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10:30 PM ET, January 21, 2020


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Jonathan Turley / Washington Post:
Where the Trump defense goes too far  —  Jonathan Turley is the chair of public interest law at George Washington University and served as the last lead counsel in an impeachment trial before the Senate in defense of Judge Thomas Porteous.  He also serves as a legal analyst for both CBS and BBC.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats privately mull witness trade in impeachment trial: A Biden for Bolton  —  Several Senate Democrats are privately discussing the possibility of calling Republicans' bluff on witnesses, weighing an unusual trade in President Trump's impeachment trial: the testimony of Hunter Biden …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite, Twitchy and The Week
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Senators bend the rules by wearing Apple Watches to Trump trial  —  Correction 7:03 p.m. |  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?
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:
Democrats already have these four victories in the impeachment trial  —  After a day of irate criticism from Democrats and headlines announcing a Republican “coverup,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) modified his proposed trial rules before the impeachment proceedings began on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
McConnell said in 1999 he would have voted for whatever the House managers wanted  —  (CNN)Mitch McConnell said in 1999 he believed the Senate was entitled to witnesses in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial and added that he would have voted to give House impeachment managers “whatever” they wanted.
Trump impeachment team undercuts DOJ position in McGahn case  —  Donald Trump's lawyers made an impeachment U-turn on Tuesday — one that could have immediate consequences for the president's ongoing legal fight against the House's oversight investigations.  —  After arguing in court …
Discussion: NBC News
Michael Warren / CNN:
McConnell tried to rush Trump's impeachment trial, but Republican senators said not so fast
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Impeachment trial live updates: Senate rejects Democratic measure to subpoena acting White House chief …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A big tell in Trump's own legal brief exposes McConnell's coverup
Discussion: Raw Story
James Crowley / Newsweek:
71% of Republicans want Mitch McConnell to call witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, new poll shows
Discussion: Vox and New York Times
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz says White House unlikely to push for impeachment trial dismissal
Discussion: NBC News
NBC News:
Live Blog / Trump impeachment: Live updates from the Senate trial
Discussion: Breitbart
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump and his Republican cronies have made three big mistakes
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and The Nation
McConnell Maps Late-Night, Evidence-Free Impeachment Trial
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 …
Washington Post:
Saudi crown prince implicated in hack of Jeff Bezos's phone, U.N. report will say  —  A United Nations investigation to be released Wednesday will report that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's cellphone was hacked in 2018 after he got a WhatsApp message that came from an account purportedly belonging …
Discussion: Financial Times and Raw Story
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Revealed: the Saudi heir and the alleged plot to undermine Jeff Bezos
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff appears to have mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga, according to documents obtained by POLITICO — a possible error the GOP will likely criticize …
CBS News:
Schiff says intelligence agencies are withholding evidence on Ukraine “on the instruction of others”
Discussion: TheBlaze and Breitbart
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.
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.
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Administration Plans to Expand Travel Restrictions to Seven Countries
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 …
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Team Biden's Been Prepping for Impeachment Smears for Months  —  The campaign is unveiling a fact-checking video as part of a broader communications effort to guard against President Trump's attacks.  —  As former Vice President Joe Biden prepares for his and his family's reputation …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
More U.S. troops leave Iraq for medical treatment after Iranian missile attack, Pentagon says  —  More U.S. service members have been transported out of Iraq for medical treatment and evaluations following Iran's missile attack, the Pentagon said Tuesday, nearly two weeks after President Trump and defense officials said no one was hurt.
Discussion: The Week and Task & Purpose
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Barr Once Contradicted Trump's Claim That Abuse of Power Is Not Impeachable  —  In a memo for the Trump team during the Russia investigation, the attorney general wrote that presidents who misuse their authority are subject to impeachment.  —  WASHINGTON — Scholars have roundly rejected …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, HuffPost, Axios and The Hill
The Information:
Quibi's CEO Meg Whitman Compared Reporters to Sexual Predators  —  Quibi CEO Meg Whitman lashed out against the media at an “all-hands” staff meeting last Thursday, drawing an analogy between reporters who cultivate sources and sexual predators who prey on underage victims, according to two people who heard her comments.
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 …
A Northeastern University student from Iran was removed from the US despite an emergency stay.
Discussion: The Root, Boston Magazine and The Hill
Profiles in cowardice  —  On this page, a few weeks before he announced it, we endorsed the idea of Gov. Ducey appointing Martha McSally to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of John McCain.  —  McSally, we argued, seemed to be a politician that focused on common-sense solutions during her time in the U.S. House.
Sean Neumann /
Michael Douglas Endorses Mike Bloomberg for President: 'Haven't Been This Excited' Since JFK  —  The actor tells PEOPLE that Bloomberg offers “a rare opportunity to coalesce and bring us back together”  —  Michael Douglas wants to see former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in the White House.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:   Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Mike Bloomberg
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Trial Day 1: Roped-Off Reporters and TV Cameras Run by the Senate  —  With the government in control of the production, “the emotion” of Tuesday's session was missing, said Chris Wallace of Fox News.  —  CBS blinked first.  —  After less than three hours of live coverage on Tuesday …
William D. Cohan / Fast Company:
Inside the $10 million cyber lab trying to break Apple's iPhone  —  The Trump administration wants Apple to create a backdoor into the iPhone.  District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. has spent millions trying to find other ways in.  —  The entrance to the radiofrequency isolation chamber …
Stuck in their seats, senators confront trial tedium  —  There were no fiery floor speeches, no storming of secure hearing rooms, and no name-calling from the Oval Office via tweet.  —  The first real day of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial began Tuesday with all 100 senators in assigned seats …
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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: ABC News and The Hill
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.
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
2020 election: Lower-tier Democrats still fighting in the primaries
David French / The Dispatch:
Here's the Legitimate Question that Should Dominate the Impeachment Trial
John B. Judis / Washington Post:
I was a '60s socialist. Today's progressives are in danger of repeating my generation's mistakes.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Edie Ousley / Florida Chamber of Commerce:
Florida Voters Strong on Governor DeSantis, Down on Impeachment Removal from Office …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
What's New About Andrew Yang
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Mobsters in Transit: Saturn, Pluto, Lev Parnas, and the Russian Mafiya
Associated Press:
Bloomberg calls for Trump's removal in new impeachment ad
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Bloomberg Law:
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Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Doubts surface over Puerto Rican governor's motivation to fire housing secretary
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
He's a vulnerable Republican in a state that's trending blue.  So why won't he defy Trump on impeachment?
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Call Richmond's MLK Day gun rally what it was: An outbreak of terrorism on American soil
Discussion: Daily Kos, Slate and NB Blog
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Parnas Lawyer Shares Pence Video After Vice President Denies Knowing Him
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Martin London / TIME:
John Roberts Has More Power Than Mitch McConnell Would Like You to Think. But Will He Use It?