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10:45 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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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
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's defense team shifts from complacency to urgency
Discussion: Vox, New York Times and Raw Story
Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book
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
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Even with Bolton, case against Trump too small for impeachment
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  —  After staying relatively quiet throughout the House's impeachment inquiry, Sen. Mitt Romney now finds himself in the middle of an increasingly bitter debate in his own party.  —  The Utah Republican has long been open to hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton …
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A story that shows how this White House rolls
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
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
CBS News:
Super PAC helps Biden make up ad spending deficit in Iowa  —  Cedar Falls, Iowa — Unite the Country, an independent political action committee supporting Joe Biden, is on pace to outspend his campaign in Iowa with just a week to go before the Iowa caucuses.
Discussion: The Hill
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden's closing Iowa message: Imagine a post-Trump world
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
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
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump has finally met his match  —  A number of people whom the president has employed, defamed and then fired have slunk back to their master's hand like beaten dogs.  In John Bolton, President Trump has finally met his counterpunching match.  Even as Trump's defenders in the Senate trial …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Our expectations for Republican senators are so low it's astonishing
Discussion: Associated Press
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.”
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
Bill Marczak / The Citizen Lab:
Stopping the Press: 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.”
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Lobbyist bought tropical land from Biden's brother  —  In 2005, Joe Biden's brother bought an acre of land with excellent ocean views on a remote island in the Caribbean for $150,000.  He divided it into three parcels, and the next year a lobbyist close to the Delaware senator bought …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Christal Hayes / USA Today:
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Discussion: National Review and Politico
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Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
Bloomberg's rise sets off alarms on the left
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 Earlier Items: 
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Bolton Bombshell and the Unwaveringly Pro-Trump G.O.P.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
Trump's N.J. Rally: Long Lines, Sold Out Hotels and Subpoena-Coladas
Washington Post:
Hard-charging White House budget lawyer in middle of Ukraine decision has pushed legal limits for Trump
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Echo chambers are getting worse
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A Notorious Sandy Hook Tormentor Is Arrested in Florida
Discussion: The Trace, New York Post and The Verge
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
An ER doctor was charged with abusing his baby. But 15 medical experts say there's no proof.