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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.
Discussion: New York Times
Dems unload ‘overwhelming’ impeachment case on the Senate — even as they press for more  —  And on the first day, Democrats unleashed the flood.  —  One by one, the seven House impeachment prosecutors seeking President Donald Trump's removal from office reconstructed a case against the president …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Senator Confirms Republicans Are Leaving And Not Listening To Evidence Against Trump
Los Angeles Times:   Trump shows anxiety as Democrats lay out case against him in Senate impeachment trial
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   6 Democratic Senators To Watch In Impeachment Trial
POLITICO Playbook: How one top Democrat's impeachment fears came true
Discussion: CNN, NBC News and Washington Post
Mark Hemingway / Real Clear Politics:
Media Keep Giving Adam Schiff the Benefit of a Doubt
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 and Contemptor
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 …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Trump Goes Off on ‘Mini Mike Bloomberg’ After Fox & Friends Airs Attack Ad
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.
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Takes Jab at Greta Thunberg at Davos  —  At a Swiss economic forum, Mr. Mnuchin dismissed criticisms by Ms. Thunberg, the teenage environmental activist.  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed criticisms by the climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday will finalize a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and other water bodies, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers …
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 …
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
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 …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Fox News devised a way to cover the impeachment trial without covering it at all  —  The News Corp. building on Sixth Avenue in New York City, home to Fox News, pictured in 2019.  Kevin Hagen/Getty Images  —  Viewers were shown video without the audio, allowing hosts to spin the proceedings in real time.
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
Discussion: VICE and Raw Story
Louise Boyle / Daily Mail:
Ghislaine Maxwell's personal emails were HACKED sparking fears that damaging information about high-profile individuals linked to Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking case, including Prince Andrew, could be leaked  — Lawyers for the British socialite revealed the hack while discussing …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's lawyers are also on trial  —  They've been accused of orchestrating a criminal conspiracy.  They've been dubbed ethically compromised.  They've been labeled liars.  They could even be called to testify in the impeachment case they were hired to combat.
Matt Gaetz sees ‘brush back’ in being kept off Trump's impeachment team
Discussion: CNBC
Snakes could be the source of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak  —  (CNN)Snakes — the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra — may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Bernie Sanders Once Compared Vermont Workers to Black ‘Slaves’  —  As the leading member of a self-described “radical political party” in the 1970s, Bernie Sanders repeatedly compared Vermont workers to enslaved black people.  —  In recent weeks, Sen. Bernie Sanders has criticized his rivals …
Discussion: TheBlaze, Sara A. Carter and Politico
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets  —  A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios.
Dan Primack / Axios:
MBS' alleged Bezos phone hack touches the highest levels of American power  —  If it weren't for impeachment, the country's biggest story would be allegations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone.  —  Why it matters: This would be the nominal leader …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: One in 3 Republicans thinks Trump has probably acted illegally, but most don't want him convicted  —  THE BIG IDEA: Seven in 10 Americans believe Donald Trump has definitely or probably done unethical things during his time in office or while he was running for president.
Discussion: The Week and Pew Research Center
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans, think about this carefully  —  We know virtually all, if not all, Senate Republicans will vote to acquit President Trump.  They told us up front they were going to let him off, removing even the pretense of adhering to their oaths.  They told us they were unserious about their oaths …
Discussion: The Hill
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
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
S. Carolina elected official now backing Sanders over Biden  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina elected official who endorsed Joe Biden last month is switching her allegiance to Bernie Sanders in the state's first-in-the-South presidential primary, saying she had viewed the former vice president …
Discussion: Common Dreams
New York Daily News:
Annabella Sciorra stares Harvey Weinstein down in court, details her alleged rape by the disgraced movie mogul  —  An emotional Annabella Sciorra, her voice cracking and eyes tearing, delivered a devastating account Thursday of her alleged rape by hulking producer Harvey Weinstein inside her Manhattan apartment.
Richard Cordray / USA Today:
Warren takes on big fights for consumers and wins them.  I saw it firsthand: Rich Cordray  —  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a testament to the strength of Warren's ideas and her ability to make them work.  She has guts and skill.  —  Over the past year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
The Seattle Times:
1 dead and 7 injured, including 9-year-old boy, in mass shooting on downtown Seattle sidewalk  —  The area around Third Avenue and Pine Street has long been one of the grittiest in downtown Seattle, a grim reputation underscored Wednesday when gunfire erupted during the evening commute …
Dana Rubinstein / Politico:
Byford, Cuomo's popular subways chief, resigns (for good this time)  —  Andy Byford, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority transit chief credited with leading the turnaround of the New York City subway system, is resigning again, the MTA has confirmed to POLITICO.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Club for Growth works to defeat House GOP incumbent  —  The prominent conservative group Club for Growth is throwing its weight behind a primary challenge to veteran Rep. Kay Granger of Texas — a move that is likely to anger Republican leaders who've rushed to her aid.
Discussion: The Hill
Simon Romero / New York Times:
An Ex-Spy Who Wants to Represent New Mexico Can't Hide From Criticism  —  Valerie Plame is celebrating her C.I.A. past in a race for a congressional seat.  But as she finds herself cast as an outsider, she's running into trouble.  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — When Valerie Plame declared her run …
Washington Post:
Trump promised his mileage standards would make cars cheaper and safer.  New documents raise doubts about that.  —  Top Senate Democrat argues that revised rule “will lead to vehicles that are neither safer, nor more affordable or fuel-efficient.”  —  President Trump has said his plan …
Mike Corder / Associated Press:
Rohingya hail UN ruling ordering Myanmar to prevent genocide  —  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people, delivering a sweeping legal victory for the Muslim minority.
Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian:
Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England  —  Pastoral guidance also calls for Christians in gay or straight civil unions to be abstinent  —  The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that Christians in gay …
Discussion: PinkNews
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
Ready to move, Californians tour their top destination: Texas  —  When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban homes for sale north of Dallas, the sun was shining but the temperature had dipped below 50 degrees.
Discussion: Fox News and American Greatness
Facebook's big 2020 fear is a Democrat in the White House  —  One of Facebook's biggest headaches leading up to 2020 isn't election interference or fake news — it's worrying about what a Democrat in the White House could mean for the business.  —  Why it matters: The Obama administration's warm embrace …
Charlotte Alter / TIME:
How Millennial Leaders Will Change America  —  Love 'em or hate 'em, this much is true: one day soon, millennials will rule America.  —  This is neither wish nor warning but fact, rooted in the physics of time and the biology of human cells.  Millennials-born between 1981 and 1996-are already …
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Republican Voters Increasingly Back The GOP's Move To Block Impeachment Witnesses
Discussion: IJR
Roger Parloff / Newsweek:
Reagan's solicitor general says ‘All honorable people’ …
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Evangelicals Love Donald Trump for Many Reasons, But One of Them Is Especially Terrifying
Discussion: Raw Story
Napp Nazworth / The Bulwark:
Donald Trump, Pastor-in-Chief
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Tiffany / The Federalist:
What Congress Can Learn From Wisconsin About How To Fix FISA Corruption
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Would Democrats Impeach Obama?
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Democrats' impeachment formula — 2+2=4 — is easy math
Discussion: Associated Press
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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell has failed the Republican Party
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
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USA Today:
In four top 2020 battlegrounds, it's not the economy, stupid. It's Donald Trump.
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Buttigieg's Hollow Military Bragging
Discussion: Redstate
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Here's how Mike Bloomberg is luring 2020 campaign staffers with lavish perks
Sean Wilentz / The Atlantic:
A Matter of Facts  —  With much fanfare, The New York Times …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Daily Caller