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8:50 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
Discussion: Axios
Axios:
Trump to decide in coming days on when to release Middle East peace plan
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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 …
Laurence Tribe / Washington Post:   Trump's lawyers shouldn't be allowed to use bogus legal arguments on impeachment
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
The Impeachment ‘Kill Switch’: McConnell Dismissal Rule Corners Democrats, Blocks Antics as Trial Commences
Jacob Knutson / Axios:   Dershowitz claims abuse of power is not an impeachable offense even if proven
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
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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
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren joins Bernie in jabbing Biden on Social Security
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and New York Times
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't  —  Key House Democrats pressing the Senate to hear from new witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial are leaving the door open to another possibility: calling those witnesses themselves if Senate Republicans do not.
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Wall Street Journal:   Lev Parnas Paid His Way Into Donald Trump's Orbit
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.
Discussion: Slate, Mediaite and Raw Story
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.”
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Washington Post:   When McConnell speaks, Trump listens. Impeachment trial will test the unlikely bond.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and HuffPost
Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Richmond Gun Rally: Is A Virginia Cop Giving 4Chan's /pol Board Inside Info?  —  On Monday, January 20, the city of Richmond, Virginia will be host to a massive gathering of militias and individual gun owners, protesting against a series of proposed bills in the state legislature.
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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
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.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pomp and censorship: Trump impeachment trial already reveals a broken America  —  For a nation forged in bloody revolution against an unjust monarchy, America sure loves the pomp and circumstance of ancient royalty.  That was driven home for the umteenth time on Saturday when I flipped on CNN …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
 
 
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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
David French / The French Press:
‘And No One Will Make Them Afraid’
New York Times:
Will The Chicago Tribune Be the Next Newspaper Picked to the Bone?
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump goes on the attack
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Windsor Mann / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: If Trump loves America, why does he call our cities ‘disgusting’ and ‘embarrassing’?
 Earlier Items: 
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Bloomberg: “My story might have turned out very differently if I had been black”
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: 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
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