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7:45 AM ET, January 19, 2020


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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  — 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
Hank Davis / Associated Press:
Murkowski on impeachment: “It is important that we have a process that is viewed as fair”  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The United State's Senate will resume the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, but over the extended holiday weekend, Senator Lisa Murkowski is in Alaska.
Discussion: Raw Story
‘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 …
Washington Post:
House Democrats say Senate ‘must eliminate the threat’ that the president poses to national security
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:
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
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:
When Alan Dershowitz Called Ken Starr ‘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.
Trump's legal team formally responds to Senate impeachment summons
Discussion: Axios and Common Dreams
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
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
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).
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
When Trump's Thugs Turn on Him
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states
Discussion: Politico and 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
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.
ABC News:
Puerto Rico's emergency services director fired after warehouse discovered with supplies from Hurricane Maria
Discussion: UPI and 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 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.
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.
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 …
Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
How five members of Joe Biden's family got rich through his connections  —  Political figures have long used their families to route power and benefits for their own self-enrichment.  In “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite,” one particular politician …
Discussion: Breitbart
Senior Administration Officials / Public Pool:
Background Press Call  —  MR. GIDLEY: Thank you very much.  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thanks for taking the time to join this background call regarding impeachment.  —  The ground rules are as follows: Information on this call is on background, and can attributable to “sources close to the President's legal team.”
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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 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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Draft of McConnell's rules for trial still allows motion to dismiss
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
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
Justin Sink / Yahoo News:
Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying ‘Bad Things’
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
2020′s first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race
Tom Cullen / The Guardian:
‘The red wall is cracking’: Buttigieg gets ovation after expecting protests