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1:15 PM ET, January 25, 2020


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New York Times:
Sanders Seizes Lead in Volatile Iowa Race, Times Poll Finds  —  With solid support from liberals, Mr. Sanders appears to be peaking just as the caucuses approach.  But many Iowa voters said they could still change their mind.  —  Which of these Democrats would be your first choice in the Iowa caucuses?
Siena College Research Institute:
NY Times/Siena College Poll of Likely Iowa Democratic Caucus Participants  — Sanders Leads Caucus on First Ballot  — Buttigieg, Biden Nearly Tied Trail by 7 points, Warren Fourth  —  Democrat Crosstabs Registered Voter Crosstabs  —  For more information and analysis on the study, visit The New York Times website.
Discussion: Politico
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders opens up lead in Iowa
Discussion: NBC News
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?
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nik Steinberg / Politico:
Even Before Mike Pompeo's Blowup, State Department Insiders Were Feeling Undermined  —  On Friday, NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly found out just how sensitive the issue of impeachment has become at the State Department.  During an interview, she asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo whether …
Brie Stimson / Fox News:
Schiff refers to CBS ‘head on pike’ story, infuriating GOP: ‘Every one of us knows it is not true’  —  Senate Republicans — including potential swing-voters — expressed outrage Friday after lead House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., referred in his closing remarks …
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.
POLITICO Playbook: Schiff — and what's next  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WRAPPING UP SCHIFF: Rep. ADAM SCHIFF (D-Calif.) — who has quickly been vaulted to a position of prominence atop the Democratic Party — wrapped up his prosecution of President DONALD TRUMP last night around 9 p.m. after three days of tight and compelling testimony.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Forget impeachment.  Republicans fear Ukraine revelations could spill into election.  —  Republicans are already looking past impeachment, sensing a looming Democratic plot to gradually release more Ukraine bombshells as Donald Trump fights for re-election.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Anyone but Trump?  Not So Fast  —  Let's not exchange one reckless president for another.  —  Donald Trump is a lawless president and revolting person who richly deserved his impeachment and, in a better world, would be convicted in the Senate and removed from the White House.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Inside the Base: America's neo-Nazi terror network laid bare  —  Chats, audio and video obtained by the Guardian give a rare insight into the workings of a disturbing white supremacist group  —  The Base, a US-based white supremacist “social network” that has recently been targeted by the FBI …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Bernie Sanders ‘must reconsider’ Joe Rogan endorsement, says LGBTQ group  —  Human Rights Campaign says podcast host Rogan has ‘attacked countless marginalised groups at every opportunity’  —  Bernie Sanders “must reconsider” his acceptance of an endorsement from Joe Rogan …
NBC News:
Who is Dmytro Firtash?  The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past  —  The billionaire oligarch is “at the dead center of the greatest corruption operation in Ukraine's history,” said a former senior U.S. diplomat.  —  In September, one month before Lev Parnas …
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:   Smear merchant John Solomon accidentally reveals role of his lawyers diGenova and Toensing
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's defense team to target Bidens in counterpunch to impeachment charges  —  White House lawyers are gearing up for a scorched-earth defense of President Trump in the impeachment trial, mounting a politically charged case aimed more at swaying American voters than GOP senators …
George Conway / Washington Post:
There's a critical witness impeachment is missing
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Fact, along with Trump, is on trial in the Senate
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
Joe Biden's Battle with Bernie Sanders for Working-Class Voters  —  Joe Biden has been the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for President since before he entered the race last year, but he has been an unusual kind of front-runner.  He is on the road less than his rivals …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: Slate
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
CBS Anchor to Warren: Are You Saying ‘Tough Luck’ to People Who Saved for College?  —  CBS anchor Tony Dokoupil on Friday asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) about her exchange with a father who accused Warren of hurting people who saved for college.  —  “For Americans who are in that …
Discussion: Power Line and PJ Media Home
Washington Post:
The impeachment evidence will catch up to Republicans and Trump — whether they ignore it or not  —  DONALD TRUMP'S presidency has been, among other things, a war against truth.  So it's fitting that in making the case for his removal from office this week, House impeachment managers showered the Senate with facts.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump wants you to think ‘everyone does it.’ No, they don't.
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
VFW demands apology after Trump claims traumatic brain injuries are not ‘very serious’
Discussion: Slate
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
New York Times:
Lev Parnas Says He Has Tape of Trump Calling for Ambassador's Firing
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Associated Press:
Senate floor belongs to Trump team as defense case opens
Discussion: Politico, Esquire and The Hill
Associated Press:
Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for president
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Mitt Romney whines he's bored and doesn't care about impeachment because ‘no one is watching’
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Trump impeachment: Half-empty spectator gallery puzzles senators
Discussion: Breitbart
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Poll shows Lipinski way ahead but with big undecided vote
Sean Ross / Yellowhammer News:
Doug Jones: Schiff speech, impeachment evidence presented by House Dems ‘compelling’
Discussion: Breitbart and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
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
Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 5
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump sets a new GOP standard in the abortion fight
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
Bob McManus / New York Post:
It looks like New York's getting the crime uptick politicians have been asking for
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump tweets new Space Force logo. ‘Star Trek’ fans think it looks familiar.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Executive privilege standoff could roil Trump impeachment trial timeline
Margaret Hedeman / Yale Daily News:
Art History Department to scrap survey course
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Breitbart