, source says
Discussion: Raw Story
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, Political Wire and Raw Story
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Graham calls for swift end to impeachment trial, warns Dems against calling witnesses  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that his initial plan of a pre-trial dismissal of the impeachment case against President Trump is now unlikely to happen, but he is pushing for the trial to begin and end as quickly as possible.
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial
Hank Davis / Associated Press:
Murkowski on impeachment: “It is important that we have a process that is viewed as fair”
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
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
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
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 …
New York Times:
Trump's Defense Team Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Brazen’ as Democrats Make Legal Case  —  In a six-page filing formally responding to the impeachment charges, President Trump's lawyers rejected the case against him as illegitimate and described the effort to remove him as dangerous.
Margaret Taylor / Lawfare:   The First Test for Chief Justice Roberts? McConnell's Organizing Resolution for Impeachment
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:   House managers cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence against Trump in their brief to Senate
Washington Post:
House Democrats say Senate ‘must eliminate the threat’ that the president poses to national security
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Hill
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, Fox News and Townhall
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Warren claims she is the only person running with executive experience
Discussion: Althouse and The Gateway Pundit
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states
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
Trump Loses Another Russia Adviser, Adding to NSC Turnover
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
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
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
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.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
With Biden, Will Democrats Be Both Safe and Sorry?  —  Since the moment he declared he was once again running for president—in fact since well before then—Joe Biden has floated near or at the top of the public opinion polls.  He's the vice president of a very popular previous Democratic president.
Cat Schuknecht / NPR:
After A Fall At Baylor, Ken Starr Became A Fox Regular, And Then, A Trump Defender  —  On Friday, President Trump added former independent counsel Ken Starr to the legal team that will defend him in the Senate impeachment trial.  —  Starr is best known for leading an investigation …
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
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats' impeachment brief
Discussion: Twitchy
Senior Administration Officials / Public Pool:
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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
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Chesley B. Sullenberger III / New York Times:
Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Like Joe Biden, I Once Stuttered, Too. I Dare You to Mock Me.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post