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11:50 AM ET, January 24, 2020


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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: ABC News and Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
New York Times:   Jeff Bezos' Hack Inquiry Falls Short of Implicating National Enquirer
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Saudi Arabia 'planned to spy on Khashoggi's fiancee in UK'
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   ANALYSIS: In witness debate, growing GOP focus on Hunter Biden; some press for whistleblower
Washington Post:
Trump, Democrats keep their distance as GOP moderates face crucial impeachment votes
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Reuters:   Breaking precedent, Trump to attend Washington anti-abortion march
The Hill:   GOP warns of ‘drawn out’ executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony
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!
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, The Hill and JustOneMinute
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: CNN, The Hill and Associated Press
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 and HuffPost Canada
David Moye / HuffPost:
Lindsey Graham Bizarrely Defends Trump: ‘He Did Nothing Wrong In His Mind’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The honest Trump defense that is too embarrassing to advance  —  House impeachment managers have demonstrated through a painstaking presentation of facts and law that: 1) President Trump wanted a foreign government to help him win reelection by announcing an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Nadler's Folly  —  Jerry Nadler must have missed the day in law school where they teach you about persuasion.  The House Democrat made a critical error early in the trial of President Trump.  He didn't just say that Republican senators, who voted to begin the proceedings without calling witnesses, were part of a cover up.
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and ABC News
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.
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.
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: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
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
NBC News:
‘Crying Nazi’ involved in ‘Unite the Right’ rally arrested by the FBI  —  Christopher Cantwell became one of the most familiar faces of the rally after he was featured in a documentary that showed him chanting “Jews will not replace us.”  —  A New Hampshire man who was involved in the violent 2017 …
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 …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Pro-Trump groups have a new impeachment enemy: Republicans  —  For Donald Trump's impeachment trial, conservative groups decided that ad buys attacking Democrats weren't enough — they wanted Republicans to hear from the president's supporters in person.  —  Their message: Acquit Trump now.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: China's Travel Limits Cover 35 Million People  —  Shanghai Disneyland shut down, and the youngest victim so far was identified as a 36-year-old man.  —  RIGHT NOW A second case was confirmed in the U.S., as health officials were preparing for an outbreak that could last months.
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.
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: New US Border Patrol chief named  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has named a new head of the U.S. Border Patrol.  —  Rodney Scott will take over for Carla Provost, who is retiring, according to an announcement obtained Friday by The Associated Press from Mark Morgan …
Discussion: The Hill
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘On life support’: Buttigieg's struggles with black voters threaten his candidacy  —  ORANGEBURG, S.C. — When Pete Buttigieg holds “big rally type events” in South Carolina, “it's mostly white folks showing up,” he acknowledged ruefully Thursday night.  And his struggle to fix that problem …
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NBC News:
Schiff makes his case for Trump's removal: ‘He chose to believe Rudy Giuliani’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Iowa Ads Take Aim at Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather
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
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Liberal legal establishment wrongly attacks conservative Federalist Society
 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.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Lightfoot presidential endorsement: Likely not Sanders, Warren or Biden
Discussion: Fox News
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 …