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12:20 PM ET, January 8, 2014

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Shawn Boburg / NorthJersey.com:
Emails link top Christie aide to GWB lane-closing controversy  —  Private messages between Governor's Christie's deputy chief of staff and two of his top executives at the Port Authority reveal a vindictive effort to create “traffic problems in Fort Lee” by shutting lanes to the George Washington Bridge …
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Aide: ‘Time For Some Traffic Problems In Fort Lee’  —  One of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) closest aides was involved in the discussion about the order to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September, snarling traffic in the town of Fort Lee.
Wall Street Journal:
CONNECT  —  A top aide to Gov. Chris Christie told an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” before the authority closed lanes onto the George Washington Bridge in September, triggering a week of massive traffic jams, documents show.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents  —  Republican identification lowest in at least 25 years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago.
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Ruth Rosen / In These Times:
Republicans (Still) Have a ‘Female Problem’  —  Now that it's 2014, American political analysts, strategists, and operatives are revving up for the November midterm elections.  High on the Republican agenda is the goal of convincing women to counter President Obama and vote for their congressional and gubernatorial candidates.
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates  —  Bush and Obama's secretary of defense had to wage war in Iraq, Afghanistan—and today's Washington … All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing …
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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama's leadership in ‘Duty’
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
White House rejects criticisms in Gates' memoir
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
In His New Memoir, Robert M. Gates, the Former Defense Secretary, Offers a Critique of the President
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Quit In Afghanistan
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Book review: ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ by Robert M. Gates
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
GOP targets Begich over Affordable Care Act - with ad that airs just once  —  ldemer@adn.comJanuary 7, 2014 Updated 51 minutes ago  —  The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday a fresh round in an expected torrent of campaign ads targeting Sen. Mark Begich and other Democrats for their part in the …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
RNC spends little on ObamaCare attacks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
At Democrats' Request, Even Mike Bloomberg Is Giving up on Gun Control
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Politico
Gabrielle Giffords / New York Times:
The Lessons of Physical Therapy  —  TODAY, the anniversary of the shooting in Tucson that put a bullet through my head and killed six of my constituents, is when I make my annual resolutions.  —  Many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost.  I struggle to speak, my eyesight's not great …
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Meena Duerson / Today:
TODAY exclusive: Gabby Giffords will sky-dive to mark shooting anniversary
Discussion: Mashable and Liberaland
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
House GOP leaders coach rank-and-file on discussing unemployment  —  House Republican leaders sent a memo this week to the entire GOP conference with talking points designed to help rank-and-file Republicans show compassion for the unemployed and explain the Republican position on unemployment benefits.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Memo Coaches Members To Show Empathy Toward Unemployed
Discussion: New York Magazine and Liberaland
New York Times:
Biography Casts Critical Light on Fox News Chief  —  Roger Ailes was so eager to influence national politics that in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, he told fellow Fox News executives point-blank: “I want to elect the next president.”  —  In the corporate thicket of News Corporation …
Mey / Autostraddle:
Flawless Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric's Invasive Questions  —  On Monday, transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox made a daytime TV talk show appearance on the ABC show Katie hosted by Katie Couric.
Keith Edwards / Portland Press-Herald:
LePage says children should have work option  —  Not allowing children to work is ‘causing damage to our economy,’ the governor says.  —  AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage told attendees of the 73rd annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show on Tuesday that 12-year-olds should be allowed to work in Maine.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Immigration reform's narrow window for survival  —  Immigration reform backers see a narrow window in late spring to push a sweeping overhaul through the House — a goal that eluded them in 2013.  —  The politics of immigration in the Republican-controlled chamber is still tough …
Discussion: CNN
Matt Daily / Politico:
Polar freeze: It's weather, not climate  —  Tuesday's polar vortex has set off a new round in one of the world's most predictable disputes: Does Extreme Weather Event X prove or disprove climate change?  —  In short: No.  —  The crazy weather that plunged almost all of the U.S …
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Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh's Polar Vortex ‘Hoax’ Comments Knocked Down By Weatherman (VIDEO)
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Former Guantanamo detainee implicated in Benghazi attack  —  U.S. officials suspect that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorist organization …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Drama roils race to replace Rep. Bill Young  —  The GOP race to replace the late Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) has become a political soap opera that could jeopardize Republicans' hold on the seat.  —  It has all the makings of a daytime drama: a widow disavowing her son due to opposing primary allegiances …
 
 
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Not Just About Us  —  Every day the headlines from the Arab world …
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Paul Krugman:
On Fighting the Last War (On Poverty)
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC host: Rubio blocked judicial nomination because he was ‘openly gay black trial judge’
Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
National Review:
The Fifty-Year War  —  This year marks the 50th anniversary …
Robert Rector / Wall Street Journal:
Robert Rector: How the War on Poverty Was Lost
Jonathan Kaiman / Guardian:
China blocks the Guardian, censorship-tracking website says
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Satanists' statue design for Oklahoma Capitol: ‘Sit on the lap of Satan’
NY Daily News:
Pot could put progressives in a tough spot
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Congress to Iraq's Maliki: Be a Good Boy to Get Guns
Discussion: Yahoo! News
New York Times:
Charges for 106 in Huge Fraud Over Disability
Discussion: Liberaland, Gothamist and Hit & Run
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
Half of sex attackers, violent criminals and burglars avoid jail
Discussion: Press Association and BBC
CBS San Francisco:
Google Launches Private SF Bay Ferry Service To Shuttle Workers
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Wall of Separation  —  Has The ‘Ark Park’ Run Aground?:
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Melissa Harris-Perry and the Contrition Complex
 

 
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