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7:50 PM ET, January 22, 2020

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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Why Democrats owe a debt to Mitch McConnell  —  Democrats owe a debt to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  —  Yes, you read that right.  —  Recall that when Democrats were debating whether to impeach President Trump last year, those opposed to the move argued there was no chance …
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Politico:
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.
Politico:
Trump disrupts Republican trial strategy  —  Just five hours after Senate Republicans carefully assembled and passed an impeachment trial framework that could clear Donald Trump by next week, the president himself delivered an unwanted surprise to the GOP: The prospect of a longer trial with lots of witnesses.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Virulent Anti-Semite Rick Wiles Has Once Again Received White House Press Credentials  —  As we have noted several times before, right-wing conspiracy theorist and End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles is deeply anti-Semitic and dedicates many of his TruNews programs to railing against Israel and Jews.
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers are playing a bad hand badly
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sen. Paul: 45 Republicans ready to dismiss impeachment charges against Trump
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and The Week
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump lawyers make at least three false claims during impeachment arguments
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chris Wallace: If I'm Trump, ‘I would not be especially pleased’ with White House defense
CBS News:
Impeachment trial: Senate hears opening arguments against Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and TVNewser
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
As The Impeachment Trial Begins, Democrats Are Losing Their Minds
Washington Post:
Senators urge House impeachment managers to tone it down after testy debate
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Majority of Democratic voters support single-day national primary
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
VICE:
Here Is the Technical Report Suggesting Saudi Arabia's Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos' Phone  —  A report investigating the potential hack of Jeff Bezos' iPhone indicates that forensic investigators found a suspicious file but no evidence of any malware on the phone.
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Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson communicated with Saudi crown prince on WhatsApp, ex-UK officials say
OHCHR:
UN experts call for investigation into allegations that Saudi Crown Prince involved in hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone
Wall Street Journal:
U.N. Calls for Probe of Allegations Bezos' Phone Was Hacked Using Account Tied to Saudi Crown Prince
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 …
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Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:   Why Glenn Greenwald's Prosecution Is An Outrage
Washington Post:
Charges against Glenn Greenwald reveal the rot in Brazil's democracy
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden renting $12,000-per-month Hollywood home while defying child support suit  —  Hunter Biden is defying a court order to disclose his financial information as part of a child support fight while renting a $3.8 million designer home in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, for $12,000 per month.
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Myah Ward / Politico:
Trump sets new Twitter record for presidency  —  President Donald Trump posted more than 140 times on Twitter on Wednesday, surpassing his mid-December record for the most daily tweets and retweets during his presidency.  —  The president flooded his Twitter account during the second …
Discussion: Axios and Fox News
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Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Trump Brags About Concealing Impeachment Evidence: 'We Have All the Material, They Don't'
Discussion: Mother Jones, HuffPost and Law & Crime
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.
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 …
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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Democrats shoot down talk of Bolton, Hunter Biden witness swap  —  Senate Democrats are dismissing chatter about attempts at an agreement that would guarantee former national security adviser John Bolton testifies in President Trump's impeachment trial in exchange for former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden also testifying.
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
State AGs urge Senate to reject impeachment in stinging letter: ‘A dangerous historical precedent’  —  EXCLUSIVE: The attorneys general of 21 states have come forward with a blistering rebuke of the impeachment of President Trump, asserting that it “establishes a dangerous historical precedent.”
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Sean Hannity
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn / Fox News:
Impeachment trial is a political farce - no more witnesses or documents are needed
Discussion: Redstate
Laura Geggel / NBC News:
Ancient viruses never observed by humans discovered in Tibetan glacier  —  Melting ice from climate change could release the pathogens into the environment, one researcher said, calling it a “worst-case scenario.”  —  For the past 15,000 years, a glacier on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau …
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 …
Politico:
Read Adam Schiff's opening argument at Senate impeachment trial  —  Read House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff's opening argument at President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial below.  You can also read the latest updates and analysis of the second day of the trial, and watch the trial live here.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Schiff launches opening arguments with a case for impeachment over an election
Discussion: Breitbart, Axios and MSNBC
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Kushner's FBI interviews to be held for review, Justice Department says  —  (CNN)The Justice Department did not hand over the FBI's summary of Jared Kushner's interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller last week — despite a judge's order to do so — because “a member of the intelligence community” …
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
John Ganz / The Outline:
Andrew Yang and the New American Tories  —  What links celebrity Yang supporters like Dave Chappelle, Rivers Cuomo, and Norm MacDonald?  —  Power  —  What links celebrity Yang supporters like Dave Chappelle, Rivers Cuomo, and Norm MacDonald?  —  A great groaning and rolling-of-eyes seized …
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
 
 
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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Mike Pompeo Is Going To Ukraine
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
Philip Bobbitt / Lawfare:
Alan Dershowitz's Strange Constitutional Arguments on Impoundment and Foreign Policy
Discussion: Spectator USA and Power Line
Sean Wilentz / The Atlantic:
A Matter of Facts  —  With much fanfare, The New York Times …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Iconic Man With a Gun Is a White Man
Washington Post:
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Miles Parks / NPR:
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 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden continue to trade fire over Social Security
New York Times:
Ivanka Trump Takes Spotlight at Davos, Ahead of Cabinet Members
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
McSally hasn't learned any lessons from losing
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court likely to allow public funding for religious schools
Associated Press:
White supremacist group wanted Richmond rally to start a civil war, prosecutors say
Discussion: National Review