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1:25 PM ET, January 10, 2014

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msnbc.com:
An alternate theory of the Christie scandal  —  Rachel Maddow presents a new possibility of what the induced Ft. Lee traffic jam was retribution for if it wasn't over the mayor's gubernatorial endorsement.
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Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
At the heart of the scandal  —  It's no longer in dispute that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration crippled the community of Fort Lee last September on purpose.  It's also no longer in dispute that the governor's team did so as an act of political retaliation.
Discussion: Shakesville
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie's damage control  —  Chris Christie did about as well as he could, given the circumstances.  All he can do now is wait, and hope it passes without many more revelations.  —  That was the sentiment coming from people who wanted to offer support to the Republican governor of New Jersey …
Discussion: Guardian
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Kean: Christie questions remain
Discussion: The Fix and CNN
The Hill:
Christie tries to stop the bleeding
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Hot Air
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Liberal Self-Identification Edges Up to New High in 2013  —  Fifteen-percentage-point conservative advantage ties as smallest to date  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans continue to be more likely to identify as conservatives (38%) than as liberals (23%).  But the conservative advantage …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: Obama Administration Will Grant Benefits To Married Gay Couples In Utah  —  The Obama administration will grant federal benefits to the roughly 1,000 gay couples in Utah who got married during the brief window recently when it was legal.  —  “I am confirming today that …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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CNN:
Breaking: Obama administration will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah  —  (CNN) - The Justice Department announced Friday it will recognize - for federal purposes - same-sex marriages performed for a short period in Utah.  —  The state on Wednesday said it would not recognize …
Discussion: PostPartisan and Weasel Zippers
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration To Recognize Utah Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Jason Furman / White House.gov Blog:
The Employment Situation in December  —  As our economy continues to make progress, there's a lot more work to do.  Though December's job growth was less than expected, we continue to focus on the longer-term trend in the economy - 2.2 million private sector jobs added and a 1.2 percentage point decline …
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Washington Post:
Obama administration to end contract with CGI Federal, company behind HealthCare.gov  —  The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work …
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Verge and Hot Air
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
House passes Obamacare security measure
Discussion: CNN
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Jennifer Granholm To Join Obama Campaign Manager At Priorities USA  —  The former governor and Ready For Hillary surrogate is in talks to co-chair the board of Priorities USA with Jim Messina.  Podesta's replacement.  —  Isaac Brekken / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Jim Messina …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Priorities USA considers Jennifer Granholm
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
How Millennials Have Already Reshaped Politics  —  Political parties are taking young people's policy preferences into account, but that doesn't mean they're getting everything they want.  —  Almost every week provides more evidence of the political system bending toward the cultural preferences of the massive millennial generation.
Diane Sweet / crooksandliars.com/user/33:
300,000 Without Water After Coal Industry Chemical Spill In W. Virginia  —  West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declares a state of emergency after spill contaminates Elk River, “Only safe use is to flush or put out fire.”  —  A chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River has led …
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The Parties Have Already Devised Their Midterm Messages  —  Democrats and Republicans are ready for November, but it's not clear that either of their story lines will resonate across the spectrum.  —  The gavel has been struck on what has been widely judged to be the least productive session …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Begich misses jobless vote for speech in Hawaii  —  Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) missed a procedural vote on extending unemployment benefits to deliver a speech to a lobby group in Hawaii, The Hill has learned.  —  Begich delivered a keynote speech Wednesday morning to the American Aviation Issues conference …
Discussion: Roll Call and National Review
WSAV-TV:
Congressional Free Lunch?  —  Savannah -  —  Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, raised eyebrows nationwide with comments about the National School Lunch Program to the Jackson County Republican Party in December.  —  “Why don't you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel, to instill in them that there is …
US Department of State:
Terrorist Designations of Three Ansar al-Shari'a Organizations and Leaders  —  Media Note  —  Office of the Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  The Department of State has announced the designations of Ansar al-Shari'a in Benghazi, Ansar al-Shari'a in Darnah, and Ansar al-Shari'a …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Reid's Uncompromising Power Play in Senate Rankles Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — With his strong-armed change to the filibuster rule and an iron-fisted control of the Senate floor, Senator Harry Reid has engaged in the greatest consolidation of congressional power since Newt Gingrich ruled the House …
 
 
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New York Times:
WASHINGTON — Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties …
Discussion: Lawfare, Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Announces ‘Promise Zones’ in 5 Poor Areas
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Transgender teen bullied at Hercules High faces charges
Discussion: Shakesville, Advocate and The Raw Story
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Kids Are Alright: Another Obamacare Lesson from Massachusetts
Discussion: Wonkblog
Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
Obama donor leading Justice Department's IRS investigation
Associated Press:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to fight academic bigotry
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Rep. Paul Ryan gives U.S. a ‘failing grade’ in war on poverty
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Obama Seeks Balance in Plan for Spy Programs
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 

 
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