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4:40 PM ET, January 21, 2020

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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 …
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Says ‘Nobody Likes’ Bernie Sanders and Declines to Commit to Backing Him  —  Mrs. Clinton sharply criticized her former primary rival in a forthcoming documentary series, and stood by her comments in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.  —  Hillary Clinton …
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
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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 …
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 …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on McConnell Cover-Up Resolution  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Leader McConnell's resolution on rules for the impeachment trial of the President, which will operate on a greatly compressed schedule and rejects the need for witnesses and documents:
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Washington Post
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Impeachment: Live Updates From the Senate Trial
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
NBC News:
White House may assert executive privilege to block Bolton testimony, Republicans say
Discussion: Politico, Vox and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin voter purge ruling appealed to state Supreme Court
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
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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: Redstate and New York Times
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 …
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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.
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 …
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: NB Blog and CNN
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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
Politico:
Trump weighs travel ban expansion in coming days  —  President Donald Trump may expand his controversial travel ban with an announcement expected as early as Monday, the three-year anniversary of the original order, which targeted several majority-Muslim nations.
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Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Administration Plans to Expand Travel Restrictions to Seven Countries
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:
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.
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The Boston Globe:
Sanders, Biden lead tight pack of front-runners in Suffolk/Globe New Hampshire poll
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Third Year Sets New Standard for Party Polarization  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eighty-two percentage points separated Republicans' (89%) and Democrats' (7%) average job approval ratings of President Donald Trump during his third year in office.  This is the largest degree of political polarization …
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
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
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.
 
 
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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
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The Boston Globe:
Northeastern student from Iran removed from US before court hearing, won't be returned
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Megan K. Donovan / USA Today:
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Discussion: NPR
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What the House impeachment response tells us
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CNN:
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Discussion: IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg shifts presidential ad campaign to focus on impeachment
Washington Post:
Lev is talking. So where is Igor?
Discussion: Slate
Tim Pearce / Washington Examiner:
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Max Read / New York Magazine:
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Laura Olson / Morning Call:
Pat Toomey's Senate ‘candy desk’ may prevent hangry lawmakers during impeachment
Discussion: New York Post
Ben White / Politico:
'He could have had it all. And he doesn't have it all.'
Discussion: Raw Story
Caroline Court / The Federalist:
How A Feminist Juror's Lies Could Get Harvey Weinstein's Conviction Tossed Out
Brett Neely / NPR:
NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference
Discussion: Vox and Mother Jones