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10:25 AM ET, January 24, 2020


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Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Revealed: the true identity of the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group  —  The white supremacist group the Base has been a target of FBI raids and its members accused of planning a race war.  The Guardian can now reveal the identity of its secretive leader
Discussion: Raw Story
Neo-Nazi Rinaldo Nazzaro running US militant group The Base from Russia  —  The American founder of US-based militant neo-Nazi group The Base is directing the organisation from Russia, a BBC investigation has found.  —  Rinaldo Nazzaro, 46, who uses the aliases “Norman Spear” and “Roman Wolf” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Trump's trial may hinge on Lamar Alexander  —  If you want to know how President Donald Trump's impeachment trial could play out, keep your eye on Lamar Alexander.  —  On the most important question of the trial — whether to subpoena witnesses — the 79-year-old Tennessee Republican senator is a wild card.
Senate GOP uses Trump's executive privilege threat as rallying cry against subpoenas
Discussion: Politico and Slate
The Hill:   GOP warns of ‘drawn out’ executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony
Washington Post:
Trump, Democrats keep their distance as GOP moderates face crucial impeachment votes
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   ANALYSIS: In witness debate, growing GOP focus on Hunter Biden; some press for whistleblower
CBS News:
Impeachment trial: Democrats focus on Trump abuse of power charge
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Said to Be Weighing an Endorsement of Joe Biden  —  The move, which would be unlikely to happen until after the Senate impeachment trial, could enhance her chances of becoming vice president but could also anger liberals in California.  —  Senator Kamala Harris is weighing …
Discussion: Slate, The Week, JustOneMinute and The Hill
David Brooks / New York Times:
Joe Biden Is Stronger Than You Think  —  Here's why he is still winning.  —  It was yet another epic failure of political punditry.  Go back to the early months of Joe Biden's presidential campaign and read what the consultants and commentators were saying about him: His support is just name recognition; he'll fade!
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
‘This is no time to take a risk’: Biden ad leans into electability as caucuses approach
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Maggie Severns / Politico:   Obama fundraising chief backs Biden
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A GOP senator traffics in flimsy allegations to impugn a key impeachment witness — again  —  Republicans have repeatedly argued that the impeachment evidence against President Trump is thin.  They've said it is based upon “hearsay” that wasn't corroborated by people more intimately involved …
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Senator Marsha Blackburn Criticized for Mid-Impeachment Trial Fox News Interview: 'No One …
Discussion: The Root
Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
What's at stake for Sens. Sasse, Ernst, both of whom face reelection after impeachment vote
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John Roberts comes face to face with the mess he made  —  There is justice in John Roberts being forced to preside silently over the impeachment trial of President Trump, hour after hour, day after tedious day.  —  The chief justice of the United States, as presiding officer, doesn't speak often …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
A more assertive John Roberts would be a bad idea
Discussion: Althouse and Above the Law
Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:
Republican Senators Are Literally Playing With Kids' Toys During The Impeachment Trial  —  According to reports, Republican senators are passing the time during the impeachment trial with fidget spinners.  —  CNN's Alex Rodgers reported Thursday that “Some senators have fidget spinners at their desks.”
Discussion: Roll Call, Sputnik News and Slate
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:   Senators Battle a Persistent Impeachment Foe: Their Own Restlessness
New York Times:
Seeing a Bloomberg Ad on Fox News, Trump Takes the Bait  —  The president's advisers have urged him not to pay attention to the low-polling Democratic presidential candidate.  But as Michael Bloomberg poured cash into attack ads, he became harder to ignore.
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Plans Action Against California Over Abortion-Coverage Requirement  —  The administration is expected to say that the state's requirement violates federal law  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is planning on Friday to announce action against California …
Washington Examiner:
What Trump offers the March for Life  —  No president has ever attended the March for Life.  On Friday, President Trump will become the first.  —  “See you on Friday...Big Crowd!” he announced on Twitter, revealing that he will be the only president to address the pro-life march in person since it began in 1974.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Regime Critic Says Saudis Tried to Kidnap Him on U.S. Soil  —  Abdulrahman Almutairi is a Saudi social-media influencer who criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  If not for the FBI, he says, he might've met Jamal Khashoggi's fate.  —  A suspected agent of the Saudi government attempted …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham screeches at reporters over impeachment: Trump ‘did nothing wrong in his mind’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close ally of President Donald Trump, on Thursday complained that the president's impeachment trial should end quickly because the American people “need a break.”
Discussion: HuffPost Canada
David Moye / HuffPost:   Lindsey Graham Bizarrely Defends Trump: ‘He Did Nothing Wrong In His Mind’
Trump impeachment team looks at shorter trial defense  —  President Trump's team is considering using just a portion of the 24 hours they're given for arguments in his impeachment trial.  —  Why it matters: A truncated defense would likely reflect a decision not to contest facts …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment trial live updates: House managers to turn attention to obstruction-of-Congress charge against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Report Alleging Saudi Hack of Bezos Phone Puzzles Security Experts  —  Investigation by FTI appears to be inconclusive, several specialists in cybersecurity say  —  A report concluding that Saudi Arabia likely hacked into Jeff Bezos ' smartphone has spurred questions and confusion among cybersecurity experts …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Lightfoot presidential endorsement: Likely not Sanders, Warren or Biden  —  Mayor Lori Lightfoot flanked by Illinois Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin and other Illinois mayors.  Photo courtesy of Sen. Dick Durbin's office  —  On Friday, Chicago's mayor will boycott Trump's White House meeting …
Brie Stimson / Fox News:   Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she's unlikely to back Warren, Sanders or Biden: 'They haven't reached out'
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: China's Travel Limits Now Cover 35 Million People  —  Shanghai Disneyland and other tourist sites across the country shut down, at an unknown cost to the economy, as the authorities tried to contain the deadly new virus.  —  RIGHT NOW Beijing's propaganda organs strike …
Associated Press:
Now on Trump's team, Dershowitz says, 'I haven't changed'  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Dershowitz was in line at Mar-a-Lago's lavish Christmas Eve buffet last month when President Donald Trump stopped to chat.  —  The retired Harvard law professor had already been asked by Trump's legal team …
James Crowley / Newsweek:
National debt increased by $3 trillion during Donald Trump's three years as president  —  Nearly four years after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would eliminate the federal debt in eight years, the deficit has since risen by more than 16 percent under his presidency.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Exclusive: This site pays Americans to write ‘news’ articles.  Signs indicate it originates in Iran  —  New York (CNN)American Herald Tribune bills itself as a “genuinely independent online media outlet.”  Set up in 2015, it publishes in English and pays Americans to write articles.
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather  —  Leaked messages show staffers worrying about their safety on Iowa's icy roads.  —  With the pivotal Iowa caucuses coming up on February 2, Biden campaign staffers have had at least one concern besides the election: their own safety.
George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump  — The two camps are working together, Soros says in Davos  — Firm's goal is maximum profit without regard to harm, he says  —  Billionaire George Soros said that nothing is keeping Facebook Inc. from spreading disinformation …
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
George Soros rips Trump and Xi, says the ‘fate of the world’ is at stake in 2020
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Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
Project Blitz Is Producing Model Legislation For Christian Nationalists
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Trump's Best Impeachment Lawyer Is Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Daily Kos
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Pro-Trump groups have a new impeachment enemy: Republicans
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive—'You F*cking C*nt': Stephanie Grisham Inundated with Sexist Hatred, Threats as Establishment Media Pile On
Tim Alberta / Politico:
How the Gun Show Became the Trump Show
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Europe Fusses and Fidgets While Trump Defends America
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Liberal legal establishment wrongly attacks conservative Federalist Society
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘On life support’: Buttigieg's struggles with black voters threaten his candidacy
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS forgets to renew Trump's opioid emergency declaration
Discussion: HuffPost
Andrea N. Goldstein / New York Times:
My Grandmother Kept Telling Us About the Nazis. Now I Know Why.
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Bernie Campaign Calls Police On Reporters For Asking Questions About His Staff Talking About Killing People
Discussion: Redstate and The Post Millennial
Aaron Morrison / The Appeal:
Mississippi Man Given Extreme 12 Year Sentence For Having A Cell Phone In Jail Asks For Rehearing
Victoria Bekiempis / Vulture:
Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her: 'I Couldn't Fight Anymore'
Discussion: Page Six
Wall Street Journal:
Cleaning Up After Comey  —  Justice concedes that two warrants …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Trump's defenders double down on double standards