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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 …
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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.
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.
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Impeachment Live Coverage: Defense Ignores Bolton as It Resumes Arguments  — President Trump's defense lawyers are offering an alternative rationale for why he froze security aid for Ukraine, ignoring revelations from the president's former national security adviser that directly contradict their case.
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.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump lawyer Raskin: Giuliani is the House managers' ‘colorful distraction’  —  Jane Raskin, one of Trump's defense lawyers, opened her argument by accusing the House impeachment managers of resorting to using Giuliani as a “colorful distraction” to take away from the idea that “both the law and the facts” were not on their side.
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 …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham abruptly cancels planned press conference in wake of John Bolton bombshell
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump rages after reports that Bolton book claims president tied Ukraine aid to probes
Discussion: Fox News, Axios, Politico and The Root
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
John Bolton's impeachment bombshell, explained
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
GOP senators angry new leaked details support case against Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, Law & Crime and Slate
John Bolton / Amazon.com:
The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir
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
Discussion: Slate, PJ Media Home and Raw Story
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 …
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Washington Post reporter suspended following Kobe Bryant tweet backlash  —  A Washington Post reporter has been suspended after drawing the ire of Twitter users over a post that linked to a Daily Beast story detailing rape allegations made against the late basketball star Kobe Bryant.
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, Raw Story, Reason and The Root
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.
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CNN:
5-4 Supreme Court allows rule to take effect that could reshape legal immigration  —  Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote Monday cleared the way for the Trump administration to make it more difficult for low-income immigrants seeking to come to or trying to remain legally in the United States.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Supreme Court allows Trump administration to move forward with ‘public charge’ rule
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Zachary Evans / National Review:   Supreme Court Allows Trump Admin to Implement ‘Public Charge’ Test for Immigrants
The Daily Beast:
Worried Democratic Operatives Scramble to Fund a Network to Take Down Bernie Sanders  —  Those operatives have had early talks about putting together an effort to stop the Vermonter should he break through in Iowa.  But, so far, they've had few bites.  —  A group of loosely affiliated …
Discussion: Politico and Vanity Fair
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's Trump-like campaign is a disaster for Democrats
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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Bolton just tore up the impeachment script
The Guardian:
Prince Andrew giving ‘zero’ cooperation to Epstein inquiry, say US prosecutors
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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.
Ben Taub / New Yorker:
The Evidence that Could Save Omar Ameen's Life  —  Last week, I wrote about the extradition case for Omar Ameen, an Iraqi refugee whom the United States government has accused of being an isis commander.  Ameen has spent the past seventeen months in the Sacramento County Jail while his lawyers have sought to …
 
 
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