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12:05 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 …
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Politico:
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
CNN:
Impeachment resolution shortens trial's opening arguments to two days per side  —  (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to give House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump's legal team each 24 hours divided over two days for their opening arguments in the Senate's impeachment trial …
Discussion: Raw Story, National Review and Mediaite
Politico:
Trump recruits House allies for his defense
Discussion: Breitbart and War Room
Alayna Treene / Axios:
READ: McConnell lays out terms for Senate impeachment trial
Washington Post:
White House calls for Trump acquittal in ‘rigged’ impeachment as Senate prepares for swift trial
Discussion: NBC News, Axios, Mother Jones and TheBlaze
CNN:
Senate debate over McConnell resolution expected to begin in open session Tuesday
Discussion: FOX2now.com
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.”
Discussion: Axios, National Review and Mediaite
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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.
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
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
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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
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Dershowitz on impeachment reversal: ‘I am much more correct right now’
Discussion: ABC News
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The White House doubles down on its dumbest impeachment defense
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:
U.S. House of Representatives Files Replication to President's Answer to the Articles of Impeachment  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC — Today at noon, the House Managers, on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, filed with the Secretary of the Senate a Replication to the Response …
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George Conway / Washington Post:
The worst thing about Trump's answer to the impeachment articles
Discussion: Law & Crime
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
White House Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Frivolous’ and ‘Dangerous’ in Legal Brief
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 …
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USA Today:
‘The civil rights march of my life’: Thousands of pro-gun protesters, many heavily armed, rally peacefully in Richmond
Discussion: Big League Politics
CNN:
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: Axios and Politico
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CNN:
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Breitbart, Contemptor and Law & Crime
Focus on Rural America:
January Poll Results  —  Focus on Rural America Co-Founders former Iowa Lt. Gov Patty Judge and Jeff Link released the results of their latest poll on a conference call with reporters Monday morning.  —  This is the 6th quarterly poll from Focus on Rural America which began tracking presidential preferences …
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster.  (Just Don't Call It Climate Change.)  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is about to distribute billions of dollars to coastal states mainly in the South to help steel them against natural disasters worsened by climate change.
 
 
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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
Ben Taub / New Yorker:
The Fight to Save an Innocent Refugee from Almost Certain Death