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11:00 AM ET, January 25, 2020

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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?
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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.
NPR:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: ‘I Have Defended Every State Department Official’
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Law & Crime
New York Times:
Sanders Seizes Lead in Volatile Iowa Race, Times Poll Finds  —  With solid support from liberals, Mr. Sanders appears to be peaking just as the caucuses approach.  But many Iowa voters said they could still change their mind.  —  Which of these Democrats would be your first choice in the Iowa caucuses?
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Poll: Sanders opens up lead in Iowa
Brie Stimson / Fox News:
Schiff refers to CBS ‘head on pike’ story, infuriating GOP: ‘Every one of us knows it is not true’  —  Senate Republicans — including potential swing-voters — expressed outrage Friday after lead House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., referred in his closing remarks …
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Fact, along with Trump, is on trial in the Senate
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Executive privilege standoff could roil Trump impeachment trial timeline
NBC News:
Who is Dmytro Firtash?  The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past  —  The billionaire oligarch is “at the dead center of the greatest corruption operation in Ukraine's history,” said a former senior U.S. diplomat.  —  In September, one month before Lev Parnas …
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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 …
New York Times:
Lev Parnas Says He Has Tape of Trump Calling for Ambassador's Firing
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's defense team to target Bidens in counterpunch to impeachment charges  —  White House lawyers are gearing up for a scorched-earth defense of President Trump in the impeachment trial, mounting a politically charged case aimed more at swaying American voters than GOP senators …
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George Conway / Washington Post:
There's a critical witness impeachment is missing
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
Washington Post:
The impeachment evidence will catch up to Republicans and Trump — whether they ignore it or not
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.
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VFW:
VFW Expects Apology From POTUS  —  ‘TBI is a serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly’  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - “In light of today's announcement from the defense department that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of Iran's retaliatory strike …
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Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
VFW demands apology after Trump claims traumatic brain injuries are not ‘very serious’
Discussion: Slate
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.
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: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
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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 …
Annie Correal / New York Times:
85,000 Pieces in Beloved Chinatown Museum Collection Likely Destroyed in Fire  —  The president of the Museum of Chinese in America said that she was “just distraught” and that the collection was one of a kind.  —  The 85,000 items, some dating to the 19th century, told the rich story …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans to Evacuate Citizens From Epidemic-Stricken Chinese City  —  The U.S. government is said to be arranging a charter flight to evacuate Americans from Wuhan.  —  SHANGHAI—The U.S. government is arranging a charter flight Sunday to evacuate its citizens and diplomats …
Discussion: New York Post
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?
 
 
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Associated Press:
Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for president
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Mitt Romney whines he's bored and doesn't care about impeachment because ‘no one is watching’
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Trump impeachment: Half-empty spectator gallery puzzles senators
Discussion: Breitbart
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Poll shows Lipinski way ahead but with big undecided vote
Sean Ross / Yellowhammer News:
Doug Jones: Schiff speech, impeachment evidence presented by House Dems ‘compelling’
Discussion: Breitbart and Balloon Juice
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest GOP excuse for helping Trump's coverup is a scam
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
C-SPAN.org:
Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 5
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump sets a new GOP standard in the abortion fight
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump tweets new Space Force logo. ‘Star Trek’ fans think it looks familiar.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump wants you to think ‘everyone does it.’ No, they don't.
Discussion: Twitchy
Margaret Hedeman / Yale Daily News:
Art History Department to scrap survey course
Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
Meet the Cannabis Lawyer Beating Trump at His Own Game
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
Taylor Swift Finds Her Voice and Dunks on Trump in New Netflix Doc: ‘F*ck That’
Discussion: Axios and Netflix
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Polls show Americans want to hear from impeachment witnesses
Richard L. Hasen / Washington Post:
The loser of November's election may not concede. Their voters won't, either.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway