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7:50 PM ET, January 23, 2020

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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: Raw Story
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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
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
New York Times:
Seeing a Bloomberg Ad on Fox News, Trump Takes the Bait
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Mediaite
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   Impeachment proceedings have something in common with Fox News
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Trump v. Bloomberg: Fortunes collide in pricey knife fight
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  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Julius Stephens is 74, black, and calls himself a liberal.  —  Standing outside Big Rod's Barber Shop in North Augusta after watching Joe Biden surrogates rally on behalf of the vice president last week …
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
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
Bloomberg:
George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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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 …
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.
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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
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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CNN:
Senate GOP uses Trump's executive privilege threat as rallying cry against subpoenas
Discussion: fox8.com
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney becomes top Democratic impeachment target
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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
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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David Brennan / Newsweek:
Senator Marsha Blackburn Criticized for Mid-Impeachment Trial Fox News Interview: 'No One …
Discussion: The Root and New York Daily News
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
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
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
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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 …
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.
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: Mediaite, Raw Story and HuffPost
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.”
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
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco Mayor London Breed endorses Mike Bloomberg for president  —  San Francisco Mayor London Breed endorsed Mike Bloomberg for the Democratic presidential nomination, boosting the billionaire's chances in a delegate-rich state where he got off to a late start but is now spending millions to try to win.
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
 
 
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Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Trump appears to confuse the Kurds of Syria and Iraq in a meeting with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan
Discussion: Defense One
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump to host Netanyahu, political rival at White House to discuss peace amid impeachment trial
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration finalizing Medicaid block grant plan targeting Obamacare
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
Discussion: CNN
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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Stacey Abrams Urges Fellow Dems to ‘Stop Re-Litigating Past Elections’
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Trumpworld has converted the nation's regional talk radio hosts into a loyal army
George Packer / The Atlantic:
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Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian:
Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England
Discussion: PinkNews
HuffPost:
Trump's Doral Resort Spikes Its Room Rates Ahead Of His RNC Visit
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico