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6:40 PM ET, January 10, 2014

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The New Yorker / Culture Desk:
Cover Story: Barry Blitt's “Playing in Traffic”  —  “I'm hoping this cartoon diverts a lot of traffic to my Web site,” Barry Blitt says about “Playing in Traffic,” the image of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that he penned for next week's cover.  —  KEYWORDS - CHRIS CHRISTIE; - COVERS
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Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Documents: Bridge official had concerns about lane closings' impact on EMS  —  Who's who in Christie bridge scandal  —  (CNN) — New Jersey officials realized early on that lane closures on access lanes to the George Washington Bridge morphed from a traffic nightmare into a major safety concern in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Port Authority Chief Warned That Bridge Lane Closures Were Illegal
Discussion: Liberaland
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
U.S. Senator says he'll hold off on GWB hearings if federal probe ensues
New York Times:   Bridge Scandal Documents Indicate Effort to Hide Political Motive
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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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Senate President Rejects Maddow's Alternate Bridge Scandal Theory
Discussion: Mediaite
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Dems break ranks with the White House on ObamaCare vote  —  Dozens of House Democrats broke ranks with President Obama on Friday to support legislation that would require people to be notified of security breaches under ObamaCare.  —  The House passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
House passes Obamacare security measure
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The cause of partisan bitterness? Competent political competition
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. to Recognize Utah Gay Marriages Despite State Stance  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday said that it would recognize as lawful the marriages of 1,300 same-sex couples in Utah, even though the state government is refusing to do so.  —  Wading into the fast-moving legal battle …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration To Recognize Utah Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Discussion: Washington Blade and ThinkProgress
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: Obama Administration Will Grant Benefits To Married Gay Couples In Utah
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels  —  Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%?  The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal …
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia GOPer Attacking Free School Lunch Expensed $4,200 In Meals  —  Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) warned that there's “no such thing as free lunch” for school children in Georgia, but he seems to have enjoyed a few.  —  An investigation by Georgia's WSAV channel 3 found that Kingston …
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Fox News:
Christie crackdown ups scrutiny over Obama's scandal response  —  While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting hammered over a close aide's involvement in snarling traffic as an apparent act of political retribution, he's nevertheless set himself apart from the Obama administration in his response to scandal.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Rachel Maddow / PolitiFact:
Rachel Maddow claims Florida group that backs drug-testing welfare recipients is affiliated with Koch brothers  —  PunditFact isn't always the first to weigh in on the tit-for-tat of cable news shows, in part because the nature of our work requires more than claims and counterclaims.
ThinkProgress:
Crisis In West Virginia: Wal-Mart Calls In Police To Guard Bottled Water Delivery  —  Residents of South Charleston, W.Va., wait in line at Kroger to buy water following a chemical spill on the Elk River that compromised the public water supply of eight counties on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
Discussion: New York Times, Liberaland and CBS News
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Beyond Polarization to Warfare  —  At WaPo's Monkey Cage subsite today, there's an important piece by University of Texas political scientist Sean Theriault that gets to a distinction in political attitudes that some of us have been trying to articulate ever since the radicalization of one of our two major parties occurred:
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Washington Post:
Polarization we can live with. Partisan warfare is the problem.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
White House Dares Democratic Senators Pushing Iran Sanctions To Admit They Want War  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday challenged a group of senators to admit they are working to push the country toward war with Iran, upping the tension between the administration and Senate advocates …
Fox News:
Oklahoma bill would ease school policies on imaginary, toy guns  —  OKLAHOMA CITY - Schoolchildren in Oklahoma could not be punished for chewing their breakfast pastries into the shape of a gun under a bill introduced this week by a Republican legislator.  —  Rep. Sally Kern said Wednesday …
The Monkey Cage:
Why people call themselves “independent” even when they aren't  —  This is a guest post by political scientists Yanna Krupnikov and Samara Klar.  An introduction to their research is here.  —  Earlier this week, Gallup announced that Americans are more politically independent than ever.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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