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10:35 AM ET, January 24, 2020


 Top Items: 
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
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!
Maggie Severns / Politico:   Obama fundraising chief backs Biden
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
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.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   Mitch McConnell doesn't care what you think. He just wants to win.
Washington Post:
Trump, Democrats keep their distance as GOP moderates face crucial impeachment votes
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
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment trial live updates: House managers to turn attention to obstruction-of-Congress charge against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Trump impeachment team looks at shorter trial defense
Discussion: Raw Story
David Moye / HuffPost:   Lindsey Graham Bizarrely Defends Trump: ‘He Did Nothing Wrong In His Mind’
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.
The Hill:
GOP warns of ‘drawn out’ executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony  —  Republicans are using the threat of a protracted executive privilege battle as a cudgel to dissuade their colleagues from calling former national security adviser John Bolton to testify at President Trump's impeachment trial.
Senate GOP uses Trump's executive privilege threat as rallying cry against subpoenas
Discussion: Politico and Slate
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
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 …
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.
Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
What's at stake for Sens. Sasse, Ernst, both of whom face reelection after impeachment vote  —  WASHINGTON — The outcome of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial may be a foregone conclusion, but its handling could affect Republican senators who will share a ballot with him in November.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Pro-Trump groups have a new impeachment enemy: Republicans
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Senator Marsha Blackburn Criticized for Mid-Impeachment Trial Fox News Interview: 'No One …
Discussion: The Root
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Iowa Ads Take Aim at Trump  —  In 85 different ads in the past two months on local television, no Democrat has mentioned a primary rival by name, a Journal analysis found  —  WASHINGTON— Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are arguing about Mr. Biden's position on Social Security.
Discussion: Washington Post
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:   Lightfoot presidential endorsement: Likely not Sanders, Warren or Biden
Brie Stimson / Fox News:   Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she's unlikely to back Warren, Sanders or Biden: 'They haven't reached out'
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
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
Victoria Bekiempis / Vulture:
Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her: 'I Couldn't Fight Anymore'  —  At 9:48 a.m., Sopranos star Annabella Sciorra entered a packed Manhattan courtroom through a side door, walked toward the witness stand, and sat calmly behind the microphone.
Discussion: Page Six
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.
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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The honest Trump defense that is too embarrassing to advance
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘On life support’: Buttigieg's struggles with black voters threaten his candidacy
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Cleaning Up After Comey  —  Justice concedes that two warrants …
George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller