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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
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