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9:10 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 …
Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book  —  “Tune in to see Fred's exclusive interview with Laura Ingraham on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ at 10 PM ET on Fox News Channel.”  —  It was crushing to read weekend press reports that my friend and former boss John Bolton plans to publish a tell-all book …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A story that shows how this White House rolls  —  HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WORKS ... From Jake, Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle: AS YOU MIGHT'VE READ HERE, the USMCA was the TRUMP administration's top legislative priority, and to its credit, the White House steered …
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
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
Wall Street Journal:
The John Bolton Report
Discussion: Politico
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Knows What He's Doing
New York Daily News:
John Bolton bombshell rattles Trump impeachment trial, ramps up pressure for new witnesses
Discussion: HuffPost
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell's Complicity Has Deep Roots  —  With or without witnesses, Trump's trial shows that the antifederalists were right to question the Senate's purpose.  —  Last week, after Senate Republicans voted unanimously to approve their leader Mitch McConnell's rules …
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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 …
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
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Toomey discusses a ‘one-for-one’ witness deal in Trump impeachment amid Bolton revelations, officials say  —  Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), an influential conservative in the Senate, has spoken with several colleagues in recent days about possibly summoning just two witnesses …
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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Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Bribery indictment against Netanyahu filed with court
Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:   Netanyahu pulls request for immunity on corruption charges
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 …
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 …
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Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
Washington Post Suspends a Reporter After Her Tweets on Kobe Bryant
Albert Burneko / VICE:
Kobe Bryant Was No More Complicated Than Anyone Else
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: NBC Boston, The Hill and Breitbart
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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 …
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:
Fix Our Senate launches to target McConnell
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Britain, resisting U.S. pressure, to allow some Huawei equipment in 5G networks  —  LONDON — Britain announced Tuesday that it will allow the Chinese telecom giant Huawei to build “non-core” infrastructure for the country's coming super-fast 5G network, though the company will be designated a …
Discussion: MelaniePhillips.com
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins expected to run for US Senate in Georgia  —  U.S. Rep. Doug Collins will soon announce a challenge to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, setting up a bitter Republican showdown in November that pits one of President Donald Trump's most vocal defenders against a wealthy former executive backed by Gov. Brian Kemp.
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:
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 …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A Notorious Sandy Hook Tormentor Is Arrested in Florida  —  Wolfgang Halbig, who has falsely accused the families of shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., of constructing an elaborate hoax, was charged with the unlawful possession of personal identification.  —  WASHINGTON — Sheriff's deputies …
Discussion: The Trace, New York Post and The Verge
 
 
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
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NBC News:
Dershowitz acknowledges flip-flop on 1998 comments in Clinton impeachment
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
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