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12:00 PM 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: Contemptor and Political Wire
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’ … Images above: King is ready for a mug shot (left) in Montgomery, Alabama, after his 1956 arrest while protesting the segregation of the city's buses.  His leadership of the successful 381-day bus boycott brought him to national attention.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Biden speaks against racism, lumps Trump in with KKK during speech before black congregation
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
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Virginia gun rally: anti-fascist activists will not mount counter-protest
Discussion: HuffPost and Washington Post
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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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.
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: Bern Notice and Common Dreams
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Telegraph:
Russian police use spy camera to film opposition activist in her bedroom  —  Russian police officers had been secretly filming an opposition activist inside her bedroom for months before she was detained and charged under a new law on “undesirable organisations” in a move that has been described as “outrageous.”
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 …
Discussion: 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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Baylor's Handling of Rape Cases Still Follows Ken Starr  —  At Baylor, Mr. Starr correctly surmised that the university's sexual assault crisis stretched far beyond the football team.  What he did, or did not do, about that cost him his job.  —  In August 2015, Ken Starr …
Melanie Evans / Wall Street Journal:
Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Detailed Medical Records  —  Deals with Microsoft, IBM and Google reveal the power medical providers have in deciding how patients' sensitive health data is shared  —  Hospitals have granted Microsoft Corp., International Business Machines Corp …
Discussion: Financial Times
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Extremist groups descending on Virginia are using Facebook to promote violence
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
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Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Where Is Cory Gardner?  —  As the Senate impeachment trial …
Discussion: Twitchy
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
As Senate Trial Begins, 44% Approve of Trump
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Roberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Republican PAC endorses Rep. Steve King's primary challenger
Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Axios:
Trump legal team to argue calling new witnesses could compromise national security
Discussion: Washington Post
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
AP sources: Security probe targets Trump's Russia adviser
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
KHNL:
Suspect fatally shot 2 Honolulu officers, set fire that destroyed several homes: Sources