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9:25 PM ET, January 20, 2020


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Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly  —  President Trump's legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial …
Senate Republicans plan speedy Trump trial  —  Senate Republicans released their partisan impeachment trial resolution on Monday evening, a blueprint that could result in President Donald Trump's swift acquittal.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to pass impeachment trial rules giving …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill
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
Senate debate over McConnell resolution expected to begin in open session Tuesday
Alayna Treene / Axios:
READ: McConnell lays out terms for Senate impeachment trial
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Schumer navigates rocky terrain as impeachment trial unfolds
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
White House calls for Trump acquittal in ‘rigged’ impeachment as Senate prepares for swift trial
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios and TheBlaze
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 …
New York Times:
McConnell Unveils Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial  —  On Monday, the president's lawyers asserted he did nothing wrong and urged the Senate to “swiftly reject” the charges against him.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, unveiled ground rules on Monday …
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
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” …
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Biden, Sanders, Social Security and Smears  —  Lying about a rival is bad, even if you don't like his past positions.  —  While the news media has been focused on the “spat” between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, something much more serious has been taking place between the Sanders campaign and Joe Biden.
Politico:   ‘He totally said it’ or ‘complete BS’? Sanders and Warren voters dig in
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:   Bernie Sanders chartering private jet to Wednesday campaign rally
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
‘Constitutional Nonsense’: Trump's Impeachment Defense Defies Legal Consensus  —  The president's legal case would negate any need for witnesses.  But constitutional scholars say that it's wrong.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump's impeachment trial opens, his lawyers have increasingly emphasized …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Raw Story, Lawfare and Mediaite
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The White House doubles down on its dumbest impeachment defense
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.
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Thousands Peacefully Protest For Gun Rights in Richmond
Discussion: NBC News and National Review
John Bacon / USA Today:
Heather Heyer's mom owns guns and says Democrats in Richmond, Virginia, are going too far
Discussion: Big League Politics
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%) …
Sacramento Bee:
Devin Nunes' Ukraine lies are a betrayal.  Voters in his district deserve better  —  Kiev, Ukraine, is nearly 6,200 miles from Tulare, Calif. That's a long way from home for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, who now faces explosive allegations that he and his staff contacted shadowy Ukrainian figures …
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Don Jr. Admits Meeting Lev Parnas: ‘I Thought He Was Israeli’  —  'IT'S FUNNY'  —  Presidential son Donald Trump Jr. admitted on Sunday to meeting indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, claiming he and his father merely took fundraiser photos with the businessman whose involvement …
Discussion: Politico
From pot to impeachment: The high-wire legal act from Lev Parnas' attorney
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes  —  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 Independence Institute, announced that he has been fired from the Post …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
The Daily Beast:
How Trump Twisted a Vague Iran Worry Into an Imminent Danger to ‘Four Embassies’  —  “There were definitely questions [at the time, internally] about whether he had just made it up on the spot,” recalled one White House official.  —  When President Donald Trump publicly claimed earlier …
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.
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Fox-Trump monopoly, in one graph  —  Mediaite in 2017 accorded the idiotic morning show “Fox & Friends” the top slot in its ranking of the most influential figures in U.S. media.  “The President of the United States regularly starts his day watching Fox & Friends and then tweets …
Jenna Ellis / Fox News:
Trump impeachment trial - Here are four legal problems House Democrats have to face  —  PROGRAMMING ALERT: Watch author Jenna Ellis talk about this topic and much more on “Hannity” on January 20 on Fox News Channel at 9 pm ET.  —  President Trump's defense counsel has filed their legal brief on impeachment.
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.
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
In a break from tradition, I am endorsing all 12 Democratic candidates
Discussion: Hotair, VICE and Spectator USA
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump pushes his party to normalize corruption
Discussion: Raw Story
Focus on Rural America:
January Poll Results
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Ken Starr Remains a Partisan Hack and a Poisonous Creep
Virginia Governor / Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:
Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
The private border wall being built on the Rio Grande
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein's Dark Days
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Influential Iranians break ranks with state after Ukrainian jet downing
Discussion: National Review
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Claims Martin Luther King Would Be Against Trump Impeachment
Discussion: Contemptor
Ben Taub / New Yorker:
The Fight to Save an Innocent Refugee from Almost Certain Death
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Emasculated’ Virginia gun nuts mocked for ‘purchasing toys, dressing up in costumes, and playing fantasy games’
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's staffing struggle: After 3 years, unfilled jobs across the administration
Anita Kumar / Politico:
How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Eitan Hersh / The Atlantic:
College-Educated Voters Are Ruining American Politics
Discussion: Commentary and Outside the Beltway