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6:45 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?
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Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Joe Biden's Confounding Candidacy  —  A lunchtime town meeting in the college town of Ames, home to Iowa State, should attract a sizable crowd less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses—especially when a former vice president, who is leading in some of the recent Iowa polls, headlines the event.
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Campaigning heats up in Iowa as caucus voting approaches
Discussion: New York Times
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
Joe Biden's Battle with Bernie Sanders for Working-Class Voters
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Discussion: NBC News
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Notorious D.J.T. on Trial  —  Fidget spinners and spinning Republicans make the best of a bad case for Donald John Trump.  —  Republicans know very well who they are.  —  That's why it was such a juicy moment when Hakeem Jeffries, the congressman from Brooklyn and Democratic impeachment manager …
Discussion: New York Post, Vox, Mediaite and HuffPost
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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: Politico and The Hill
Reuters:   Defense at Senate trial says removing Trump would be ‘very dangerous’
Washington Post:
The impeachment evidence will catch up to Republicans and Trump — whether they ignore it or not
Discussion: PBS NewsHour and HuffPost
Associated Press:
In recording Trump asks how long Ukraine can resist Russians  —  This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Rudy Giuliani.
Discussion: New York Times
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PBS NewsHour:
WATCH: Full video of Trump appearing to say Ukraine ambassador should be removed  —  A video released Saturday captures President Donald Trump appearing to say he wants to “get rid” of the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.  —  The recording, which was provided to the PBS NewsHour …
Discussion: Mother Jones
NBC News:
Who is Dmytro Firtash? The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past
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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.”
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeo's upcoming Ukraine trip just got more awkward  —  Mike Pompeo was already expecting to navigate a political minefield when he landed in Kyiv next week.  —  But after the secretary of State's explosion at a respected NPR journalist, his trip just got a little more complicated.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, ABC News and Raw Story
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 …
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: The Daily Signal and New York Post
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Obama's 2016 Warning: Trump Is a ‘Fascist’  —  Barack Obama's private assessment of Donald Trump: He's a fascist.  —  That is, at least, according to Tim Kaine, the Democratic senator from Virginia and a friend of the former president.  In a video clip from October 2016, Kaine is seen relaying Obama's comment to Hillary Clinton.
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Trump impeachment: Half-empty spectator gallery puzzles senators  —  The Senate spectator gallery was at least half-empty throughout the first week of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial and senators serving as the jury in the marathon sessions are taking notice …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Romney says ‘very likely’ he'll be in favor of witnesses but won't decide until after opening arguments
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
Politico:
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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Nate Church / Breitbart:
Anita Hill in Iowa: Too Late for Joe Biden to Apologize
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
New York Times:
‘Demeaned and Humiliated’: What Happened to These Iranians at U.S. Airports
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump wants a Democrat to vote for acquittal in impeachment trial. White House eyes Joe Manchin.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Lamar Alexander, Set to Leave Office, Is G.O.P. Wild Card on Witnesses
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
CBS Anchor to Warren: Are You Saying ‘Tough Luck’ to People Who Saved for College?
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Anyone but Trump? Not So Fast
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Associated Press:
Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense
Discussion: KTLA
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Mitt Romney whines he's bored and doesn't care about impeachment because ‘no one is watching’