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8:50 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 …
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 and 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 …
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: Vanity Fair
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
Trump impeachment team undercuts DOJ position in McGahn case
Discussion: NBC News
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
McConnell said in 1999 he would have voted for whatever the House managers wanted
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?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump and his Republican cronies have made three big mistakes
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 …
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats privately mull Biden-for-Bolton trade in impeachment trial  —  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 for the testimony of a key administration official.
Discussion: Axios
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Biden picks up backing from 4 more black lawmakers
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Joshua A. Geltzer / New York Times:   Trump Tried to Dirty the Biden Name. He May Still Get His Chance.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:   Trump lawyer needles 2020 Dems on Senate floor: ‘You should be in Iowa right now’
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
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 …
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 …
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: Axios and The Hill
CBS News:
Schiff says intelligence agencies are withholding evidence on Ukraine “on the instruction of others”  —  As the impeachment trial of President Trump gets underway, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of seven managers prosecuting the case, said some intelligence agencies have …
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Melanie Zanona / Politico:   Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show
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.
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: Task & Purpose
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: Roll Call, Bloomberg, Fox News, Raw Story and CNN
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Mike Bloomberg  —  Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., is endorsing Mike Bloomberg for president.  Lynn Sweet/Sun-Times  —  Rush was backing Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for president before she dropped out  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic White House hopeful Mike Bloomberg picked …
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 …
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
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 …
Bloomberg Law:
Barstool Sports Settles With Labor Board Over Anti-Union Tweets  —  Four months after Barstool Sports co-founder David Portnoy drew criticism for posting anti-union tweets, the company reached an informal settlement with the National Labor Relations Board that calls for the deletion of the tweets …
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 …
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?  —  CONIFER, Colo. — As Democrats scramble for elusive Republican defectors so they can take charge of President Trump's impeachment trial and summon witnesses to Capitol Hill …
Discussion: NBC News
Robby Soave / Reason:
A Year Ago, the Media Mangled the Covington Catholic Story.  What Happened Next Was Even Worse.  —  On the weekend of January 18, 2019, a short video appeared on Twitter that purported to show a group of Catholic high school boys—one young man, Nicholas Sandmann, in particular …
Associated Press:
Bloomberg calls for Trump's removal in new impeachment ad  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg launched a new impeachment-focused television ad Tuesday urging the Senate to remove President Donald Trump from office.  —  The ad will run in 27 states …
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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Chris Willman / Variety:
How Midterm Elections Inspired Taylor Swift's New Song, ‘Only the Young’
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren campaign hires pair of top Castro aides
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and The Hill
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Doubts surface over Puerto Rican governor's motivation to fire housing secretary
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Russian-American Lobbyist of Trump Tower Meeting Fame Forms His Own ‘Anti-Defamation League’
The Boston Globe:
Read the full results of the Suffolk/Globe N.H. poll
Vernon Freeman Jr / WTVR-TV:
Virginia Senate votes to eliminate Lee-Jackson Day, make Election Day state holiday
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Call Richmond's MLK Day gun rally what it was: An outbreak of terrorism on American soil
Discussion: Slate, NB Blog and CNN
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Poll shows Marshall and Kobach in tight race for Kansas GOP Senate nomination
Michael Avenatti might be in El Chapo's former jail cell — and it's freezing, his attorneys say
Discussion: IJR
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?