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5:10 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.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Ass-Backwards” and (So Far) Witness-Free, Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial Begins
Discussion: Politico
Sen. Marsha Blackburn / Fox News:
Impeachment trial is a political farce - no more witnesses or documents are needed
Discussion: Redstate
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Schiff launches opening arguments with a case for impeachment over an election
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and MSNBC
CBS News:
Impeachment trial: Senate hears opening arguments against Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
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 …
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Bloomberg jumps to fourth place in new national poll
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
The Daily Beast:
Saudi Prince Taunted Jeff Bezos Over Secret Affair Before Enquirer Exposé  —  Mohammed bin Salman flaunted private info stolen from Jeff Bezos' phone just a month after his Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi had been murdered, according to the UN.
UN experts call for investigation into allegations that Saudi Crown Prince involved in hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
U.N. ties alleged Bezos phone hacking to Post's coverage of Saudi Arabia
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.
Washington Post:
Senators urge House impeachment managers to tone it down after testy debate
Discussion: The Week
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
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chris Wallace: If I'm Trump, ‘I would not be especially pleased’ with White House defense  —  “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace on Tuesday said that he would “not be especially pleased” if he were President Trump watching the White House defense of him in the opening round of the Senate impeachment trial.
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
As The Impeachment Trial Begins, Democrats Are Losing Their Minds
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:   Virulent Anti-Semite Rick Wiles Has Once Again Received White House Press Credentials
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Ivanka Trump Takes Spotlight at Davos, Ahead of Cabinet Members  —  Gatherings like the World Economic Forum give the president's adviser and daughter a chance to meet the world's power brokers, who have come to acknowledge her influence in the White House.  —  DAVOS, Switzerland …
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's car rentals help push the administration's Davos travel costs past $4 million
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.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Gabbard suing Clinton for defamation over ‘Russian asset’ comments
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Congress to Weigh Surveillance Laws in Wake of Watchdog Report on FBI
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
GOP congressman calls on DOJ to label Chinese state news agency as foreign agent
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women
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
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Chuck Schumer, Democrats must have Founding Fathers rolling in their graves
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court likely to allow public funding for religious schools
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.
Mark Penn / The Hill:
End impeachment's government shutdown
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’: Billy Eichner To Play Matt Drudge
Discussion: Fox News, Variety, Mediaite and UPI
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Why Trump Persists  —  Voters are less tolerant, less empathetic …
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