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5:05 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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Big Trouble  —  As I've written several times, this Christie Bridge Scandal is far more potentially damaging for Christie that it might seem on its face because its fits so perfectly with the negative view (as opposed to the positive view) of Chris Christie.  That is, that he and his crew are thugs and bullies.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Top Christie Staff Sought Lane Closings as Revenge  —  A series of newly obtained emails and text messages shows that Gov. Chris Christie's office was closely involved with lane closings on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge in September, and that officials closed the lanes …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
N.J. Senate Majority Leader Says Criminal Charges May Come In Bridge Scandal  —  New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) said Wednesday she thinks criminal charges may come in the growing scandal over last September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
Wall Street Journal:
CONNECT  —  A top aide to Gov. Chris Christie told an executive …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
It's Obamacare all the time for Republicans
Joan Walsh / Salon:
GOP is losing on unemployment insurance — and running scared
Discussion: The Mahablog and Post Politics
Politico:
Carolyn McCarthy, Mike McIntyre to retire  —  North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will not seek reelection this year, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with their plans - marking a blow to Democratic efforts to win control of the House.
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and Daily Kos
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Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Longtime Dems McIntyre, McCarthy to Retire (Updated) (Video)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy: I won't run again
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Strict Obstructionist  —  MITCH MCCONNELL IS A MASTER MANIPULATOR AND STRATEGIST—THE UNHERALDED ARCHITECT OF THE REPUBLICAN RESURGENCE.  NOW THAT HIS RELENTLESS TACTICS HAVE MADE HIS PARTY VICTORIOUS, HE IS POISED TO TAKE DOWN THE PRESIDENT AND WIN THE SENATE MAJORITY HE COVETS …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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New York Times:
Bridging the Compassion Gap
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
In Defense of Obama on the Gates Memoir  —  The president questioned the generals?  Good.  That's his job.  —  Robert Gates (left) and President Barack Obama cover their hearts during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner during Gates' Armed Forces Farewell Tribute on the River Parade Field …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Bob Gates's memoir could haunt Hillary in 2016
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: Daily Kos and Mashable
Noah Berlatsky / The Atlantic Online:
What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual  —  Last night my wife and I went out for dinner.  Our server was French, a fact that allowed us to spend a few moments practicing the language.  When the server left, my wife said, “It's everywhere.”  Indeed.  Some years ago I decided to learn French.
ThinkProgress:
West Virginia Lawmaker Wants To Make It A Felony To Enforce Obamacare  —  Nullificationist Senator John C. Calhoun  —  CREDIT: (AP Photo/National Portrait Gallery)  —  At least 82,000 West Virginia residents are signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion alone.
Discussion: Martinsburg Journa and Liberaland
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Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
GOP targets Begich over Affordable Care Act - with ad that airs just once
CBS News:
Survey: Reported Christian “martyr” deaths doubled in 2013  —  Shares -  —  Tweets - Stumble  —  LONDON — Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
‘Oh COME ON’: The Guardian's description of pro-abort Wendy Davis is beyond absurd; Update: Guardian issues correction  —  Here's how the sane see abortion booster Wendy Davis: … And here's The Guardian's description of the Texas Dem, courtesy of National Review fellow Betsy Woodruff:
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Utah Governor Says State Will Not Recognize 1300+ Same-Sex Marriages  —  Utah's governor says the Constitution does not apply to these two men  —  Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's (R) office announced Wednesday that his state will not recognize the over 1,300 same sex marriages performed between …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Utah Marriages Of Same-Sex Couples “On Hold” Pending Appeal, Governor's Office Says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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.
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.
 
 
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Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
That's rich: Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record
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Wall Street Journal:
Max Luke and Jenna Mukuno: Boldly Going Where No Greens Have Gone Before
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Anthony Weiner gets ‘Alpha House’ cameo
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Air Force Commander at Center of Case to Retire
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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
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