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7:15 AM ET, January 21, 2020


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Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly  —  President Trump's legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Associated Press
Senate Republicans plan speedy Trump trial  —  Senate Republicans released their partisan impeachment trial resolution on Monday evening, a blueprint that could result in President Donald Trump's swift acquittal.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to pass impeachment trial rules giving …
The Hill:
White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team  —  The White House announced Monday that President Trump appointed several prominent Republican House members to advise his impeachment defense team ahead of the Senate trial set to begin this week.
New York Times:
McConnell Unveils Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial  —  On Monday, the president's lawyers asserted he did nothing wrong and urged the Senate to “swiftly reject” the charges against him.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, unveiled ground rules on Monday …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
McConnell lays out terms for Senate impeachment trial
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:   McConnell Impeachment Rules Modify Clinton Precedent
Trump recruits House allies for his defense
Discussion: Breitbart and War Room
Cara Korte / CBS News:
Sanders apologizes to Biden for surrogate's op-ed alleging he has a “big corruption problem”  —  Des Moines, Iowa — Senator Bernie Sanders apologized to former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday for an op-ed written by one of his campaign surrogates that claimed Biden has a “big corruption problem.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Biden, Sanders, Social Security and Smears  —  Lying about a rival is bad, even if you don't like his past positions.  —  While the news media has been focused on the “spat” between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, something much more serious has been taking place between the Sanders campaign and Joe Biden.
Discussion: American Prospect, Politico and CNN
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed alleging corruption
Politico:   ‘He totally said it’ or ‘complete BS’? Sanders and Warren voters dig in
Cara Korte / CBS News:
Pramila Jayapal: If a progressive is not elected, “We will end up with another Donald Trump down the road”
Discussion: The Hill
Sacramento Bee:
Devin Nunes' Ukraine lies are a betrayal.  Voters in his district deserve better  —  Kiev, Ukraine, is nearly 6,200 miles from Tulare, Calif. That's a long way from home for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, who now faces explosive allegations that he and his staff contacted shadowy Ukrainian figures …
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
The New Evidence Against Trump Since He Was Impeached  —  From Parnas to Nunes, a quick summary of the details that have come to light over the last month.  —  As the Trump impeachment trial gets underway, Democrats are banging their heads and Republicans are wringing their hands over the reality that not all the facts are in.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Don Jr. Admits Meeting Lev Parnas: ‘I Thought He Was Israeli’
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Dershowitz on impeachment reversal: ‘I am much more correct right now’  —  Cooper presses Dershowitz over changing impeachment view  —  (CNN)Constitutional lawyer and Trump impeachment legal team member Alan Dershowitz said Monday that he is “much more correct right now” …
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
‘Constitutional Nonsense’: Trump's Impeachment Defense Defies Legal Consensus  —  The president's legal case would negate any need for witnesses.  But constitutional scholars say that it's wrong.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump's impeachment trial opens, his lawyers have increasingly emphasized …
Discussion: Raw Story, Lawfare and Mediaite
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Trump's Impeachment Brief Is a Howl of Rage  —  Over the weekend, as the Senate prepared for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the newly appointed House impeachment managers and the president's newly appointed legal team both filed their initial legal briefs.  —  At least, one of them was a legal brief.
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The White House doubles down on its dumbest impeachment defense
Discussion: Raw Story
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Richmond woman charged with wearing mask in public following gun-rights rally  —  A 21-year-old Richmond woman was charged Monday with wearing a mask in public following the gun-rights rally in Richmond.  —  Police said a Richmond officer warned Mikaela E. Beschler, of the 1100 block of North 34th Street …
USA Today:
‘The civil rights march of my life’: Thousands of pro-gun protesters, many heavily armed, rally peacefully in Richmond
Discussion: Redstate and Big League Politics
Virginia Governor / Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:
Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Thousands Peacefully Protest For Gun Rights in Richmond
Discussion: NBC News and National Review
CNN poll: 51% say Senate should remove Trump from office  —  Schumer: We will force votes on witnesses and documents  —  (CNN)About half of Americans say the Senate should vote to convict President Donald Trump and remove him from office in the upcoming impeachment trial (51%) …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump pushes his party to normalize corruption  —  With the impeachment trial of President Trump beginning in earnest, right-wing populism has come full circle.  Trump was elected on the theory that American politics had become corrupt and broken.  Now he is calling upon his party …
Discussion: Raw Story
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:   U.S. House of Representatives Files Replication to President's Answer to the Articles of Impeachment
George Conway / Washington Post:
The worst thing about Trump's answer to the impeachment articles
Discussion: Law & Crime
MAGA stops, TV and the pope: How Pence plans to sidestep impeachment  —  Yet the vice president keeps getting entangled in a mess he has deliberately tried to avoid as he considers a White House bid of his own in 2024.  —  President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
White House Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Frivolous’ and ‘Dangerous’ in Legal Brief
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
How to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in the age of Trump  —  On Sunday, I was invited to give the keynote address at a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark.  Judging by the reaction of the congregation, there is righteous anger …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Claims Martin Luther King Would Be Against Trump Impeachment
Discussion: Contemptor
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Trump calls impeachment trial a long-running ‘hoax’ at Davos Summit  —  As president's trial gets underway, he'll be counter programming at the gathering of the world's elite in the Swiss mountain town.  —  DAVOS, Switzerland — President Donald Trump called the impeachment trial set to start …
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes  —  A Denver Post columnist says he was fired after disputing the idea that there are more than two sexes.  —  Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian Independence Institute, announced that he has been fired from the Post …
Discussion: National Review
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John Nichols / The Nation:
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New York Times:
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Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson urged to publish report on Russian meddling
Terry McDermott / Los Angeles Times:
In 9/11 proceedings, once-forbidden topic is front and center: Torture
Discussion: The Guardian
The Daily Beast:
How Trump Twisted a Vague Iran Worry Into an Imminent Danger to ‘Four Embassies’
From pot to impeachment: The high-wire legal act from Lev Parnas' attorney
Discussion: The Hill
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Jenna Ellis / Fox News:
Trump impeachment trial - Here are four legal problems House Democrats have to face
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Ken Starr Remains a Partisan Hack and a Poisonous Creep
Discussion: ABC News
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Fox-Trump monopoly, in one graph
Discussion: Twitchy and HuffPost
Cassie da Costa / The Daily Beast:
‘The Assistant’: The #MeToo Film That Has Hollywood Worried
Esha Ray / New York Daily News:
Art preservationists want Frick Collection to buy Jeffrey Epstein's townhouse as part of museum expansion plan
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster. (Just Don't Call It Climate Change.)
Joyce White Vance / Washington Post:
Witness ‘reciprocity’ isn't a thing. So no, there can't be a Biden for every Bolton.
Discussion: Raw Story