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Nunes aide communicated with Parnas about Ukraine campaign, messages show

January 18, 2020
Rosalind Helderman, Paul Sonne, Greg Miller | The Washington Post
House Democrats released new documents Friday evening showing extensive contact between an associate of President Trump’s personal attorney and an aide to the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee regarding the effort to obtain material from Ukrainian prosecutors that would be damaging to former vice president Joe Biden.
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Senators brace for contentious Tuesday as impeachment trial begins in earnest

January 18, 2020
Manu Raju, Phil Mattingly | CNN
Senate leaders are preparing for a contentious session Tuesday that could stretch several hours as well as send the chamber into a closed session as Democrats try to force the GOP into accepting witness testimony and documents to be produced during the impeachment trial, according to multiple senators and other sources familiar with the planning.
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Trump Campaign Plans Greater Focus on ‘Bundlers’

January 18, 2020
Maggie Haberman | The New York Times
Successful in raising small contributions online and six-figure ones from wealthy donors, the campaign now wants to tap into supporters who can “bundle” contributions from friends and business associates.
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They ‘Would Love to See a Woman in Office,’ but It’s Not Priority No. 1

January 18, 2020
Lisa Lerer | The New York Times
In the Trump era, some women say the power of a symbolic first is overshadowed by anxiety about defeating the president.
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Trump expands legal team to include Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr as Democrats release new documents

January 18, 2020
Josh Dawsey, John Wagner, Michael Brice-Saddler | The Washington Post
With his Senate trial to begin in earnest next week, President Trump has added some high-profile lawyers to his legal team, including Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr.
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What we learned from the opening day of Trump’s impeachment trial

January 17, 2020
Lisa Desjardins, Yamiche Alcindor | PBS NewsHour
President Trump’s impeachment trial, only the third such proceeding in U.S. history, opened in the Senate Thursday. Chief Justice John Roberts and 99 senators were sworn in to their official trial roles. Meanwhile, new evidence related to Trump’s Ukraine policy was publicly released.
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Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point

January 17, 2020
Ashley Parker, Rosalind Helderman, Paul Sonne | The Washington Post
Lev Parnas said he arrived for his May meeting in Kyiv with a top aide to Ukraine’s president-elect, Volodymyr Zelensky, with a clear directive from Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer: Unless Zelensky announced an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden, one of Trump’s possible 2020 rivals, his country’s relationship with the United States would sour.
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FBI makes 3 arrests ahead of pro-gun rally in Virginia

January 17, 2020
Geoff Bennett | NBC News
The governor of Virginia has declared a temporary state of emergency ahead of a pro-gun rally scheduled there, and the FBI has made several arrests of alleged white supremacists.
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Black Americans deeply pessimistic about country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds

January 17, 2020
Dan Balz, Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Vanessa Williams, Scott Clement | The Washington Post
President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, “What have you got to lose?” Three years later, black Americans have rendered their verdict on his presidency with a deeply pessimistic assessment of their place in the United States under a leader seen by an overwhelming majority as racist.
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