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3:39 AM ET, January 25, 2020

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NPR:
Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo  —  Mary Louise Kelly: Secretary of State, good to see you.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Good to be with you.  Thanks for having me on the show.  —  Let's start with Iran.  What is the plan?
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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 …
Jason Breslow / NPR:
Pompeo Won't Say Whether He Owes Yovanovitch An Apology.  'I've Done What's Right'  —  With the State Department facing continued questions over the treatment of Marie Yovanovitch before she was recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not say on Friday whether he owed the career diplomat an apology.
Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
After interview, Pompeo cursed at reporter, yelled: ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’  —  WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the “F-word” and other expletives after a testy interview with a National Public Radio host on Friday, the news outlet said.
NPR:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: ‘I Have Defended Every State Department Official’
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Have Evidence Bezos' Girlfriend Gave Texts to Brother Who Leaked to National Enquirer  —  Text messages are among materials under review in probe examining whether publisher tried to extort Amazon chief  —  Manhattan federal prosecutors have evidence indicating Jeff Bezos …
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 and POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump campaign warns debate commission the president may not participate if process is not ‘fair’
Discussion: Associated Press
VFW:
VFW Expects Apology From POTUS  —  ‘TBI is a serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly’  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - “In light of today's announcement from the defense department that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of Iran's retaliatory strike …
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Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
VFW demands apology after Trump claims traumatic brain injuries are not ‘very serious’
Discussion: Slate
Politico:
Trump finds nearly unwavering loyalty from Republicans after Dem case  —  Senate Republicans spent three days listening to the House impeachment managers present a comprehensive case for removing President Donald Trump from office — an elaborate, multimedia narrative laying out a wide array …
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Breitbart
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Executive privilege standoff could roil Trump impeachment trial timeline
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats may not have enough votes to call for witnesses.
Discussion: The Week
George Conway / Washington Post:
There's a critical witness impeachment is missing  —  There is an important missing witness in the impeachment of President Trump, and his last name, for all the fulminations of the president's defenders, isn't Biden.  —  No, that witness is Trump himself — and the best case for calling …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Trump's defense team to target Bidens in counterpunch to impeachment charges
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Fact, along with Trump, is on trial in the Senate
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Emotional Schiff Speech Goes Viral, Delighting the Left and Enraging the Right  —  But here, right is supposed to matter.  It's what's made us the greatest nation on earth.  No constitution can protect us if right doesn't matter any more.  And you know, you can't trust this president to do what's right for this country.
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Sean Ross / Yellowhammer News:
Doug Jones: Schiff speech, impeachment evidence presented by House Dems ‘compelling’
Discussion: Breitbart and Balloon Juice
VICE:
Joe Rogan's Endorsement Is One of the Most Influential in America  —  Joe Rogan is one of the most influential people in media.  That doesn't mean he's a good interviewer or a responsible communicator when speaking to a large and devoted audience, but it is a fact.
Discussion: The Hill
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Bob McManus / New York Post:
It looks like New York's getting the crime uptick politicians have been asking for  —  Robbery is up almost 30% in New York City since the first of the year.  Is this a statistical blip, a trend — or a New Year's bail-reform gift from Albany, robbery now largely being a revolving-door offense in the Empire State?
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Smear merchant John Solomon accidentally reveals role of his lawyers diGenova and Toensing  —  Perhaps his attorneys should have advised him to not say this  —  Right-wing columnist John Solomon has been one of the premier players in spreading the fake narratives about Ukraine …
Politico:
Meet the Cannabis Lawyer Beating Trump at His Own Game  —  He's defended narcos, mobsters, hit men and at least one fugitive hedge funder, squaring off against seasoned New York prosecutors for decades.  He's a reptile enthusiast and schedules calls with reporters at 4:20 p.m.—a nod to his work in cannabis law.
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Correal / New York Times:
85,000 Pieces in Beloved Chinatown Museum Collection Likely Destroyed in Fire  —  The president of the Museum of Chinese in America said that she was “just distraught” and that the collection was one of a kind.  —  The 85,000 items, some dating to the 19th century, told the rich story …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump sets a new GOP standard in the abortion fight  —  Two decades after Donald Trump described himself as “pro-choice in every respect,” abortion opponents now unanimously regard him as their greatest convert and champion.  —  So it wasn't a surprise to the thousands of March …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
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Margaret Hedeman / Yale Daily News:
Art History Department to scrap survey course  —  Yale will stop teaching a storied introductory survey course in art history, citing the impossibility of adequately covering the entire field — and its varied cultural backgrounds — in one course.  —  Decades old and once taught …
Discussion: Breitbart
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
 
 
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Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Closing of the Senatorial Mind
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest GOP excuse for helping Trump's coverup is a scam
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
C-SPAN.org:
Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 5
Discussion: Raw Story
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump tweets new Space Force logo. ‘Star Trek’ fans think it looks familiar.
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Politico
Max Boot / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Twitchy
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Axios and Netflix
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to tense criticism on plan to forgive student loan debt
Discussion: The College Fix and Breitbart
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Trump to Sit Down With Hannity For Super Bowl Interview
Discussion: Variety and The Hill
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Twitter Attaches Warning to Trump Campaign's Pro-Life Video
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden goes to his secret weapon to close the deal in Iowa
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Vice Officers Fired Over Stormy Daniels's 2018 Arrest at Ohio Strip Club
Discussion: The Hill and The Columbus Dispatch
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans still divided on Trump's removal from office, but a strong economy is boosting …
Richard L. Hasen / Washington Post:
The loser of November's election may not concede. Their voters won't, either.