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6:30 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 …
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
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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 …
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” …
Senate Republicans plan speedy Trump trial
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's staffing struggle: After 3 years, unfilled jobs across the administration
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”
Discussion: Fox News and Associated Press
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: POLITICUSUSA, Politico and The Hill
Senate debate over McConnell resolution expected to begin in open session Tuesday
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 …
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
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
Steven Hayward / Power Line:   The 1619 Project on MLK Day  —  One of the many odd things …
John Bacon / USA Today:
Heather Heyer's mom owns guns and says Democrats in Richmond, Virginia, are going too far
Discussion: Big League Politics
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.
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: Commentary and Outside the Beltway
Cassie da Costa / The Daily Beast:
‘The Assistant’: The #MeToo Film That Has Hollywood Worried  —  THE ROT  —  Kitty Green's new film “The Assistant,” in theaters Jan. 31, examines the abuse—both physical and psychological—in Hollywood through the eyes of an office assistant.  —  I wouldn't call writer-director Kitty Green's …
USA Today:
Trump to join world leaders and business people in Davos as Senate impeachment trial moves forward  —  John Fritze David Jackson Michael CollinsUSA TODAY  —  WASHINGTON - When the Senate embarks on a historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump Tuesday, the man at the center …
Discussion: Axios and Reuters
David Gelles / New York Times:
In Its 50th Year, Davos Is Searching for Its Soul
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes  —  ‘There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome’  —  A Denver Post columnist says he was fired after disputing the idea that there are more than two sexes.  —  Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
One of These People Could Beat Trump, Right?  Two weeks out from the Iowa caucus, it's an unprecedented four-way deadlock.  Ready, set, go!  —  In the final days before the Iowa caucuses every four years, it's typical for campaign aides and reporters, and baristas and taxi drivers …
Discussion: Progress Pond and Washington Post
POLITICO Playbook: NYT ed board was ‘extremely torn’ over endorsement
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein's Dark Days
NBC News:
Influential Iranians break ranks with state after Ukrainian jet downing
Discussion: National Review
Peter Van Buren / The American Conservative:
The Covington Kids' Revenge, One Year Later
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Secretary of the Navy nominee may have had undisclosed contract with Cambridge Analytica, documents suggest
Edward Moyer / CNET:
Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says
Discussion: Breitbart and The Verge
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Ben Taub / New Yorker:
The Fight to Save an Innocent Refugee from Almost Certain Death
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive— Devin Nunes: CNN ‘in Defiance of Federal Judge’ Order to Respond to Defamation Lawsuit
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Telegraph:
Russian police use spy camera to film opposition activist in her bedroom
Discussion: Fox News
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media must expose bad-faith arguments on impeachment
Maya King / Politico:
Bloomberg's massive ad campaign hikes TV prices for other candidates
Anita Kumar / Politico:
How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Washington Post:
President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years
Discussion: The Hill