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9:15 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, CNN and Riehl World News
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chris Christie announces 11 a.m. presser  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will hold a press conference Thursday morning, the day after controversy erupted over his office's involvement in a major September traffic snafu.  —  Christie will have a press availability at the governor's office …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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, First Read and CNN
John Dickerson / Slate:
The fate of his presidential campaign hangs on how he responds to the Fort Lee traffic scandal.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Chris Christie's problem is that he's really, truly a bully
Timothy Stanley / CNN:
Christie's rising star now a target
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Christie says he was unaware of emails about bridge closure
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Power Line
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
N.J. Senate Majority Leader Says Criminal Charges May Come In Bridge Scandal
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered
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.”
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Rich Lowry / Politico:   Obama's insincere war
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
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
An emotional Trey Radel: ‘I have a lot of work to do’
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
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans call for a new approach to fight poverty  —  On the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty, Republicans seek to address voter anxiety about an uneven economic recovery in a midterm election year.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gives a speech at the Capitol in which he called for a …
Discussion: First Read
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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: Hot Air and Pirate's Cove
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 …
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
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Reform Puts A Twist On SCOTUS Recess-Appointment Case  —  The Supreme Court is set to hear a major case next Monday about the president's power to temporarily appoint nominees when the Senate is not conducting business.  And while the case may suddenly be less consequential …
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Dennis Rodman apologizes for North Korea outburst, says he'd been drinking  —  Rodman, ex-NBAers play North Korea  —  (CNN) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for his much-criticized outburst about an American citizen imprisoned in North Korea, saying he was stressed …
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Poverty Line Was Designed Assuming Every Family Had a Housewife Who Was a ‘Skillful Cook’  —  The official poverty line, as I wrote yesterday, is a dated and crude statistical concept that in many ways fails to capture America's historical success at fighting economic need.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
‘Great Society’ agenda led to great — and lasting — philosophical divide  —  The ambitious “Great Society” agenda begun half a century ago continues to touch nearly every aspect of American life.  But the deep philosophical divide it created has come to define the nation's harsh politics, especially in the Obama era.
 
 
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Swearing toddler removed from home
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Peter Baker / Reuters:
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