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8:15 AM ET, January 28, 2020

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New York Times:
Bolton Was Concerned That Trump Did Favors for Autocratic Leaders, Book Says  —  The former national security adviser shared his unease with the attorney general, who cited his own worries about the president's conversations with the leaders of Turkey and China.
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Washington Post:
Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump's former national security adviser  —  Just outside the spacious corner office of the White House national security adviser, aides crowded into a windowless anteroom knew to make themselves small when John Bolton got a summons from President Trump.
Barbara McQuade / Washington Post:
Trump waived executive privilege when he called Bolton a liar  —  If the Senate decides to summon Bolton, Trump won't have much recourse left  —  President Trump refers to himself as a counterpuncher.  This time, he might have punched too hard.  —  In a series of tweets just after midnight Monday …
Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book  —  “Tune in to see Fred's exclusive interview with Laura Ingraham on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ at 10 PM ET on Fox News Channel.”  —  It was crushing to read weekend press reports that my friend and former boss John Bolton plans to publish a tell-all book …
Politico:
Mitt makes his move  —  After staying relatively quiet throughout the House's impeachment inquiry, Sen. Mitt Romney now finds himself in the middle of an increasingly bitter debate in his own party.  —  The Utah Republican has long been open to hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Toomey discusses a ‘one-for-one’ witness deal in Trump impeachment amid Bolton revelations, officials say  —  Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), an influential conservative in the Senate, has spoken with several colleagues in recent days about possibly summoning just two witnesses …
Washington Post:
White House works to contain damage from allegations in forthcoming Bolton book  —  President Trump and his allies are moving to undermine the credibility of former national security adviser John Bolton, while also preparing to fight his ability to testify during the Senate impeachment trial …
Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell is angry at White House over John Bolton manuscript, report says  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not know that President Donald Trump's administration had a copy of an explosive manuscript by ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton, a spokesman said.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Republicans brace for domino effect on witnesses
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump has finally met his match
Discussion: The Mahablog
New York Daily News:
John Bolton bombshell rattles Trump impeachment trial, ramps up pressure for new witnesses
Discussion: HuffPost
Politico:
What we learned at the Trump trial Monday
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Gateway Pundit
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Post's misguided suspension of Felicia Sonmez over Kobe Bryant tweets  —  The Post has suspended reporter Felicia Sonmez following her social-media activity over the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant.  Here's the explanation from Managing Editor Tracy Grant: “National political reporter Felicia Sonmez …
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Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
Washington Post Suspends a Reporter After Her Tweets on Kobe Bryant  —  While social media praised the N.B.A. star after his death, Felicia Sonmez posted a link to an article on the allegations of sexual assault made against him in 2003.  —  The Washington Post suspended one of its reporters …
Albert Burneko / VICE:
Kobe Bryant Was No More Complicated Than Anyone Else
Jonathan Lis / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Officially Indicted in Court After Withdrawing Immunity Bid  —  Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three corruption cases  —  Israel's attorney general on Tuesday filed the indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three corruption cases …
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Washington Post:
Trump's Middle East peace plan expected to offer Palestinians conditional statehood  —  President Trump said he will release details of his Middle East peace plan Tuesday, and the long-awaited package is expected to propose a dramatic remapping of the West Bank while offering Palestinians …
Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:   Netanyahu pulls request for immunity on corruption charges
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Inside the Buttigieg Campaign as Staff Members of Color Sought to Be Heard  —  As the candidate courted nonwhite voters, employees of color were voicing their frustrations, according to interviews, documents and a recording.  The campaign said it worked to foster a progressive workplace.
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Wall Street Journal:
Buttigieg Campaign Faces Personnel Issues as Iowa Caucuses Approach  —  Head of talent and cybersecurity aides depart, and some nonwhite staffers criticize a lack of inclusivity  —  WASHINGTON— Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign is dealing with some departures in the closing days …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins expected to run for US Senate in Georgia  —  U.S. Rep. Doug Collins will soon announce a challenge to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, setting up a bitter Republican showdown in November that pits one of President Donald Trump's most vocal defenders against a wealthy former executive backed by Gov. Brian Kemp.
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Politico:
Rep. Doug Collins expected to run for Senate, setting up GOP clash
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:   GOP Rep. Doug Collins to run for Senate in Georgia
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Even if the Senate does not remove Donald Trump, this impeachment is far from a mistake  —  The judgment of the court of public opinion will matter more to history and the 2020 elections than the verdict in the Senate impeachment trial.  —  There was more uncertainty about the outcome …
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Axios:
Fix Our Senate launches to target McConnell
Discussion: Raw Story
Slade Gorton / USA Today:   Senators must honor their oaths at Trump impeachment trial, just like I did for Clinton
Kevin G. Hall / Miami Herald:
Prince Andrew is stonewalling Jeffrey Epstein probe, U.S. attorney says  —  Buckingham Palace and the Trump administration were silent about explosive new accusations Monday from a top U.S. Justice Department official that Britain's Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation” …
Discussion: TMZ.com
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CNN:
Prince Andrew has not cooperated with attempts to interview him about Jeffrey Epstein, US Attorney says
Discussion: UPI
NBC News:   Prince Andrew has provided ‘zero cooperation’ in Epstein probe
Politico:
Why Biden scaled back in New Hampshire  —  SALEM, N.H. — Joe Biden has said he doesn't need to win the first presidential primary state in the nation — and he's campaigning like it.  —  Biden has been dark on New Hampshire television since the New Year.  He has a smaller presence …
Discussion: NBC Boston, Breitbart and The Hill
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell's Complicity Has Deep Roots  —  With or without witnesses, Trump's trial shows that the antifederalists were right to question the Senate's purpose.  —  Last week, after Senate Republicans voted unanimously to approve their leader Mitch McConnell's rules …
 
 
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Washington Post:
A slim majority of Americans approve of Trump's Soleimani strike
Discussion: ABC News
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Lobbyist bought tropical land from Biden's brother
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Echo chambers are getting worse
New York Times:
Chinese Officials Race to Contain Anger Over Virus
Discussion: Fox News and UPI
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Post and The Verge
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Arizona Republicans discriminated against minority voters, court rules
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
An ER doctor was charged with abusing his baby. But 15 medical experts say there's no proof.
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Dershowitz acknowledges flip-flop on 1998 comments in Clinton impeachment
Discussion: Breitbart
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Pompeo's clash with NPR grows after journalist is barred from plane
Peter Jukes / Byline Times:
Black Cube Employee Working for Harvey Weinstein also Targeted Carole Cadwalladr over the Cambridge Analytica Scandal
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Mitch Derangement Syndrome