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10:45 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 and PJ Media Home
Washington Post:   Their gender didn't help other female presidential candidates. Will Elizabeth Warren's help her?
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
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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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
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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Martin Luther King Jr / The Atlantic:   Martin Luther King Jr.'s ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’
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  —  Pushing nominees through the Senate confirmation process takes twice as long under President Donald Trump as it did during President Ronald Reagan's time in office — a record that appears …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
AP sources: Security probe targets Trump's Russia adviser
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
White House's top Russia official put on leave pending investigation
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Axios:
Trump to decide in coming days on when to release Middle East peace plan
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.
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
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.
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: Common Dreams
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 …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Biden's Advocacy for Social Security Cuts Has Had Real Consequences  —  The proposal for “chained CPI,” a cut to future benefits, during the Obama administration led to its widespread use in other areas of the government.  —  Election 2020 Joe Biden  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks …
Discussion: Jacobin, Bad News and Bern Notice
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
As Senate Trial Begins, 44% Approve of Trump  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins, 44% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president.  Trump's approval rating has been steady in the past three polls — between 43% and 45% …
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
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
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.
Politico:
Plastic bags have lobbyists.  They're winning.  —  TRENTON, N.J. — The plastic shopping bag has long been hunted by state and local policymakers pushing for its extinction.  But still it thrives, thanks to the deep-pocketed chemical industry that birthed it and the political influence of retailers and restaurants.
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: National Review and NB Blog
 
 
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Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Where Is Cory Gardner?  —  As the Senate impeachment trial …
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Republican PAC endorses Rep. Steve King's primary challenger
Chris Hamby / New York Times:
How Boeing's Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’
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
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Sanders, Warren are hot discussion topics as global elites gather in Davos
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Axios:
Trump legal team to argue calling new witnesses could compromise national security
Discussion: Washington Post
Rebecca Mansour / Breitbart:
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David French / The French Press:
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Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump's MAGA supporters and Twitter Bernie Bros have this ugly tactic in common
Wall Street Journal:
Lev Parnas Paid His Way Into Donald Trump's Orbit
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and emptywheel