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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 …
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?
CNN:
Trump captured on tape demanding firing of ambassador to Ukraine, attorney says  —  Indicted Giuliani associate says he watched Trump order aide to fire U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine  —  New York (CNN)President Donald Trump was captured on tape at a 2018 dinner with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman demanding …
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
Discussion: Slate, TheBlaze and Mediaite
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
34 troops diagnosed with brain injuries days after Trump dismissed them as ‘headaches’
Discussion: The Root
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:   34 service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iran missile attack: Pentagon
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Imminent threat’: Democrats make final case to remove Trump  —  President Donald Trump remains an “imminent threat to the integrity of our democracy,” the House's top impeachment manager Adam Schiff argued Friday in an extraordinary Senate-floor appeal in which he accused Trump …
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story, Redstate and ABC News
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George Conway / Washington Post:
There's a critical witness impeachment is missing
Discussion: Raw Story
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” …
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Washington Post:
Trump campaign warns debate commission the president may not participate if process is not ‘fair’  —  Senior Trump campaign officials lobbied the nonpartisan presidential debate commission last month over the makeup of its board of directors and its moderator choices, pushing for a process they deemed as …
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
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
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Top Obama fundraiser backs Biden in 2020 contest
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and ABC News
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Adam Schiff Stands Up and Speaks the Truth at Mitch McConnell's Upside-Down Stalinist Show Trial  —  Yes, say Senate Republicans, we know there's evidence that makes Trump's guilt even clearer.  But we will sit as judges to disallow it before we sit as jurors to “exonerate” him.  —  BEAST INSIDE
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell doesn't care what you think. He just wants to win.
Discussion: Politico and Twitchy
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
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.
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump, a late convert to cause, to join anti-abortion rally
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: HuffPost and The Banter
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: DCCC, Raw Story, The Hill and Mediaite
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Infections Exceed 900 and Reach Europe  —  Shanghai Disneyland shut down, hospitals pleaded for help, France reported two cases and the youngest victim so far was identified as a 36-year-old man in central China.  —  RIGHT NOW A second case was confirmed …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to tense criticism on plan to forgive student loan debt  —  “We did the right thing,” one Iowa voter said.  “And we get screwed.”  —  A tense exchange in the selfie line after one of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's recent Iowa town halls is picking up traction …
Discussion: Breitbart
HHS News Releases:
HHS Issues Notice of Violation to California for its Abortion Coverage Mandate  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced an action to protect human life and the conscience rights of all Americans.
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.
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Racist ICE Detention Center Captain Was Just Fired.  We Found 132 More Posts by Him on a Neo-Nazi Site.  —  The captain of a privately-run ICE detention center in Nevada has been fired after VICE News exposed his ties to white nationalism earlier this month.
 
 
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NPR:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: ‘I Have Defended Every State Department Official’
Discussion: Law & Crime
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
Taylor Swift Finds Her Voice and Dunks on Trump in New Netflix Doc: ‘F*ck That’
Discussion: Netflix and Axios
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
Palestinian president warns US and Israel as Trump plan looms
Discussion: Fox News
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: Reason and Twitchy
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is Already Trying to Cut Entitlements
Discussion: New York Times and PJ Media Home
NBC News:
Judge sets high bar for former Trump adviser Flynn to withdraw guilty plea
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Impeachment Needs Witnesses on Both Sides
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The honest Trump defense that is too embarrassing to advance
Discussion: Impeachment dot fyi
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive—'You F*cking C*nt': Stephanie Grisham Inundated with Sexist Hatred, Threats as Establishment Media Pile On
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘On life support’: Buttigieg's struggles with black voters threaten his candidacy
Discussion: ABC News and The Root
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham screeches at reporters over impeachment: Trump ‘did nothing wrong in his mind’
Discussion: HuffPost and HuffPost Canada