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4:20 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?
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Joe Biden's Confounding Candidacy  —  The former vice president is drawing tiny, unenthused crowds in Iowa.  So why is he still one of the frontrunners?  —  Add to Pocket  —  A lunchtime town meeting in the college town of Ames, home to Iowa State, should attract a sizable crowd less …
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.
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
Joe Biden's Battle with Bernie Sanders for Working-Class Voters
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Campaigning heats up in Iowa as caucus voting approaches
Discussion: New York Times
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Biden picks up endorsement from key Iowa swing district congresswoman
Discussion: Axios and The Independent
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:   U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for president
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders opens up lead in Iowa
CBS News:
Impeachment trial: Trump's lawyers lay out their defense  —  Washington — President Trump's lawyers had their first chance to defend the president on Saturday after three days of Democrats' opening arguments.  In opening arguments, Mr. Trump's attorneys gave what appeared to be a two-hour preview …
Discussion: New York Post
The Hill:
Trump legal team launches impeachment defense  —  President Trump's lawyers began their opening arguments in the impeachment trial on Saturday, accusing Democrats of asking senators to “tear up” the ballots of the upcoming election while having “no evidence” to support the president's removal from office.
Defense at Senate trial says removing Trump would be ‘very dangerous’  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump told his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday that Democrats' efforts to remove the president from office would set a “very, very dangerous” precedent in an election year.
Sophia A. Nelson / USA Today:
Donald Trump impeachment trial: For Republicans, patriotism has left the Senate chamber  —  Republicans used to know that patriotism isn't about words, it's what you do.  But today's congressional Republicans have lost sight of that.  —  Something is really bothering me.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:   Trump wants a Democrat to vote for acquittal in impeachment trial. White House eyes Joe Manchin.
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: Schiff — and what's next
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Executive privilege standoff could roil Trump impeachment trial timeline
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Feign Indignation at Schiff ‘Head on Pike’ Speech to Justify Cowardice  —  “A Trump confidante tells CBS News,” the network reported Friday, “that Republicans senators have been warned, ‘vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.’” That night …
NBC News:
Romney says he's ‘likely’ to vote for witnesses  —  Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, indicated Saturday that he is “likely” to vote to call witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial, but would not commit to doing so just yet.  —  “I think it's very likely I'll be in favor of witnesses …
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo's blatant gaslighting attempt  —  On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got into it with an NPR host over her questions about Ukraine.  —  On Saturday, he issued a statement responding to the flap that seemed to that exemplifies “gaslighting.”
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 …
Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
After interview, Pompeo cursed at reporter, yelled: ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and NPR
Jason Breslow / NPR:
Pompeo Won't Say Whether He Owes Yovanovitch An Apology. 'I've Done What's Right'
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 …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Lamar Alexander, Set to Leave Office, Is G.O.P. Wild Card on Witnesses
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
CBS Anchor to Warren: Are You Saying ‘Tough Luck’ to People Who Saved for College?
NBC News:
Who is Dmytro Firtash? The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past
Washington Post:
The impeachment evidence will catch up to Republicans and Trump — whether they ignore it or not
Discussion: HuffPost and PBS NewsHour
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Mitt Romney whines he's bored and doesn't care about impeachment because ‘no one is watching’
 Earlier Items: 
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
Annie Correal / New York Times:
85,000 Pieces in Beloved Chinatown Museum Collection Likely Destroyed in Fire
Discussion: UPI, ImmigrationProf Blog and Slate
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Closing of the Senatorial Mind
VFW Expects Apology From POTUS
Discussion: Axios, The Guardian, CNN and FOX 61
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: Raw Story