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9:00 AM ET, January 20, 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.
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: NBC News and Bloomberg
Washington Post:   Their gender didn't help other female presidential candidates. Will Elizabeth Warren's help her?
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
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NBC News:
White House's top Russia official put on leave pending investigation
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Axios
Axios:   Trump legal team to argue calling new witnesses could compromise national security
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:   Top National Security Council official placed on leave pending security investigation
Axios:
Trump to decide in coming days on when to release Middle East peace plan
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Vanity Fair:
“It's Like a Foreign Language”: Donald Trump's Encounter With the Constitution Did Not Go Well  —  While being filmed for a documentary, the president stumbled through his chosen passage, taking his frustration out on everyone around him, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig write in A Very Stable Genius.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Raw Story, Vox, HuffPost and Politico
Washington Post:
When McConnell speaks, Trump listens.  Impeachment trial will test the unlikely bond.  —  President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell huddled privately in the Oval Office this month to discuss a judicial nominee.  But the president, seething over the stain of impeachment …
Discussion: Politico
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Dana Loesch:
A Note for Fellow Second Amendment Supporters Rallying in Virginia  —  Some in media and many anti-gun/gun control advocates are desperately trying to gaslight everyone into thinking that Virginia's Second Amendment lobby day will be Charlottesville 2.0.  Since 2002 the Virginia Citizens' Defense League …
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NBC News:
Biden campaign warns against media use of Trump disinformation during impeachment trial  —  A campaign memo warns against the spread of “malicious and conclusively debunked” theories about the Bidens by Trump allies.  —  WASHINGTON — A day before the opening of President Donald Trump's …
Discussion: NB Blog
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:   Senate Democrat says ‘fine’ if Hunter Biden were to testify in impeachment trial
The State:
Biden's presidential win can help South Carolina democrats  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about his electability and how that can be of benefit to South Carolina democrats also running in 2020.
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years  —  Three years after taking the oath of office, President Trump has made more than 16,200 false or misleading claims — a milestone that would have been unthinkable when we first created the Fact Checker's database that analyzes …
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 …
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.
Chris Hamby / New York Times:
How Boeing's Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’  —  After a Boeing 737 crashed near Amsterdam more than a decade ago, the Dutch investigators focused blame on the pilots for failing to react properly when an automated system malfunctioned and caused the plane to plummet into a field, killing nine people.
Rachel Elbaum / NBC News:
Bloomberg says he'd vote to convict Trump if he were a senator  —  “I'd have to swallow two or three times, but I would say I would vote to convict,” said the billionaire former New York mayor.  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would vote to convict President Donald Trump …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Lawyers Argue No President Can Be Impeached for Any Abuse of Power  —  Yesterday, in response to a detailed 111-page brief outlining the House of Representatives' case for impeachment, President Trump's legal time filed a six-page response.  It is notable primarily for advancing …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
2020 is about what kind of country we should have. Dems want it to be more like California
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Sanders, Warren are hot discussion topics as global elites gather in Davos
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura / New York Times:
Rutgers to Name Its First Black President, School Official Says
Rebecca Mansour / Breitbart:
‘Profiles in Corruption’ Contains 1,126 Endnotes, No Unnamed Sources
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?
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
How U.S. Firms Helped Africa's Richest Woman Exploit Her Country's Wealth
Discussion: Quartz
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pomp and censorship: Trump impeachment trial already reveals a broken America
Windsor Mann / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: If Trump loves America, why does he call our cities ‘disgusting’ and ‘embarrassing’?
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Steve Bannon Wants to Save Trump — So He's Launched a Podcast
Wall Street Journal:
How Trump Has Kept Near-Unanimous GOP Support Through Impeachment
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