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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.
Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
After interview, Pompeo cursed at reporter, yelled: ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’  —  WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the “F-word” and other expletives after a testy interview with a National Public Radio host on Friday, the news outlet said.
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
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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Politico:
Trump finds nearly unwavering loyalty from Republicans after Dem case  —  Senate Republicans spent three days listening to the House impeachment managers present a comprehensive case for removing President Donald Trump from office — an elaborate, multimedia narrative laying out a wide array …
Discussion: ABC News
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Fact, along with Trump, is on trial in the Senate
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’
VFW:   VFW Expects Apology From POTUS
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Emotional Schiff Speech Goes Viral, Delighting the Left and Enraging the Right  —  But here, right is supposed to matter.  It's what's made us the greatest nation on earth.  No constitution can protect us if right doesn't matter any more.  And you know, you can't trust this president to do what's right for this country.
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VICE:
Joe Rogan's Endorsement Is One of the Most Influential in America  —  Joe Rogan is one of the most influential people in media.  That doesn't mean he's a good interviewer or a responsible communicator when speaking to a large and devoted audience, but it is a fact.
Discussion: The Hill
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Rogan's Bernie Endorsement Draws Outrage As Clip Surfaces Comparing Black Neighborhood to ‘Planet of the Apes’
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’
Discussion: Associated Press
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?
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Smear merchant John Solomon accidentally reveals role of his lawyers diGenova and Toensing  —  Perhaps his attorneys should have advised him to not say this  —  Right-wing columnist John Solomon has been one of the premier players in spreading the fake narratives about Ukraine …
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
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump sets a new GOP standard in the abortion fight  —  Two decades after Donald Trump described himself as “pro-choice in every respect,” abortion opponents now unanimously regard him as their greatest convert and champion.  —  So it wasn't a surprise to the thousands of March …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
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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
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Closing of the Senatorial Mind  —  On Day 4 of the Trump impeachment trial, it's clear the House Democrats' case against the President is not being heard.  —  Each day this week, when the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John Trump has convened at 1 p.m., the proceedings have opened …
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
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 …
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 …
C-SPAN.org:
Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 5  —  The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued with opening arguments from House managers.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden goes to his secret weapon to close the deal in Iowa
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans still divided on Trump's removal from office, but a strong economy is boosting …
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
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Sanders supporters have weaponized Facebook to spread angry memes about his Democratic rivals
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