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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 …
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John Bolton / Amazon.com:
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Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Washington Post:
Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine  —  Congressional Democrats called for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in President Trump's impeachment trial following a new report that the president told Bolton …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations  —  President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him “he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials …
Politico:
Bolton account of Ukraine aid could reignite call for impeachment witnesses  —  A bombshell report on Sunday about President Donald Trump's handling of military aid to Ukraine could jump-start Democrats' efforts to call witnesses in the Senate's impeachment trial, just days before a likely vote …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT  —  Former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly claims in his as-yet unpublished memoir that President Trump sought to tie hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine to his requests …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Bolton means for impeachment
New York Times:   John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump's Trial. Will He?
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
John Bolton's manuscript confirms Trump's bribery of Ukraine: report
Discussion: New York Times, Breitbart and Mediaite
Nancy Cook / Politico:   Trump plots a flashy series finale for impeachment
TMZ.com:
Kobe Bryant & Daughter Die in Helicopter Crash, Photos from Her Last Game  —  KOBE BRYANT, DAUGHTER GIGI DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH ... Pics From Her Last Game  —  KOBE AND GIANNA  —  5:55 PM PT — TMZ Sports has obtained some of the last photos taken of Kobe Bryant with his daughter, Gianna …
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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 …
Associated Press:
Kobe Bryant and daughter among those killed in chopper crash  —  CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday.
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
Journalist who linked to story about Kobe Bryant rape case suspended  —  Felicia Sonmez (right), who covers national politics for The Washington Post, posted a link to a story about the Kobe Bryant rape case from 2003 on Sunday - hours after he died.
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Althouse
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 dead in helicopter crash in Southern California
Discussion: Breitbart, UPI and ESPN
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
“Things Are Gonna Get Crazy”: Bernie Sanders' Camp Is Warning Supporters About A Backlash  —  ANKENY, Iowa — Across the room, sheets of paper taped to the wall reminded volunteers to organize with respect: “When you are tempted to make a statement,” one read, “ask a question.”
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Politico:
How record-high turnout in Iowa could upend the 2020 race
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: A week before the caucuses, Joe Biden leads an Iowa race that remains unsettled
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Iowa Should Never Go First Again
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
A Klobuchar endorser switches to Buttigieg? Not quite.
Discussion: CNN and NBC News
William B. Taylor / New York Times:
Yes, Secretary Pompeo, Americans Should Care About Ukraine  —  A former ambassador tells the secretary of state just why.  —  Mr. Taylor is a former United States ambassador to Ukraine.  —  As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv later this week …
Discussion: HuffPost
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Emails support NPR host after Pompeo calls her a liar in setting up contentious interview  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says an NPR host lied in setting up an interview with him on Friday, but email records support the journalist's account of how the contentious exchange came to be.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Economic prosperity boosts Trump in election poll, counterweight to his unpopularity  —  Prosperity boosts Trump into a competitive position against potential opponents.  —  Economic prosperity is boosting Donald Trump's political prospects, helping the relatively unpopular president …
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Washington Post:
Trump begins reelection year more competitive against Democrats than he was three months ago, Post-ABC poll finds
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
Irish PM: EU will have ‘strong hand’ in Brexit trade talks  —  The EU will be in a better bargaining position than the U.K. in the post-Brexit trade talks, Irish leader Leo Varadkar said today.  —  “The reality of the situation is that the European Union is a union of 27 member states.
Discussion: BBC and One America News Network
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Saim Saeed / Politico:
UK launches new visa scheme to attract researchers post Brexit
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
New media outlet covering the intersection of women and politics launches as 2020 election kicks off  —  The idea of creating a new media outlet focused on women came to Emily Ramshaw four years ago during her maternity leave.  “But I was covered in spit-up and baby diapers, and I knew it was the wrong time,” she recalled.
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: One America News Network and Axios
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NBC News:   Bloomberg addresses anti-Semitic violence, throws shade at Sanders and Trump
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Clarkston's ‘millennial mayor’ drops out of Georgia Senate race
Discussion: Associated Press
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump administration set to release details of Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan
Daily Kos:
The Dangerous Politics of “Win at Any Cost” Prosecutors
SFGATE:
After Trump's spiritual adviser calls for ‘all satanic pregnancies to miscarry,’ she says it was a metaphor
Discussion: DeadState and Balloon Juice
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Italy's center-left fends off Salvini's far-right advance in regional vote
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Site That Ran Anti-Semitic Remarks Got Passes for Trump Trip
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Dems' Iowa Caucus Voting App Stirs Security Concerns
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Michelle Obama adds Grammy winner to her list of accomplishments
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
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Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Third woman accuses Lucido of sexual harassment, unwanted touching
Discussion: The Hill
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Top Latino Mayoral Hopeful in New York City Drops Out
Anuj Chopra / Yahoo News:
Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice
Marlene Lenthang / Daily Mail:
Jeff Bezos throws lavish party at his new $23million, 11-bedroom Washington DC mansion attended …