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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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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Pal Igor Fruman Taped Trump Trying to Fire Ukraine Ambassador: Lawyer  —  The tape may contradict Trump's claim that he does not know the two Giuliani associates who worked to have the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine be removed.  —  A recently-indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani taped …
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.
Discussion: Press Herald
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
34 Troops Have Brain Injuries From Iranian Missile Strike, Pentagon Says  —  Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said that eight of the affected service members have returned to the United States from an American military hospital in Germany.  —  WASHINGTON — The Defense Department said Friday …
Discussion: Slate
CNN:
34 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike  —  Trump downplays service members' concussions: I heard they had headaches  —  Washington (CNN)Thirty-four US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following …
Discussion: The Week
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
34 service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iran missile attack: Pentagon
Discussion: Politico
BBC:
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
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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
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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Richard L. Hasen / Washington Post:
The loser of November's election may not concede.  Their voters won't, either.  —  It's all too easy to imagine scenarios where the results are contested.  —  When the polls closed on Nov. 5, 2019, the initial count showed the governor of Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevins, losing to his Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear.
Discussion: New York Times
Mason Walker / Pew Research Center:
U.S. Media Polarization and the 2020 Election: A Nation Divided
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans still divided on Trump's removal from office, but a strong economy is boosting his approval rating, Post-ABC poll finds  —  President Trump's approval rating has climbed to match the highest of his presidency, boosted by majority approval of his economic stewardship …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:   66% call for witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial: Poll
David Bauder / Associated Press:   Study links impeachment beliefs to regular news diets
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 …
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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!
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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Top Obama fundraiser backs Biden in 2020 contest
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Chris Cillizza / CNN:   Joe Biden goes to his secret weapon to close the deal in Iowa
Reuters:
Breaking precedent, Trump to attend Washington anti-abortion march  —  (Reuters) - Donald Trump will become the first U.S. president to attend the annual “March for Life” to be held in Washington on Friday, organizers said, underscoring his outspoken support for the anti-abortion movement as it celebrates key legislative gains.
Discussion: HuffPost
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Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Plans Action Against California Over Abortion-Coverage Requirement
Discussion: NPR
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
When Senate Republicans were quite concerned about Trump and Ukraine  —  As we head into the last day of House Democrats' opening arguments in President Trump's impeachment trial, we are getting closer to the point at which GOP senators will have to decide whether they want additional evidence and witnesses.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats launch last bid to break Trump's impeachment firewall
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Pro-Trump groups have a new impeachment enemy: Republicans
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Travel Limits Cover 35 Million People, and Infections Exceed 900  —  Shanghai Disneyland shut down, hospitals pleaded for help, and the youngest victim so far was identified as a 36-year-old man in central China.  —  RIGHT NOW A second case was confirmed in the United States …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   A Major Fear for Democrats: Will the Party Come Together by November?
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is Already Trying to Cut Entitlements  —  Earlier this week, at the bleeding-heart billionaire class' annual handwringing exhibition in Davos, Switzerland, Donald Trump suggested that he would “take a look” at cutting entitlement programs “at some point.”
Discussion: New York Times and PJ Media Home
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Michigan governor to give Democratic response to Trump State of the Union address
Discussion: Politico 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
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David Moye / HuffPost:
Lindsey Graham Bizarrely Defends Trump: ‘He Did Nothing Wrong In His Mind’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell doesn't care what you think.  He just wants to win.  —  First, the smirk.  —  Mitch McConnell's smirk is a frown by another name.  The corners of his mouth either remain flat enough to level a picture frame, or plunge downward, as if unwilling to do battle with the laws of gravity.
Discussion: Politico and Twitchy
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Politico:
Trump's trial may hinge on Lamar Alexander
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 …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
How the Gun Show Became the Trump Show  —  AUTHOR'S NOTE: Late last year, I moved home to Michigan.  I did so primarily for family reasons, but also because I wanted to get back in touch with parts of the country where D.C. journalists often visit but rarely stay for long.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Impeachment dot fyi
Pranshu Verma / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
‘I will not vote’ for Trump, Jeff Van Drew vowed in a voicemail.  Then he pledged ‘undying support’ for the president.  —  Three weeks before New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew cemented his defection to the Republican Party with a pledge of “undying support” for President Donald Trump, he sent a constituent a very different message.
NBC News:
Judge sets high bar for former Trump adviser Flynn to withdraw guilty plea  —  To persuade a judge to let him withdraw his guilty plea, Flynn could be called to testify under oath and be subject to cross-examination during a hearing.  —  Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan …
 
 
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Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
Palestinian president warns US and Israel as Trump plan looms
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Twitter Attaches Warning to Trump Campaign's Pro-Life Video
Discussion: NB Blog
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Racist ICE Detention Center Captain Was Just Fired.  We Found 132 More Posts by Him on a Neo-Nazi Site.
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
Betsy DeVos compares choice of abortion to choice of slavery
Washington Post:
Sanders supporters have weaponized Facebook to spread angry memes about his Democratic rivals
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Colleen Long / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: New US Border Patrol chief named
NBC News:
‘Crying Nazi’ involved in ‘Unite the Right’ rally arrested by the FBI
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive—'You F*cking C*nt': Stephanie Grisham Inundated with Sexist Hatred, Threats as Establishment Media Pile On
The Hill:
GOP warns of ‘drawn out’ executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony
Discussion: Associated Press
Axios:
Trump impeachment team looks at shorter trial defense
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Althouse
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John Roberts comes face to face with the mess he made
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story