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10 things you need to know today:
 
7:08 AM · Jan 29, 2020·Sprout Social  
1. Trump unveils peace plan seen as favoring Israel

President Trump on Tuesday unveiled a Middle East peace plan that would give Israel control of a unified Jerusalem as its capital, and let it hold onto settlements in the West Bank. The proposal also called for a Palestinian state, but one with limited sovereignty and a capital in "eastern Jerusalem" cut off from the rest of the city by an Israeli military barrier. "My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides," Trump said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood by Trump's side as he announced the long-awaited plan. There was no Palestinian representative present. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Trump's proposal the "slap of the century," and thousands of Palestinians protested in Gaza and the West Bank. [The New York Times, Reuters]

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2. Trump defense team concludes opening arguments in impeachment trial

President Trump's lawyers wrapped up the opening argument in their defense against charges that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democrats. Trump's legal team argued against subpoenaing former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, saying his testimony would be irrelevant. "This should end now, as quickly as possible," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said. Bolton reportedly wrote in a draft of his upcoming book that Trump said last year he was withholding security aid to Ukraine until its leaders committed to investigating Joe Biden, a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. That news increased pressure from potentially key Republicans to have Bolton testify, which could derail the White House's push to finish the trial quickly. [The Associated Press]

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3. Report: McConnell doesn't have the votes to block witnesses

During a meeting of Republican senators on Tuesday afternoon, GOP leaders announced that they do not have enough votes to stop witnesses from being called at President Trump's impeachment trial, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press report. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not share any numbers, but did acknowledge the votes aren't where he needs them to be, people with knowledge of the meeting said. The senators will vote later this week on whether to allow witnesses in the trial, and a new Quinnipiac poll shows 75 percent of voters want to hear witness testimony. Trump's lawyers finished their opening arguments on Tuesday, and declared the trial should end "as quickly as possible" without any witnesses. [The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press]

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4. U.S. expands airport screenings in effort to spot coronavirus

U.S. health officials on Tuesday expanded screening rules for international travelers in response to the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak that started in China. Beijing has confirmed more than 4,500 infections, and more than 106 deaths. Despite the increased precautions, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, "At this point Americans should not worry for their own safety." Hong Kong on Tuesday said it would cut rail links to mainland China and reduce flights. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded a travel warning to its highest level, urging U.S. citizens against travel to China after confirming a fifth case in the United States. [The Associated Press, Time]

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5. All 9 bodies recovered from crash site of Kobe Bryant's helicopter

The Los Angeles County coroner's office announced Tuesday that search crews had recovered the remains of all nine people who died in the crash of basketball legend Kobe Bryant's helicopter, which crashed in heavy fog on Sunday. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, two of her teammates, their parents, a coach, and the pilot died when the helicopter slammed into a hillside on the way to a youth basketball tournament. Bryant's remains were among the first four identified. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the tragedy. Some experts have said the weather, which had left some other aircraft grounded, could have been a factor. The chartered helicopter did not have a recommended warning system designed to alert the pilot the aircraft was too close to the ground, National Transportation Safety Board officials said. [The New York Times]

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6. CBO: U.S. debt to reach 98 percent of GDP by 2030

The Congress Budget Office released a report Tuesday predicting U.S. debt will reach 98 percent of the country's GDP by 2030, up from the 81 percent the office foresees the deficit reaching by the end of 2020. The CBO projects the government will spend $1 trillion more than it collects in 2020. The prognostication is reportedly mostly a result of tax cuts and the assumption that the government will continue to increase spending. If the Trump administration's tax cuts enacted in 2017 are extended beyond their current expiration at the end of 2025, the latest CBO estimates may fall short. CBO Director Phillip Swagel expects the deficit level to eventually reach some historic highs, especially for a time of low unemployment. He said his office's projections will approach figures not seen "since World War II." [The Wall Street Journal]

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7. U.K. to let Huawei provide some 5G equipment

Britain on Tuesday decided to allow Huawei to supply some high-speed 5G network equipment to wireless carriers, despite a warning from the Trump administration that it would stop sharing intelligence with any country that did not ban the Chinese tech giant. The British government's decision marked a first among major U.S. allies in Europe. The U.S. has warned that doing business with Huawei could put government secrets at risk because Huawei could give China's government access to data, a charge Huawei denies. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the U.K. would never do anything to threaten its national security, or that of its intelligence-sharing partners. "We know more about Huawei and the risks that it poses than any other country in the world," Raab said. [The Associated Press]

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8. U.S. recovers remains of 2 crew members after plane crash in Afghanistan

The U.S. military on Tuesday recovered the remains of two crew members who died when a U.S. military surveillance plane crashed in Afghanistan. The U.S. disputed claims by the Taliban that members of the Islamist extremist group shot down the aircraft, a Bombardier E-11A. The crash occurred in Taliban-controlled territory in Ghazni province. The Pentagon said the remains had been "treated with dignity and respect by the local Afghan community." U.S. forces recovered what was believed to be the plane's flight data recorder. "The cause of the crash remains under investigation, however there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire," the U.S. military statement said. [Reuters]

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9. Number of Americans who sustained brain injuries in Iraq strike rises

The Pentagon said Tuesday that 50 American service members suffered brain injuries in an Iranian missile attack on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Jan. 8. Thirty-one of the soldiers returned to duty after being treated in Iraq. Eighteen were transported to Germany for further evaluation. Immediately after the attack, President Trump said no Americans were injured, and as recently as last week he dismissed the injuries as "not very serious." "I heard they had headaches," he said. Iran fired the missiles from its own territory in what it said was retaliation for the Jan. 3 U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad. [The New York Times]

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10. Powerful earthquake hits in Caribbean between Jamaica and Cuba

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Cuba. The quake's center was six miles deep, about 70 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica. The powerful tremor, one of the most powerful on record in the Caribbean, caused severe shaking in western Jamaica, with light shaking on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was felt as far away as Miami in South Florida, where several buildings were evacuated. Authorities issued a tsunami warning, but it was later lifted. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The earthquake appeared to have been centered on the fault boundary between the North American and Caribbean plates. It was the fourth earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater recorded in the Caribbean since 2000. [USA Today]

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Jared Kushner just said on CNN that

“I come from a real estate background,” and that gave him

the expertise needed to draw a Middle East map for Israel and Palestine.

 

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Mike Pompeo tells @BarakRavid that the U.S. will support Israeli annexations in the West Bank, so long as they're consistent with the maps presented in the U.S. peace plan.
 
6:01 PM · Jan 28, 2020·TweetDeck
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If you want your children to inherit the blessings that generations of Americans have fought and died to secure
 
—then we must devote everything we have toward victory in 2020. Only this way, can we save the America we love
 
– and drain the Washington Swamp once and for all!
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- How thoughtful .....a nice encouraging shout out to the DNC    ;)
 
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BREAKING NEWS: Trump's Own Attorney Says He's Corrupt;
"Corrupt Intent"—with "Quid Pro Quo"—Are the Two Requirements Identified By Dershowitz
for An Impeachable Bribery Case,
 
and John Bolton Just Confirmed Trump Confessed to a Quid Pro Quo
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Alan Dershowitz called Trump corrupt in 2016 and said he could be corrupt as President

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/politics/dershowitz-2016-trump-corruption-kfile/index.html

 

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Progressive Jewish Groups Dismiss Trump's Middle East Peace Plan As 'Utterly Bankrupt' and a 'Sham'

.... Emily Mayer, the co-founder of progressive Jewish group IfNotNow, called the plan "utterly bankrupt."

"This is a political ploy by both leaders to distract from their abuse of power, designed to help Netanyahu win the election in less than six weeks," Mayer told Newsweek ......

https://www.newsweek.com/progressive-jewish-groups-dismiss-trumps-middle-east-peace-plan-utterly-bankrupt-sham-1484451?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1580244001

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For a guy who couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since, “begged” me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying “Don’t do it, sir,” takes the job, mistakenly says “Libyan Model” on T.V., and many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security. Who would do this?
 
7:28 AM · Jan 29, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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Replying to
 
Trump 3 months ago: "John Bolton is a patriot and may know that I held back the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country, & I wanted to know why nearby European countries weren’t putting up money also."
 
Bolton went off-script.
 
7:44 AM · Jan 29, 2020·TweetDeck
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President Trump continues to be all over the map on witnesses. He vacillates between saying he'd personally like for their to be witnesses and then decries the idea of calling them in Senate as unfair.
 
8:21 AM · Jan 29, 2020·TweetDeck
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14 hours ago, jakeem said:

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This Impeachment mess is only serving to further divide our country. Folks in Iowa want to see us getting work done. This is not helpful to that. We need to get back to the people’s business.
 
6:21 PM · Jan 27, 2020·TweetDeck

Are you nuts?  You are in lockstep with the man who’s election/reelection strategy has been/is to intentionally divide the country.  You are trying to do his dirty work with Trump’s conspiracy theory, for which he got impeached, by muddying the waters and sully Joe Biden with corruption in this debunked conspiracy theory. 

You should stick to what you are good at, calling pigs.  Donald Trump May answer; “Suey!”

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14 hours ago, jakeem said:

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Grisham slams Bolton on Fox: “How much does it cost to sell out potential national security of your country?”
 
8:10 PM · Jan 27, 2020·Twitter Web App

I don’t know Stephanie.  But you can ask your boss Donald Trump, or his son-in-law -Jared Kushner, and announce the answer at your next press conference.

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14 hours ago, Vautrin said:

Yeah, PU, though it will be entertaining to watch these two nutjobs try to out crazy one another

in the name of the Donald.

I just had an “A-HA!” Moment!  The Swamp is up Trump’s aaasssss!!  All those toxic swamp creatures abide in there!!!

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15 hours ago, TalkTalk123 said:

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Iraqis Protest For US To Withdraw

Not what the Death Dealer Bill Kristol wants to see.

Need to take the hint....

WHY ARE WE STILL THERE?

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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.
 
12:30 PM · Jan 29, 2020·SocialFlow
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The president is flying to Palm Beach again to host his Super Bowl party at his for-profit golf course in West Palm, where he can mingle with paying guests whose dues flow directly into his own cash registers. The weekend will cost taxpayers about $3.4 million.
 
This happens so often that it becomes numbing.
 
But to state the obvious:
 
Trump is spending millions of tax dollars so he can boost his own personal business using the imprimatur of the presidency.
 
Yet the WH claims he is bothered by corruption?
 
12:41 PM · Jan 29, 2020·Twitter Web App
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No matter how many witnesses you give the Democrats, no matter how much information is given, like the quickly produced Transcripts, it will NEVER be enough for them. They will always scream UNFAIR. The Impeachment Hoax is just another political CON JOB!
 
9:25 PM · Jan 28, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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CNN
 
San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers is making history by becoming the first woman and openly gay person to coach in a Super Bowl. Sowers is in her fourth season in the NFL.
 
12:46 PM · Jan 26, 2020·SocialFlow
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