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new york times
Should Newspaper Endorsements Exist?
In the wake of the Times’ big reveal of its choice, Intelligencer staffers discuss whether this tradition makes any sense.
the national interest
the national interest
Two Trump Lawyers Dismissed His Own Constitutional Argument
Jonathan Turley and William Barr have said a president can be impeached for abuse of power. Oops!
what the right is reading
what the right is reading
A New Conservative Theory of Why America Is So Polarized
Author Christopher Caldwell argues that since the 1960s the U.S. has functionally had two competing Constitutions – and that the straddle can’t last.
Highlights and Lowlights From the Senate Impeachment Trial
The most important moments from the case against President Trump.
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vision 2020
The Times Dual Endorsement of Klobuchar and Warren Isn’t Nuts
Yes, they have many differences. But they’re the candidates with the most compelling plans to get something done, and they’d break that glass ceiling.
Eric Adams’s ‘Go Back to Iowa’ Is Intolerant — and Incoherent
The Brooklyn borough president implies that you’re not a New Yorker if you shop at chain stores. Tell it to the customers at your local Duane Reade.

An explosive scoop from The Guardian – will other outlets match reporting on this?

The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian.

The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis.

This analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post.

The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on 1 May of that year, the unsolicited file was sent, according to sources who spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity.

trump impeachment
trump impeachment
The Impeachment Process Explained: What Happens to Trump Now?
Everything you need to know about the next steps in the Senate, and the consequences Trump might face.

When the billionaires are running the show

Amount spent on TV ads through the end of last week:

Bloomberg $180m
Steyer $120m
All other Democrats combined $43m

An argument that echoes Trump’s own words

WH lawyer Pat Cipollone: It’s “long past time” that we start this Senate trial so we can end this “ridiculous charade” and “have an election.”

Bernie gets an endorsement that might actually matter

“I think I’ll probably vote for Bernie.” - @joerogan

The president weighs in as his impeachment trial revs up

Mitch McConnell’s Impeachment Trial Strategy
McConnell wants the trial to unfold rapidly, but has backup plans in case things go awry and the Senate agrees to hear witnesses.
Trump Gives House Republicans Participation Trophy As ‘Adjunct’ Trial Team
Mark Meadows, Doug Collins, and others won’t get to rant and rave and cut capers in the Senate—but they’ll be honorary members of Trump’s legal squad.
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the national interest
Trump and Russia Are Colluding in Ukraine for Profit and Political Gain
The Ukraine scandal might just be the same thing as the Russia scandal.
Brazil Charges Journalist Glenn Greenwald With Cyber Crimes
The founder of the Intercept is accused of colluding with hackers.

A significant change

NEW: McConnell resolution is now 24 hours per side in opening arguments over THREE session days
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2016 presidential election
Hillary Clinton Won’t Commit to Endorsing Sanders If He Wins Nomination
“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said of her 2016 rival.

Won’t someone think of the senators?

Sen. Rick Scott tells me the rules only allow senators to drink water and milk on the Senate floor during the impeachment trial

A loss for Democrats, who wanted this to be front and center during the 2020 campaign

BREAKING: Supreme Court will not expedite briefing in Obamacare challenge, meaning it’s unlikely to be considered this term

Impeachment will take a toll on the senators running for president

The Sanders campaign just announced his planned appearances in Iowa this week are being cancelled due to the impeachment schedule. He was scheduled to appear with @AOC and the campaign says she still will “host campaign events.”
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trump impeachment
McConnell Dubbed ‘Midnight Mitch’ for Pushing Impeachment Into ‘Dead of Night’
The Republican’s proposal, which would see the impeachment trial last well into the night, have Democrats crying “cover-up.”

According to Gallup, Trump is slowly getting more popular, but is still nowhere near majority approval

Trump’s average job approval by year (via ⁦@GallupNews⁩):

2017: 38%
2018: 40%
2019: 42%

It’s tight as a tick in the Granite State

New Hampshire Suffolk University/Boston Globe Poll:

Sanders 16%
Biden 15%
Buttigieg 12%
Warren 10%
Yang 6%
Gabbard 5%
Klobuchar 5%
Steyer 3%
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select all
Peter Thiel’s Latest Venture Is the American Government
How the VC learned to love Big Brother.

At least the crowd at Davos liked one part of Trump’s speech

President Trump diverged sharply from the tone of this week’s World Economic Forum in at least two ways during his opening session speech on Tuesday — he was exuberant about the state of the U.S. economy and dismissive of the threat from climate change.

… Trump didn’t mention impeachment in a campaign-style address in which he claimed to have launched a U.S. “economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

… He also lambasted “prophets of doom” — an apparent reference to climate activists like Greta Thunberg, with whom he is sharing top billing in Davos.

… Trump entered and exited to applause, but was only applauded during the speech when he mentioned a commitment to plant one trillion trees. Attendees occasionally chuckled and shook their heads at some of his brasher pronouncements.

The Voice of the Podcast Generation
Michael Barbaro made the New York Times’ The Daily a raging success. Or is it the other way around?
How to Watch the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump
And what to expect from the first week — including Saturday proceedings and some seriously late nights, if Mitch McConnell’s timeline holds.
climate change
climate change
Republican-led States Want Disaster Aid Without Having to Address Climate Change
As states ignore climate change — but seek funding to limit its damage — the region is expected to bear the brunt of rising sea levels in the U.S.
Kellyanne Conway: Martin Luther King Jr. Would Be Against Trump Impeachment
It’s highly unlikely that the reverend, who died fighting for equality, would oppose a Constitutional effort to hold a racist president accountable.
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trump impeachment
Trump Lawyers Ask for Quick End to ‘Flimsy’ Impeachment Case
In a memo released Monday, the President’s team argued that he did “absolutely nothing wrong.”

Virginia gun rally ends without incident

Thousands of gun-rights activists rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday under a heavy police presence, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation.

The size of the rally and the expected participation of white supremacists and fringe militia groups raised fears that the state could see a repeat of the violence that exploded in 2017 in Charlottesville. But the rally concluded uneventfully around noon, and attendees spilled into the streets, chanting and waving signs.

A spokesman for the Capitol police said that as of 11 a.m. there had been no reports of arrests or injuries.

new york times
new york times
All the Problems With the New York Times’ Televised Endorsement Special
The reality TV show no one needed resulted in an unsatisfying double endorsement.

The coronavirus spreading through China is now being passed by humans

The new coronavirus that has infected more than 200 people in China has been transmitted between humans, according to Chinese health authorities.

Zhong Nanshan, who heads up China’s National Health Commission, told Xinhua News Agency, China’s official state-run news organization, that two cases of human-to-human transmission had been confirmed in China, one in Wuhan and one in Guangdong.

Chinese officials had initially linked the virus to large seafood market in Wuhan, China, where many of the cases originated.

the national interest
the national interest
Now We Know What Would Have Happened If Joe McCarthy Became President
The surprising thing is not McCarthy’s rise to power, but why it took so long for somebody to try the same thing again.

How Bloomberg is making life harder for everyone else

Michael Bloomberg’s big-spending, shock-and-awe TV ad campaign has made politicking more expensive for everyone from his 2020 rivals to Senate, House and state legislative candidates around the country.

Eight weeks into his presidential campaign, Bloomberg has already spent more money on advertising — $248 million — than most candidates could spend in years. That amount has squeezed TV ad inventory in nearly every state, lowering supply and causing stations to raise ad prices at a time of high demand, as candidates around the country gear up for their primaries.

On average in markets around the country, prices for political TV ads have risen by 20 percent since Bloomberg began his campaign. 

The Times picks two

Both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration. If there were ever a time to be open to new ideas, it is now. If there were ever a time to seek stability, now is it.

That’s why we’re endorsing the most effective advocates for each approach. They are Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.

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vision 2020
How the Impeachment Trial Affects Sanders, Warren, and Klobuchar in Iowa
The four senators still running for president will lose valuable face time and local media coverage during a crucial stretch of the campaign.
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vision 2020
One of the Iowa Contenders Could Beat Trump, Right?
Two weeks out from the caucus, it’s an unprecedented four-way deadlock. Ready, set, go!
the national interest
the national interest
Trump Lawyers Argue No President Can Be Impeached for Any Abuse of Power
The White House legal team lays out a breathtaking constitutional theory.
House Prosecutors, Trump Lawyers File Dueling Impeachment Briefs
Trump is either the “framers’ worst nightmare” or a completely innocent victim, depending on which memo you read.