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9:35 AM ET, January 27, 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 …
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John Bolton / Amazon.com:
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Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
New York Times:
John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump's Trial.  Will He?  —  Democratic House managers should ask the chief justice to issue subpoenas for John Bolton and others.  —  Mr. Katyal and Mr. Geltzer are law professors at Georgetown.  Mr. Edwards is a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma.
Discussion: Politico and Just Security
Axios:
Republicans fear “floodgates” if Bolton testifies  —  There may be enough new pressure on Senate Republicans to allow witnesses at President Trump's impeachment trial, after the leak from a forthcoming book by former national security adviser John Bolton that contradicts what the White House has been telling the country.
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 …
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 …
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
5 Takeaways on Trump and Ukraine From John Bolton's Book  —  New revelations from the former White House national security adviser could complicate President Trump's impeachment trial.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid …
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:
POLITICO Playbook: What Bolton means for impeachment
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
John Bolton's manuscript confirms Trump's bribery of Ukraine: report
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and New York Times
Nancy Cook / Politico:   Trump plots a flashy series finale for impeachment
Breitbart:   Source: Alexander Vindman's Brother, Yevgeny, Clears Publications by NSC Officials
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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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.
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 …
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.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 dead in helicopter crash in Southern California
Discussion: Breitbart, UPI and ESPN
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
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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.
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
Mike Pompeo Is The Worst
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times
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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: The Guardian and CNN
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Iran-Linked Lobby Behind Obama Nuclear Deal Is Back in Action  —  A lobbying group with alleged ties to the Islamic Republic of Iran is exerting its influence in Congress amid heightened U.S.-Iranian tensions over recent deadly episodes, including the American drone killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Saim Saeed / Politico:
UK launches new visa scheme to attract researchers post Brexit  —  ‘As we leave the EU I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world,’ said Boris Johnson.  —  Applicants will be granted “fast-tracked entry” to the U.K. under a new visa scheme launched …
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Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
Irish PM: EU will have ‘strong hand’ in Brexit trade talks
Discussion: BBC and One America News Network
 
 
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Discussion: Associated Press
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Daily Kos:
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SFGATE:
After Trump's spiritual adviser calls for ‘all satanic pregnancies to miscarry,’ she says it was a metaphor
Discussion: The Hill, DeadState and Balloon Juice
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Site That Ran Anti-Semitic Remarks Got Passes for Trump Trip
Maureen Lee Lenker / EW.com:
Michelle Obama adds Grammy winner to her list of accomplishments
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace Grills Dershowitz About Flipping on Impeachment Stance: 'You Said It Doesn't Have to Be a Crime'