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6:20 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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
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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 …
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
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
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 …
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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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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.
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Politico:
Trump weighs travel ban expansion in coming days
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Administration Plans to Expand Travel Restrictions to Seven Countries
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
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.
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Senators bend the rules by wearing Apple Watches to Trump trial  —  Correction appended 5:50 pm |  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?
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 …
Discussion: National Review and NB Blog
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Joshua A. Geltzer / New York Times:   Trump Tried to Dirty the Biden Name. He May Still Get His Chance.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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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
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www.eacourier.com:
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.
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
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.
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 …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Russian-American Lobbyist of Trump Tower Meeting Fame Forms His Own ‘Anti-Defamation League’  —  Rinat Akmetshin was one of two Russians to attend the now famous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with top Trump aides and family members.  —  A Russian-American dual citizen who found himself …
 
 
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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?
Associated Press:
Mexico begins flying, busing migrants back to Honduras
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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: 
The Boston Globe:
Northeastern student from Iran removed from US before court hearing, won't be returned
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump spreads distortions at Davos
Discussion: The Hill
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Poll shows Marshall and Kobach in tight race for Kansas GOP Senate nomination
CNN:
Michael Avenatti might be in El Chapo's former jail cell — and it's freezing, his attorneys say
Discussion: IJR
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Peter Thiel's Latest Venture Is the American Government
Discussion: The Week
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Third Year Sets New Standard for Party Polarization
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and The Week