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6:05 PM ET, January 26, 2020


 Top Items:
Kobe Bryant Dead, Daughter Also Dies in Helicopter Crash  —  2:40 PM PT — Officials say they believe 9 people were on board — 1 pilot and 8 passengers — and there were no survivors.  Still unclear why the chopper crashed but an investigation is under way.
Los Angeles Times:
Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash in Calabasas  —  Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions …
CBS News:
CBS News Battleground Tracker: In Iowa, it's Sanders, Biden and a wild finish ahead  —  It's a tight and fluid race heading into the final week in Iowa for a lot of reasons.  Bernie Sanders is attracting 26% support, with Joe Biden at 25%, as the top preferences of likely caucus goers.
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
How Much Will The Des Moines Register's Endorsement Help Warren In Iowa?  —  On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren picked up her second newspaper endorsement of the week: The Des Moines Register announced it's endorsing Warren in the Iowa caucuses.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar also picked …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: A week before the caucuses, Joe Biden leads an Iowa race that remains unsettled
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:   On Day Off From Impeachment Trial, Senators Campaign Frantically in Iowa
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Yang qualifies for New Hampshire primary debate
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN, The Hill and The Week
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Sanders, Buttigieg top Democratic field in New Hampshire
Discussion: National Review
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Biden holds steady, Warren slips in national poll as Iowa caucuses approach
Discussion: The Intercept and NBC News
Washington Post:
Schiff ‘has not paid the price’ for impeachment, Trump says in what appears to be veiled threat  —  President Trump escalated his attacks on Rep. Adam B. Schiff on Sunday, issuing what appears to be a veiled threat against the California Democrat one day before Trump's team is expected …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP senator: Impeachment should encourage Trump to be more ‘careful’ next time  —  “I think he'll put two and two together,” Braun told NBC's “Meet the Press.”  “In this case, he was taken to the carpet.”  —  Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said Sunday that he hopes President Donald Trump's impeachment …
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Schiff: ‘No exoneration’ for Trump without witnesses at Senate trial
Discussion: UPI and Denver Post
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
‘We did’ give in to Trump stonewalling, House impeachment manager says
Discussion: Axios
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Record economy ratings, as half say Senate should remove Trump  —  Voters give the economy its best ratings in nearly two decades in the latest Fox News Poll — and credit President Trump.  —  And yet as his impeachment trial begins, Trump's job approval holds steady …
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Covers Fox News Poll, Completely Ignores Part Showing Trump Down Big to 2020 Rivals  —  A just-released Fox News poll offered some dire numbers for President Donald Trump.  But if the commander-in-chief was watching Fox & Friends on Sunday morning (and he was …
Justin Wise / The Hill:   Fox News poll: Half of Americans say Trump should be convicted and removed
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Sanders gains among Democrats, Biden still best against Trump
Marlene Lenthang / Daily Mail:
Jeff Bezos throws lavish party at his new $23million, 11-bedroom Washington DC mansion attended by Ivanka Trump, Bill Gates and Ben Stiller  — Jeff Bezos threw a lavish party at his finally finished Washington DC mansion attended by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and actor Ben Stiller on Saturday night
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump lawyers' weak start opens the door to devastating questions  —  President Trump's lawyers' repeated assertions Saturday that they would not take much time on their case confirmed that they know the result is in the bag and that they have embarrassingly little to say in Trump's defense.
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Philbin to Schiff: What Changed That We Don't Need To Hear From The Whistleblower?
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Anatomy of a Lie: How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner  —  For three days, Iranian military officials knew they had shot down a Ukrainian jetliner while the government issued false statements, denying any responsibility.  —  When the Revolutionary Guards officer spotted what he thought …
Discussion: Task & Purpose and The Week
NPR CEO Defends Journalist After Pompeo Lashes Out Over Ukraine Interview
Discussion: New York Magazine
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Top Latino Mayoral Hopeful in New York City Drops Out  —  Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president, said that he will no longer seek public office, and hoped to spend more time with his family.  —  For nearly his entire adult life, Ruben Diaz Jr. had seemed to be on a one-way path to political stardom.
Bernie Sanders said country needed more jails and ‘tougher’ penalties in certain cases in 1994 remarks backing crime bill  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders said in 1994 that he agreed the country needed “some more jails” and that it must be “tougher in certain instances” on crime.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Anuj Chopra / Yahoo News:
Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice  —  An unidentified Chinese Uighur man in the city of Medina holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia  —  Medina (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) …
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
The facts in the impeachment trial are clear: Rep. Val Demings  —  The president's legal team began its arguments Saturday.  —  House impeachment manager Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., said the president's lawyers can “distort and try to deflect,” but that the facts in the impeachment trial are clear.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar details how she plans to outperform polls in early states
Discussion: Breitbart
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace Grills Dershowitz About Flipping on Impeachment Stance: 'You Said It Doesn't Have to Be a Crime'
Nihar Kabinittal / Associated Press:
Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus
Discussion: NBC News and Axios
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Third woman accuses Lucido of sexual harassment, unwanted touching
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
The Grubby Corruption of Our Power Elite
Kate Mansey / Daily Mail:
Prince Charles flew 16,000 miles in just 11 days using three private jets and one helicopter …
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
FBI probes allegations of ‘deep-rooted’ academic fraud in NYC schools
Discussion: Breitbart
Mark Penn / Fox News:
Trump impeachment is an unproductive exercise in political rage - It's time to end trial
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan A. Greenblatt / USA Today:
Facebook should ban Holocaust denial to mark 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:
‘Nothing to catch us:’ How California's homelessness crisis surged
Wall Street Journal:
State Attorneys General to Meet With Justice Officials to Coordinate on Google Probe
Washington Post:
If you think the U.S. is having a constitutional crisis, you should see what is happening in Poland
Discussion: Politico
Dan Merica / CNN:
Buttigieg to focus on converting Trump voters for final week in Iowa
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Alan Dershowitz labeled Trump ‘destabilizing and unpredictable’ in 2016 book
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Don Surber:
Writing off gun owners