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11:40 PM ET, January 19, 2020

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New York Times:
Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren  —  THE DEMOCRATS' BEST CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT  —  American voters must choose between three sharply divergent visions of the future.  —  The incumbent president, Donald Trump, is clear about where he is guiding the Republican Party …
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
New York Times Editorial Board Endorses Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren  —  The New York Times editorial board endorsed the two leading female candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination on Sunday, throwing its support behind Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Discussion: Slate
Axios:
New York Times endorses Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for president
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Quad-City / Quad City Times:
Klobuchar is the one  —  Amy Klobuchar earned our endorsement.
Discussion: Washington Post and HuffPost
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
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
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: The Moderate Voice and emptywheel
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:   Senate Democrat says ‘fine’ if Hunter Biden were to testify in impeachment trial
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: HuffPost, Raw Story, Politico 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: Washington Post and VICE
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Robert Evans / bellingcat:   Richmond Gun Rally: Is A Virginia Cop Giving 4Chan's /pol Board Inside Info?
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.
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 …
Axios:
Scoop: “Birth tourism” is Trump's next immigration target  —  The Trump administration has a new target on the immigration front — pregnant women visiting from other countries — with plans as early as this week to roll out a new rule cracking down on “birth tourism,” three administration officials told Axios.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
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
Windsor Mann / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: If Trump loves America, why does he call our cities ‘disgusting’ and ‘embarrassing’?  —  What's revealing about so many self-described nationalists is their contempt for the nation they claim to love.  When President Trump talks about America, he talks about how people who don't love …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pomp and censorship: Trump impeachment trial already reveals a broken America
Discussion: New York Times
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
GOP Sen. Shelby on Trump soliciting foreign interference: “Things happen”
Discussion: ABC News
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: Redstate and The Daily Caller
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Twitchy
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Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
A Very Stable Genius review: dysfunction and disaster at the court of King Donald
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost