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5:30 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 …
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 …
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Trump's ex-Chief of Staff John Kelly comes out in support of Bolton: I believe him about Trump
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
No witness trades: Senate Republicans have lost their leverage
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.
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 …
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: The Daily Caller, NBC News and The Hill
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trumpworld torn over running against Bernie
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democracy 2020 Digest: Tulsi shreds on New Hampshire slopes — WATCH
Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Poll: Warren fares better against Biden than Sanders
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
New Iowa ad questions Bernie Sanders' electability, references his heart attack
Discussion: Washington Post, VICE and Don Surber
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  —  In late 2015, a Navy lieutenant wrote a graduate school thesis titled “Navy SEALs gone wild: publicity, fame, and the loss of the quiet professional.”  That was a warning of trouble among America's bravest but most stressed warriors.
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
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 and Fox News
Brian Faler / Politico:
Democrats cite Starr in effort to lift stay in Trump tax returns case
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Heiko Maas / ZEIT ONLINE:
Separate, but together  —  Britain is leaving the EU, but we are still playing on the same team.  Whether it's climate change or global peace, we can be successful if we all pull together.  —  Heiko Maas serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Germany.  —  Dear Brits,
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
Top Sanders Surrogate Appears to Parrot 9/11 Conspiracy Theory  —  A top surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I., Vt.) presidential campaign appears to have argued the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  —  Phillip Agnew, a self-described “militant” …
Discussion: Instapundit
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The gaping hole in Trump's impeachment defense  —  Trump's legal team spent very little time actually vouching for his Ukraine conspiracy theories.  Instead, they watered them down.  —  President Trump's defense team on Tuesday ended an extended opening argument in which it laid out that Trump …
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post clears reporter who tweeted link to Kobe Bryant rape allegations
Associated Press:
Trump looks to sign trade deal, show wins during impeachment
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
At Rally, Trump Praises Van Drew for Leaving ‘Deranged’ Democratic Party
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Bernie Sanders campaign hones in on Texas as primary nears
Lyz Lenz / The Gazette:
How do you caucus with a baby?  —  Krista Sigel wants to caucus …
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE-WATCH: GOP Launches Campaign Ad, Fundraiser Off CNN's Don Lemon Mocking Trump Supporters
Discussion: Twitchy
Des Moines Register:
Ernst, Grassley should support calling witnesses in impeachment trial; Ernst's comments betray a closed mind
 Earlier Items: 
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Doubts and questions.’ Collins' Senate bid opens fissure in Georgia GOP
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: HuffPost and Contemptor
The Daily Beast:
The Daily Caller Sued Over ‘Relentless,’ ‘Xenophobic’ House IT ‘Conspiracy Theories’
Nicolas Pelham / 1843:
Trapped in Iran  —  In July 2019 Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's …
Discussion: Politico
Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
New Koch Group Dogged by Charges of Anti-Semitism