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9:40 PM ET, January 23, 2020

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New York Times:
Seeing a Bloomberg Ad on Fox News, Trump Takes the Bait  —  The president's advisers have urged him not to pay attention to the low-polling Democratic presidential candidate.  But as Michael Bloomberg poured cash into attack ads, he became harder to ignore.
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
Bloomberg gets under Trump's skin as he ramps up spending on 2020 ads  —  Mike Bloomberg is lagging his Democratic competitors in the polls, and he will not appear on the next presidential debate stage or on the ballot in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina.
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Airs Brutal Bloomberg Ad Highlighting Trump's ‘Erratic and Out of Control’ Attacks on the Military  —  Fox News' Fox & Friends, often reported to be one of President Donald Trump's favorite shows, aired an attack ad on the president from 2020 Democratic presidential candidate …
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and Contemptor
Axios:
Mike Bloomberg copies Trump to beat Trump  —  To beat President Trump, Mike Bloomberg wants to be candidate Trump.  —  The state of play: Axios visited Bloomberg's new campaign HQ in Times Square yesterday, and we were struck by how much his 1,000+-person team is learning from …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Trump v. Bloomberg: Fortunes collide in pricey knife fight
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Trump Goes Off on ‘Mini Mike Bloomberg’ After Fox & Friends Airs Attack Ad
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   Impeachment proceedings have something in common with Fox News
Politico:
Trump's trial may hinge on Lamar Alexander  —  If you want to know how President Donald Trump's impeachment trial could play out, keep your eye on Lamar Alexander.  —  On the most important question of the trial — whether or not to subpoena witnesses — the 79-year-old Tennessee Republican is a wild-card.
Discussion: NBC News
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Jerry Nadler ‘stunned’ Susan Collins into writing a note to John Roberts  —  Sen. Susan Collins was “stunned” by Rep. Jerry Nadler's late-night diatribe this week against what he deemed a “cover-up” by Senate Republicans for President Donald Trump — so much so that she wrote a note to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
ABC News:
Trump impeachment trial live updates: Democrats make ‘abuse of power’ case
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Said to Be Weighing an Endorsement of Joe Biden  —  The move, which would be unlikely to happen until after the Senate impeachment trial, could enhance her chances of becoming vice president but could also anger liberals in California.  —  Senator Kamala Harris is weighing …
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Why Biden's rivals can't break his lock on black voters
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden leads, while others gain momentum in bid for 2020 nomination: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill
Anthony Brooks / WBUR:
Sanders Widens Lead In N.H. In New WBUR Poll
PBS NewsHour:
From Judy Woodruff: Longtime PBS NewsHour Anchor and Co-Founder Jim Lehrer Has Passed Away  —  Washington, DC (January 23, 2020) — It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home.
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PBS NewsHour:
Remembering Jim Lehrer  —  PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer, a giant in journalism known for his tenacity and dedication to simply delivering the news, died Thursday at the age of 85.  —  For Jim, being a journalist was never a self-centered endeavor.  He always told those who worked with him: “It's not about us.”
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85
Discussion: TVNewser
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Regime Critic Says Saudis Tried to Kidnap Him on U.S. Soil  —  Abdulrahman Almutairi is a Saudi social-media influencer who criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  If not for the FBI, he says, he might've met Jamal Khashoggi's fate.  —  A suspected agent of the Saudi government attempted …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Saudi Arabia murdered a journalist and blackmailed Jeff Bezos. Trump sent them U.S. troops
Discussion: Responsible Statecraft and CNN
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Believes It Should Have Ended Surveillance Earlier of Trump Adviser Page  —  Government tells court it lacked probable cause in last two of four eavesdropping applications  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department now believes it should have discontinued its secret surveillance …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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Wall Street Journal:   Cleaning Up After Comey  —  Justice concedes that two warrants …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:   Justice Dept. concedes it had ‘insufficient’ cause to continue monitoring former Trump campaign adviser in Russia probe
Fox News:
Carter Page FISA warrant lacked probable cause, declassified DOJ order finds
CNN:
Senate GOP uses Trump's executive privilege threat as rallying cry against subpoenas  —  See what GOP senators think about evidence against Trump  —  (CNN)A growing number of Republicans are pointing to President Donald Trump's threat to invoke executive privilege in order to make their case …
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Washington Post:
Trump, Democrats keep their distance as GOP moderates face crucial impeachment votes  —  They are the most closely watched senators of President Trump's impeachment trial — the moderate Republicans who might vote with Democrats to call new witnesses and subpoena unseen documents.
Discussion: The Bulwark
CNBC:
George Soros rips Trump and Xi, says the ‘fate of the world’ is at stake in 2020  — Liberal billionaire George Soros slammed Trump and China on Thursday at his annual dinner on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.  — Soros' fresh criticism of Trump and the Chinese …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Mnuchin says Thunberg can tell us what to do ‘after she goes and studies economics in college’  — Speaking at a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mnuchin was asked whether the world's largest economy needed to completely and immediately divest from fossil fuels.
Bloomberg:
George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Revealed: the true identity of the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group  —  The white supremacist group the Base has been a target of FBI raids and its members accused of planning a race war.  The Guardian can now reveal the identity of its secretive leader
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Senator Marsha Blackburn Criticized for Mid-Impeachment Trial Fox News Interview: ‘No One...can Be Treated As Above the Law’  —  Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn has been accused of breaking Senate rules by giving a live television interview while proceedings for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were still ongoing.
Discussion: The Root and New York Daily News
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Andrew Napolitano / Fox News:
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump's Senate impeachment trial — What does it take to remove a president?  —  I don't blame President Trump for his angst and bitterness over his impeachment by the House of Representatives.  In his mind, he has done “nothing wrong” and not acted outside …
New York Times:
Annabella Sciorra Testifies in Harvey Weinstein Trial: ‘He Raped Me’  —  “The Sopranos” actress fought back tears as she told a hushed courtroom, in excruciating detail, about the night she said she was attacked.  —  They met at a party in Los Angeles in the early 1990s.  She was an up-and-coming actress.
Discussion: The Week, VICE, Jezebel and NPR
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Victoria Bekiempis / Vulture:
Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her: 'I Couldn't Fight Anymore'
Discussion: Page Six
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Trump's defenders double down on double standards  —  On matters Ukrainian, President Trump's defenders repeatedly make logically contradictory assertions.  Their attempts at spin are dizzying to the point of nausea.  —  For example, they blast the impeachment case for consisting …
Emma Loop / BuzzFeed News:
A Law Required The US's Top Intelligence Official To Turn Over A Report On Jamal Khashoggi's Killing.  He Blew The Deadline.  —  WASHINGTON — The country's top intelligence official has failed to turn over to Congress a report on the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, sources said, flouting a law passed last month.
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez hit back at JPMorgan CEO over comments on socialism: 'That's funny'  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) each took shots at Jamie Dimon this week after the JPMorgan Chase CEO derided socialism as something that leads to “eroding society.”
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit man settles race discrimination lawsuit, then bank won't cash his check  —  Sauntore Thomas is reeling from a one-two punch.  —  First, the Detroiter sued his employer alleging racial discrimination in a lawsuit that settled confidentially.  Then he went to the bank this week to cash …
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Trump appears to confuse the Kurds of Syria and Iraq in a meeting with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan  —  President Trump met with Nechirvan Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Discussion: Defense One
Associated Press:
China confirms 1st death outside epicenter of viral outbreak  —  BEIJING (AP) — China's National Health Commission says the number of cases of a new respiratory virus has risen to 830 with 25 deaths.  —  The update Friday morning also confirmed the first death outside the central province of Hubei.
Discussion: The Verge
Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
What America Stands For  —  SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, everybody.  Thank you.  Good afternoon.  How are you all doing?  (Applause and cheers.)  —  AUDIENCE: USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA.  —  SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all so much.  Thank you.  Thank you all so much for being here with me today.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans aren't serving the country, or even the president.  Just themselves.  —  It is another of President Trump's dubious achievements to turn the ultimate constitutional check on presidential abuses of power into an utter farce.  Watching Republican senators complain that there is …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Trump impeachment defense lawyers Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz share disturbing problem  —  While the president still stands accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 women, two of his lawyers are embroiled in their own sexual misconduct and assault scandals.
Discussion: The Atlantic
 
 
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John Roberts comes face to face with the mess he made
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Samantha York / WCSH:
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Joe Heim / Washington Post:
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