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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.
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opens with fresh uncertainty on Monday, after The New York Times reported that the White House has for weeks had an unpublished manuscript …
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.
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.
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.
Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell is angry at White House over John Bolton manuscript, report says
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and CNN
Robert Costa / Washington Post:   Toomey proposes a ‘one-for-one’ witness deal in Trump impeachment trial amid Bolton revelations
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham abruptly cancels planned press conference in wake of John Bolton bombshell
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
John Bolton's impeachment bombshell, explained
William Kristol / The Bulwark:   Speak for America, John!
John Bolton / Amazon.com:
The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir
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, Reason, The Root and Raw Story
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 …
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New York Times:   In Iowa, the ‘Not Sanders’ Democrats Find Voters Torn
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's Trump-like campaign is a disaster for Democrats
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Pete or re-peat
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.
Discussion: Politico, Fox News, Slate, Axios and The Week
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CNN:   5-4 Supreme Court allows rule to take effect that could reshape legal immigration
Pete Williams / NBC News:
In 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court allows Trump plan to deny green cards to those who may need gov't aid
Discussion: Twitchy
Zachary Evans / National Review:   Supreme Court Allows Trump Admin to Implement ‘Public Charge’ Test for Immigrants
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
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit: ‘Get Your Facts Straight!’  —  “That's not true, that's not true,” Wallace interrupted Pavlich at one point.  —  Sparks flew Monday on the Fox News set between Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and conservative contributor Katie Pavlich …
Discussion: The Root, The Week, The Hill and Mediaite
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.
 
 
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