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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.
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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.
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
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.
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats privately mull witness trade in impeachment trial: A Biden for Bolton
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
As The Impeachment Trial Begins, Democrats Are Losing Their Minds
Wall Street Journal:   Calling All Trial Witnesses
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Impeachment, Democrats, and those 90,000 documents
James Crowley / Newsweek:
71% of Republicans want Mitch McConnell to call witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, new poll shows
Discussion: Vox
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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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 …
Myah Ward / Politico:
Sanders surges in new nationwide CNN poll  —  Bernie Sanders' standing among voters nationwide surged, with a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS showing that the Vermont senator has joined Joe Biden at the top of the Democratic presidential field.  —  Among Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents …
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Biden campaign releases video hitting debunked GOP claims on his Ukraine involvement
Discussion: The Hill
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Bloomberg rises to 4th place in new national poll
Discussion: People.com
Nico Hines / 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.
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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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Why Democrats and Republicans are winning on impeachment
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 …
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oag.dc.gov:
AG Racine Sues Presidential Inaugural Committee and Trump Entities for Abusing Nonprofit Funds to Enrich Trump Family
Discussion: Axios
ABC News:
DC sues Trump inaugural committee, alleging abuse of funds
Discussion: Fox 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: Daily Kos, NBC News and New York Post
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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.
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.
Discussion: BBC
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
Discussion: Reason, The Week and Task & Purpose
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 …
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 …
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.
The New York Times Company:
New Role for Jim Rutenberg  —  Jim, one of our best investigative and political reporters, will become a writer at large, splitting his time between Politics and the magazine.  Read more in this note from Dean Baquet, Joe Kahn and Matt Purdy.  —  All,  —  We are pleased to announce …
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Mitch McConnell Is the Master of the Senate  —  And he doesn't care what the media says about him.  —  Every hostile nickname that Mitch McConnell gets is further confirmation of his effectiveness.  —  The latest is “Midnight Mitch,” a reaction to his resolution setting out the road map for the Senate impeachment trial.
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 …
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.
Haaretz:
Holocaust Forum Updates: Leaders Arrive in Israel for Auschwitz Ceremony  —  Macron, Pelosi already in Israel for Yad Vashem event marking 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp  —  An airlift of presidents, prime ministers and royalty from around …
Discussion: Bloomberg and UPI
 
 
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Joe Biden's Long Career as a Deficit Hawk Will Come Back to Bite Him
Discussion: Jacobin, New York Times and Vox
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
A Joe Biden Mailer Targeting Iowa Voters Uses Sinister Image Of Iran
Samantha Michaels / Mother Jones:
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Paul Rosenzweig / USA Today:
Trump impeachment defense is dangerous. Abuses of power could crack America's foundation.
Discussion: The National Interest
Wall Street Journal:
Judicial Political Mischief
Discussion: Instapundit
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How Amazon, Geico and Walmart Fund Propaganda
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Top progressives, DCCC reach ceasefire over ‘blacklist’
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Why Trump Persists  —  Voters are less tolerant, less empathetic …
New York Times:
Chaos as Militants Overran Airfield, Killing 3 Americans in Kenya
Discussion: The Week
Dan Merica / CNN:
DNC begins multi-million ‘battleground’ investment in six states won by Trump
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
White supremacist group wanted Richmond rally to start a civil war, prosecutors say
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
First US case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed by CDC
The Information:
Quibi's CEO Meg Whitman Compared Reporters to Sexual Predators