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12:55 AM ET, January 22, 2020


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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 …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump's defense looks shaky on first day of impeachment trial  —  Analysis: Using the president's convoluted logic with none of his outsized passion, his defense team wasn't very persuasive.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's defense failed him at the opening of his Senate impeachment trial Tuesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Associated Press
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:
Democrats already have these four victories in the impeachment trial
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and Redstate
NBC News:
Live Blog / Trump impeachment: Live updates from the Senate trial
James Crowley / Newsweek:
71% of Republicans want Mitch McConnell to call witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, new poll shows
Discussion: Vox
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:   Democrats are hoping John Bolton will bring down Trump. Good luck with that.
Washington Post:
Trump's impeachment defense is designed to destroy guardrails on presidential power
Discussion: The Hill, The Root and Vanity Fair
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Biden picks up backing from 4 more black lawmakers
Michael Warren / CNN:
McConnell tried to rush Trump's impeachment trial, but Republican senators said not so fast
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz says White House unlikely to push for impeachment trial dismissal
Discussion: NBC News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A big tell in Trump's own legal brief exposes McConnell's coverup
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
Saudi crown prince implicated in hacking of Jeff Bezos's phone
Discussion: New York Times
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Revealed: the Saudi heir and the alleged plot to undermine Jeff Bezos
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: The Hill, Breitbart, Axios and Raw Story
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
An embarrassing moment for Trump's legal team  —  President Trump's impeachment managers made little secret Tuesday that they'd rather put House Democrats on trial than Trump.  They repeatedly alleged mistreatment of Trump in his impeachment, rather than dwelling upon the evidence against him.
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 …
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 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.
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.
Discussion: The Week and Task & Purpose
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.
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Doubles Down on Threats to Impose Tariffs on European Cars
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
First US case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed by CDC  —  (CNN)The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.  The coronavirus has already sickened hundreds and killed six people in Asia.
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, The Hill and Boston Magazine
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.
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.
David French / The Dispatch:
Here's the Legitimate Question that Should Dominate the Impeachment Trial  —  Some abuses of presidential power are more easily remedied than others.  —  6 hr  —  Today is the first day of the impeachment trial, and I expect that we'll spend far too little time talking about the actual central question of the case.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
White supremacist group wanted Richmond rally to start a civil war, prosecutors say  —  COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A hidden camera captured members of a white supremacist group expressing hope that violence at Monday's gun-rights rally in Richmond could start a civil war, federal prosecutors said in a court filing 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
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Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook, Twitter hold evidence that could save people from prison. And they're not giving it up
Lucas Grundmeier / Des Moines Register:
Register editorial board to announce caucus endorsement at 6 p.m. Saturday
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
2020 election: Lower-tier Democrats still fighting in the primaries
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
William D. Cohan / Fast Company:
Inside the $10 million cyber lab trying to break Apple's iPhone
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Bloomberg calls for Trump's removal in new impeachment ad
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
CNN Brings on Hard-Hitting White House Correspondent to Join Jim Acosta
Robby Soave / Reason:
A Year Ago, the Media Mangled the Covington Catholic Story. What Happened Next Was Even Worse.
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?
Discussion: NBC News
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
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump spreads distortions at Davos
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill