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1:30 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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Alex Shephard / New Republic:
The New York Times's Endorsement Charade  —  The New York Times has created a spectacle around one of the stodgiest features of presidential primary season: The newspaper endorsement.  In years past, the Times had simply splashed the name of the chosen one across its editorial page a week …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: NYT ed board was ‘extremely torn’ over endorsement
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
New York Times Editorial Board Endorses Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: 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: Law & Crime and Contemptor
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: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
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Politico:
Trump lawyers seek quick rejection of Democrats' impeachment case  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers on Monday offered a sweeping condemnation of the articles of impeachment against him, contending they're legally defective but offering no substantive rebuttal to the charge …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:   Trump blasts Democrats over impeachment witnesses, says he received ‘ZERO’ fairness in House inquiry
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 …
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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 …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's staffing struggle: After 3 years, unfilled jobs across the administration
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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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
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
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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 …
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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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
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 …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive— Devin Nunes: CNN ‘in Defiance of Federal Judge’ Order to Respond to Defamation Lawsuit  —  CNN is in defiance of a federal judge's order to respond to a defamation lawsuit filed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) over a completely false story the network printed about the House Permanent Select Committee …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Extremist groups descending on Virginia are using Facebook to promote violence  —  This is a special joint investigation by Popular Information and Jonathan Myerson Katz's newsletter, The Long Version.  You can sign up for The Long Version at katz.substack.com.
Discussion: The Guardian
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.”
NBC News:
Trump's Senate impeachment hearings will be driven by the GOP's fear  —  Republicans have toadied to Trump since the day he took office, and in doing so, have left themselves with no room to maneuver politically.  —  On Tuesday, the impeachment trial of President Donald John Trump will begin in the United States Senate.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Politico, National Review and NB Blog
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Babak Dehghanpisheh / Reuters:
Iran says it will quit global nuclear treaty if case goes to U.N.
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
One of These People Could Beat Trump, Right? …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Baylor's Handling of Rape Cases Still Follows Ken Starr
Discussion: NBC News
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
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Melanie Evans / Wall Street Journal:
Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Detailed Medical Records
Discussion: Financial Times
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Biden's Advocacy for Social Security Cuts Has Had Real Consequences
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Maya King / Politico:
Bloomberg's massive ad campaign hikes TV prices for other candidates
Discussion: Washington Post
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Where Is Cory Gardner?  —  As the Senate impeachment trial …
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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:
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
Rachel Elbaum / NBC News:
Bloomberg says he'd vote to convict Trump if he were a senator
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Sanders, Warren are hot discussion topics as global elites gather in Davos
Discussion: Bloomberg