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11:55 PM ET, January 10, 2014

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New York Times:
Bridge Scandal Papers Point to Cover-Up by Chris Christie Allies  —  Officials loyal to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey went to elaborate lengths to make it appear that the September closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge was part of a traffic study, even though …
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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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Port Authority Chief Warned That Bridge Lane Closures Were Illegal  —  Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye wrote an impassioned email to the general manager of the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 13, arguing that lane closures that spiraled into a major scandal this week were illegal.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Senate President Rejects Maddow's Alternate Bridge Scandal Theory  —  New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) on Friday dismissed an alternate theory that was floated by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow about the George Washington Bridge scandal.  —  “That's a real conspiracy thing, right?”
Discussion: Mediaite
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
David Weigel / Slate:
The Funniest Part of Robert Gates' Very Serious New Memoir  —  My colleague John Dickerson has already analyzed former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' memoir Duty; I'm punching my way through it.  Present at the Creation this ain't.  Gates is a matter-of-fact, frills-free writer …
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 and Liberaland
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Thousands Without Water After Spill in West Virginia
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mapbox
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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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:
Discussion: his vorpal sword
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Washington Post:
Polarization we can live with. Partisan warfare is the problem.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Krugman:
The Medicaid Cure  —  Something really interesting is happening on the health-care front: costs are rising much less rapidly than anyone expected.  This is good news for the budget; it's also good news for Obamacare.  There was much skepticism about promises that health reform would …
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 …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Supreme Court to mull right to lie in political ads  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case delving into the government's right to police alleged lies in political advertising.  —  The high court announced Friday afternoon that it will take up a lawsuit filed by Susan B. Anthony List …
Discussion: Mediaite
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LAW.com:
Campaign Lies Are Common, But Are They Actionable?
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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
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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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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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.
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to unveil NSA reforms on Jan. 17
New York Times:
U.S. to Recognize 1,300 Marriages Disputed by Utah  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday made the latest contribution to a fast moving legal battle over same-sex marriage rights, as the Justice Department said that the federal government would recognize as lawful the marriages …
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