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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 to subpoena witnesses — the 79-year-old Tennessee Republican senator is a wild card.
Discussion: NBC News, ABC News and POLITICUSUSA
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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.
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
Politico:
Dems mount preemptive strike on Trump's defense
Discussion: NBC News, Associated Press and The Week
Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
What's at stake for Sens. Sasse, Ernst, both of whom face reelection after impeachment vote
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
ABC News:
Trump impeachment trial live updates: Democrats make ‘abuse of power’ case
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Republicans complain about the impeachment trial's lack of new evidence while blocking new evidence
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Vanity Fair
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.
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Washington Post:   Bloomberg gets under Trump's skin as he ramps up spending on 2020 ads
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Trump v. Bloomberg: Fortunes collide in pricey knife fight
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Airs Brutal Bloomberg Ad Highlighting Trump's ‘Erratic and Out of Control’ Attacks on the Military
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and Contemptor
Axios:
Mike Bloomberg copies Trump to beat Trump
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Trump Goes Off on ‘Mini Mike Bloomberg’ After Fox & Friends Airs Attack Ad
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Hill
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Why Biden's rivals can't break his lock on black voters
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden leads, while others gain momentum in bid for 2020 nomination: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill
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
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: CNN and Responsible Statecraft
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Slate
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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 …
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Bloomberg:
George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Mnuchin says Thunberg can tell us what to do ‘after she goes and studies economics in college’
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. concedes it had ‘insufficient’ cause to continue monitoring former Trump campaign adviser in Russia probe  —  The Justice Department secretly acknowledged last month that it had “insufficient predication” to continue monitoring a former Trump campaign adviser during …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Wall Street Journal:   Cleaning Up After Comey  —  Justice concedes that two warrants …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Believes It Should Have Ended Surveillance Earlier of Trump Adviser Page
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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 …
Victoria Bekiempis / Vulture:
Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her: 'I Couldn't Fight Anymore'  —  At 9:48 a.m., Sopranos star Annabella Sciorra entered a packed Manhattan courtroom through a side door, walked toward the witness stand, and sat calmly behind the microphone.
Discussion: Page Six
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John Roberts comes face to face with the mess he made  —  There is justice in John Roberts being forced to preside silently over the impeachment trial of President Trump, hour after hour, day after tedious day.  —  The chief justice of the United States, as presiding officer, doesn't speak often …
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS forgets to renew Trump's opioid emergency declaration  —  For nine days, the nation's opioid crisis was no longer considered a “public health emergency” after the Trump administration failed to renew a two-year-old declaration that expired last week.  —  An HHS spokesperson on Thursday night said that the lapse had been corrected.
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration finalizing Medicaid block grant plan targeting Obamacare
Discussion: DCCC
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Senators Battle a Persistent Impeachment Foe: Their Own Restlessness  —  Lawmakers, required to sit through the trial in silence and without their phones, have grown increasingly comfortable testing those rules as the trial wears on.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump's Senate impeachment trial stretched …
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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.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Lightfoot presidential endorsement: Likely not Sanders, Warren or Biden  —  Mayor Lori Lightfoot flanked by Illinois Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin and other Illinois mayors.  Photo courtesy of Sen. Dick Durbin's office  —  On Friday, Chicago's mayor will boycott Trump's White House meeting …
James Crowley / Newsweek:
National debt increased by $3 trillion during Donald Trump's three years as president  —  Nearly four years after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would eliminate the federal debt in eight years, the deficit has since risen by more than 16 percent under his presidency.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A GOP senator traffics in flimsy allegations to impugn Alexander Vindman — again  —  Republicans have repeatedly argued that the impeachment evidence against President Trump is thin.  They've said it is based upon “hearsay” that wasn't corroborated by people more intimately involved with the Ukraine effort …
Discussion: CNN, CBS News, NBC News and Mediaite
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 and fox8.com
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
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.”
 
 
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Samantha York / WCSH:
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William Feuer / CNBC:
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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
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 Earlier Items: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Impeachment proceedings have something in common with Fox News
Joseph R. Biden / Foreign Affairs:
Why America Must Lead Again
Discussion: The Hill
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Trump Moves to Block Visas for Pregnant Women on ‘Birth Tourism’
Discussion: Slate
NBC News:
Trump impeachment defense lawyers Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz share disturbing problem