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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 …
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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.
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
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
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fox News
New York Times:
What John Bolton Knows
ABC News:
Senate impeachment trial live updates: Trump legal team wraps opening arguments
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Trump proposes Palestinian state with capital in east Jerusalem
Discussion: Don Surber and Elder Of Ziyon
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Trump peace plan: Palestinian state, Jewish control of settlements
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Trump praises Pompeo over spat with NPR reporter: ‘That was very impressive’
Discussion: Politico
BBC:
Netanyahu indicted in court on corruption charges after dropping immunity bid
Discussion: Spectator USA
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 …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US budget deficit to break $1 trillion in fiscal 2020, CBO says  —  By Jeff Cox@JEFF.COX.7528@JEFFCOXCNBCCOM  — The U.S. budget deficit is on track to break $1 trillion in 2020, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.  — That estimate is a slight increase from the August 2019 projection …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
U.S. deficit to eclipse $1 trillion in 2020, CBO says, as fiscal imbalance continues to widen  —  The U.S. government's budget deficit is projected to reach $1.02 trillion in 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, as the federal government continues …
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. National Debt Will Rise to 98% of GDP by 2030, CBO Projects
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.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How People of Color Inside the Buttigieg Campaign Sought to Be Heard  —  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
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Busted With Contraband Chocolate Milk Bottle on Senate Floor  —  Shortly before Tuesday's trial session got underway, Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) got busted by the Senate floor staff for bringing a bottle of chocolate milk into the chamber.  —  Mr. Romney retreated to the Republican cloakroom …
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
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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 and The Hill
U.S. Department of Justice:
Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases  —  The Department of Justice announced today that the Chair of Harvard University's Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People's Republic of China.
Discussion: Fox News
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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 …
Discussion: National Review
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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Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:   Sen. Ted Cruz's impeachment podcast tops charts, with 500k downloads
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.
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: Redstate and National Review
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.”
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP leaders warn of fundraising crisis ahead of 2020  —  House Republican leaders privately conceded in a closed meeting Tuesday morning that they are in the midst of a full-blown fundraising crisis, which would imperil any chance they have at regaining their majority in 2020.
Discussion: The Hill
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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New York Times:
On Politics: A Sanders Scenario
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 …
 
 
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Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
New Koch Group Dogged by Charges of Anti-Semitism
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru arrested by FBI
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Associated Press:
Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?
Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:
Democrat Sara Gideon reports $7.6M in Senate race, but still trails Susan Collins
Rebecca Vallas / USA Today:
Trump administration cuts to Social Security disability benefits among the cruelest
Discussion: Common Dreams
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill eliminating ‘jungle primary’ for US Senate passes Georgia committee
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Discussion: Raw Story and VICE
Condoleezza Rice / Stanford News:
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Luke Winkie / Vox:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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Discussion: TVNewser
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
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Discussion: National Review and Politico
Politico:
Bloomberg's rise sets off alarms on the left
Discussion: NBC News and MSNBC
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Marty Baron vs. the media