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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 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, Axios and Raw Story
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Chief Justice John Roberts admonishes House managers and White House counsel  —  The Senate exploded in acrimony after midnight on Wednesday as the House impeachment managers and White House counsel traded insults, prompting Chief Justice John Roberts to scold their lack of decorum during President Trump's impeachment trial.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chris Wallace: If I'm Trump, ‘I would not be especially pleased’ with White House defense
Politico:
Trump impeachment team undercuts DOJ position in McGahn case
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Impeachment, Democrats, and those 90,000 documents
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
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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.
Wall Street Journal:   Calling All Trial Witnesses
James Crowley / Newsweek:
71% of Republicans want Mitch McConnell to call witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, new poll shows
Discussion: Vox
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:   Democrats Prepare to Make Opening Case for Impeachment in Senate Trial
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
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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Why Democrats and Republicans are winning on impeachment
Discussion: The Week
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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CNN:
White House budget officials laid groundwork to freeze Ukraine aid before July 25 call, heavily redacted emails show
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Gabbard suing Clinton for defamation over ‘Russian asset’ comments  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation over the former secretary of state's remarks on a podcast characterizing the Democratic presidential candidate as a Russian asset.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's car rentals help push the administration's Davos travel costs past $4 million  —  Vehicles rented by the US Secret Service to shuttle Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and advisor, around Davos will add another $34,000 to the cost of the administration's two-day trip …
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CBS News:   Trump again blasts impeachment “hoax” before leaving Davos
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump threatens Europe with fresh tariffs in Davos, deepening a rift with longtime U.S. allies
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.
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.
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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 …
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
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Why Trump Persists  —  Voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less interested in integrity than many political analysts thought.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  The failure of the American electorate …
Lisa Fickenscher / New York Post:
Fairway planning to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, close all its stores  —  Legendary Big Apple grocer Fairway Market is getting ready to call it quits, The Post has learned.  —  The New York City chain — known for its wide selection of cheeses and cheap produce — is planning to file …
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 …
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.
 
 
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The Boston Globe:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
DNC begins multi-million ‘battleground’ investment in six states won by Trump
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Mike Calia / CNBC:
Read the transcript of CNBC's interview with President Trump in Davos
Discussion: New York Post
Associated Press:
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David French / The Dispatch:
Here's the Legitimate Question that Should Dominate the Impeachment Trial
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Trial Day 1: Roped-Off Reporters and TV Cameras Run by the Senate
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
More U.S. troops leave Iraq for medical treatment after Iranian missile attack, Pentagon says
Discussion: The Week and Task & Purpose
www.eacourier.com:
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