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5:05 AM ET, January 21, 2020


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Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly  —  President Trump's legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial …
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Senate Republicans plan speedy Trump trial  —  Senate Republicans released their partisan impeachment trial resolution on Monday evening, a blueprint that could result in President Donald Trump's swift acquittal.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to pass impeachment trial rules giving …
New York Times:
McConnell Unveils Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial  —  On Monday, the president's lawyers asserted he did nothing wrong and urged the Senate to “swiftly reject” the charges against him.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, unveiled ground rules on Monday …
Discussion: NPR, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
The Hill:
White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team  —  The White House announced Monday that President Trump appointed several prominent Republican House members to advise his impeachment defense team ahead of the Senate trial set to begin this week.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
READ: McConnell lays out terms for Senate impeachment trial
Trump recruits House allies for his defense
Discussion: Breitbart and War Room
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
White House Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Frivolous’ and ‘Dangerous’ in Legal Brief
Senate debate over McConnell resolution expected to begin in open session Tuesday
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Schumer navigates rocky terrain as impeachment trial unfolds
Discussion: The Hill
Cara Korte / CBS News:
Sanders apologizes to Biden for surrogate's op-ed alleging he has a “big corruption problem”  —  Des Moines, Iowa — Senator Bernie Sanders apologized to former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday for an op-ed written by one of his campaign surrogates that claimed Biden has a “big corruption problem.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Biden, Sanders, Social Security and Smears  —  Lying about a rival is bad, even if you don't like his past positions.  —  While the news media has been focused on the “spat” between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, something much more serious has been taking place between the Sanders campaign and Joe Biden.
Discussion: American Prospect, CNN and Politico
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed alleging corruption
Politico:   ‘He totally said it’ or ‘complete BS’? Sanders and Warren voters dig in
Cara Korte / CBS News:
Pramila Jayapal: If a progressive is not elected, “We will end up with another Donald Trump down the road”
Discussion: The Hill
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:   Bernie Sanders chartering private jet to Wednesday campaign rally
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Dershowitz on impeachment reversal: ‘I am much more correct right now’  —  Cooper presses Dershowitz over changing impeachment view  —  (CNN)Constitutional lawyer and Trump impeachment legal team member Alan Dershowitz said Monday that he is “much more correct right now” …
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
‘Constitutional Nonsense’: Trump's Impeachment Defense Defies Legal Consensus  —  The president's legal case would negate any need for witnesses.  But constitutional scholars say that it's wrong.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump's impeachment trial opens, his lawyers have increasingly emphasized …
Discussion: Raw Story, Lawfare and Mediaite
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Trump's Impeachment Brief Is a Howl of Rage  —  Over the weekend, as the Senate prepared for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the newly appointed House impeachment managers and the president's newly appointed legal team both filed their initial legal briefs.  —  At least, one of them was a legal brief.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The White House doubles down on its dumbest impeachment defense
Discussion: Raw Story
Sacramento Bee:
Devin Nunes' Ukraine lies are a betrayal.  Voters in his district deserve better  —  Kiev, Ukraine, is nearly 6,200 miles from Tulare, Calif. That's a long way from home for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, who now faces explosive allegations that he and his staff contacted shadowy Ukrainian figures …
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Richmond woman charged with wearing mask in public following gun-rights rally  —  A 21-year-old Richmond woman was charged Monday with wearing a mask in public following the gun-rights rally in Richmond.  —  Police said a Richmond officer warned Mikaela E. Beschler, of the 1100 block of North 34th Street …
USA Today:
‘The civil rights march of my life’: Thousands of pro-gun protesters, many heavily armed, rally peacefully in Richmond
Discussion: Redstate and Big League Politics
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Thousands Peacefully Protest For Gun Rights in Richmond
Discussion: NBC News and National Review
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump pushes his party to normalize corruption  —  With the impeachment trial of President Trump beginning in earnest, right-wing populism has come full circle.  Trump was elected on the theory that American politics had become corrupt and broken.  Now he is calling upon his party …
Discussion: Raw Story
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:   U.S. House of Representatives Files Replication to President's Answer to the Articles of Impeachment
George Conway / Washington Post:
The worst thing about Trump's answer to the impeachment articles
Discussion: Law & Crime
CNN poll: 51% say Senate should remove Trump from office  —  Schumer: We will force votes on witnesses and documents  —  (CNN)About half of Americans say the Senate should vote to convict President Donald Trump and remove him from office in the upcoming impeachment trial (51%) …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Don Jr. Admits Meeting Lev Parnas: ‘I Thought He Was Israeli’  —  'IT'S FUNNY'  —  Presidential son Donald Trump Jr. admitted on Sunday to meeting indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, claiming he and his father merely took fundraiser photos with the businessman whose involvement …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
From pot to impeachment: The high-wire legal act from Lev Parnas' attorney
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes  —  A Denver Post columnist says he was fired after disputing the idea that there are more than two sexes.  —  Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian Independence Institute, announced that he has been fired from the Post …
Discussion: National Review
John Nichols / The Nation:
The Loser President  —  Trump could lose by many millions of votes and still secure an Electoral College win—and Democrats aren't paying this the attention it deserves.  —  Elizabeth Warren electrified a December town hall meeting in Iowa when she answered a question about the Electoral College with a stirring call to action.
The Daily Beast:
How Trump Twisted a Vague Iran Worry Into an Imminent Danger to ‘Four Embassies’  —  “There were definitely questions [at the time, internally] about whether he had just made it up on the spot,” recalled one White House official.  —  When President Donald Trump publicly claimed earlier …
Esha Ray / New York Daily News:
Art preservationists want Frick Collection to buy Jeffrey Epstein's townhouse as part of museum expansion plan  —  Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan perv palace could soon be an art museum.  —  The convicted sex offender's posh Upper East Side mansion — a house of horrors where he allegedly abused dozens …
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Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson urged to publish report on Russian meddling
Terry McDermott / Los Angeles Times:
In 9/11 proceedings, once-forbidden topic is front and center: Torture
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Jenna Ellis / Fox News:
Trump impeachment trial - Here are four legal problems House Democrats have to face
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Ken Starr Remains a Partisan Hack and a Poisonous Creep
Discussion: ABC News
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Virginia Governor / Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:
Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Cassie da Costa / The Daily Beast:
‘The Assistant’: The #MeToo Film That Has Hollywood Worried
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster. (Just Don't Call It Climate Change.)
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein's Dark Days
Joyce White Vance / Washington Post:
Witness ‘reciprocity’ isn't a thing. So no, there can't be a Biden for every Bolton.
Discussion: Raw Story
New Jersey Online:
Atlantic City mayor wants former Trump casino ‘eyesore’ torn down
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Claims Martin Luther King Would Be Against Trump Impeachment
Discussion: Contemptor