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8:00 AM ET, January 9, 2014

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Linh Tat / NorthJersey.com:
EMS responses delayed by GWB lane closures in Fort Lee  —  FORT LEE - Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations - including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious - due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge …
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Bill Pascrell on bridge flap: ‘Worst is yet to come’  —  New Jersey House members aren't calling for congressional investigations into revelations that a staffer in Gov. Chris Christie's office called for the closing of lanes on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World News
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie's critics savor his misfortune  —  Chris Christie is learning that being a Party of One can be pretty lonely when times get tough.  —  Democrats predictably condemned the New Jersey governor after a bombshell report Wednesday tied one of his top staffers to a burgeoning scandal that's already been dubbed “Bridge-gate.”
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Daily News:
Christie's Waterloo  —  In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends.  If not, Christie is a lying thug himself.  —  Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented …
Discussion: RedState and Liberaland
John Dickerson / Slate:
The fate of his presidential campaign hangs on how he responds to the Fort Lee traffic scandal.
Timothy Stanley / CNN:
Christie's rising star now a target
Discussion: The Dish and ThinkProgress
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Chris Christie's problem is that he's really, truly a bully
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Christie says he was unaware of emails about bridge closure
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered
Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘People will be held responsible’
Philip Ewing / Politico:
The secret life of Robert Gates  —  Robert Gates's tenure running the Pentagon might go down as the greatest performance in acting history.  —  On the outside, he was an even-keeled, plain speaking former college president, one who declared to Congress he hadn't returned to Washington to be a “bump on a log.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
Obama's insincere war  —  Robert Gates has roiled the Beltway with perhaps the least surprising bombshells ever to appear in a tell-all Washington memoir.  —  Did anyone believe that President Barack Obama was passionately committed to the Afghanistan war that he escalated at the same time he announced a withdrawal date?
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
W.H. responds to Gates book
Fox News:
House GOP group rejects Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform  —  FILE: June 15, 2012: Niouseline St. Jean, from Turks and Caicos Islands who lives in the U.S. illegally reacts to a new immigration ruling for students.AP  —  A group of House Republicans is rejecting President Obama's call …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
House Republicans Preparing Plan for Immigration Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner and his Republican leadership team are preparing to release their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws later this month, the speaker told his members at a closed-door conference on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
An emotional Trey Radel: ‘I have a lot of work to do’
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Heritage Scholar Slams Marco Rubio's Anti-Poverty Speech  —  Will Rubio's push into welfare reform make him a pariah on the right all over again?  —  Toby Melville / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — A senior scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation was quick to criticize Sen. Marco Rubio's …
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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:   Republicans call for a new approach to fight poverty
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin to GOP: Put down Ayn Rand books  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Republicans to stop reading Ayn Rand books and help Democrats pass legislation aimed to give struggling Americans a hand.  —  “I say to my conservative friends, put down those Ayn Rand books …
Discussion: Politico
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CNN:
Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits  —  (CNN) - The prospects for passing an extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed got significantly worse Wednesday after two Republican senators who voted with Democrats earlier this week said they will pull …
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Virginia Special Election Surprise: Republican Trails Democrat by 10 Votes in District Obama Won Big  —  A special election held Tuesday for a Norfolk-based state senate seat should have been an easy win for Democrats.  President Obama won the district by 15 points (57 percent to 42 percent) …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Va. Senate control hangs in balance as Democrat leads special election by 22 votes
Discussion: Political Capital
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Novelist's Ex In Bizarre Handgun Threat Arrest  —  Cormac McCarthy's former wife pulled weapon from her vagina  —  A domestic dispute over space aliens escalated Saturday morning when a lingerie-clad New Mexico woman allegedly pointed a silver handgun at her boyfriend …
Politico:
Democrats blame big business for botched rollout  —  Democrats taking heat back home for Obamacare's rocky online rollout say don't blame them — blame Big Business.  —  Facing an onslaught of constituent frustration over problems with online exchanges, several Democrats have started pointing fingers …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Rana Foroohar / TIME:
Janet Yellen: The Sixteen Trillion Dollar Woman  —  In her first and only interview as Fed chief, the economist says why she thinks the housing market is back on track, companies will invest, and more new jobs are on the way this year.  She now has the world's largest economy in her hands
Discussion: Business Insider
Lucy Crossley / Daily Mail:
Student slices off his own penis after stabbing his mother while high on party drug  — Both parent and son, 19, now in a stable condition in hospital, and surgeons are thought to have re-attached his penis  —  A teenager stabbed his mother before cutting off his own penis after he was believed …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Peter Baker / Reuters:
Grim Sequel to Iraq's War
Discussion: Real Science
Chris Faraone / Vocativ:
E-book versions of Hitler's opus are rising in the rankings on Amazon and iTunes. What gives?
Discussion: Guardian
Kimberly Hefling / BREITBART.COM:
HOLDER'S NEW SCHOOL DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES: STOP TARGETING MINORITIES
Discussion: American Thinker and VodkaPundit
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Poverty Line Was Designed Assuming Every Family Had a Housewife Who Was a ‘Skillful Cook’
Mark Steyn / Spectator:
Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic! It's too good to be true
Discussion: Catallaxy Files
Matt Daily / Politico:
W.H. science director knocks climate change skeptics
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
KY Rep. Who Accidentally Fired Gun In State Capitol Urges Gun Safety
Discussion: WHAS-TV, Courier-Journal and Liberaland
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Issa threatens perjury probe of Sebelius
Discussion: Politico and Liberaland
Noah Berlatsky / The Atlantic Online:
What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Strict Obstructionist  —  MITCH MCCONNELL IS A MASTER MANIPULATOR …