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5:30 PM ET, January 21, 2020


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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's phone ‘hacked by Saudi crown prince’  —  Exclusive: investigation suggests Washington Post owner was targeted five months before murder of Jamal Khashoggi  —  The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Revealed: the Saudi heir and the alleged plot to undermine Jeff Bezos  —  Apparent targeting of Amazon billionaire's phone fits into broader pattern of behaviour by Saudi Arabia  —  Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of the Washington Post, had no reason to be suspicious when he received …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A big tell in Trump's own legal brief exposes McConnell's coverup  —  Now that Mitch McConnell has rolled out the rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, the full dimensions of the Senate Majority Leader's efforts to cover up Trump's bottomless corruption are coming into view.
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
McConnell makes last-minute, handwritten changes to Trump impeachment trial rules  —  The sudden revision in the Senate's organizing resolution also ensures House Democrats' evidence will be admitted.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed a controversial provision in the rules …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Impeachment: Live Updates From the Senate Trial  — President Trump's historic impeachment trial has begun in earnest, starting with a fight over the rules governing the trial.  Lawyers for the president and House members known as impeachment managers are presenting their arguments.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump and his Republican cronies have made three big mistakes  —  A Democratic aide working on impeachment scorned the 110-page brief President Trump's lawyers filed on Monday.  “It's an 110-page tweet. ...  Maybe the longest tweet in history,” the aide said.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Mitch McConnell's Potemkin Trial  —  Everyone's going to hate the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump.  —  The president, who would prefer that there is no trial at all, will hate that it's happening in the first place.  Senators as a whole, who may have to sit—sans chatter or phones …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Democrats already have these four victories in the impeachment trial
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Frank Thorp V / NBC News:
Here's how we expect today to go
Discussion: The Root, Raw Story and Twitchy
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Hillary Clinton in Full: A Fiery New Documentary, Trump Regrets and Harsh Words for Bernie: “Nobody Likes Him”  —  With four-part Hulu series ‘Hillary’ set to premiere at Sundance, one of America's most groundbreaking (and polarizing) figures opens up about Monica Lewinsky, her marriage …
Ernesto Londoño / New York Times:
Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil  —  Mr. Greenwald is accused of being part of a “criminal investigation” that hacked into the cellphones of prosecutors and public officials.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the American journalist Glenn Greenwald …
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Doubles Down on Threats to Impose Tariffs on European Cars  —  U.S. president is attending World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland  —  DAVOS, Switzerland—President Trump said Tuesday that he is serious about imposing tariffs on European automobiles if he can't strike a trade agreement with the European Union.
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Administration Plans to Expand Travel Restrictions to Seven Countries
Trump weighs travel ban expansion in coming days
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Majority Support Allowing New Impeachment Evidence  —  But overall opinion of Trump and impeachment is virtually unchanged  —  West Long Branch, NJ - A majority of Americans say that House managers should be able to introduce new evidence in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Fox News, Roll Call, Raw Story and CNN
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
How Voters Grade Trump, Three Years Into His Presidency
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Senators bend the rules by wearing Apple Watches to Trump trial  —  The rules of decorum state that senators can't use phones or electronic devices in the chamber during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, but what about Apple Watches?  —  At least eight senators had them strapped …
Discussion: New York Times and Redstate
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Call Richmond's MLK Day gun rally what it was: An outbreak of terrorism on American soil  —  In 2020, some images of modern America are so shocking that even a nation of political ranters with our incandescent Twitter accounts can be stunned into near numbness.
Discussion: Slate, NB Blog and CNN
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin voter purge ruling appealed to state Supreme Court  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Tuesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's order putting on hold a ruling that would have forced the removal of up to 209,000 people from the state's voter rolls.
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company's iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Parnas Lawyer Shares Pence Video After Vice President Denies Knowing Him  —  DO YOU REMEMBER?  —  Lev Parnas' legal team has shared a video of his client socializing with Mike Pence and his wife after the vice president vehemently denied that he knows Parnas.  Pence said during a CNN appearance last week: “I don't know the guy.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
The Boston Globe:
Read the full results of the Suffolk/Globe N.H. poll  —  The survey found Bernie Sanders, who won the New Hampshire Democratic primary in 2016, with 16 percent support.  Former vice president Joe Biden had 15 percent, former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg had 12 percent, and Elizabeth Warren had 10 percent.
The Boston Globe:
Sanders, Biden lead tight pack of front-runners in Suffolk/Globe New Hampshire poll
Discussion: The Hill
Sam Jones / Financial Times:
Swiss police suspect Davos plumbers of being Russian spies  —  Russian plumbers do not tend to summer in Davos.  Even those with diplomatic passports.  —  Five months before world leaders began their pilgrimage to the annual World Economic Forum this week — among them US president Donald Trump …
Martin London / TIME:
John Roberts Has More Power Than Mitch McConnell Would Like You to Think.  But Will He Use It?  —  London is a retired partner for the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and the author of The Client Decides; he was a principal lawyer for Vice President Spiro Agnew.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Patriots' Benjamin Watson Producing Abortion Documentary  —  The movie, budgeted at less than $1 million, features former presidential candidate Ben Carson and Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  —  Due to a Jan. 4 playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans …
The Boston Globe:
Northeastern student from Iran removed from US before court hearing, won't be returned  —  An Iranian student planning to attend Northeastern University was removed from the country overnight Monday in defiance of a court order, his lawyer said, and a federal judge said Tuesday there was nothing …
Vernon Freeman Jr / WTVR-TV:
Virginia Senate votes to eliminate Lee-Jackson Day, make Election Day state holiday  —  RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would eliminate Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday in favor of making Election Day a state holiday.  —  Celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr …
Discussion: The Hill
Joshua A. Geltzer / New York Times:
Trump Tried to Dirty the Biden Name.  He May Still Get His Chance.  —  Senate Republicans should not push for the political hit job that even a vulnerable foreign government refused to provide.  —  Mr. Geltzer is a law professor at Georgetown.  —  Senate Republicans are threatening …
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump spreads distortions at Davos  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread distorted information about the U.S. economy and his administration's involvement with historically black colleges in a preening performance Tuesday at the Davos economic conference in the Swiss Alps.
Discussion: The Hill
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James Arkin / Politico:
Pro-Trump group pressures Doug Jones with impeachment ad
Discussion: The Hill
The Texas Tribune:
Warren reveals more endorsements from former Castro, O'Rourke supporters
Discussion: Politico
Profiles in cowardice  —  On this page, a few weeks …
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
In 2020, Double Standards Are Still Dogging Elizabeth Warren—and All the Women Candidates
Amy McGrath / USA Today:
It's time to rethink the congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force
Discussion: The Hill
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Poll shows Marshall and Kobach in tight race for Kansas GOP Senate nomination
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What the House impeachment response tells us
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Michael Avenatti might be in El Chapo's former jail cell — and it's freezing, his attorneys say
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Lev is talking. So where is Igor?
Discussion: Slate
Tim Pearce / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden: 'I don't count drunk driving as a felony'
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Peter Thiel's Latest Venture Is the American Government
Ben White / Politico:
'He could have had it all. And he doesn't have it all.'
Discussion: Raw Story
Brett Neely / NPR:
NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference
Discussion: Vox and Mother Jones
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Third Year Sets New Standard for Party Polarization
Discussion: The Hill and The Week