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12:40 AM ET, January 23, 2020


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Dems unload ‘overwhelming’ impeachment case on the Senate — even as they press for more  —  And on the first day, Democrats unleashed the flood.  —  One by one, the seven House impeachment prosecutors seeking President Donald Trump's removal from office reconstructed a case against the president …
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 …
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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Adam Schiff's Moment  —  On Day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial, the House presents its case—and a senator has a cold glass of milk.  —  Leaving the Senate chamber on Wednesday afternoon for a short break, the Washington Post reporter Paul Kane called over to his colleague Dana Milbank, a Post columnist.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Senate Republicans Will Pay a Price for Helping Trump Conceal Evidence  —  The first day of President Trump's impeachment trial centered on the rules of evidence.  Democrats want to admit documents and testimony the administration has blocked, and Republicans want to, well, block them.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Fox News
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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘S.O.S.! PLEASE HELP ME!’ The world's greatest deliberative body falls to pettifoggery.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sen. Paul: 45 Republicans ready to dismiss impeachment charges against Trump
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and The Week
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 …
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Trump Casually Confirms Medicare Is On the Chopping Block
Discussion: HuffPost, Breitbart and ABC News
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
S. Carolina elected official now backing Sanders over Biden  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina elected official who endorsed Joe Biden last month is switching her allegiance to Bernie Sanders in the state's first-in-the-South presidential primary, saying she had viewed the former vice president …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:   Stuck in the Senate as Their 2020 Rivals Have Iowa to Themselves
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
How Jeff Bezos' iPhone X Was Hacked  —  It most likely began with a tiny bit of code that implanted malware, which gave attackers access to Mr. Bezos' photos and texts.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging …
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson communicated with Saudi crown prince on WhatsApp, ex-UK officials say
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump lawyers make at least three false claims during impeachment arguments  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's legal team made at least three false claims during Senate impeachment proceedings on Tuesday, plus two more claims we'll call misleading.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers are playing a bad hand badly
Washington Post:
Gordon Sondland plugs away in Brussels while playing a central role in Trump's impeachment trial
Discussion: NBC News
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden renting $12,000-per-month Hollywood home while defying child support suit  —  Hunter Biden is defying a court order to disclose his financial information as part of a child support fight while renting a $3.8 million designer home in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, for $12,000 per month.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Susan Collins sent note to dais before John Roberts admonished legal teams, source says  —  Chief justice admonishes discourse during impeachment trial  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Susan Collins sent a written note early Wednesday morning during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial minutes …
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: Washington Post, The Hill and Bloomberg
Matt Gaetz sees ‘brush back’ in being kept off Trump's impeachment team  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, suspects a senior White House aide pushed to keep him off the president's impeachment defense team — weeks after the Florida Republican voted to rein in Trump's war powers.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham goes berserk at impeachment presser: 'I'm not covering up anything, I'm exposing your hatred!'  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday excoriated Democrats for continuing the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.  —  “If I was the president, I wouldn't cooperate …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday will finalize a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and other water bodies, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers …
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and The Guardian
Jessica Bennett / Page Six:
Why Robert Downey Jr. doesn't regret wearing blackface in ‘Tropic Thunder’  —  Robert Downey Jr. famously wore blackface in the 2012 movie “Tropic Thunder,” where he played an Australian actor who darkens his skin in order to play a black soldier in a war film.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IndieWire
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 …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Louise Boyle / Daily Mail:
Ghislaine Maxwell's personal emails were HACKED sparking fears that damaging information about high-profile individuals linked to Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking case, including Prince Andrew, could be leaked  — Lawyers for the British socialite revealed the hack while discussing …
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin ends cash bail for all criminal cases  —  Two weeks after Chesa Boudin took the oath of office as San Francisco's newest district attorney, the city's top prosecutor announced Wednesday that his office will no longer ask for cash bail as a condition for defendants' pretrial release.
Discussion: The Hill
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets  —  A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
Jon Haworth / ABC News:
Man allegedly kills pro-Trump boss after argument, throws American flag on his body  —  The suspect is allegedly anti-government and believes it is out to get him.  —  A construction worker in Florida has been accused of murdering his pro-Trump boss with a trowel after a political argument …
Sean Wilentz / The Atlantic:
A Matter of Facts  —  With much fanfare, The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue in August to what it called the 1619 Project.  The project's aim, the magazine announced, was to reinterpret the entirety of American history.  “Our democracy's founding ideals,” its lead essay proclaimed, “were false when they were written.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
New York Times:
We Asked 81 Americans About Impeachment.  Here's What They Had to Say.  —  The evidence doesn't amount to a hill of black-eyed peas.  There's so much that this guy is guilty of.  Absolutely no case.  The president did not do anything wrong.  It's tough to tell, because I feel like I'm being lied to on both sides at all times.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Veterans Differ With Trump Over Injuries From Iran Missile Attack  —  President says U.S. injuries in attack in Iraq weren't very serious; veterans say his comments were ignorant  —  WASHINGTON— President Trump said the head injuries suffered by American service members in an Iranian missile strike weren't …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Here's how Mike Bloomberg is luring 2020 campaign staffers with lavish perks  —  Billionaire presidential long shot Michael Bloomberg is trying to poach staff from other campaigns with outsized salaries and fancy perks like three catered meals a day, an iPhone 11 and a MacBook Pro, according to sources.
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.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The Apps on My Phone Are Stalking Me  —  I discovered that we're building a digital surveillance state much like the one in China.  —  There is much about the future that keeps me up at night — A.I. weaponry, undetectable viral deepfakes, indefatigable and infinitely wise robotic op-ed columnists …
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