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1:15 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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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 and CNN
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Top Christie Staff Sought Lane Closings as Revenge
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Big Trouble  —  As I've written several times, this Christie …
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’
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama's leadership in ‘Duty’  —  In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama's leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war, writing that by early 2010 …
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
In His New Memoir, Robert M. Gates, the Former Defense Secretary, Offers a Critique of the President
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
White House rejects criticisms in Gates' memoir
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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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ThinkProgress:
West Virginia Lawmaker Wants To Make It A Felony To Enforce Obamacare
Discussion: Liberaland and Martinsburg Journa
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: Hot Air, CNN 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
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 …
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.
Mey / Autostraddle:
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.
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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Jamie Stiehm / US News:
The Catholic Supreme Court's War on Women  —  Et tu, Justice Sonia Sotomayor?  Really, we can't trust you on women's health and human rights?  The lady from the Bronx just dropped the ball on American women and girls as surely as she did the sparkling ball at midnight on New Year's Eve in Times Square.
Paul Krugman:
On Fighting the Last War (On Poverty)  —  Sorry about radio silence — I've been on the road, and busy.  And I still am.  —  I wanted, however, to say something about the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty.  —  By 1980 or so, as the linked CBPP piece says, there was widespread consensus that the WoP had failed.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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 …
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
 
 
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Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Obama To Announce 5 ‘Promise Zones’ In Effort To Focus On Income Inequality
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
‘Oh COME ON’: The Guardian's description of pro-abort Wendy Davis is beyond absurd; Update: Guardian issues correction
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Not Just About Us  —  Every day the headlines from the Arab world …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Satanists' statue design for Oklahoma Capitol: ‘Sit on the lap of Satan’
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Drama roils race to replace Rep. Bill Young
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NY Daily News:
Pot could put progressives in a tough spot
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Congress to Iraq's Maliki: Be a Good Boy to Get Guns
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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