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10:35 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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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
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.
NY Daily News:
Christie's Waterloo  —  The George Washington Bridge fiasco is a deeply damning window on the governor's administration  —  Explaining to do.  —  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.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie's Carefully Devised, No-Nonsense Image in Peril  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has built a remarkable brand in Republican politics around a simple message: that his bluster and brashness, grating as they might be, were driven by a desire to transcend partisan rancor and petty politics in the service of the public good.
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Breaking: State senator says he'll call for feds to look into ‘Bridgegate’  —  (CNN) — [Breaking news alert, 7:07 a.m.]  —  N.J. State Sen. Ray Lesniak told CNN he will formally request an investigation into the Gov. Chris Christie administration over the George Washington Bridge controversy.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie's critics savor his misfortune
Discussion: CNN and Ed Driscoll
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: Politico, CNN and Power Line
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Bill targeting environmental regs threatened with veto  —  The White House issued a veto threat Wednesday against House legislation meant to slash environmental red tape and give states more sway over federal facilities.  —  The chamber is poised to vote Thursday on a consolidated package …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Fox News:
House GOP group rejects Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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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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New York Times:
Progress in the War on Poverty
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 …
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Eric Talmadge / Associated Press:   DENNIS RODMAN APOLOGIZES FOR BAE COMMENTS
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 …
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CNN:
Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
CNN:
Swearing toddler removed from home  —  (CNN) — A Nebraska toddler who repeated a slew of profanities in an online video has been taken into child protective custody, Omaha police said Wednesday.  —  While authorities found nothing criminal in the video, officials from the Omaha police's Child Victim Unit …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Riehl World News
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Second crewmember dies in Navy helicopter crash  —  A second crewmember died Wednesday evening after a Navy helicopter crashed off the Virginia coast, and another remains missing.  —  The Navy said Wednesday that the second crewmember who had been rescued in Tuesday's crash had died …
Reuters:
Egyptian courts convict 113 over pro-Mursi protests  —  (Reuters) - Egyptian courts convicted 113 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on Thursday on charges including attacking police, rioting and weapons possession in three separate cases brought after protests against the army-backed government.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 
 
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