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12:40 PM ET, January 26, 2020

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Des Moines Register:
Endorsement: Elizabeth Warren will push an unequal America in the right direction  —  Tough and compassionate, pushing unequal America in the right direction  —  No wonder Iowa Democrats are unsettled.  —  Each of the remaining candidates campaigning across Iowa ahead of the caucuses could make a fine president.
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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 Political Wire
Washington Post:
Biden and Sanders are breaking away from the pack of candidates among Democrats nationwide, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds  —  Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose candidacies embody competing wings of the Democratic Party, have emerged as the leaders …
Discussion: Axios, The Week and The Hill
CNN:
CNN poll: Sanders adds to momentum with lead in New Hampshire  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders leads the race for the Democratic nomination in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire.  —  Overall, 25% of likely Democratic primary voters back the Vermont senator …
UnionLeader.com:
Amy Klobuchar can win  —  If you are a New Hampshire voter who thinks Donald Trump is doing a good job, you can probably sleep in on primary day, Feb. 11.  Try as they might, his Republican challengers have not made a dent in the President's popularity within the party here.
Discussion: Axios
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Biden holds steady, Warren slips in national poll as Iowa caucuses approach
Discussion: NBC News
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Sanders gains among Democrats, Biden still best against Trump
Discussion: Mediaite
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Andrew Yang qualifies for New Hampshire primary debate
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Sanders, Buttigieg top Democratic field in New Hampshire
Discussion: Politico
Des Moines Register:
Endorsement: What intrigued us and what gave us pause about the other Democrats
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Des Moines Register editorial board says Elizabeth Warren is its choice for president
Discussion: Politico
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
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump suggests Schiff will pay a ‘price’ for pushing impeachment  —  Trump also called impeachment “a massive election interference the likes of which has never been seen before.”  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday suggested House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. …
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Washington Post:
Schiff ‘has not paid the price’ for impeachment, Trump says in what appears to be veiled threat
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Pompeo Denounces News Media, Undermining U.S. Message on Press Freedom  —  In an extraordinary statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized a veteran NPR reporter, Mary Louise Kelly, and said the news media was “unhinged.”  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalated …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mike Pompeo Dares Veteran Foreign Correspondent to Find Ukraine on Map (She Does)  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has managed to stand out among President Trump's national-security advisers for his overt sycophancy.  ("He's like a heat-seeking missile for Trump's ass," a former ambassador told journalist Susan Glasser.)
Discussion: NPR
David Welna / NPR:
After Contentious Interview, Pompeo Publicly Accuses NPR Journalist Of Lying To Him
NPR:   NPR CEO Defends Journalist After Pompeo Lashes Out Over Ukraine Interview
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.
Discussion: The Hill and PJ Media Home
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar details how she plans to outperform polls in early states
Discussion: Breitbart
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-26-20: Rep. Val Demings, Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Associated Press:
In recording Trump asks how long Ukraine can resist Russians  —  This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Rudy Giuliani.
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Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:   Full audio: Lev Parnas audio of alleged 2018 Trump conversation
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:
‘Nothing to catch us:’ How California's homelessness crisis surged  —  “This is decades and decades of failures,” experts say of the persistent homelessness crisis that continues to plague California.  —  LOS ANGELES — The only thing that kept LaRae Cantley going was her three children.
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Alan Dershowitz labeled Trump ‘destabilizing and unpredictable’ in 2016 book  —  The high-profile member of Trump's impeachment defense team says he would “not repeat that characterization today.”  —  WASHINGTON — As part of President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team …
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
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.
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Obama called Trump a ‘fascist’ during phone call, Sen. Kaine says in new Clinton film  —  The Va. lawmaker is heard discussing the conversation in 2016 in “Hillary,” an upcoming documentary.  —  President Barack Obama called Donald Trump a “fascist” in a phone conversation with Sen. Tim Kaine during …
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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:   Hillary Clinton: Mark Zuckerberg Has ‘Authoritarian’ Views on Misinformation
Greg Price / The Daily Caller:
Rashida Tlaib Retweets Unverified Story That Israelis Killed Palestinian Boy … The unverified claim was being promoted by several anti-Israel Twitter accounts.  In fact, the boy was found by Israeli emergency services to have drowned in a cistern, the Jerusalem Post reports.
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Jerusalem Post:
The exploitation of a tragedy: 8-year-old found dead in Jerusalem
Don Surber:
Writing off gun owners  —  Tim Alberta of Politico went back home to see what is happening in rural Michigan.  He attended the Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show.  The result was a piece, “How the Gun Show Became the Trump Show.”  —  He interviewed Michael Schenk, 56, a man with …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
State Attorneys General to Meet With Justice Officials to Coordinate on Google Probe
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Romney: 'It's very likely I'll be in favor of witnesses' in Trump impeachment trial
Discussion: Axios, PJ Media Home and CNN
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Philbin to Schiff: What Changed That We Don't Need To Hear From The Whistleblower?
Washington Post:
If you think the U.S. is having a constitutional crisis, you should see what is happening in Poland
Discussion: Politico
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats hear echoes of Benghazi probe of Clinton in GOP calls to investigate Biden
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Merica / CNN:
Buttigieg to focus on converting Trump voters for final week in Iowa
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Derivative Aluminum Articles and Derivative Steel Articles into the United States
Discussion: New York Post and Bloomberg
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
General: US committed to Syria fight; Missions up against IS
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump should apologize for minimizing troops' injuries, VFW says
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Gors / Sioux City Journal:
OUR OPINION: Biden represents best choice in Iowa caucuses
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Megan Hamilton / DeadState:
Trump's spiritual adviser commands ‘all satanic pregnancies to miscarry’ in prayer against impeachment