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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.
Discussion: The Dispatch and The Week
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Ass-Backwards” and (So Far) Witness-Free, Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial Begins  —  A report from Day One of the case against the President.  —  It was only a couple hours into the first day of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John Trump when Adam Schiff …
Discussion: Politico
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chris Wallace: If I'm Trump, ‘I would not be especially pleased’ with White House defense  —  “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace on Tuesday said that he would “not be especially pleased” if he were President Trump watching the White House defense of him in the opening round of the Senate impeachment trial.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Chief Justice John Roberts admonishes House managers and White House counsel  —  The Senate exploded in acrimony after midnight on Wednesday as the House impeachment managers and White House counsel traded insults, prompting Chief Justice John Roberts to scold their lack of decorum during President Trump's impeachment trial.
Washington Post:
Trump's impeachment defense is designed to destroy guardrails on presidential power  —  SENATE REPUBLICANS on Tuesday were laying the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice.  Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down.
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
As The Impeachment Trial Begins, Democrats Are Losing Their Minds
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Impeachment, Democrats, and those 90,000 documents
James Crowley / Newsweek:
71% of Republicans want Mitch McConnell to call witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, new poll shows
Discussion: Vox
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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OHCHR:
UN experts call for investigation into allegations that Saudi Crown Prince involved in hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone  —  UN human rights experts are gravely concerned by information they have received suggesting that, in contravention of fundamental international human rights standards …
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Saudi Prince Taunted Jeff Bezos Over Secret Affair Before Enquirer Exposé
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Why Democrats and Republicans are winning on impeachment
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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Mike Memoli / NBC News:   Biden campaign releases video hitting debunked GOP claims on his Ukraine involvement
Wall Street Journal:   Calling All Trial Witnesses
Myah Ward / Politico:
Sanders surges in new nationwide CNN poll
Discussion: The Hill
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:   A Joe Biden Mailer Targeting Iowa Voters Uses Sinister Image Of Iran
CNN:
CNN poll: Bernie Sanders surges to join Biden atop Democratic presidential pack  —  (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has improved his standing in the national Democratic race for president, joining former Vice President Joe Biden in a two-person top tier above the rest of the field, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Amanda Teuscher / American Oversight:
OMB Releases 192 Pages of Ukraine Records to American Oversight  —  At 11:58 p.m. on Jan. 21, just two minutes before the deadline, the Office of Management and Budget released 192 pages of Ukraine-related documents, including records that have not been produced to Congress in its impeachment investigation.
Discussion: Daily Kos, NBC News and New York Post
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TULSI2020.com:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Files Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton Over Defamatory Statements  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington, DC - Tulsi Gabbard, a United States Congresswoman, Army National Guard Major, and 2020 presidential candidate, today filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Gabbard suing Clinton for defamation over ‘Russian asset’ comments  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation over the former secretary of state's remarks on a podcast characterizing the Democratic presidential candidate as a Russian asset.
BBC:
Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77  —  Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his agent has said … You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
Discussion: BBC
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's car rentals help push the administration's Davos travel costs past $4 million  —  Vehicles rented by the US Secret Service to shuttle Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and advisor, around Davos will add another $34,000 to the cost of the administration's two-day trip …
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CBS News:
Trump again blasts impeachment “hoax” before leaving Davos
Discussion: Reason
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general sues Trump inaugural committee over $1 million booking at president's hotel  —  D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine sued President Trump's inaugural committee and business Wednesday, alleging that the committee violated its nonprofit status by spending more than $1 million …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Democrats Want a National Primary  —  Little change in 2020 Dem contest, Trump reelect  —  West Long Branch, NJ - There has not been a lot of change in the outlook for 2020 over the past month.  President Donald Trump's reelection prospects remain underwater, while Joe Biden holds onto …
Lisa Fickenscher / New York Post:
Fairway planning to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, close all its stores  —  Legendary Big Apple grocer Fairway Market is getting ready to call it quits, The Post has learned.  —  The New York City chain — known for its wide selection of cheeses and cheap produce — is planning to file …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Glenn Greenwald on Brazil's Charges Against Him  —  On Tuesday, Brazilian prosecutors charged the journalist Glenn Greenwald with “cybercrimes” as part of what the government claims was his role in a “criminal organization.”  They allege that Greenwald—who reported on wrongdoing …
Haaretz:
Holocaust Forum Updates: Leaders Arrive in Israel for Auschwitz Ceremony  —  Macron, Pelosi already in Israel for Yad Vashem event marking 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp  —  An airlift of presidents, prime ministers and royalty from around …
Discussion: Bloomberg and UPI
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Why Trump Persists  —  Voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less interested in integrity than many political analysts thought.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  The failure of the American electorate …
The New York Times Company:
New Role for Jim Rutenberg  —  Jim, one of our best investigative and political reporters, will become a writer at large, splitting his time between Politics and the magazine.  Read more in this note from Dean Baquet, Joe Kahn and Matt Purdy.  —  All,  —  We are pleased to announce …
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
Paul Rosenzweig / USA Today:
Trump impeachment defense is dangerous.  Abuses of power could crack America's foundation.  —  Trump thinks his oath was a vague, unenforceable promise, that he can't be held accountable as long as he doesn't commit a crime.  But he's wrong.  —  Imagine that Democrats nominate Joe Biden …
Discussion: The National Interest
 
 
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Mitch McConnell Is the Master of the Senate
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook allows pro-Trump Super PAC to lie in ads
Samantha Michaels / Mother Jones:
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Wall Street Journal:
Judicial Political Mischief
Discussion: Instapundit
L. Gordon Crovitz / New York Times:
How Amazon, Geico and Walmart Fund Propaganda
Politico:
Top progressives, DCCC reach ceasefire over ‘blacklist’
New York Times:
Chaos as Militants Overran Airfield, Killing 3 Americans in Kenya
Discussion: The Week
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Dan Merica / CNN:
DNC begins multi-million ‘battleground’ investment in six states won by Trump
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Mike Calia / CNBC:
Read the transcript of CNBC's interview with President Trump in Davos
Discussion: New York Post
Associated Press:
White supremacist group wanted Richmond rally to start a civil war, prosecutors say
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
First US case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed by CDC
The Information:
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
More U.S. troops leave Iraq for medical treatment after Iranian missile attack, Pentagon says
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