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9:25 AM ET, January 29, 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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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 …
Barbara McQuade / NBC News:
Trump's impeachment trial defense hinges on six arguments.  They can all be rebutted.  —  Trump still appears to have the votes for an acquittal in the Senate.  But sometimes a prevent defense ends up being an ill-fated strategy.  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers began their impeachment arguments …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Root
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump rages at Bolton, says former adviser would have caused ‘World War Six’  —  The president's latest attack on his ex-national security adviser comes as the Senate is weighing calling him as a witness.  —  President Donald Trump berated his former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday …
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 …
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
McConnell says GOP lacks votes to block impeachment witnesses, as Bolton book disrupts trial script
Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats cite Starr in effort to lift stay in Trump tax returns case
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Trump team warns: Stand strong or prepare for an endless trial
Discussion: CNN and Vanity Fair
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Say They Don't Currently Have Enough Votes 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
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and Politico
Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly tells Sarasota crowd ‘I believe John Bolton’
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.
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
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democracy 2020 Digest: Tulsi shreds on New Hampshire slopes — WATCH
Discussion: Associated Press and New York Post
Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Poll: Warren fares better against Biden than Sanders
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
New Iowa ad questions Bernie Sanders' electability, references his heart attack
Discussion: Washington Post and VICE
New York Times:
Biden Aides Weigh Pursuing an Iowa Caucus Alliance With Klobuchar  —  Amy Klobuchar's campaign signaled no interest in such a plan, under which each candidate would encourage supporters to back the other in certain precincts.  —  Aides to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are discussing …
Discussion: Washington Times, The Hill and Slate
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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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Trump peace plan is a squeeze play against the Palestinians. It might work.
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:   Fact Check: Trump Did Not Actually Offer the Palestinians a State
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Raises Number of U.S. Troops Injured in Iranian Attack to 50  —  Most of troops added to new assessment have returned to work, Pentagon says  —  An additional 16 U.S. troops suffered concussions or traumatic brain injuries during Iran's ballistic missile strike earlier this month …
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NBC News:   More U.S. service members diagnosed with brain injury from Iran missile attack
Barbara Starr / CNN:
First on CNN: 50 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump allies are handing out cash to black voters  —  Allies of Donald Trump have begun holding events in black communities where organizers lavish praise on the president as they hand out tens of thousands of dollars to lucky attendees.  —  The first giveaway took place last month in Cleveland …
Discussion: Facebook Watch
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Special Operations forces are stretched to the danger point  —  In late 2015, a Navy lieutenant wrote a graduate school thesis titled “Navy SEALs gone wild: publicity, fame, and the loss of the quiet professional.”  That was a warning of trouble among America's bravest but most stressed warriors.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Heiko Maas / ZEIT ONLINE:
Separate, but together  —  Britain is leaving the EU, but we are still playing on the same team.  Whether it's climate change or global peace, we can be successful if we all pull together.  —  Heiko Maas serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Germany.  —  Dear Brits,
Discussion: Politico
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Ryan Heath / Politico:
Say hello to invisible Brexit
William Saletan / Slate:
Bernie Is the Opponent Trump Wants  —  The president has a game plan to win the election.  A Sanders nomination is just what he needs.  —  Bernie Sanders is on the rise.  Less than a week before the first contest of the Democratic primary, polls give the Vermont senator, on average …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Democrats are already bracing for a ‘hostile’ Trump transition  —  Democrats are bracing for the possibility that if President Donald Trump loses the 2020 election, he and his aides will bungle a smooth handover of power - and maybe even try to outright sabotage the transition.
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Doug Collins announces US Senate bid, setting up GOP divide in Georgia  —  Congressman Doug Collins launched a bid Wednesday for U.S. Senate on Fox News, saying he'd center his campaign on support for President Donald Trump as he dismissed concerns about opening a bitter Republican rift in Georgia.
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.
 
 
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NBC News:
Dutch Trump superfan who claimed he surveilled Ambassador Yovanovitch told people he was DEA
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Trump's Digital Advantage Is Freaking Out Democratic Strategists
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post clears reporter who tweeted link to Kobe Bryant rape allegations
Associated Press:
Trump looks to sign trade deal, show wins during impeachment
Discussion: The Week
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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
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 Earlier Items: 
Des Moines Register:
Ernst, Grassley should support calling witnesses in impeachment trial; Ernst's comments betray a closed mind
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
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The gaping hole in Trump's impeachment defense
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
CNN:
Alan Dershowitz called Trump corrupt in 2016 and said he could be corrupt as President
Discussion: HuffPost and Contemptor
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
BuzzFeed News editor Ben Smith to join New York Times as media columnist
The Daily Beast:
The Daily Caller Sued Over ‘Relentless,’ ‘Xenophobic’ House IT ‘Conspiracy Theories’