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Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly tells Sarasota crowd ‘I believe John Bolton’  —  Asked if Bolton - Trump's former national security adviser - should testify at Trump's impeachment trial, Kelly said he supports calling witnesses.  —  President Donald Trump is denying …
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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.
Chris Casteel / Oklahoman.com:
Lankford says senators should get access to Bolton manuscript  —  Why it Matters: Bolton revelations complicate Trump defense Inhofe, Lankford not persuaded by House impeachment team President Trump impeachment trial: Oklahoma senators see no need for witnesses, White House documents
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Top Ukraine Official: I Trusted Bolton More Than Anyone  —  Oleksandr Danylyuk says the requests to investigate the Bidens “rattled” Zelensky's team and the one person in the administration he trusted was Bolton.  —  When Volodymyr Zelensky won Ukraine's presidential election in April 2019 …
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.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fox News
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 …
ABC News:
Senate impeachment trial live updates: Trump legal team wraps opening arguments
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
What John Bolton Knows
Barbara McQuade / Washington Post:
Trump waived executive privilege when he called Bolton a liar
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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Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Trump proposes Palestinian state with capital in east Jerusalem
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Trump peace plan: Palestinian state, Jewish control of settlements
Discussion: Jihad Watch
BBC:
Netanyahu indicted in court on corruption charges after dropping immunity bid
Discussion: Spectator USA
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Running Bernie Sanders Against Trump Would Be an Act of Insanity  —  In the field of political forecasting, almost nothing is a matter of certainty, and almost everything is a matter of probability.  If Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders — who currently leads the field in Iowa and New Hampshire …
Andrew Dyer / Stars & Stripes:
Eddie Gallagher strikes back at Navy SEALs who testified against him  —  (Tribune News Service) — A retired Navy SEAL whose war crimes trial made international news has launched a video attack on former SEAL teammates who accused him of murder, shooting civilians and who testified against him at his San Diego court-martial in June.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How People of Color Inside the Buttigieg Campaign 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.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Wall Street Journal:   Buttigieg Campaign Faces Personnel Issues as Iowa Caucuses Approach
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:
New spending group Fix Our Senate launches to get Mitch McConnell out of office
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Harvard's Chemistry Chair Charged on Alleged Undisclosed Ties to China  —  Charles Lieber allegedly lied to Defense Department, National Institutes of Health about Chinese government funding  —  The chair of Harvard University's chemistry department was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday …
Discussion: National Review
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders grabs lead in California presidential primary  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders, consolidating support from voters on the left, has taken a clear lead in the race for California's huge trove of Democratic convention delegates as the presidential campaign moves toward a critical month of primary contests.
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
It Took This CNN Panel Just 80 Seconds To Show What They Really Think Of Trump Voters  —  Eighty seconds.  That's how long it took for a CNN panel to show just what they think of President Donald Trump's supporters.  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon, frequent CNN guest Rick Wilson …
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Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:   Sen. Ted Cruz's impeachment podcast tops charts, with 500k downloads
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
CNN's Don Lemon Cracks Up As Rick Wilson, Wajahat Ali Trash Trump Supporters As Ignorant Rubes
Discussion: Twitchy
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden says Ernst ‘spilled the beans’ with caucus comments amid impeachment fight  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday evening said Sen. Joni Ernst had “spilled the beans” after the Iowa Republican gleefully suggested that the Senate impeachment debate surrounding …
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New York Times:
On Politics: A Sanders Scenario
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP leaders warn of fundraising crisis ahead of 2020  —  House Republican leaders privately conceded in a closed meeting Tuesday morning that they are in the midst of a full-blown fundraising crisis, which would imperil any chance they have at regaining their majority in 2020.
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Lobbyist bought tropical land from Biden's brother  —  In 2005, Joe Biden's brother bought an acre of land with excellent ocean views on a remote island in the Caribbean for $150,000.  He divided it into three parcels, and the next year a lobbyist close to the Delaware senator bought …
Discussion: Redstate and National Review
Washington Post:
Trump's impeachment defense: Who is paying the president's lawyers?  —  As President Trump faces mounting legal bills from his impeachment trial, he is drawing on national party coffers flush with donations from energized supporters — unlike the last president to be impeached who left the White House “dead broke.”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders allies in new uproar over DNC convention appointments  —  Some Democratic National Committee (DNC) members and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are venting frustration at DNC chairman Tom Perez over his initial appointments to the committees that will oversee the rules …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon-ers' Magic Cure for Coronavirus: Just Drink Bleach!  —  Hucksters swarmed on a fresh opportunity to cash in from a crisis that speaks to paranoid fears on the fringe.  —  As the global death toll from an alarming new coronavirus surged this week, promoters of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory …
Discussion: Raw Story and VICE
Luke Winkie / Vox:
Why famous dudes grow beards to deal with existential crises  —  A beard is rarely just a beard.  —  Was anyone really surprised when Beto O'Rourke emerged from exile with a freshly grown salt-and-pepper beard?  —  It seemed to materialize all at once.  O'Rourke suspended his presidential bid …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Rebecca Vallas / USA Today:
Trump administration cuts to Social Security disability benefits among the cruelest  —  America already has among the strictest eligibility standards in the world: Opposing view  —  Hardly a day goes by without the Trump administration finding a new way to slash the safety net.
The Intercept:
Amid Social Security Fight, Joe Biden Is Losing Ground Among Middle-Aged and Older Voters  —  Amid an ongoing debate over Joe Biden's record on Social Security, the former vice president's support among middle-aged and older Americans is eroding, as his chief rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders …
 
 
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San Francisco Chronicle:
SF Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru arrested by FBI
Discussion: Twitchy
Associated Press:
Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?
Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:
Democrat Sara Gideon reports $7.6M in Senate race, but still trails Susan Collins
Allie Morris / Dallas Morning News:
Man who stopped White Settlement church shooting warns of attack on Second Amendment
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill eliminating ‘jungle primary’ for US Senate passes Georgia committee
Condoleezza Rice / Stanford News:
Condoleezza Rice to lead Stanford's Hoover Institution
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What Trump allies and Republicans said about quid pro quo before the Bolton news
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Frank O. Bowman III / The Atlantic:
Trump's Defense Against Subpoenas Makes No Legal Sense
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Rough Morning: How TV's A.M. News Shows Are Grappling With Trump and Technology
Discussion: TVNewser
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Key Senate Democrat says Trump team made ‘persuasive’ argument against obstruction article
Discussion: National Review and Politico
Politico:
Bloomberg's rise sets off alarms on the left
Discussion: NBC News and MSNBC
NBC News:
Marty Baron vs. the media
Bill Marczak / The Citizen Lab:
Stopping the Press: New York Times Journalist Targeted by Saudi-linked Pegasus Spyware Operator
Washington Post:
Hard-charging White House budget lawyer in middle of Ukraine decision has pushed legal limits for Trump
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A Notorious Sandy Hook Tormentor Is Arrested in Florida
Discussion: The Trace, New York Post and The Verge