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7:10 PM ET, January 23, 2020

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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
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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: Associated Press and Raw Story
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.
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Trump Goes Off on ‘Mini Mike Bloomberg’ After Fox & Friends Airs Attack Ad  —  President Donald Trump fired back at Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg in response to his new campaign ad — airing on Fox & Friends — slamming the president's behavior as “erratic and out of control.”
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco Mayor London Breed endorses Mike Bloomberg for president
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   Impeachment proceedings have something in common with Fox News
New York Times:
Seeing a Bloomberg Ad on Fox News, Trump Takes the Bait
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Mediaite
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
Anthony Brooks / WBUR:
Sanders Widens Lead In N.H. In New WBUR Poll  —  With the New Hampshire presidential primary less than three weeks away, a new WBUR poll suggests Bernie Sanders might be peaking at just the right time.  The survey of more than 426 likely Democratic primary voters finds Sanders in the lead …
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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
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democracy 2020 Digest: Buttigieg teams up with Charlamagne tha God
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press, HuffPost and CNN
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Pete Buttigieg Skipped South Bend Meetings on Police Oversight to Attend Campaign Fundraisers Across the Country
Discussion: Jezebel
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.
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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
ABC News:
Trump impeachment trial live updates: Democrats make ‘abuse of power’ case  —President Trump's constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz argues a president cannot be impeached for ‘abuse of power’  —Schumer says a Trump acquittal will have ‘zero value’ if no witnesses -Graham compliments Schiff …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney becomes top Democratic impeachment target
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
CNN:   Senate GOP uses Trump's executive privilege threat as rallying cry against subpoenas
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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Fox News:
Carter Page FISA warrant lacked probable cause, declassified DOJ order finds
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
BREAKING: Spy Court Admits FISA Warrants Against Carter Page Were ‘Not Valid’
Discussion: Twitchy and The Gateway Pundit
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:   Justice Dept. concedes it had ‘insufficient’ cause to continue monitoring former Trump campaign adviser in Russia probe
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 …
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.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Trump Moves to Block Visas for Pregnant Women on ‘Birth Tourism’  —  The Trump administration grants visa officers more power to block pregnant women from visiting the United States if applicants are believed to be traveling to give birth.  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department on Thursday moved …
Discussion: Slate
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump administration to restrict visas for pregnant women traveling to give birth
Greg Sargent / Associated Press:
Schiff asked GOP senators a tough question.  The answer is awful.  —  As Rep. Adam Schiff continued building his case against President Trump late into Wednesday evening, Trump fired off one angry Twitter missive after another, until he finally crossed the 140 mark, perhaps his most prolific day of tweeting and retweeting ever.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Saudi Arabia murdered a journalist and blackmailed Jeff Bezos.  Trump sent them U.S. troops  —  If you're in that minority of folks who actually watch impeachment trials of the president of the United States, and were thus either spellbound or bored on Wednesday by the soaring …
Discussion: Responsible Statecraft and CNN
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump to host Netanyahu, political rival at White House to discuss peace amid impeachment trial  —  Notably absent from the announcements was any mention of the Palestinians.  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top political challenger Benny Gantz will visit Washington next week …
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:   Trump is preparing to release his Middle East peace plan, will brief Israel's Netanyahu in Washington, Pence says
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, Washington Post and CNN
HuffPost:
Trump's Doral Resort Spikes Its Room Rates Ahead Of His RNC Visit  —  The near doubling of rates may have increased taxpayer costs for housing Secret Service and other staff who traveled there ahead of the president's trip.  —  DORAL, Fla. ― The president's Miami golf resort that puts money …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Media Loves — And, I Mean, Really Loves — Adam Schiff  —  Jonathan Adler wonders whom Adam Schiff thinks his audience is.  The answer is simple: the media.  —  The same people who spent years passing along every falsehood and selective leak the California congressman gave them to fuel …
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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:   Trump Campaign Trolls Adam Schiff With “Road Runner” Cartoon Showing Schiff As Wile E. Coyote
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Stacey Abrams Urges Fellow Dems to ‘Stop Re-Litigating Past Elections’  —  Stacey Abrams said it was time “to stop re-litigating past elections” during a speech at the University of New England in Portland, Maine on Wednesday, despite failing to officially concede her 2018 loss to Georgia governor Brian Kemp.
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 …
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
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration finalizing Medicaid block grant plan targeting Obamacare  —  The Trump administration is finalizing a plan to let states convert a chunk of Medicaid funding to block grants, even as officials remain divided over how to sell the controversial change to the safety net health program.
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Burr is giving senators fidget spinners to stay busy during trial  —  Impeachment arguments have tested lawmakers ability to sit still for hours at a time  —  What day of the Trump trial is it?  It turns out there's no wrong answer White House angers GOP senator with executive privilege claim …
 
 
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US general says troop surge in Middle East may not end soon
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In marathon impeachment trial, senators walk to stay focused or pass the time with a fidget spinner
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
National Archives replaces altered Women's March photo with original version
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Top Cory Booker Supporters Are Accusing Pete Buttigieg Of “Chasing Ambulances”
Cameron Knight / Cincinnati.com:
Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman: ‘I call ICE’
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