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11:15 PM ET, January 28, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The comical hypocrisy of Sean Hannity  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday night didn't like the message coming from the New York Times: According to a report by Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt, a draft of former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book alleges …
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite, Politico and Law & Crime
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, Law & Crime and The Week
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The gaping hole in Trump's impeachment defense  —  Trump's legal team spent very little time actually vouching for his Ukraine conspiracy theories.  Instead, they watered them down.  —  President Trump's defense team on Tuesday ended an extended opening argument in which it laid out that Trump …
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Washington Post:
McConnell tells Republican senators he does not yet have the votes yet to block witnesses
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Trump's ex-Chief of Staff John Kelly comes out in support of Bolton: I believe him about Trump
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defense Team to Close Arguments Complicated by Bolton Reports
Politico:   Trump team warns: Stand strong or prepare for an endless trial
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
No witness trades: Senate Republicans have lost their leverage
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and IJR
Chris Casteel / Oklahoman.com:
Lankford says senators should get access to Bolton manuscript
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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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden won't commit to backing Sanders if he's the nominee  —  MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden stopped short Tuesday of saying he'd support Bernie Sanders if the progressive Vermont senator wins the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  “I'm not going to make judgments now …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trumpworld torn over running against Bernie  —  President Donald Trump and his top political advisers were huddling in the Oval Office earlier this month discussing the state of the Democratic primary when they arrived at an increasingly pressing topic: What to do about Bernie Sanders?
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
New Iowa ad questions Bernie Sanders' electability, references his heart attack
Discussion: Washington Post and Don Surber
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democracy 2020 Digest: Tulsi shreds on New Hampshire slopes — WATCH
Mary Louise Kelly / New York Times:
Pompeo Called Me a ‘Liar.’ That's Not What Bothers Me.  —  Journalists are supposed to ask tough questions, then share the answers — or lack thereof — with the world.  —  Ms. Kelly is a co-host of NPR's “All Things Considered.”  —  Ask journalists why they do the job they do, and you'll hear a range of answers.
Politico:
The Real Goal of Trump's Middle East Plan  —  The Trump administration's long awaited and ill-named peace plan has many objectives, but making peace isn't among them.  —  Neither is jump-starting negotiations, or nudging the parties toward compromise, or even enshrining implicit …
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Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Fact Check: Trump Did Not Actually Offer the Palestinians a State  —  Details of Trump's plan make it clear that it will lead not to a Palestinian state, but rather to Israel taking full control of the entire West Bank  —  WASHINGTON - Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke …
New York Times:
Trump Plan's First Result: Israel Will Claim Sovereignty Over Part of West Bank
Discussion: The Week
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.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Special Operations forces are stretched to the danger point
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist
Discussion: The Hill and Scripting News
NBC News:
More U.S. service members diagnosed with brain injury from Iran missile attack  —  Of the 16 new diagnosed cases, 15 service members have returned to duty in Iraq, the Pentagon said.  —  A total of 50 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injury from this month's Iranian missile attack …
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
First on CNN: 50 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Washington Post:
Prince George's officer faces murder charge in shooting of handcuffed suspect, two people familiar with the investigation say  —  Prince George's County police will charge an officer with murder in the shooting of a man who was handcuffed and wearing a seat belt in the front seat of a cruiser, two officials said Tuesday.
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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The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas' Lawyer Set To Attend Senate Impeachment Trial
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Breitbart
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 …
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trio of Dem senators considering vote to acquit Trump  —  A trio of moderate Senate Democrats is wrestling with whether to vote to convict Donald Trump in his impeachment trial — or give the president the bipartisan acquittal he's eagerly seeking.  —  Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia …
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, VICE and DeadState
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.
CNN:
Alan Dershowitz called Trump corrupt in 2016 and said he could be corrupt as President  —  (CNN)Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who is a member of President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, said in 2016 that he believed Trump was more corrupt than Hillary Clinton and more likely to continue being corrupt as president.
Discussion: Contemptor
Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
New Koch Group Dogged by Charges of Anti-Semitism  —  Asked about the thinkers who have shaped her views of the world, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) pointed to a scholar leading a new Washington, D.C., think tank that aims to lay the groundwork for an American foreign policy based on military retrenchment and restraint.
 
 
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
At Rally, Trump Praises Van Drew for Leaving ‘Deranged’ Democratic Party
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Bernie Sanders campaign hones in on Texas as primary nears
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
Top Sanders Surrogate Appears to Parrot 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: Instapundit
Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Rick Scott Airs Anti-Biden Ad in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and Progress Pond
Des Moines Register:
Ernst, Grassley should support calling witnesses in impeachment trial; Ernst's comments betray a closed mind
Discussion: Breitbart
Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats cite Starr in effort to lift stay in Trump tax returns case
Discussion: The Hill
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Campus leaders couldn't care less about racial progress
Discussion: Power Line
Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
Joe Biden's Sister Valerie Sent Millions of Joe's Campaign Dollars to Her Own Consulting Firm
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As coronavirus spreads, Tom Cotton calls for ‘targeted travel ban’
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Doubts and questions.’ Collins' Senate bid opens fissure in Georgia GOP
Robby Soave / Reason:
Public Schools Are Teaching The 1619 Project in Class, Despite Concerns From Historians
Discussion: New York Post
Sky News:
The letter my mum left for us - moments before she was killed at Auschwitz
Molly Minta / The Appeal:
In A Florida County, Sex Workers Are Ensnared In ‘Trafficking’ Raids
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
Discussion: National Review
Condoleezza Rice / Stanford News:
Condoleezza Rice to lead Stanford's Hoover Institution
Discussion: CNN