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7:55 AM ET, January 22, 2020


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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's impeachment defense is designed to destroy guardrails on presidential power  —  SENATE REPUBLICANS on Tuesday were laying the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice.  Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   “Ass-Backwards” and (So Far) Witness-Free, Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial Begins
James Crowley / Newsweek:
71% of Republicans want Mitch McConnell to call witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, new poll shows
Discussion: Vox
Washington Post:
Senate adopts ground rules for impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NBC News
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:   Democrats are hoping John Bolton will bring down Trump. Good luck with that.
McConnell Maps Late-Night, Evidence-Free Impeachment Trial
Michael Warren / CNN:
McConnell tried to rush Trump's impeachment trial, but Republican senators said not so fast
Discussion: Slate and Mother Jones
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Team Biden's Been Prepping for Impeachment Smears for Months
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian, The Week, Axios and Raw Story
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
Saudi's MBS implicated in hacking of Jeff Bezos's phone  —  Forensic experts hired by Jeff Bezos have concluded with “medium to high confidence” that a WhatsApp account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was directly involved in a 2018 hack of the Amazon founder's phone.
Discussion: Slate and New York Times
POLITICO Playbook: Why Democrats and Republicans are winning on impeachment
Discussion: The Week
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Revealed: the Saudi heir and the alleged plot to undermine Jeff Bezos
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
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.
Trump impeachment team undercuts DOJ position in McGahn case  —  Donald Trump's lawyers made an impeachment U-turn on Tuesday — one that could have immediate consequences for the president's ongoing legal fight against the House's oversight investigations.  —  After arguing in court …
Discussion: NBC News
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
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, Fox News and The Week
White House budget officials laid groundwork to freeze Ukraine aid before July 25 call, heavily redacted emails show
Discussion: Raw Story
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, Raw Story and Axios
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Chief Justice John Roberts admonishes House managers and White House counsel
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Impeachment, Democrats, and those 90,000 documents
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Times
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Vulnerable House Democrats unite to try to flip more House seats in Trump country  —  A handful of House Democrats who helped recapture the majority in 2018 are uniting to fundraise for a slate of candidates running to capture Republican-leaning House districts in November.
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
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Barr Once Contradicted Trump's Claim That Abuse of Power Is Not Impeachable  —  In a memo for the Trump team during the Russia investigation, the attorney general wrote that presidents who misuse their authority are subject to impeachment.  —  WASHINGTON — Scholars have roundly rejected …
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.
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.
The Boston Globe:
Northeastern student from Iran removed from US before court hearing, won't be returned  —  An Iranian student planning to attend Northeastern University was removed from the country overnight Monday in defiance of a court order, his lawyer said, and a federal judge said Tuesday there was nothing …
A Northeastern University student from Iran was removed from the US despite an emergency stay.
Discussion: The Root, The Hill and Boston Magazine
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.
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Matthew Schneier / New York Magazine:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
DNC begins multi-million ‘battleground’ investment in six states won by Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's car rentals help push the administration's Davos travel costs past $4 million
Discussion: Financial Times
Mike Calia / CNBC:
Read the transcript of CNBC's interview with President Trump in Davos
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Former Journalist Who Is Bernie Sanders's Media Critic
Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook, Twitter hold evidence that could save people from prison. And they're not giving it up
David French / The Dispatch:
Here's the Legitimate Question that Should Dominate the Impeachment Trial
John B. Judis / Washington Post:
I was a '60s socialist. Today's progressives are in danger of repeating my generation's mistakes.
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Edie Ousley / Florida Chamber of Commerce:
Florida Voters Strong on Governor DeSantis, Down on Impeachment Removal from Office …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
What's New About Andrew Yang
William D. Cohan / Fast Company:
Inside the $10 million cyber lab trying to break Apple's iPhone
Associated Press:
Bloomberg calls for Trump's removal in new impeachment ad
Discussion: The Hill
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
Ernesto Londoño / New York Times:
Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil