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12:40 PM 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.
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: Fox News, The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
George Conway / Washington Post:
Bolton's testimony would be devastating.  Not even Republicans could look away.  —  Search the transcript of Saturday's impeachment trial, as President Trump's lawyers began their opening arguments, and you'll see there's a name nowhere to be found: John Bolton, the former national security adviser.
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
GOP senators angry new leaked details support case against Trump  —  A leaked manuscript revealed former national security adviser John Bolton said Trump did demand Ukraine investigate Biden in order to receive critical military aid.  —  A manuscript of former national security adviser John …
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Raw Story
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 …
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: Mediaite, The Hill and The Week
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 …
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: Politico, The Hill and Daily Kos
William Kristol / The Bulwark:   Speak for America, John!
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump plots a flashy series finale for impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Republican senators privately complain they were blindsided by Bolton.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP senators under pressure for witness testimony at Trump trial after Bolton revelations
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Senate Republicans face pivotal moment on impeachment witnesses
Washington Post:
Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders and His Internet Army  —  At the start of his 2020 bid, the Vermont senator told his supporters that he condemned bullying.  Is it his problem if many don't seem to listen?  —  The defense from Bernie Sanders was straightforward: It wasn't me.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's Trump-like campaign is a disaster for Democrats  —  Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg is the youngest Democratic presidential candidate; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the oldest (roughly double Buttigieg's age).  Buttigieg consistently demonstrates a mature understanding …
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.
Politico:
How record-high turnout in Iowa could shuffle the 2020 race
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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Los Angeles Times:
Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 dead in helicopter crash in Calabasas
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.
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Washington Post political reporter suspended over Kobe Bryant tweets
Discussion: Townhall
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
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
Mike Pompeo Is The Worst
Discussion: Washington Post
Joe Biden / USA Today:
Trump is worst possible leader to deal with coronavirus outbreak  —  So far, Trump has blithely tweeted that ‘it will all work out well.’ Yet the steps he's taken as president have only weakened our capacity to respond.  —  The possibility of a pandemic is a challenge President Donald Trump is unqualified to handle as president.
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart, IJR and NPR
Richard North Patterson / The Bulwark:
This Is How Trump Would Destroy Bernie Sanders  —  Bernie is Trump's dream candidate.  —  He's back—with a vengeance.  —  Bernie Sanders is having yet another political moment, this time the result of a belated realization that his 2020 campaign is sturdier and more strategically balanced …
 
 
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