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12:30 PM 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 …
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.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Attacks John Bolton As Desperate Loser Who Nearly Destroyed the Planet  —  President Trump's lawyers built their defense against impeachment on the absence of one small, very specific form of evidence — testimony by a witness who was told about the quid pro quo directly by Trump — that John Bolton reportedly has.
Discussion: Vox, CNN and Redstate
Barbara McQuade / NBC News:
Trump's impeachment trial defense hinges on six arguments.  They can all be rebutted.  —  Trump still appears to have the votes for an acquittal in the Senate.  But sometimes a prevent defense ends up being an ill-fated strategy.  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers began their impeachment arguments …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Root
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For John Bolton, an ‘Upside-Down World’ After Trump Revelation  —  Democrats who once derided him now want him to testify at President Trump's impeachment trial while some of his erstwhile Republican friends are throwing him to the curb.  —  WASHINGTON — Not long ago, they called him …
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
GOP squirms as Bolton prepares to dish on Trump White House
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
McConnell tells senators he doesn't yet have votes to block witnesses in Trump impeachment trial
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 …
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.
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
Steven Shepard / Politico:
New poll: Biden, Sanders running neck-and-neck in Iowa
Discussion: NBC News and The Intercept
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 …
Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:
Israeli Cabinet postpones vote on West Bank annexation  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli minister said on Wednesday that a Cabinet vote to endorse annexation of parts of the West Bank will not take place early next week, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge a day earlier …
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
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.
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
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
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
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: Raw Story
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
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 …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump's Digital Advantage Is Freaking Out Democratic Strategists  —  Left and right agree on one point.  The president's re-election campaign is way ahead online.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.
The Daily Beast:
Parnas Lawyer: Giuliani Delivered Graham Letter Calling for Sanctions on Ukrainian Officials  —  The mysterious letter-writer listed several Ukrainian officials, including one reformer who'd gone up against an oligarch, and claimed they were part of a “crime syndicate.”
Discussion: Raw Story
John Roberts will not be silent Wednesday.  But the questions he asks will not be his.  —  Washington (CNN)Since the Senate impeachment trial began last week, Chief Justice John Roberts has been mainly out of the camera's line of sight.  He has, clerk-like, enforced Senate procedures and kept the clock for the lawyers at the lectern.
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Trump shuns Democrats as he signs bipartisan USMCA  —  Signing the trade deal into law is a rare legislative achievement for the president going into his reelection campaign.  —  President Donald Trump signs a new North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico on Wednesday.  Alex Brandon/AP Photo
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Warren issues new disinformation pledge, promising to hold Facebook, Google and Twitter responsible  —  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren pledged Wednesday that her campaign would not share falsehoods or promote fraudulent accounts on social media, part of a new plan to battle …
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Senate impeachment trial moves into questioning: Here's how it works  —  The question phase of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump kicks off at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday with senators getting their first chance to weigh in formally on the six days of opening arguments they've sat silently through.
Discussion: Breitbart
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
House Democrats unfurl climate-tinged infrastructure plan, but GOP support uncertain  —  House Democratic leadership unveiled Wednesday the outlines for a $760 billion, five-year infrastructure package, an amalgamation of recurring highway and transit and water measures as well as an ambitious …
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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.
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Sharyl Attkisson / American Thinker:
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Discussion: The Nation, Los Angeles Times and VICE
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Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Instapundit
Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats cite Starr in effort to lift stay in Trump tax returns case
Discussion: The Hill