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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.
Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book  —  “Tune in to see Fred's exclusive interview with Laura Ingraham on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ at 10 PM ET on Fox News Channel.”  —  It was crushing to read weekend press reports that my friend and former boss John Bolton plans to publish a tell-all book …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Bolton Blows Up Trump Team's Foolhardy Quid Pro Quo Defense  —  They advanced an argument they didn't need to make, and now it will cost them.  —  D  —  on't build your fortress on quicksand.  —  That's been my unsolicited advice for President Trump and his legal team.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Republican senators privately complain they were blindsided by Bolton.  —  President Trump's legal team's second day of oral arguments in the Senate impeachment trial opens with fresh uncertainty on Monday, after The New York Times reported that the White House has for weeks had an unpublished manuscript …
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.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Bolton just tore up the impeachment script  —  AFTER A MORNING IN THE CAPITOL, here's what we can say for sure: The NYT story about JOHN BOLTON'S manuscript has undoubtedly scrambled the impeachment proceedings, leaving the once cocksure Republican Party scratching their collective heads at what comes next.
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 …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham abruptly cancels planned press conference in wake of John Bolton bombshell  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) abruptly canceled a planned press conference that had been scheduled for Monday morning after a bombshell report claimed that former national security adviser John Bolton …
Discussion: Contemptor and Daily Kos
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
GOP senators angry new leaked details support case against Trump
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
John Bolton's impeachment bombshell, explained
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
5 Takeaways on Trump and Ukraine From John Bolton's Book
William Kristol / The Bulwark:   Speak for America, John!
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John Bolton's bombshell gives the GOP a glimpse of its nightmare scenario
Michael Bloomberg / Orlando Sentinel:   A new future for Puerto Rico includes making it our 51st state | Commentary
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump rages after reports that Bolton book claims president tied Ukraine aid to probes
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Post's misguided suspension of Felicia Sonmez over Kobe Bryant tweets  —  The Post has suspended reporter Felicia Sonmez following her social-media activity over the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant.  Here's the explanation from Managing Editor Tracy Grant: “National political reporter Felicia Sonmez …
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.
Discussion: CNN, The Root, Reason and Raw Story
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows Trump administration to proceed with immigration rules  —  The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to begin implementing new rules making it easier to deny immigrants residency or admission to the country because they have or might use public-assistance programs.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Supreme Court allows Trump administration to move forward with ‘public charge’ rule
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:   Supreme Court greenlights Trump's “public charge” rule to restrict legal immigration
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:   Supreme Court Allows Trump Rules Denying Immigrants Residency Over Public Assistance
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Defends Mike Pompeo's NPR Meltdown, Compares Him to Adam Driver  —  “I don't know what's going on over at NPR,” the conservative co-host said.  “I also think journalists are supposed to be unbiased in their questioning.”  —  Meghan McCain on Monday rallied to Secretary …
William B. Taylor / New York Times:
Yes, Secretary Pompeo, Americans Should Care About Ukraine
Discussion: CNN and HuffPost
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
Mike Pompeo Is The Worst
Discussion: VICE and Washington Post
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
The Guardian:
Prince Andrew giving ‘zero’ cooperation to Epstein inquiry, say US prosecutors
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
New York Times:   Bernie Sanders and His Internet Army
Alexa Pavliuc / Medium:
Watch six decade-long disinformation operations unfold in six minutes  —  Here's a bird's eye view of six state-backed information operations on Twitter, and how they evolved over the last decade.  This research was funded by the Mozilla Foundation by an Open Source Support Award.
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 a video of the Rogan endorsement from Sanders's own account.
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