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4:25 PM ET, January 24, 2020

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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Damning new audio of Trump illuminates the Ukraine scandal's back alleys
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.
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CNN:
34 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike  —  Washington (CNN)Thirty-four US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday.
Discussion: The Week
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 and TheBlaze
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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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats launch last bid to break Trump's impeachment firewall  —  House Democrats are preparing to rest their impeachment case Friday after one last attempt to soften President Donald Trump's Republican firewall against his removal from office.  —  But so far, despite the lofty rhetoric …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
When Senate Republicans were quite concerned about Trump and Ukraine
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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Mason Walker / Pew Research Center:
U.S. Media Polarization and the 2020 Election: A Nation Divided
Discussion: courthousenews.com
David Bauder / Associated Press:   Study links impeachment beliefs to regular news diets
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden goes to his secret weapon to close the deal in Iowa  —  In a new ad entitled “Threat” running across Iowa starting Friday, a female narrator makes the stakes of the Democratic primary plain: … On screen a series of polls are shown — all of which show Biden running ahead of Trump.
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David Brooks / New York Times:   Joe Biden Is Stronger Than You Think
Damon Linker / The Week:
Donald Trump and the moral decline of the pro-life movement  —  Donald Trump's decision to become the first president ever to attend the annual March for Life in Washington on Friday is a very big deal for both the Republican Party and the pro-life movement — though not in the way that either of them fully realizes.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, NPR and Breitbart
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Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Plans Action Against California Over Abortion-Coverage Requirement
Discussion: NPR
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Mediaite
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
Discussion: The Banter
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Trump to Sit Down With Hannity For Super Bowl Interview  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity is set to interview President Donald Trump during the Super Bowl pregame show, Mediaite has learned.  —  Trump will be sitting down at the White House for the interview with Hannity ahead of Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2.
Discussion: Variety and The Hill
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Infections Exceed 900 and Reach Europe, as Travel Limits in China Encircle 35 Million  —  Shanghai Disneyland shut down, hospitals pleaded for help, France reported two cases — the first in Europe — and the youngest victim so far was identified as a 36-year-old man in central China.
New York Times:
Trump May Skip Debates, or Seek New Host, if Process Isn't ‘Fair’  —  The nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored every general election debate since 1988, but the Trump campaign has raised concerns about its 2020 events.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's campaign …
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Washington Post:   Trump campaign warns debate commission the president may not participate if process is not ‘fair’
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 …
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 and The Root
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   A Major Fear for Democrats: Will the Party Come Together by November?
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Associated Press and Politico
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Twitter Attaches Warning to Trump Campaign's Pro-Life Video  —  Twitter attached a warning reserved for graphic, gory, or violent content to a pro-life video from the Trump campaign, prompting accusations of censorship against the social media giant.  —  Hours before Trump is scheduled …
Discussion: TheBlaze and NB Blog
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.
Axios:
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 …
 
 
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Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Polls show Americans want to hear from impeachment witnesses
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
Palestinian president warns US and Israel as Trump plan looms
Discussion: Fox News
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
Discussion: Twitchy and Reason
NBC News:
Judge sets high bar for former Trump adviser Flynn to withdraw guilty plea
Politico:
Legal chaos descends on Poland
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The honest Trump defense that is too embarrassing to advance
Discussion: Impeachment dot fyi
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell doesn't care what you think. He just wants to win.
Discussion: Politico and Twitchy
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
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Exclusive: This site pays Americans to write ‘news’ articles. Signs indicate it originates in Iran
Wall Street Journal:
Report Alleging Saudi Hack of Bezos Phone Puzzles Security Experts
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham screeches at reporters over impeachment: Trump ‘did nothing wrong in his mind’
Discussion: HuffPost and HuffPost Canada