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10:50 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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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.
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, Raw Story and Just Security
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John Bolton's bombshell gives the GOP a glimpse of its nightmare scenario  —  We finally got a taste Sunday night of what former national security adviser John Bolton might tell President Trump's Senate impeachment trial — if he's called to testify, that is.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and The Hill
John Bolton / Amazon.com:
The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir  —  Kindle Edition  —  See the Best Books of the Month  —  Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month?  Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Four big takeaways from the explosive John Bolton revelations  —  We have now learned precisely what John Bolton is prepared to tell us about President Trump's Ukraine extortion scheme.  This is terribly inconvenient for Republican senators who are frantically searching for ways to vote …
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News, CNN and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defense Team to Present Arguments Following Bolton's ‘800-Pound Gorilla’  —  Democrats reiterate demand for former national security adviser to testify at impeachment trial, as president's attorneys consider retooling arguments  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump's defense team will seek …
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and New York Post
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Claiming John Bolton is just another ‘deep state’ James Comey is absurd  —  The idea that John Bolton, a lifelong conservative and loyal Republican, is some sort of deep state James Comey clone out to sell books by making up stories to damage President Trump, is patently absurd.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and New York Times
Washington Post:
Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump plots a flashy series finale for impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
John Bolton went to Bill Barr with concerns about Giuliani's ‘shadow foreign policy’ in Ukraine: report
Discussion: Florida Politics, Fox News and Mediaite
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Senate Republicans face pivotal moment on impeachment witnesses
Breitbart:   Source: Alexander Vindman's Brother, Yevgeny, Clears Publications by NSC Officials
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations
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 …
Tom Elliott / Grabien News:
MSNBC Makes Worst Broadcasting Blooper, Anchor Appears to Use Racial Epithet While Covering Kobe Tragedy  —  In some markets, a 15 second delay prevented the word from being broadcast  —  MSNBC's Sunday anchor Alison Morris made easily the worst reporting gaffe in 2020.
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: CNN and 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  —  Mike Pompeo is a disgrace to the office he holds and the department he leads.  —  On Friday, NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly reported that, during an interview, when asked about the Ukraine scandal, Pompeo began cursing, told her that Americans don't care about Ukraine …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Bernie Can't Win  —  Left but not woke is the Bernie Sanders brand.  If anybody failed to recognize it before, nobody can miss it now.  Last week, the mega-podcaster Joe Rogan endorsed Sanders.  The Sanders campaign tweeted video of the Rogan endorsement from Sanders's own account.
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Politico:
How record-high turnout in Iowa could upend the 2020 race
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Biden's Iowa Problem: Our Poll Suggests His Voters Aren't the Caucusing Type
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Iowa Should Never Go First Again
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:
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
 
 
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Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
Rep. Seth Moulton Endorses Joe Biden for President
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Clarkston's ‘millennial mayor’ drops out of Georgia Senate race
Discussion: Associated Press
Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
Irish PM: EU will have ‘strong hand’ in Brexit trade talks
Discussion: BBC and One America News Network