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10:40 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 Mediaite
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
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
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
5 Takeaways on Trump and Ukraine From John Bolton's Book  —  New revelations from the former White House national security adviser could complicate President Trump's impeachment trial.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid …
Washington Post:
Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Four big takeaways from the explosive John Bolton revelations
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Breitbart
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
Breitbart:   Source: Alexander Vindman's Brother, Yevgeny, Clears Publications by NSC Officials
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Senate Republicans face pivotal moment on impeachment witnesses
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 …
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.
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 …
CNN:
Parnas tape is a real problem for Trump  —  Lankford downplays Trump-Parnas connection  —  Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast.  Follow him @DeanObeidallah.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Discussion: ABC News, New York Times and The Hill
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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Bernie Sanders and His Internet Army
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Trump Is Right. Adam Schiff Has Not Paid For Damaging The Country With Years Of Lies
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story and The Hill
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Meet the Latina hoping to do in Texas what Beto O'Rourke failed to do
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Pro-life Dem clashes with Buttigieg at town hall: 'We don't belong'
Discussion: Breitbart
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Iran-Linked Lobby Behind Obama Nuclear Deal Is Back in Action
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Elizabeth Warren / The Atlantic:
We Can End Our Endless Wars
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Will Democrats Take Up Arms To Remove ‘Dictator’ Trump Or Are They All Talk?
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: New York Times
Scott Bourque / KJZZ:
Sen. McSally Addresses Arizona GOP Committee
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
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Italy's center left fends off Salvini's far-right advance in regional vote