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10:35 AM ET, January 28, 2020

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New York Times:
Bolton Was Concerned That Trump Did Favors for Autocratic Leaders, Book Says  —  The former national security adviser shared his unease with the attorney general, who cited his own worries about the president's conversations with the leaders of Turkey and China.
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Washington Post:
Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump's former national security adviser  —  Just outside the spacious corner office of the White House national security adviser, aides crowded into a windowless anteroom knew to make themselves small when John Bolton got a summons from President Trump.
Barbara McQuade / Washington Post:
Trump waived executive privilege when he called Bolton a liar  —  If the Senate decides to summon Bolton, Trump won't have much recourse left  —  President Trump refers to himself as a counterpuncher.  This time, he might have punched too hard.  —  In a series of tweets just after midnight Monday …
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Top Ukraine Official: I Trusted Bolton More Than Anyone  —  Oleksandr Danylyuk says the requests to investigate the Bidens “rattled” Zelensky's team and the one person in the administration he trusted was Bolton.  —  When Volodymyr Zelensky won Ukraine's presidential election in April 2019 …
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
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump has finally met his match
Discussion: The Mahablog
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's defense team shifts from complacency to urgency
Discussion: Vox, New York Times and Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Our expectations for Republican senators are so low it's astonishing
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Even with Bolton, case against Trump too small for impeachment
Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book
Washington Post:
White House works to contain damage from allegations in forthcoming Bolton book
Wall Street Journal:
The John Bolton Report
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Politico:
Why Biden scaled back in New Hampshire  —  SALEM, N.H. — Joe Biden has said he doesn't need to win the first presidential primary state in the nation — and he's campaigning like it.  —  Biden has been dark on New Hampshire television since the New Year.  He has a smaller presence …
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NBC News:
For the GOP on impeachment, it's Trump's way or the highway  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — After Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voiced support Monday …
Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:   Sen. Ted Cruz's impeachment podcast tops charts, with 500k downloads
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden's closing Iowa message: Imagine a post-Trump world
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How Some People of Color Feel Inside the Buttigieg Campaign  —  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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Wall Street Journal:
Buttigieg Campaign Faces Personnel Issues as Iowa Caucuses Approach  —  Head of talent and cybersecurity aides depart, and some nonwhite staffers criticize a lack of inclusivity  —  WASHINGTON— Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign is dealing with some departures in the closing days …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Republicans brace for domino effect on witnesses  —  If at least four Senate Republicans decide to vote with Democrats this week to subpoena witnesses and documents in President Trump's impeachment trial, Hill Republicans fear a potential domino effect, with additional GOP senators …
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Politico:
Mitt makes his move
Discussion: The Hill
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Toomey discusses a ‘one-for-one’ witness deal in Trump impeachment amid Bolton revelations, officials say
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:   Netanyahu pulls request for immunity on corruption charges
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Even if the Senate does not remove Donald Trump, this impeachment is far from a mistake  —  The judgment of the court of public opinion will matter more to history and the 2020 elections than the verdict in the Senate impeachment trial.  —  There was more uncertainty about the outcome …
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Axios:
New spending group Fix Our Senate launches to get Mitch McConnell out of office
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Marty Baron vs. the media  —  Moving the Market: Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron is drawing fire from staffers, journalists and media critics after the paper suspended a reporter who tweeted a link to a news report about a previous sexual assault allegation against the late Kobe Bryant.
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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 …
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
Washington Post Suspends a Reporter After Her Tweets on Kobe Bryant
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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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   CNN Don Lemon panel faces intense backlash for mocking Trump supporters as illiterate ‘credulous rubes’
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
CNN's Don Lemon Cracks Up As Rick Wilson, Wajahat Ali Trash Trump Supporters As Ignorant Rubes
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders allies in new uproar over DNC convention appointments  —  Some Democratic National Committee (DNC) members and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are venting frustration at DNC chairman Tom Perez over his initial appointments to the committees that will oversee the rules …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
Washington Post:
Trump's impeachment defense: Who is paying the president's lawyers?  —  As President Trump faces mounting legal bills from his impeachment trial, he is drawing on national party coffers flush with donations from energized supporters — unlike the last president to be impeached who left the White House “dead broke.”
Bill Marczak / The Citizen Lab:
New York Times Journalist Targeted by Saudi-linked Pegasus Spyware Operator  —  Key Findings  — New York Times journalist Ben Hubbard was targeted with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware via a June 2018 SMS message promising details about “Ben Hubbard and the story of the Saudi Royal Family.”
 
 
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