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ABC News:
‘Take her out’: Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired  —  Trump apparently heard discussing firing Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.  —  A recording reviewed by ABC News appears to capture President Donald Trump telling associates …
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NPR:
Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo  —  Mary Louise Kelly: Secretary of State, good to see you.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Good to be with you.  Thanks for having me on the show.  —  Let's start with Iran.  What is the plan?
Jason Breslow / NPR:
Pompeo Won't Say Whether He Owes Yovanovitch An Apology.  'I've Done What's Right'  —  With the State Department facing continued questions over the treatment of Marie Yovanovitch before she was recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not say on Friday whether he owed the career diplomat an apology.
Discussion: NBC News and New York Times
New York Times:
Lev Parnas Says He Has Tape of Trump Calling for Ambassador's Firing  —  The former associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani said through his lawyer that he had given the tape to the House Intelligence Committee for use in the impeachment inquiry.  —  WASHINGTON — A former associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and Mediaite
Politico:
Meet the Cannabis Lawyer Beating Trump at His Own Game  —  He's defended narcos, mobsters, hit men and at least one fugitive hedge funder, squaring off against seasoned New York prosecutors for decades.  He's a reptile enthusiast and schedules calls with reporters at 4:20 p.m.—a nod to his work in cannabis law.
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Pal Igor Fruman Taped Trump Trying to Fire Ukraine Ambassador: Lawyer  —  The tape may contradict Trump's claim that he does not know the two Giuliani associates who worked to have the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine be removed.  —  A recently-indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani taped …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Damning new audio of Trump illuminates the Ukraine scandal's back alleys
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Have Evidence Bezos' Girlfriend Gave Texts to Brother Who Leaked to National Enquirer  —  Text messages are among materials under review in probe examining whether publisher tried to extort Amazon chief  —  Manhattan federal prosecutors have evidence indicating Jeff Bezos …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lindsey Graham will oppose subpoena of Hunter Biden  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he will vote against a motion to subpoena Hunter Biden if a majority of colleagues agree next week that additional witnesses and documents need to be summoned for President Trump's impeachment trial.
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Washington Post:
Trump's defense team to target Bidens in counterpunch to impeachment charges
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Daily Kos
Politico:
Trump finds nearly unwavering loyalty from Republicans after Dem case
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon: 34 US troops had brain injuries from Iran's strike  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday that 34 U.S. troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month's Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base, and that half of the troops have returned to their military duties.
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Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:   VFW demands apology after Trump claims traumatic brain injuries are not ‘very serious’
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
34 Troops Have Brain Injuries From Iranian Missile Strike, Pentagon Says
Discussion: Slate, TheBlaze and Mediaite
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“He Really Thinks His Call Was Perfect.  It Wasn't”: Trump at Odds With GOP, Kushner, His Campaign as Impeachment Bites  —  Angry at Kushner for the Time magazine cover and at GOP allies for their lukewarm impeachment defense, the president is veering off his campaign message.  And advisers are worried.
George Conway / Washington Post:
There's a critical witness impeachment is missing  —  There is an important missing witness in the impeachment of President Trump, and his last name, for all the fulminations of the president's defenders, isn't Biden.  —  No, that witness is Trump himself — and the best case for calling …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump May Skip Debates, or Seek New Host, if Process Isn't ‘Fair’  —  The nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored every general election debate since 1988, but the Trump campaign has raised concerns about its 2020 events.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's campaign …
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Washington Post:
Trump campaign warns debate commission the president may not participate if process is not ‘fair’  —  Senior Trump campaign officials lobbied the nonpartisan presidential debate commission last month over the makeup of its board of directors and its moderator choices, pushing for a process they deemed as …
Discussion: Associated Press
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Why Democrats Still Have to Appeal to the Center, but Republicans Don't  —  Polarization has changed the two parties — just not in the same way.  —  Mr. Klein is the author of “Why We're Polarized.”  —  American politics has been dominated by the Democratic and Republican Parties since the Civil War.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Mason Walker / Pew Research Center:
U.S. Media Polarization and the 2020 Election: A Nation Divided
Damon Linker / The Week:
Donald Trump and the moral decline of the pro-life movement  —  Donald Trump's decision to become the first president ever to attend the annual March for Life in Washington on Friday is a very big deal for both the Republican Party and the pro-life movement — though not in the way that either of them fully realizes.
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump sets a new GOP standard in the abortion fight
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Rogan's Bernie Endorsement Draws Outrage As Clip Surfaces Comparing Black Neighborhood to ‘Planet of the Apes’  —  As social media blowback builds from some over Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' decision to promote a video of comic …
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VICE:
Joe Rogan's Endorsement Is One of the Most Influential in America
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Toll Climbs as Infections Reach Europe and Australia  —  Shanghai Disneyland shut down, hospitals pleaded for help, France reported three cases and the youngest victim so far was identified as a 36-year-old man in central China.  —  RIGHT NOW Chinese health authorities reported …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden goes to his secret weapon to close the deal in Iowa  —  In a new ad entitled “Threat” running across Iowa starting Friday, a female narrator makes the stakes of the Democratic primary plain: … On screen a series of polls are shown — all of which show Biden running ahead of Trump.
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
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David Brooks / New York Times:   Joe Biden Is Stronger Than You Think
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans still divided on Trump's removal from office, but a strong economy is boosting his approval rating, Post-ABC poll finds  —  President Trump's approval rating has climbed to match the highest of his presidency, boosted by majority approval of his economic stewardship …
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Times and Althouse
Margaret Hedeman / Yale Daily News:
Art History Department to scrap survey course  —  Yale will stop teaching a storied introductory survey course in art history, citing the impossibility of adequately covering the entire field — and its varied cultural backgrounds — in one course.  —  Decades old and once taught …
Discussion: Breitbart
Bob McManus / New York Post:
It looks like New York's getting the crime uptick politicians have been asking for  —  Robbery is up almost 30% in New York City since the first of the year.  Is this a statistical blip, a trend — or a New Year's bail-reform gift from Albany, robbery now largely being a revolving-door offense in the Empire State?
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Vice Officers Fired Over Stormy Daniels's 2018 Arrest at Ohio Strip Club  —  The misdemeanor charges of illegal sexually oriented activity were dropped within 24 hours after the pornographic film actress was arrested in 2018.  —  Two vice officers were fired on Thursday by the city of Columbus …
 
 
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Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump tweets new Space Force logo. ‘Star Trek’ fans think it looks familiar.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Week
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump wants you to think ‘everyone does it.’ No, they don't.
Discussion: Twitchy
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Executive privilege standoff could roil Trump impeachment trial timeline
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats may not have enough votes to call for witnesses.
Discussion: The Atlantic, The Week and Axios
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
Taylor Swift Finds Her Voice and Dunks on Trump in New Netflix Doc: ‘F*ck That’
Discussion: Netflix and Axios
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to tense criticism on plan to forgive student loan debt
Discussion: The College Fix and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Trump to Sit Down With Hannity For Super Bowl Interview
Discussion: Variety and The Hill
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Racist ICE Detention Center Captain Was Just Fired.  We Found 132 More Posts by Him on a Neo-Nazi Site.
Richard L. Hasen / Washington Post:
The loser of November's election may not concede. Their voters won't, either.
Discussion: New York Times
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
Betsy DeVos compares choice of abortion to choice of slavery
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Exclusive: This site pays Americans to write ‘news’ articles. Signs indicate it originates in Iran
Tim Alberta / Politico:
How the Gun Show Became the Trump Show