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7:45 PM ET, January 26, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says  —  Drafts of the book outline the potential testimony of the former national security adviser if he were called as a witness in the president's impeachment trial.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump told his national security adviser …
TMZ.com:
Kobe Bryant and Daughter GiGi Die in Helicopter Crash, Foggy Weather a Factor  —  4:30 PM PT — L.A. weather was extremely foggy Sunday morning, and law enforcement sources tell us even LAPD air support was grounded because of it.  Flight tracker data shows Kobe's chopper appeared …
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Los Angeles Times:
Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 dead 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 …
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Politicians hit pause after Kobe Bryant's death
Discussion: Townhall, FOX 61 and Breitbart
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 dead in helicopter crash in Southern California
Discussion: UPI, ESPN and Slate
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:   ‘Nothing to catch us:’ How California's homelessness crisis surged
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: The Hill and New York Times
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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
Dan Merica / CNN:   Buttigieg to focus on converting Trump voters for final week in Iowa
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Yang qualifies for New Hampshire primary debate
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post, The Week and The Hill
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 …
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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 …
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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
NBC News:
Bloomberg addresses anti-Semitic violence, throws shade at Sanders and Trump  —  “Anti-Semitism is hardly the exclusive domain of one political party,” the former NYC mayor said, adding “presidential leadership matters.”.  —  MIAMI — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday offered …
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Nihar Kabinittal / Associated Press:
Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus  —  Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility of many Jews deciding to leave the country  —  BERLIN — Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts …
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace Grills Dershowitz About Flipping on Impeachment Stance: 'You Said It Doesn't Have to Be a Crime'  —  Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz faced a bruising interview on Sunday when confronted with his abandoned position that a federal crime isn't necessary to form the legitimate basis to impeach the president.
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.
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Philbin to Schiff: What Changed That We Don't Need To Hear From The Whistleblower?
Maureen Lee Lenker / EW.com:
Michelle Obama adds Grammy winner to her list of accomplishments  —  Yes she can — win a Grammy.  —  Michelle Obama can now add Grammy winner to her list of significant accomplishments, including her successes as a lawyer, initiatives as first lady, and her enviable arms (who doesn't want Michelle Obama arms, really?).
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.
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.
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar details how she plans to outperform polls in early states
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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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
Jonathan A. Greenblatt / USA Today:
Facebook should ban Holocaust denial to mark 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Bernie Sanders said country needed more jails and ‘tougher’ …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Anatomy of a Lie: How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner
Discussion: Task & Purpose and The Week
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Alan Dershowitz labeled Trump ‘destabilizing and unpredictable’ in 2016 book
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico