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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Mitt makes his move
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Axios:
New spending group Fix Our Senate launches to get Mitch McConnell out of office
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
New York Times:
What John Bolton Knows
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 …
Discussion: Iowa Starting Line
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
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden says Ernst ‘spilled the beans’ with caucus comments amid impeachment fight  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday evening said Sen. Joni Ernst had “spilled the beans” after the Iowa Republican gleefully suggested that the Senate impeachment debate surrounding …
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Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:   Sen. Ted Cruz's impeachment podcast tops charts, with 500k downloads
New York Times:
On Politics: A Sanders Scenario
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
CNN's Don Lemon Cracks Up As Rick Wilson, Wajahat Ali Trash Trump Supporters As Ignorant Rubes
Discussion: Twitchy
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   CNN Don Lemon panel faces intense backlash for mocking Trump supporters as illiterate ‘credulous rubes’
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.
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.
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: Associated Press, Axios and The Week
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: Raw Story and Associated Press
Frank O. Bowman III / The Atlantic:
Trump's Defense Against Subpoenas Makes No Legal Sense
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill eliminating ‘jungle primary’ for US Senate passes Georgia committee  —  A bill that would force U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler into a Republican primary election against U.S. Rep. Doug Collins passed a committee Tuesday, clearing a path for a full vote in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins expected to run for US Senate in Georgia
Luke Winkie / Vox:
Why famous dudes grow beards to deal with existential crises  —  A beard is rarely just a beard.  —  Was anyone really surprised when Beto O'Rourke emerged from exile with a freshly grown salt-and-pepper beard?  —  It seemed to materialize all at once.  O'Rourke suspended his presidential bid …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios, ABC News and NBC News
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NBC Boston:
Sanders Seizes the Momentum in NH, NBC10 Boston/Franklin Pierce/Herald Poll Shows
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Congress Threatens Massive Scale Back in U.S.-U.K. Intel Sharing Over Huawei Threat  —  Leading GOP lawmakers are threatening to scale back the level of intelligence sharing with the United Kingdom over its willingness to allow Chinese state-controlled telecom Huawei to take over the country's mobile networks.
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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
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What Trump allies and Republicans said about quid pro quo before the Bolton news
Discussion: Mediaite
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Christal Hayes / USA Today:
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Discussion: National Review and Politico
Politico:
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Bill Marczak / The Citizen Lab:
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:
The first vote of 2020 ends Tuesday, in Texas
Discussion: The Hill
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
Washington Post:
Hard-charging White House budget lawyer in middle of Ukraine decision has pushed legal limits for Trump
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A Notorious Sandy Hook Tormentor Is Arrested in Florida
Discussion: The Trace, New York Post and The Verge