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5:55 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:
Docs could reveal more details  —  Who's who in Christie bridge scandal  —  (CNN) — Severe traffic jams last September in and around Fort Lee, New Jersey, and the George Washington Bridge that are at the center of a political scandal involving top advisers to Gov. Chris Christie quickly triggered public safety concerns.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Scared Monkeys and Liberaland
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
U.S. Senator says he'll hold off on GWB hearings if federal probe ensues
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.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Senate President Rejects Maddow's Alternate Bridge Scandal Theory
Discussion: Mediaite
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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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Just as Hopes Were Lifting, a Meager Growth in Payrolls
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
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 …
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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
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
House passes Obamacare security measure
Discussion: CNN
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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CNN:
Breaking: Obama administration will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: Obama Administration Will Grant Benefits To Married Gay Couples In Utah
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration To Recognize Utah Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
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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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 …
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.
Fox News:
State Department names groups behind Benghazi strike  —  The State Department on Friday for the first time blamed specific groups and militants for the 2012 Benghazi attack, designating them as terrorists — a move that further undermines initial claims the attack was spontaneous.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
Becky Bratu / NBCNews:
West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency declared  —  A chemical spill into a West Virginia river has led to a tap water ban for up to 300,000 people, shut down bars and restaurants and led to a run on bottled water in some stores as people looked to stock up.
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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 …
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.
 
 
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The Monkey Cage:
Why people call themselves “independent” even when they aren't
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Masha Gessen / Slate:
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Tom Precious / Buffalo News:
Trump ‘serious’ about possible run for governor
Discussion: Politico and Capital New York
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Lobbying Talking Points Show Insurer Freak-Out Over Potential Obamacare Provision Repeal
Discussion: Hot Air
Politico:
Mark Warner and Terry McAuliffe: Best of rivals
Discussion: CNN
Fox News:
Christie crackdown ups scrutiny over Obama's scandal response
Discussion: Daily Kos
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Falluja's Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There
Discussion: National Review
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Begich misses jobless vote for speech in Hawaii
Discussion: Roll Call and National Review
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Kids Are Alright: Another Obamacare Lesson from Massachusetts
Discussion: Wonkblog
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie's damage control
Discussion: Guardian
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to fight academic bigotry
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Reid's Uncompromising Power Play in Senate Rankles Republicans
 

 
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