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10:50 PM ET, January 19, 2020

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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
AP sources: Security probe targets Trump's Russia adviser  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House adviser on Europe and Russia issues has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, two people with knowledge of his exit said Sunday.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
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NBC News:
White House's top Russia official put on leave pending investigation  —  It's another jolt of uncertainty to an office in the White House that has seen significant turnover during the past year.  —  The top White House official responsible for Russia and Europe has been put …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Schiff says NSA, CIA withholding Ukraine info due to White House pressure  —  “The intelligence community is beginning to withhold documents from Congress on the issue of Ukraine,” he said.  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.  Zach Gibson/Getty Images
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Top National Security Council official placed on leave pending security investigation  —  The top White House official responsible for Russia and Europe policy was placed on leave last week pending a security investigation, U.S. officials said Sunday.  —  Andrew Peek is a former State Department official …
Axios:
Trump to decide in coming days on when to release Middle East peace plan
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:   Trump legal team to argue calling new witnesses could compromise national security
Wall Street Journal:   How Trump Has Kept Near-Unanimous GOP Support Through Impeachment
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Tigers at the White House
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
McConnell Creates ‘Kill Switch’ To End Impeachment If It Becomes ‘Circus Run By Adam Schiff’  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reportedly created a “kill switch” for President Donald Trump's upcoming Senate impeachment trial that would allow for the president's legal team …
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Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — No cellphones.  No talking.  No escape.  —  That's the reality during the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: “All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.”
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
As Democrats push for witnesses in Senate trial, Alan Dershowitz slams impeachment case
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
The Impeachment ‘Kill Switch’: McConnell Dismissal Rule Corners Democrats, Blocks Antics as Trial Commences
Washington Post:   When McConnell speaks, Trump listens. Impeachment trial will test the unlikely bond.
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump's MAGA supporters and Twitter Bernie Bros have this ugly tactic in common  —  Bernie Twitter operates under the self-righteous guise of being the true progressives of the internet.  But their harassing tactics are anything but progressive.  —  On the morning after Tuesday's Democratic …
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren joins Bernie in jabbing Biden on Social Security
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and New York Times
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:   Sanders Lands Key Endorsement of Progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Wall Street Journal:
Lev Parnas Paid His Way Into Donald Trump's Orbit  —  Ukrainian-American with reputation for quick access to financing made inroads at White House, won GOP allies while his business ventures soured  —  After Donald Trump's election, Lev Parnas saw a chance to cash in on his connections.
Discussion: emptywheel
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:   Senate Democrat says ‘fine’ if Hunter Biden were to testify in impeachment trial
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Cornyn: Giuliani ‘not relevant’ to impeachment trial
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
George Conway / Washington Post:
Why Trump had to hire this legal odd couple  —  This is what happens when you don't pay your legal bills.  —  President Trump, whose businesses and now campaign have left a long trail of unpaid bills behind them, has never discriminated when it comes to stiffing people who work for him.
Laurence Tribe / Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers shouldn't be allowed to use bogus legal arguments on impeachment  —  Laurence H. Tribe is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard and the co-author, most recently, of “To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.”  His Twitter handle is @tribelaw.
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story, HuffPost and ABC News
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:   Dershowitz claims abuse of power is not an impeachable offense even if proven
KHNL:
Suspect fatally shot 2 Honolulu officers, set fire that destroyed several homes: Sources  —  HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two police officers were fatally shot Sunday, a third was injured and at least four homes in an affluent Diamond Head neighborhood were destroyed by fire …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
The Big Ask of Black Voters: Trust the Government  —  Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are trying to woo older black voters with policy.  Those policies may be why they're struggling to win their support.  —  DANVILLE, VA. — Ten minutes into a small community meeting …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Virginia gun rally: anti-fascist activists will not mount counter-protest  —  Anti-fascist activists will not mount a counter-protest at a gun rights rally at Virginia's state capitol on Monday that is expected to attract thousands, including white supremacists and anti-government militia groups.
Discussion: VICE and Washington Post
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Robert Evans / bellingcat:   Richmond Gun Rally: Is A Virginia Cop Giving 4Chan's /pol Board Inside Info?
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 …
Rebecca Mansour / Breitbart:
‘Profiles in Corruption’ Contains 1,126 Endnotes, No Unnamed Sources  —  The forthcoming bombshell investigative book Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite contains 1,126 endnotes totaling 83 pages of source material, Breitbart News has learned.
New York Times:
How U.S. Firms Helped Africa's Richest Woman Exploit Her Country's Wealth  —  LISBON — It was the party to be seen at during the Cannes Film Festival, where being seen was the whole point.  A Swiss jewelry company had rented out the opulent Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, drawing celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio …
Discussion: Quartz
David French / The French Press:
‘And No One Will Make Them Afraid’  —  If you're a regular reader of the Sunday edition, you know that I've focused my analysis and commentary on America's Christian community.  I'm a Christian, a lifelong Evangelical, and it's the community and culture I know best.
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.
 
 
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Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura / New York Times:
Rutgers to Name Its First Black President, School Official Says
Axios:
Scoop: “Birth tourism” is Trump's next immigration target
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Will The Chicago Tribune Be the Next Newspaper Picked to the Bone?
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pomp and censorship: Trump impeachment trial already reveals a broken America
Discussion: New York Times
Windsor Mann / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: If Trump loves America, why does he call our cities ‘disgusting’ and ‘embarrassing’?
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Bloomberg: “My story might have turned out very differently if I had been black”
 Earlier Items: 
Ursula Perano / Axios:
GOP Sen. Shelby on Trump soliciting foreign interference: “Things happen”
Discussion: ABC News
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
STUDY: Trump sent 657 live tweets of Fox programming in 2019
Discussion: Redstate and The Daily Caller
Audra D. S. Burch / New York Times:
How 17 Outsize Portraits Rattled a Small Southern Town
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats' impeachment brief
Discussion: Twitchy
Quad-City / Quad City Times:
Klobuchar is the one  —  Amy Klobuchar earned our endorsement.
Discussion: Washington Post and HuffPost
Trent Spiner / Politico:
Bennet die-hards drawn to awkward, unusual New Hampshire campaign
Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
A Very Stable Genius review: dysfunction and disaster at the court of King Donald
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost