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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
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, Fox News, Raw Story and The Week
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 …
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 …
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Speak for America, John!  —  This is John Bolton's moment.  —  September 2, 1939, the day after Hitler's invasion of Poland, saw fierce debate in the British Parliament.  Following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's temporizing remarks, the deputy leader of the opposition, Arthur Greenwood …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Republican senators privately complain they were blindsided by Bolton.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John Bolton's bombshell gives the GOP a glimpse of its nightmare scenario
Discussion: Slate, The Hill, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham abruptly cancels planned press conference in wake of John Bolton bombshell
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump plots a flashy series finale for impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Just Security:
Executive Privilege Cannot Block Bolton's Testimony
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Democrats Repeat Demands For Impeachment Trial Witnesses After Bolton Bombshell
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Fox News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Senate Republicans face pivotal moment on impeachment witnesses
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
John Bolton went to Bill Barr with concerns about Giuliani's ‘shadow foreign policy’ in Ukraine: report
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and The Hill
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Read the Kobe Bryant-Related Tweets That Led Washington Post to Suspend Reporter Felicia Sonmez  —  Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended by the paper over the weekend over tweets she sent out after the news broke of Kobe Bryant's death.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Politico:
How record-high turnout in Iowa could shuffle the 2020 race
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
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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
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
Joe Biden's Alarming Record on Israel  —  IN EARLY DECEMBER, in a small town in northeastern Iowa, Joe Biden addressed a subject that hasn't come up much in the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The former vice president derided Bernie Sanders's call …
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Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Trump to meet Israeli PM, rival before peace plan rollout
Discussion: Breitbart
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Prince Andrew Offers ‘Zero Cooperation’ in Epstein Case, F.B.I. Says  —  The United States attorney in Manhattan said the prince had not responded to their requests for an interview.  —  Federal prosecutors and the F.B.I. have sought to interview Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
 
 
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