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2:55 PM ET, January 29, 2020

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Jake Tapper / CNN:
White House has issued formal threat to Bolton to keep him from publishing book  —  Washington (CNN)The White House has issued a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
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House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Statement on September 23, 2019 Call with John Bolton  —  Washington—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:  —  “President Trump is wrong that John Bolton didn't say anything about the Trump-Ukraine Scandal at the time the President fired him.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump rages at Bolton, says former adviser would have caused ‘World War Six’  —  The president's latest attack on his ex-national security adviser comes as the Senate is weighing calling him as a witness.  —  President Donald Trump berated his former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Lessons for Life: The Obituaries of Republicans Who Opposed Nixon's Impeachment  —  “Obituaries reflect what the present thinks of the past,” wrote journalism professor Kathleen McElroy.  —  What will the future think of President Donald Trump and two historic votes senators must take on his impeachment?
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Hill
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For John Bolton, an ‘Upside-Down World’ After Trump Revelation
Barbara McQuade / NBC News:   Trump's impeachment trial defense hinges on six arguments. They can all be rebutted.
Ernest Luning / Colorado Politics:
BREAKING: Gardner says he doesn't want to hear from more impeachment witnesses  —  U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that he thinks the Senate has heard from enough witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, taking off the table a potential Republican vote to subpoena national security adviser John Bolton.
Discussion: Roll Call and The Hill
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Igor Derysh / Raw Story:
Trump's lawyers gave thousands to Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz before the impeachment trial began  —  President Trump's legal team made numerous campaign contributions to Republican senators overseeing the impeachment trial.  —  Former independent counsels Ken Starr and Robert Ray …
Discussion: USA Today
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP could move to quick Trump acquittal vote
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Attacks John Bolton As Desperate Loser Who Nearly Destroyed the Planet
Discussion: Vox, Wall Street Journal and IJR
CNN:   John Roberts will not be silent Wednesday. But the questions he asks will not be his.
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 …
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'It's asking a lot': Never Trump Republicans draw the line at Bernie Sanders  —  The rise of socialist Bernie Sanders is frustrating Never Trump Republicans who are hoping the Democratic Party nominates a consensus, center-left presidential candidate they are comfortable supporting in November.
Ryan Teague Beckwith / Bloomberg:   Andrew Yang Says Supporters May Go to Sanders in Iowa Caucus
Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed News:
“I Would Vote For My Dead Cat Over Trump”: Even Moderate Democrats Say They'd Vote For Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Sanders under increasing pressure on funding for ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Koch donors at annual summit, concerned that Trump could lose, discuss the need to defend GOP Senate majority
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump allies are handing out cash to black voters  —  Allies of Donald Trump have begun holding events in black communities where organizers lavish praise on the president as they hand out tens of thousands of dollars to lucky attendees.  —  The first giveaway took place last month in Cleveland …
New York Times:
A Muted Arab Response to Trump's Mideast Peace Plan  —  The U.S. is banking on Arab leaders to help make its plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict work.  It is not clear how realistic that is.  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — In unveiling his plan Tuesday for solving the conflict between Israel …
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Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:   Israeli Cabinet postpones vote on West Bank annexation
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Trump peace plan is a squeeze play against the Palestinians. It might work.
Omri Nahmias / Jerusalem Post:
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE welcome Trump peace plan
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Caucuses Could Be a Five-Way Contest  —  Nearly half remain open to switching support on caucus night  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren continue to jostle for the top spot in the fifth and final Monmouth University Poll of likely Iowa Democratic caucusgoers.
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
New poll: Biden, Sanders running neck-and-neck in Iowa
Discussion: NBC News and The Intercept
Sunny Kim / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren proposes criminal penalties for spreading disinformation online  — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday released a plan to fight disinformation to hold tech companies accountable for their actions in light of the 2016 election.
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
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.
NBC News:
Dutch Trump superfan who claimed he surveilled Ambassador Yovanovitch told people he was DEA  —  Interviews with a half-dozen people who know Anthony de Caluwe and documents obtained by NBC News show that the Trump superfan has a shadowy past.  —  WASHINGTON — The Dutch man who claimed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Say hello to invisible Brexit  —  BRUSSELS — Britain is leaving the European Union this weekend with a whimper.  —  It took one referendum, two national elections, three prime ministers and four years of continentwide political anguish for the United Kingdom to achieve Brexit …
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Rafael Behr / The Guardian:
What having a heart attack taught me about Brexit
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Anti-human-trafficking groups refuse to attend Ivanka Trump's White House summit  —  On Friday, President Trump is expected to attend a White House summit organized by his daughter Ivanka on human trafficking, an issue he frequently invokes as a top priority.
Discussion: The Hill
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Democrats are already bracing for a ‘hostile’ Trump transition  —  Democrats are bracing for the possibility that if President Donald Trump loses the 2020 election, he and his aides will bungle a smooth handover of power — and maybe even try to outright sabotage the transition.
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
One year inside Trump's monumental Facebook campaign  —  A Guardian investigation of 218,100 ads reveals how the campaign's sophisticated social media machine targets conservative voters  —  As the Democratic candidates for president spent 2019 battling each other in early voting states …
 
 
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UN report warns ISIS is reasserting under new leader believed to be behind Yazidi genocide
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren, Sanders Endorsed By Labor Leader Accused of Race, Age Discrimination
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
MSNBC:
Trump trial lawyer admits abuse of power is impeachable, previews ‘temporary’ defense
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Giuliani, tries to attend Trump impeachment trial
Discussion: Townhall, MSNBC and Twitchy
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Inside the Hillary Bubble
Jesse Singal / UnHerd:
Journalism is being eaten alive by opinion
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Trump shuns Democrats as he signs bipartisan USMCA
 Earlier Items: 
Edward Archer / The James G. Martin Center …:
The Intellectual and Moral Decline in Academic Research
Discussion: National Review
Sharyl Attkisson / American Thinker:
The Department of Justice Coverup of its Spying on Me Continues
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Congressional candidate's gamble: risk breaking laws — or the bank
The Daily Beast:
Parnas Lawyer: Giuliani Delivered Graham Letter Calling for Sanctions on Ukrainian Officials
Laura McGann / Vox:
Joe Biden is the only candidate with a real shot at getting things done