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8:50 AM ET, January 24, 2020

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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.
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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: New York Times
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: Politico and Slate
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   ANALYSIS: In witness debate, growing GOP focus on Hunter Biden; some press for whistleblower
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: Slate, JustOneMinute, The Week and The Hill
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Joe Biden Is Stronger Than You Think  —  Here's why he is still winning.  —  It was yet another epic failure of political punditry.  Go back to the early months of Joe Biden's presidential campaign and read what the consultants and commentators were saying about him: His support is just name recognition; he'll fade!
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
‘This is no time to take a risk’: Biden ad leans into electability as caucuses approach
Discussion: The Hill
Maggie Severns / Politico:   Obama fundraising chief backs Biden
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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Wall Street Journal:
Report Alleging Saudi Hack of Bezos Phone Puzzles Security Experts  —  Investigation by FTI appears to be inconclusive, several specialists in cybersecurity say  —  A report concluding that Saudi Arabia likely hacked into Jeff Bezos ' smartphone has spurred questions and confusion among cybersecurity experts …
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
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
Discussion: The Bulwark
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 …
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David Brennan / Newsweek:
Senator Marsha Blackburn Criticized for Mid-Impeachment Trial Fox News Interview: 'No One …
Discussion: The Root
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
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
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
A more assertive John Roberts would be a bad idea
Discussion: Althouse and Above the Law
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 …
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Brie Stimson / Fox News:   Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she's unlikely to back Warren, Sanders or Biden: 'They haven't reached out'
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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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 …
Bloomberg:
George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump  — The two camps are working together, Soros says in Davos  — Firm's goal is maximum profit without regard to harm, he says  —  Billionaire George Soros said that nothing is keeping Facebook Inc. from spreading disinformation …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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CNBC:
George Soros rips Trump and Xi, says the ‘fate of the world’ is at stake in 2020
Wall Street Journal:
Cleaning Up After Comey  —  Justice concedes that two warrants on Carter Page were improper.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Well, what do you know.  The Justice Department now believes that at least two of its four secret surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause.
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. concedes it had ‘insufficient’ cause to continue monitoring former Trump campaign adviser in Russia probe
Discussion: TheBlaze
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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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.
Discussion: HuffPost
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.
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham screeches at reporters over impeachment: Trump ‘did nothing wrong in his mind’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close ally of President Donald Trump, on Thursday complained that the president's impeachment trial should end quickly because the American people “need a break.”
Discussion: HuffPost Canada and HuffPost
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘On life support’: Buttigieg still struggling to break into South Carolina  —  ORANGEBURG, S.C. — When Pete Buttigieg holds “big rally type events” in South Carolina, “it's mostly white folks showing up,” he acknowledged ruefully Thursday night.  And his struggle to fix that problem has become …
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 …
 
 
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Liberal legal establishment wrongly attacks conservative Federalist Society
Axios:
Trump impeachment team looks at shorter trial defense
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrea N. Goldstein / New York Times:
My Grandmother Kept Telling Us About the Nazis. Now I Know Why.
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Bernie Campaign Calls Police On Reporters For Asking Questions About His Staff Talking About Killing People
Discussion: Redstate and The Post Millennial
Aaron Morrison / The Appeal:
Mississippi Man Given Extreme 12 Year Sentence For Having A Cell Phone In Jail Asks For Rehearing
Samantha York / WCSH:
Maine activists in D.C. protesting Sen. Collins, claim she isn't listening
Ben Popken / NBC News:
Iowa caucus app sparks election security concerns
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
William Feuer / CNBC:
Palantir CEO Alex Karp defends his company's relationship with government agencies
Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
What America Stands For  —  SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, everybody.
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Trump appears to confuse the Kurds of Syria and Iraq in a meeting with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration finalizing Medicaid block grant plan targeting Obamacare
Discussion: DCCC and Iowa
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans aren't serving the country, or even the president. Just themselves.
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost