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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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Bloomberg rises to 4th place in new national poll  —  Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg continues to rise in the Democratic primary field, according to a new nationwide poll out Wednesday, as he plows his personal fortune into widespread advertisements for his last minute bid for the White House.
Discussion: People.com
Myah Ward / Politico:
Sanders surges in new nationwide CNN poll
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Biden campaign releases video hitting debunked GOP claims on his Ukraine involvement
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
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.
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  —  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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Calling All Trial Witnesses
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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John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
As The Impeachment Trial Begins, Democrats Are Losing Their Minds
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 …
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:   U.N. ties alleged Bezos phone hacking to Post's coverage of Saudi Arabia
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
Saudi's MBS implicated in hacking of Jeff Bezos's phone
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 …
Discussion: UPI
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ABC News:
DC sues Trump inaugural committee, alleging abuse of funds
Discussion: Fox News
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's car rentals help push the administration's Davos travel costs past $4 million
oag.dc.gov:
AG Racine Sues Presidential Inaugural Committee and Trump Entities for Abusing Nonprofit Funds to Enrich Trump Family
Discussion: Axios
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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Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:   Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton for Defamation over ‘Russian Asset’ Comments
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.
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
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 …
 
 
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Joe Biden's Long Career as a Deficit Hawk Will Come Back to Bite Him
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Discussion: The Week
Dan Merica / CNN:
DNC begins multi-million ‘battleground’ investment in six states won by Trump
Discussion: Axios
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
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