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6:00 PM ET, January 28, 2020

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Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly tells Sarasota crowd ‘I believe John Bolton’  —  Asked if Bolton - Trump's former national security adviser - should testify at Trump's impeachment trial, Kelly said he supports calling witnesses.  —  President Donald Trump is denying …
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Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein leans toward acquitting Trump as his lawyers end their impeachment defense arguments  —  Just after President Trump's defense lawyers ended arguments in their Senate trial Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California became the first Democrat to suggest that she could vote to acquit …
Chris Casteel / Oklahoman.com:
Lankford says senators should get access to Bolton manuscript  —  Why it Matters: Bolton revelations complicate Trump defense Inhofe, Lankford not persuaded by House impeachment team President Trump impeachment trial: Oklahoma senators see no need for witnesses, White House documents
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Busted With Contraband Chocolate Milk Bottle on Senate Floor  —  Shortly before Tuesday's trial session got underway, Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) got busted by the Senate floor staff for bringing a bottle of chocolate milk into the chamber.  —  Mr. Romney retreated to the Republican cloakroom …
Discussion: Power Line, The Week and Instapundit
Just Security:
Why the White House May Not Dare Fight on Executive Privilege  —  Some Republican Senators, including potential swing voters like Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), have raised concerns that a subpoena for John Bolton will trigger a claim of executive privilege by the White House and then lead to undesirable drawn out litigation.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and KFOR-TV
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defense Team to Close Arguments Complicated by Bolton Reports  —  Senate majority leader makes remarks in private Republican meeting  —  *McConnell Says GOP Leaders Don't Currently Have Enough Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses  —  *McConnell Made Remarks in Private Senate GOP Meeting
Axios:
Trump impeachment trial recap, day 7: Trump's team closes its case
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Say They Don't Currently Have Enough Votes to Block Witnesses
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
The Daily Beast:   Lev Parnas' Lawyer Set To Attend Senate Impeachment Trial
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's defense team shifts from complacency to urgency
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  January 28, 2020 - 75% Of Voters Say Allow Witnesses In Senate Impeachment Trial, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 53% Say President Trump Not Telling Truth About Ukraine  —  On week two of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, registered voters say 75 …
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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders grabs lead in California presidential primary  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders, consolidating support from voters on the left, has taken a clear lead in the race for California's huge trove of Democratic convention delegates as the presidential campaign moves toward a critical month of primary contests.
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
BuzzFeed News editor Ben Smith to join New York Times as media columnist  —  Smith will serve as the writer of the publication's “Media Equation” column, which became a must-read for media industry insiders under David Carr, who died in 2015.  —  Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed News …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed News departs the site he built from scratch, heading for the New York Times  —  His name is so closely associated with BuzzFeed News that his Twitter handle is BuzzFeedBen.  —  But Ben Smith — who turned a website widely seen as a clickbait factory …
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist
Discussion: The Hill and Scripting News
Jonathan Lis / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Officially Indicted in Court After Withdrawing Immunity Bid  —  Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three corruption cases  —  Israel's attorney general on Tuesday filed the indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three corruption cases …
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New York Times:
Israeli Cabinet Will Vote to Apply Sovereignty to Part of West Bank  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would vote Sunday on the move, which could apply to nearly a third of the West Bank.  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would move Sunday …
Washington Post:
Israel's government plans to vote Sunday on annexing 30 percent of the occupied West Bank, officials say
Discussion: Vox
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Trump peace plan: Palestinian state, Jewish control of settlements
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Running Bernie Sanders Against Trump Would Be an Act of Insanity  —  In the field of political forecasting, almost nothing is a matter of certainty, and almost everything is a matter of probability.  If Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders — who currently leads the field in Iowa and New Hampshire …
Andrew Dyer / Stars & Stripes:
Eddie Gallagher strikes back at Navy SEALs who testified against him  —  (Tribune News Service) — A retired Navy SEAL whose war crimes trial made international news has launched a video attack on former SEAL teammates who accused him of murder, shooting civilians and who testified against him at his San Diego court-martial in June.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
U.S. deficit to eclipse $1 trillion in 2020, CBO says, as fiscal imbalance continues to widen  —  The U.S. government's budget deficit is projected to reach $1.02 trillion in 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, as the federal government continues …
Discussion: CBO Publications and UPI
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:   US budget deficit to break $1 trillion in fiscal 2020, CBO says
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump looks to boost 2020 bid with peace plan, Jersey rally  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The unveiling of a long-awaited Middle East peace plan.  A fiery, made-for-TV defense against impeachment on the floor of the Senate.  A rally in deep blue New Jersey to fire up supporters and back a newly minted Republican ally.
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Wall Street Journal:
Harvard's Chemistry Chair Charged on Alleged Undisclosed Ties to China  —  Charles Lieber allegedly lied to Defense Department, National Institutes of Health about Chinese government funding  —  The chair of Harvard University's chemistry department was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday …
Discussion: National Review
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases
Discussion: Fox News
The Daily Beast:
The Daily Caller Sued Over ‘Relentless,’ ‘Xenophobic’ House IT ‘Conspiracy Theories’  —  A new lawsuit claims the right-wing outlet “destroyed the reputations and ruined the livelihoods” of a group of Pakistani-Americans who were employed by the House as IT staff.
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Donald Trump and Lev Parnas discussed Rick Scott in secret recording  —  A spokesman for Scott said the Florida Republican ‘meets a lot of people and has no recollection of meeting Parnas’  —  At the same April 2018 dinner where President Donald Trump ordered the removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawyers for indicted Giuliani associates spar over records sent to Congress
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon-ers' Magic Cure for Coronavirus: Just Drink Bleach!  —  Hucksters swarmed on a fresh opportunity to cash in from a crisis that speaks to paranoid fears on the fringe.  —  As the global death toll from an alarming new coronavirus surged this week, promoters of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory …
Discussion: Raw Story and VICE
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
It Took This CNN Panel Just 80 Seconds To Show What They Really Think Of Trump Voters  —  Eighty seconds.  That's how long it took for a CNN panel to show just what they think of President Donald Trump's supporters.  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon, frequent CNN guest Rick Wilson …
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Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:   'Ya'll Elitists Are Dumb': CNN Creates Yet Another Unintended Ad For Trump
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How People of Color Inside the Buttigieg Campaign Sought to Be Heard  —  As the candidate courted nonwhite voters, employees of color were voicing their frustrations, according to interviews, documents and a recording.  The campaign said it worked to foster a progressive workplace.
 
 
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CNN:
Alan Dershowitz called Trump corrupt in 2016 and said he could be corrupt as President
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
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Sky News:
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Molly Minta / The Appeal:
In A Florida County, Sex Workers Are Ensnared In ‘Trafficking’ Raids
Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
New Koch Group Dogged by Charges of Anti-Semitism
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru arrested by FBI
Discussion: SFist and Twitchy
Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:
Democrat Sara Gideon reports $7.6M in Senate race, but still trails Susan Collins
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP leaders warn of fundraising crisis ahead of 2020
Discussion: The Hill
Rebecca Vallas / USA Today:
Trump administration cuts to Social Security disability benefits among the cruelest
Discussion: Common Dreams
Condoleezza Rice / Stanford News:
Condoleezza Rice to lead Stanford's Hoover Institution
Discussion: CNN
Luke Winkie / Vox:
Why famous dudes grow beards to deal with existential crises
Discussion: Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Trump's impeachment defense: Who is paying the president's lawyers?
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Even if the Senate does not remove Donald Trump, this impeachment is far from a mistake