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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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump's defense looks shaky on first day of impeachment trial  —  Analysis: Using the president's convoluted logic with none of his outsized passion, his defense team wasn't very persuasive.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's defense failed him at the opening of his Senate impeachment trial Tuesday.
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
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
McConnell said in 1999 he would have voted for whatever the House managers wanted  —  (CNN)Mitch McConnell said in 1999 he believed the Senate was entitled to witnesses in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial and added that he would have voted to give House impeachment managers “whatever” they wanted.
Politico:
Trump impeachment team undercuts DOJ position in McGahn case
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:   Democrats Prepare to Make Opening Case for Impeachment in Senate Trial
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Impeachment, Democrats, and those 90,000 documents
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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Washington Post:
Saudi crown prince implicated in hack of Jeff Bezos's phone, U.N. report will say  —  A United Nations investigation to be released Wednesday will report that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's cellphone was hacked in 2018 after he got a WhatsApp message that came from an account purportedly belonging …
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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James Crowley / Newsweek:
71% of Republicans want Mitch McConnell to call witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, new poll shows
Discussion: Vox
Wall Street Journal:   Calling All Trial Witnesses
Washington Post:
Senate adopts ground rules for impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings
Discussion: CNN, Axios and New York Times
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.
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:   A Joe Biden Mailer Targeting Iowa Voters Uses Sinister Image Of Iran
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: NBC News and New York Post
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American Oversight:
OMB Records Related to Ukraine Assistance Funding - American Oversight  —  Records from the Office of Management and Budget in response to American Oversight's request for directives and communications that may relate to any effort to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate …
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Fox News
CNN:
White House budget officials laid groundwork to freeze Ukraine aid before July 25 call, heavily redacted emails show
Discussion: Raw Story
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Trump, in Davos, appears confident of Senate impeachment trial outcome: ‘We have a great case’  —  President Trump voiced optimism regarding the Senate impeachment trial as he arrived for a breakfast meeting with American CEOs and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday morning.
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CBS News:   Trump again blasts impeachment “hoax” before leaving Davos
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's car rentals help push the administration's Davos travel costs past $4 million
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, Raw Story and Axios
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff appears to have mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga, according to documents obtained by POLITICO — a possible error the GOP will likely criticize …
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.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
More U.S. troops leave Iraq for medical treatment after Iranian missile attack, Pentagon says  —  More U.S. service members have been transported out of Iraq for medical treatment and evaluations following Iran's missile attack, the Pentagon said Tuesday, nearly two weeks after President Trump and defense officials said no one was hurt.
Discussion: The Week and Task & Purpose
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
First US case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed by CDC  —  (CNN)The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.  The coronavirus has already sickened hundreds and killed six people in Asia.
www.eacourier.com:
Profiles in cowardice  —  On this page, a few weeks before he announced it, we endorsed the idea of Gov. Ducey appointing Martha McSally to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of John McCain.  —  McSally, we argued, seemed to be a politician that focused on common-sense solutions during her time in the U.S. House.
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
The Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren promises to tackle the Trump administration's ‘corruption and incompetence’ on day one if elected  —  If elected president, Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday promised to take “aggressive steps” to erase the Trump administration's influence on the federal government …
The Information:
Quibi's CEO Meg Whitman Compared Reporters to Sexual Predators  —  Quibi CEO Meg Whitman lashed out against the media at an “all-hands” staff meeting last Thursday, drawing an analogy between reporters who cultivate sources and sexual predators who prey on underage victims, according to two people who heard her comments.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook allows pro-Trump Super PAC to lie in ads  —  This is the online version of the Popular Information newsletter.  Sign up to get accountability journalism in your inbox:  —  Subscribe  —  Facebook has taken a lot of criticism, including from its employees, for its policy …
 
 
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Politico:
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
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Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
White supremacist group wanted Richmond rally to start a civil war, prosecutors say
David French / The Dispatch:
Here's the Legitimate Question that Should Dominate the Impeachment Trial
Edie Ousley / Florida Chamber of Commerce:
Florida Voters Strong on Governor DeSantis, Down on Impeachment Removal from Office …
Associated Press:
Bloomberg calls for Trump's removal in new impeachment ad
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Stuck in their seats, senators confront trial tedium
Discussion: NBC News
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Trial Day 1: Roped-Off Reporters and TV Cameras Run by the Senate