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6:50 PM ET, January 22, 2020


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Republicans livid over Nadler's ‘cover-up’ accusation  —  Senate Republicans are fuming after Rep. Jerry Nadler accused them on the Senate floor of engaging in a “cover up” to protect the president, seizing on his remarks Wednesday as a significant misstep that they say undercuts Democrats' impeachment case.
Trump disrupts Republican trial strategy  —  Just five hours after Senate Republicans carefully assembled and passed an impeachment trial framework that could clear Donald Trump by next week, the president himself delivered an unwanted surprise to the GOP: The prospect of a longer trial with lots of witnesses.
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Trump says he's open to trial witnesses — but backtracks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate began hearing opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with proceedings now on a fast track.  First up: Democratic House managers making their case that Trump abused …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Why Democrats owe a debt to Mitch McConnell  —  Democrats owe a debt to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  —  Yes, you read that right.  —  Recall that when Democrats were debating whether to impeach President Trump last year, those opposed to the move argued there was no chance …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's eruption of lies in Davos bolsters the case against him  —  In a way, it's fitting that only hours after Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sternly instructed the Senate to conduct itself as “the world's greatest deliberative body,” President Trump went before the world in Davos …
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Schiff launches opening arguments with a case for impeachment over an election
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and MSNBC
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Ass-Backwards” and (So Far) Witness-Free, Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial Begins
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Majority of Democratic voters support single-day national primary
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Here Is the Technical Report Suggesting Saudi Arabia's Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos' Phone  —  A report investigating the potential hack of Jeff Bezos' iPhone indicates that forensic investigators found a suspicious file but no evidence of any malware on the phone.
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson communicated with Saudi crown prince on WhatsApp, ex-UK officials say  —  Boris Johnson has been in communication with Saudi Arabia's crown prince over WhatsApp, multiple former UK government figures have told The Telegraph, raising major security concerns in light of the Jeff Bezos hack.
UN experts call for investigation into allegations that Saudi Crown Prince involved in hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Why Glenn Greenwald's Prosecution Is An Outrage  —  Advocacy groups say attacks on the press are on the rise—particularly in Bolsonaro's Brazil  —  Yesterday, Brazilian prosecutors announced charges against Glenn Greenwald, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist most famous …
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 …
Washington Post:
Charges against Glenn Greenwald reveal the rot in Brazil's democracy
Discussion: The Hill
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers are playing a bad hand badly  —  The beginning of the impeachment trial of President Trump made clear that Democrats have not only the stronger arguments but also the stronger arguers.  The House impeachment managers did a masterful job on Tuesday of marshaling the evidence …
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump lawyers make at least three false claims during impeachment arguments
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Senators urge House impeachment managers to tone it down after testy debate
Discussion: The Week
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sen. Paul: 45 Republicans ready to dismiss impeachment charges against Trump  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a leading ally of President Trump, said Wednesday that 45 Republicans are ready to dismiss the charges against the president and he would keep pushing to rally a majority of GOP senators to end the impeachment trial.
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Impeachment trial live updates: Senate hears opening arguments making the case against Trump
New York Times:
Trump Opens Door to Cuts to Medicare and Other Entitlement Programs  —  The president signaled a willingness to scale back Medicare, a shift from his 2016 platform of protecting welfare programs.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump suggested on Wednesday that he would be willing to consider cuts …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Virulent Anti-Semite Rick Wiles Has Once Again Received White House Press Credentials  —  As we have noted several times before, right-wing conspiracy theorist and End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles is deeply anti-Semitic and dedicates many of his TruNews programs to railing against Israel and Jews.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chris Wallace: If I'm Trump, ‘I would not be especially pleased’ with White House defense
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
As The Impeachment Trial Begins, Democrats Are Losing Their Minds
Myah Ward / Politico:
Trump sets new Twitter record for presidency  —  President Donald Trump posted more than 140 times on Twitter on Wednesday, surpassing his mid-December record for the most daily tweets and retweets during his presidency.  —  The president flooded his Twitter account during the second …
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Ivanka Trump Takes Spotlight at Davos, Ahead of Cabinet Members
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's car rentals help push the administration's Davos travel costs past $4 million
Roger Parloff / Newsweek:
Reagan's solicitor general says ‘All honorable people’ have left Trump's Cabinet: ‘He is capable of doing serious damage’  —  THE NEWSWEEK INTERVIEW  —  Charles Fried was a fervent, superior officer on the frontlines of the Reagan Revolution.  As solicitor general of the United States from 1985 to 1989 …
Jack Allison / The Outline:
Live from New York, it's Michael Che's weird fixation with me  —  My feud with the ‘Saturday Night Live’ head writer has lasted several months all because I said his show was unfunny.  —  Culture  —  My feud with the ‘Saturday Night Live’ head writer has lasted several months all because I said his show was unfunny.
Pew Research Center:
By a Narrow Margin, Americans Say Senate Trial Should Result in Trump's Removal  —  Majority says Trump has definitely or probably done things that are illegal  —  How we did this  —  As the Senate impeachment trial gets underway, slightly more Americans say that Donald Trump should be removed …
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Bloomberg
Laura Geggel / NBC News:
Ancient viruses never observed by humans discovered in Tibetan glacier  —  Melting ice from climate change could release the pathogens into the environment, one researcher said, calling it a “worst-case scenario.”  —  For the past 15,000 years, a glacier on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
State AGs urge Senate to reject impeachment in stinging letter: ‘A dangerous historical precedent’  —  EXCLUSIVE: The attorneys general of 21 states have come forward with a blistering rebuke of the impeachment of President Trump, asserting that it “establishes a dangerous historical precedent.”
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Sean Hannity
Sen. Marsha Blackburn / Fox News:
Impeachment trial is a political farce - no more witnesses or documents are needed
Discussion: Redstate
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Maker of Hit Podcast ‘Serial’ Explores Sale  —  Serial Productions has one of the best-known brands in digital audio; New York Times considered a potential suitor  —  The company behind the hit true-crime podcast “Serial” is exploring a sale, according to a person familiar with the matter …
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 …
Discussion: The American Independent, IJR and UPI
Bill Bowden / Arkansas Online:
Appear in Arkansas court, explain, judge orders Hunter Biden  —  Hunter Biden must appear Jan. 29 in a Batesville courtroom and explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt for violating court orders to provide financial information in his Arkansas paternity case.
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
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Iconic Man With a Gun Is a White Man  —  Protesters in Virginia were re-enacting — and re-embracing — an exclusionary vision of American history.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Around 22,000 people came here on Monday to protest potential new restrictions on guns under consideration by the new Democratic majority in the General Assembly.
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.
Discussion: National Review
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
McSally hasn't learned any lessons from losing  —  After suffering an embarrassing defeat in 2018, Martha McSally was asked by GOP leaders to moderate her message.  She's instead doubled down on her base.  —  There's no better illustration of the Republican Party's acquiescence to President Trump …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court likely to allow public funding for religious schools  —  If that's how the court rules, it could affect laws or constitutional provisions in 37 states that currently bar public funding for schools and churches.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed prepared Wednesday …
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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 Earlier Items: 
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
Women's March shrinks to a mere 10K Trump haters who can't acknowledge the president's successes
Discussion: Associated Press
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Trump Brags About Concealing Impeachment Evidence: 'We Have All the Material, They Don't'
Discussion: HuffPost, Mother Jones and Law & Crime
Rachel Figueroa / Washington Post:
Bloomberg asked @ElBloombito to help his campaign. Here's why I said no.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Gabbard suing Clinton for defamation over ‘Russian asset’ comments
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook allows pro-Trump Super PAC to lie in ads