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11:40 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.
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News, Slate and HuffPost
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  —  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: Fox News and The Hill
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump has finally met his match
Discussion: The Mahablog
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Our expectations for Republican senators are so low it's astonishing
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
New York Times:
What John Bolton Knows
Wall Street Journal:
The John Bolton Report
Discussion: Politico
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.
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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 …
Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:   Sen. Ted Cruz's impeachment podcast tops charts, with 500k downloads
New York Times:
On Politics: A Sanders Scenario
Politico:
Why Biden scaled back in New Hampshire
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
NBC Boston:
Sanders Seizes the Momentum in NH, NBC10 Boston/Franklin Pierce/Herald Poll Shows
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
CBS News:
Super PAC helps Biden make up ad spending deficit in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
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
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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’
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
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.
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins expected to run for US Senate in Georgia
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
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 …
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Key Senate Democrat says Trump team made ‘persuasive’ argument against obstruction article  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Doug Jones, a key Senate Democrat considered one of the chamber's most endangered senators going into the 2020 race, found some of the arguments made by President Donald Trump's counsel …
Discussion: National Review and Politico
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
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
Washington Post:
Hard-charging White House budget lawyer in middle of Ukraine decision has pushed legal limits for Trump  —  Mark Paoletta's actions to hold up aid to the country were among several disputed moves he's made as OMB's top lawyer  —  A hard-charging conservative lawyer little known to the public …
 
 
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