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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
Axios:
Trump impeachment trial recap, day 7: Trump's team closes its case  —  President Trump's legal team closed out its opening arguments during the seventh day of his Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday.  —  The big picture: Republicans spent their three days of arguments lamenting the facts …
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Say They Don't Currently Have Enough Votes to Block Witnesses  —  At a meeting of all Republican senators on Tuesday after the White House lawyers wrapped their opening arguments, GOP leaders told their conference they don't have the votes to prevent witnesses from being called …
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defense Team to Close Arguments Complicated by Bolton Reports
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's defense team shifts from complacency to urgency
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
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump looks to boost 2020 bid with peace plan, Jersey rally
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Trump praises Pompeo over spat with NPR reporter: ‘That was very impressive’
Discussion: Politico
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
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
The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas' Lawyer Set To Attend Senate Impeachment Trial  —  Parnas himself is also trying to attend, but is unlikely to be able to enter the Senate chamber because he wears an ankle monitor.  —  Lev Parnas' attorney Joseph Bondy is set to attend the Senate impeachment trial tomorrow during …
Discussion: NBC News
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Donald Trump and Lev Parnas discussed Rick Scott in secret recording
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawyers for indicted Giuliani associates spar over records sent to Congress
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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
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.
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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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
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Sky News:
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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
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP leaders warn of fundraising crisis ahead of 2020
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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