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4:20 PM ET, January 20, 2020

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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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Claims Martin Luther King Would Be Against Trump Impeachment  —  The top Trump aide made the comments when asked how the president planned to observe the federal holiday.  —  Kellyanne Conway on Monday responded to a question on how the president is observing Martin Luther King …
Discussion: Contemptor
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 a legally defective “affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions” …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's staffing struggle: After 3 years, unfilled jobs across the administration
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump's legal team calls impeachment articles ‘an affront to the Constitution,’ urges quick acquittal in Senate
Discussion: MSNBC
New York Times:
Trump Legal Team Asks Senate for Speedy Acquittal in Impeachment Trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Knutson / Axios:   White House: Impeachment articles are “an affront to the Constitution”
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
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
New poll: Biden with slight edge in Iowa with caucuses 2 weeks out
Discussion: Breitbart
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
One of These People Could Beat Trump, Right? …
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
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
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%) …
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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.
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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.
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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Steven Hayward / Power Line:   The 1619 Project on MLK Day  —  One of the many odd things …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Edward Moyer / CNET:
Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says  —  It may not be long before you'll have to forget about walking down the street anonymously, says a New York Times report.  —  What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Verge
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.
Peter Van Buren / The American Conservative:
The Covington Kids' Revenge, One Year Later  —  The mob did not get away with defaming Nick Sandmann.  In fact, people victimized by the media's new normal are now fighting back.  —  Almost to the day CNN paid out a notable cash settlement to Nick Sandmann, the Covington High School kid …
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
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 …
 
 
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David Gelles / New York Times:
In Its 50th Year, Davos Is Searching for Its Soul
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Trump's Impeachment Brief Is a Howl of Rage
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Secretary of the Navy nominee may have had undisclosed contract with Cambridge Analytica, documents suggest
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Ben Taub / New Yorker:
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NBC News:
Trump's Senate impeachment hearings will be driven by the GOP's fear
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive— Devin Nunes: CNN ‘in Defiance of Federal Judge’ Order to Respond to Defamation Lawsuit
 Earlier Items: 
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Telegraph:
Russian police use spy camera to film opposition activist in her bedroom
Discussion: Fox News
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Extremist groups descending on Virginia are using Facebook to promote violence
Discussion: The Guardian
Melanie Evans / Wall Street Journal:
Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Detailed Medical Records
Discussion: Financial Times
Maya King / Politico:
Bloomberg's massive ad campaign hikes TV prices for other candidates
Discussion: Washington Post
Maayan Schechter / The State:
Joe Biden tells The State he is the best 2020 candidate to help down ballot SC races
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: The Hill, CNN and Breitbart
Washington Post:
President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years
Discussion: The Hill