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12:50 PM ET, January 21, 2020


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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 …
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.”
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Says ‘Nobody Likes’ Bernie Sanders and Declines to Commit to Backing Him  —  Mrs. Clinton sharply criticized her former primary rival in a forthcoming documentary series, and stood by her comments in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.  —  Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: The Hill and Real Clear Politics
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him”  —  Hillary Clinton makes her feelings clear about Sen. Bernie Sanders in a new documentary about her career, saying that “nobody likes him” and “nobody wants to work with him,” per The Hollywood Reporter.
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton Defends Harvey Weinstein Association: ‘How Could We Have Known?’
Discussion: Twitchy
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Biden, Sanders, Social Security and Smears
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 …
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 …
David Morgan / CBS News:
Former GOP Senator Jeff Flake on impeachment: Republicans are on trial with Trump
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and War Room
NBC News:
Why aren't Democrats making life miserable for vulnerable Republicans on impeachment?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on McConnell Cover-Up Resolution  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Leader McConnell's resolution on rules for the impeachment trial of the President, which will operate on a greatly compressed schedule and rejects the need for witnesses and documents:
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and Daily Kos
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
McConnell Impeachment Rules Modify Clinton Precedent  —  The Senate Republican leader proposed impeachment trial rules that push the 1999 precedent toward President Trump's preferences.  —  WASHINGTON — For weeks, Senator Mitch McConnell sought to deflect charges that he was trying to stack …
Discussion: Cmte Intelligence (D) …, IJR and CNN
Laura Olson / Morning Call:   Pat Toomey's Senate ‘candy desk’ may prevent hangry lawmakers during impeachment
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, The Week and New York Times
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Washington Post
Washington Post:   Lev is talking. So where is Igor?
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
The New Evidence Against Trump Since He Was Impeached
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The Liberal Media Totally Eats It With Their Fake News Coverage of VA's Pro-Gun Rights Rally  —  Virginia Citizen's Defense League had their Lobby Day yesterday.  Thousands attended.  It was probably the best turnout in years.  And that's the keyword here, folks: years.
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Supreme Court won't hear Obamacare case before election  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Democrats' plea to consider a high-stakes legal challenge that could kill Obamacare, punting a resolution in the politically fraught case until after the presidential election.
Andrew Chung / Reuters:   U.S. Supreme Court lets Flint, Michigan residents sue over water contamination
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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: Political Wire, Roll Call and Bloomberg
The Boston Globe:
Sanders, Biden lead tight pack of front-runners in Suffolk/Globe New Hampshire poll  —  Senator Bernie Sanders has the slimmest of leads among a knot of four top presidential contenders, with Senator Elizabeth Warren dropping to the rear of the top tier amid significantly weaker support among men …
Discussion: The Hill
Tim Pearce / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden: 'I don't count drunk driving as a felony'  —  2020 Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said his administration would fire Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who arrest and deport illegal immigrants who are not guilty of felony crimes, adding that he doesn't “count drunk driving as a felony.”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Third Year Sets New Standard for Party Polarization  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eighty-two percentage points separated Republicans' (89%) and Democrats' (7%) average job approval ratings of President Donald Trump during his third year in office.  This is the largest degree of political polarization …
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
Ben White / Politico:
'He could have had it all.  And he doesn't have it all.'  —  President Donald Trump launches into the fourth year of his presidency this week with some strong economic numbers to support his case for reelection: Unemployment is low, job growth remains solid, wages are rising and the stock market is soaring.
Discussion: Raw Story
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Peter Thiel's Latest Venture Is the American Government  —  In mid-January, at the conclusion of a special meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, the venerable free-market organization, after appearances by Condoleezza Rice and Niall Ferguson, Peter Thiel was slated to give closing remarks on “Big Tech and the Question of Scale.”
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
How Voters Grade Trump, Three Years Into His Presidency  —  Overall marks have stayed about the same since Trump's first year, but he's getting more A's on jobs, economy  —  President Donald Trump speaks during a Jan. 16 event in the Oval Office.  A new poll found voters are grading …
David Sharp / Associated Press:
Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh …
Discussion: The Hill
Brett Neely / NPR:
NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference  —  Weeks before the first votes of the 2020 presidential election, Americans report a high level of concern about how secure that election will be and worry about the perils of disinformation, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.
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.
Caroline Court / The Federalist:
How A Feminist Juror's Lies Could Get Harvey Weinstein's Conviction Tossed Out  —  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce that a prospective juror clearly lied and misled both the parties and the court to be on Harvey Weinstein's jury.  —  Regardless of what you think about Harvey Weinstein …
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg shifts presidential ad campaign to focus on impeachment
CBS News:
Adam Schiff says calling Hunter Biden as witness would be an “abuse” of impeachment trial
Discussion: Twitchy
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Obstruction still isn't exoneration, no matter what Trump may argue
Kira Lerner / The Appeal:
Kentucky Bill Would Make It Harder For Formerly Incarcerated People To Vote
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Trump lawyer Cipollone a material witness in impeachment trial: Democrats
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adam Keiper / The Bulwark:
12 Details from the Clinton Impeachment Trial That You Should Know
Discussion: Fox News
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Banana Republic, American-Style: Angola Is Here
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
How Donald Trump's Unlikely Legal Team Will Try to Defend Him
Discussion: The Nation and The Atlantic
 Earlier Items: 
Will Weissert / ABC News:
Warren wants task force to investigate Trump administration
Discussion: The Hill
David Catron / The American Spectator:
The Dems Still Don't Know Why Trump Won in 2016
Vivian Ho / The Guardian:
Mothers who occupied vacant Oakland house will be allowed to buy it
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary Announcing Congressional Members of the President's Impeachment Team
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, IJR and Axios
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
We're Trying to Send a Refugee to Die to Make a Government Lie Seem True
Discussion: New Yorker
Haris Alic / Breitbart:
Joe Biden's Brother Frank Linked to Projects Receiving $54,000,000 in Taxpayer Loans …
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Dershowitz on impeachment reversal: ‘I am much more correct right now’
Discussion: ABC News and Axios