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10:30 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.
Discussion: New Republic
Washington Post:   Their gender didn't help other female presidential candidates. Will Elizabeth Warren's help her?
Maayan Schechter / The State:
Joe Biden tells The State he is the best 2020 candidate to help down ballot SC races  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden defended himself against questions of whether he was the best candidate to win in November, telling The State newspaper on Sunday that his 2020 presidential candidacy …
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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
Associated Press:
Virginia's capital braces for gun-rights rally  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gun-rights activists — some making deliberate displays of their military-style rifles — began to descend on Virginia's capital city Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation.
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Dana Loesch:   A Note for Fellow Second Amendment Supporters Rallying in Virginia
Zephyr Teachout / The Guardian:
‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem - it makes him a weak candidate  —  We don't have to choose Biden's way, which would give Trump a perfect foil  —  Democrats are trying to choose a candidate to beat Donald Trump, the most corrupt president in history.
Discussion: Bad News, Bern Notice and HuffPost
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Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump's MAGA supporters and Twitter Bernie Bros have this ugly tactic in common
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Sanders Lands Key Endorsement of Progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Discussion: HuffPost and Common Dreams
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
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 and The Daily Caller
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
Washington Examiner:
The woke Left vs. Martin Luther King Jr.  —  Almost 52 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at age 39.  His fight for civil rights and liberty equally applied had already made history.  —  A half-century later, the country is a very different place and mostly for the better.
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Biden speaks against racism, lumps Trump in with KKK during speech before black congregation
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's staffing struggle: After 3 years, unfilled jobs across the administration  —  The 45th president has struggled with key political appointments more than any recent president — despite his party's control of the Senate.  —  President Donald Trump.  Charly Triballeau - Pool/Getty Images
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
As Senate Trial Begins, 44% Approve of Trump
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
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: Mediaite, Raw Story, Vox, HuffPost and Politico
Anita Kumar / Politico:
How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency  —  He has spent one out of every three days as president visiting one of his luxury resorts, hotels or golf courses.  He has leveraged his powerful international platform to promote his developments dozens of times.
Discussion: Raw Story
Eitan Hersh / The Atlantic:
College-Educated Voters Are Ruining American Politics  —  Many college-educated people think they are deeply engaged in politics.  They follow the news—reading articles like this one—and debate the latest developments on social media.  They might sign an online petition or throw a $5 online donation at a presidential candidate.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media must expose bad-faith arguments on impeachment  —  The temptation in a trial, even an impeachment trial, is to treat both sides as presenting equally plausible, legitimate arguments.  “The prosecutors say X; the defense says Y.”  When one side, however, submits a filing with 111 pages …
Discussion: Law & Crime, The Bulwark and The Hill
Maya King / Politico:
Bloomberg's massive ad campaign hikes TV prices for other candidates  —  Michael Bloomberg's big-spending, shock-and-awe TV ad campaign has made politicking more expensive for everyone from his 2020 rivals to Senate, House and state legislative candidates around the country.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Roberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight  —  Senate Democrats are pressing Chief Justice John Roberts to rule in favor of calling witnesses at President Trump's impeachment trial, while Republicans argue it could force his recusal from potential Supreme Court cases.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
GOP senators considering ‘kill switch’ option should impeachment trial spiral out of control  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly is close to finalizing a rule that would allow President Trump's team to move to dismiss the articles of impeachment in the Senate quickly …
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Washington Post:
When McConnell speaks, Trump listens. Impeachment trial will test the unlikely bond.
 
 
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Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Where Is Cory Gardner?  —  As the Senate impeachment trial …
Discussion: Twitchy
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Republican PAC endorses Rep. Steve King's primary challenger
Politico:
Plastic bags have lobbyists. They're winning.
Chris Hamby / New York Times:
How Boeing's Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Lawyers Argue No President Can Be Impeached for Any Abuse of Power
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
NBC News:
Biden campaign warns against media use of Trump disinformation during impeachment trial
Discussion: National Review and NB Blog
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
2020 is about what kind of country we should have. Dems want it to be more like California
Rachel Elbaum / NBC News:
Bloomberg says he'd vote to convict Trump if he were a senator
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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
KHNL:
Suspect fatally shot 2 Honolulu officers, set fire that destroyed several homes: Sources
David French / The French Press:
‘And No One Will Make Them Afraid’
Wall Street Journal:
Lev Parnas Paid His Way Into Donald Trump's Orbit
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and emptywheel