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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
White House Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Frivolous’ and ‘Dangerous’ in Legal Brief  —  President Trump's legal team argued Monday that the articles of impeachment were frivolous and dangerous and should be swiftly rejected by the Senate.  —  Mr. Trump's team filed a 110-page legal brief …
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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 …
George Conway / Washington Post:
The worst thing about Trump's answer to the impeachment articles  —  President Trump has filed his answer to the articles of impeachment against him.  In legal parlance, an “answer” is a document filed at the beginning of a proceeding, typically a civil case, in which the defending side gives …
Discussion: Law & Crime
New York Times:
Trump Legal Team to Ask Senate for Speedy Acquittal in Impeachment Trial  —  The day before the trial starts, the president's lawyers will assert he did nothing wrong and dismiss the proceeding as “rigged.”  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's legal team will call on the Senate on Monday to …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's staffing struggle: After 3 years, unfilled jobs across the administration
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Claims Martin Luther King Would Be Against Trump Impeachment
Discussion: Contemptor
New York Times:
Trump Legal Team Asks Senate for Speedy Acquittal in Impeachment Trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump's legal team calls impeachment articles ‘an affront to the Constitution,’ urges quick acquittal in Senate
Discussion: UPI, The Hill and MSNBC
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
White House: Impeachment articles are “an affront to the Constitution”
Discussion: Fox News and Associated Press
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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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
New poll: Biden with slight edge in Iowa with caucuses 2 weeks out
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: NYT ed board was ‘extremely torn’ over endorsement
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
One of These People Could Beat Trump, Right? …
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%) …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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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: Breitbart, Law & Crime and Contemptor
Joyce White Vance / Washington Post:
Witness ‘reciprocity’ isn't a thing.  So no, there can't be a Biden for every Bolton.  —  Only testimony that bolsters or casts doubt on facts necessary to deciding on the articles of impeachment is relevant at trial  —  The Senate must answer just two questions at President Trump's impeachment trial.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Commentary
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.
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 …
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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The 1619 Project on MLK Day  —  One of the many odd things about the New York Times's “1619 Project” on slavery is that Martin Luther King Jr is barely mentioned (ditto Frederick Douglass).  This omission may not be accidental, since both Douglass and King found sources for the remedy …
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New Jersey Online:
Atlantic City mayor wants former Trump casino ‘eyesore’ torn down  —  Atlantic City's mayor wants to demolish the former Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.  —  Mayor Marty Small said in a speech Thursday to a business group that knocking down the vacant casino once owned by President Donald Trump is one of his main goals for 2020.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Emasculated’ Virginia gun nuts mocked for ‘purchasing toys, dressing up in costumes, and playing fantasy games’  —  Gun owners in Virginia descended upon the capitol of Richmond on Monday to protest against proposed new firearms restrictions that include universal background checks and limits …
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.
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.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein's Dark Days  —  As his trial begins, he's hobbled and “terrified.”  His accusers say he deserves his misfortune for his treatment of women.  —  Sometimes his second ex-wife lets him spend the day with their two children.  Sometimes he sleeps over at his best friend's house …
NBC News:
Influential Iranians break ranks with state after Ukrainian jet downing  —  “Apologies for lying to you for 13 years,” said a state TV host, announcing on Instagram that she was quitting.  —  LONDON — A slew of influential Iranian artists, television personalities and sports stars …
Discussion: National Review
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: Washington Post and Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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Peter Van Buren / The American Conservative:
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NBC News:
Trump's Senate impeachment hearings will be driven by the GOP's fear
Discussion: Raw Story
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Baylor's Handling of Rape Cases Still Follows Ken Starr
Discussion: NBC News
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Telegraph:
Russian police use spy camera to film opposition activist in her bedroom
Discussion: Fox News
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
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Discussion: The Guardian
Maya King / Politico:
Bloomberg's massive ad campaign hikes TV prices for other candidates
Maayan Schechter / The State:
Joe Biden tells The State he is the best 2020 candidate to help down ballot SC races
Washington Post:
President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years
Discussion: The Hill