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11:35 AM 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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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders opens up lead in Iowa
Discussion: NBC News
Bret Stephens / New York Times:   Anyone but Trump? Not So Fast
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:   U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for president
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 …
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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.
Washington Post:
The impeachment evidence will catch up to Republicans and Trump — whether they ignore it or not
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Power Line and The Moderate Voice
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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.
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 …
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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
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 …
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NBC News:   Who is Dmytro Firtash? The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past
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
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New York Times:
Lev Parnas Says He Has Tape of Trump Calling for Ambassador's Firing
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans to Evacuate Citizens From Epidemic-Stricken Chinese City  —  The U.S. government is said to be arranging a charter flight to evacuate Americans from Wuhan.  —  SHANGHAI—The U.S. government is arranging a charter flight Sunday to evacuate its citizens and diplomats …
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, The Week and New York Post
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
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 …
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
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Closing of the Senatorial Mind  —  On Day 4 of the Trump impeachment trial, it's clear the House Democrats' case against the President is not being heard.  —  Each day this week, when the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John Trump has convened at 1 p.m., the proceedings have opened …
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: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
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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
Associated Press:
Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has always been a man of absolutes.  —  Something is the best or the worst, a person is a winner or a total loser, an event has never happened before, even when it has.
 
 
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Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
CBS Anchor to Warren: Are You Saying ‘Tough Luck’ to People Who Saved for College?
Discussion: Power Line and PJ Media Home
Ellie Gardey / The College Fix:
Calls for reparations hit Notre Dame amid allegations of harm, oppression against blacks, Native Americans
Discussion: Breitbart
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Mitt Romney whines he's bored and doesn't care about impeachment because ‘no one is watching’
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest GOP excuse for helping Trump's coverup is a scam
Discussion: Raw Story
C-SPAN.org:
Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 5
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump wants you to think ‘everyone does it.’ No, they don't.
Discussion: Twitchy
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