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1:35 AM ET, January 29, 2020


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Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein leans toward acquitting Trump as his lawyers end their impeachment defense arguments  —  Just after President Trump's defense lawyers ended arguments in their Senate trial Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California became the first Democrat to suggest that she could vote to acquit …
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The comical hypocrisy of Sean Hannity  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday night didn't like the message coming from the New York Times: According to a report by Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt, a draft of former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book alleges …
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite, Politico and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Say They Don't Currently Have Enough Votes to Block Witnesses  —  At a meeting of all Republican senators on Tuesday after the White House lawyers wrapped their opening arguments, GOP leaders told their conference they don't have the votes to prevent witnesses from being called …
Just Security:
Why the White House May Not Dare Fight on Executive Privilege  —  Some Republican Senators, including potential swing voters like Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), have raised concerns that a subpoena for John Bolton will trigger a claim of executive privilege by the White House and then lead to undesirable drawn out litigation.
Politico:   Trump team warns: Stand strong or prepare for an endless trial
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Trump's ex-Chief of Staff John Kelly comes out in support of Bolton: I believe him about Trump
Washington Post:
McConnell tells Republican senators he does not yet have the votes yet to block witnesses
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defense Team to Close Arguments Complicated by Bolton Reports
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
No witness trades: Senate Republicans have lost their leverage
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and IJR
Mary Louise Kelly / New York Times:
Pompeo Called Me a ‘Liar.’ That's Not What Bothers Me.  —  Journalists are supposed to ask tough questions, then share the answers — or lack thereof — with the world.  —  Ms. Kelly is a co-host of NPR's “All Things Considered.”  —  Ask journalists why they do the job they do, and you'll hear a range of answers.
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden won't commit to backing Sanders if he's the nominee  —  MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden stopped short Tuesday of saying he'd support Bernie Sanders if the progressive Vermont senator wins the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  “I'm not going to make judgments now …
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Caller and The Hill
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trumpworld torn over running against Bernie  —  President Donald Trump and his top political advisers were huddling in the Oval Office earlier this month discussing the state of the Democratic primary when they arrived at an increasingly pressing topic: What to do about Bernie Sanders?
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
New Iowa ad questions Bernie Sanders' electability, references his heart attack
Discussion: Washington Post and Don Surber
Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Poll: Warren fares better against Biden than Sanders
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  January 28, 2020 - 75% Of Voters Say Allow Witnesses In Senate Impeachment Trial, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 53% Say President Trump Not Telling Truth About Ukraine  —  On week two of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, registered voters say 75 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democracy 2020 Digest: Tulsi shreds on New Hampshire slopes — WATCH
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 Ignatius / Washington Post:
Special Operations forces are stretched to the danger point
Discussion: Associated Press
The Real Goal of Trump's Middle East Plan  —  The Trump administration's long awaited and ill-named peace plan has many objectives, but making peace isn't among them.  —  Neither is jump-starting negotiations, or nudging the parties toward compromise, or even enshrining implicit …
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:   Fact Check: Trump Did Not Actually Offer the Palestinians a State
New York Times:
Trump Plan's First Result: Israel Will Claim Sovereignty Over Part of West Bank
Discussion: The Week
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
BuzzFeed News editor Ben Smith to join New York Times as media columnist  —  Smith will serve as the writer of the publication's “Media Equation” column, which became a must-read for media industry insiders under David Carr, who died in 2015.  —  Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed News …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed News departs the site he built from scratch, heading for the New York Times
New York Times:
Biden Aides Weigh Pursuing an Iowa Caucus Alliance With Klobuchar  —  Amy Klobuchar's campaign signaled no interest in such a plan, under which each candidate would encourage supporters to back the other in certain precincts.  —  Aides to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are discussing …
William Saletan / Slate:
Bernie Is the Opponent Trump Wants  —  The president has a game plan to win the election.  A Sanders nomination is just what he needs.  —  Bernie Sanders is on the rise.  Less than a week before the first contest of the Democratic primary, polls give the Vermont senator, on average …
NBC News:
More U.S. service members diagnosed with brain injury from Iran missile attack  —  Of the 16 new diagnosed cases, 15 service members have returned to duty in Iraq, the Pentagon said.  —  A total of 50 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injury from this month's Iranian missile attack …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
First on CNN: 50 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Washington Post:
Prince George's officer faces murder charge in shooting of handcuffed suspect, two people familiar with the investigation say  —  Prince George's County police will charge an officer with murder in the shooting of a man who was handcuffed and wearing a seat belt in the front seat of a cruiser, two officials said Tuesday.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trio of Dem senators considering vote to acquit Trump  —  A trio of moderate Senate Democrats is wrestling with whether to vote to convict Donald Trump in his impeachment trial — or give the president the bipartisan acquittal he's eagerly seeking.  —  Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Donald Trump and Lev Parnas discussed Rick Scott in secret recording  —  A spokesman for Scott said the Florida Republican ‘meets a lot of people and has no recollection of meeting Parnas’  —  At the same April 2018 dinner where President Donald Trump ordered the removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Daily Beast:
The Daily Caller Sued Over ‘Relentless,’ ‘Xenophobic’ House IT ‘Conspiracy Theories’  —  A new lawsuit claims the right-wing outlet “destroyed the reputations and ruined the livelihoods” of a group of Pakistani-Americans who were employed by the House as IT staff.
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Associated Press:
Trump looks to sign trade deal, show wins during impeachment
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Bernie Sanders campaign hones in on Texas as primary nears
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
Top Sanders Surrogate Appears to Parrot 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: Instapundit
Lyz Lenz / The Gazette:
How do you caucus with a baby?  —  Krista Sigel wants to caucus …
Des Moines Register:
Ernst, Grassley should support calling witnesses in impeachment trial; Ernst's comments betray a closed mind
Discussion: Breitbart
Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats cite Starr in effort to lift stay in Trump tax returns case
Discussion: The Hill
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Campus leaders couldn't care less about racial progress
Discussion: Power Line
Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
Joe Biden's Sister Valerie Sent Millions of Joe's Campaign Dollars to Her Own Consulting Firm
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Doubts and questions.’ Collins' Senate bid opens fissure in Georgia GOP
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The gaping hole in Trump's impeachment defense
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Robby Soave / Reason:
Public Schools Are Teaching The 1619 Project in Class, Despite Concerns From Historians
Discussion: New York Post
Alan Dershowitz called Trump corrupt in 2016 and said he could be corrupt as President
Discussion: Contemptor
Nicolas Pelham / 1843:
Trapped in Iran  —  In July 2019 Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's …
Discussion: Politico
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US budget deficit to break $1 trillion in fiscal 2020, CBO says
Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
New Koch Group Dogged by Charges of Anti-Semitism
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon-ers' Magic Cure for Coronavirus: Just Drink Bleach!
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and DeadState