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8:00 AM ET, January 10, 2014

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Nate Schweber / New York Times:
Woman Says Lane Closings Were Not to Blame for Her Mother's Death  —  The daughter of a 91-year-old woman from Fort Lee, N.J., who died on the day of a major traffic jam precipitated by top aides to Gov. Chris Christie said on Thursday that she did not believe the inability of an ambulance …
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CNN:
Christie's choice: Be seen as a crook or a schnook?  —  Scandal is unfolding around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn't support him at the polls.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Kean: Christie questions remain  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, a longtime mentor to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said Thursday that Christie handled a nearly two-hour press conference “extraordinarily well,” but that questions remain about the bridge controversy that has been linked to his office.
Discussion: The Fix and CNN
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
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
So, Christie Says He Couldn't Pick Fort Lee Mayor ‘Out of a Lineup’...  Really?  —  A photo posted on the New Jersey governor's own website, taken at a news conference on Dec. 8, 2011, tells a different story.  The photo shows Christie speaking on the issue of sick pay reform with several mayors …
The Hill:
Christie tries to stop the bleeding  —  Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief after Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) nearly two-hour stem-winder Wednesday where he apologized and forcefully addressed the bridge scandal that has roiled his administration.  —  GOP strategists and donors praised …
Discussion: Politico
Rush Limbaugh:
RINOs Stampede Away from Christie  —  RUSH: Governor Christie just yesterday, I believe, and frequently many times prior has talked about how he's different because he's shown he can work the other side.  He said (paraphrasing), “It's not that we don't have arguments, we have arguments …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Politico
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Four Uncomfortable Questions From Chris Christie's Bridgegate Press Conference  —  The thrust of Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) Bridgegate press conference this morning has been: I didn't know, my staff lied to me, I'm so embarrassed, I'm sorry.  —  Let's say he's telling the truth.
Dan Merica / CNN:
U.S. attorney probing Christie has opened wallet to Democrats  —  Washington (CNN) - Paul J. Fishman, the U.S. attorney tasked with looking into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge controversy, has donated to several Democratic politicians and organizations, according to Federal Election Commission records.
John Dickerson / Slate:
His press conference was bold, but if anything he said turns out to be false, he could be finished.
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Chris Christie ally David Wildstein pleads Fifth to panel
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Free Beacon and CNN
New York Times:
‘Very Sad’ Chris Christie Extends Apology in Bridge Scandal
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Christie Ally Seeks to Block Testimony on Bridge Scandal
Discussion: The Reaction
Washington Post:
Full transcript: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's Jan. 9 news conference on George Washington Bridge scandal
New York Times:
Obama Seeks Balance in Plan for Spy Programs  —  WASHINGTON — As he assembles a plan to overhaul the nation's surveillance programs, President Obama is trying to navigate what advisers call a middle course that will satisfy protesting national security agencies while tamping down criticism by civil liberties advocates.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
EPA publishes emissions rule to GOP's dismay  —  The Environmental Protection Agency published its rule limiting carbon emissions from new power plants on Wednesday to the dismay of coal advocates and the GOP.  —  The proposed rule, published nearly four months after EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced …
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ThinkProgress:
EPA Publishes First Rule Limiting Carbon Pollution From New Power Plants
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Federal Register:
Proposed Rule  —  Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions …
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland
John P / Pew Research Center:
Who is this man?  Many Americans don't recognize top news anchor  —  Nightly News is now the nightly White House propaganda , it's talking points , personal attacks and lies.  They don't even give reeivent news.  I stopped watching the communist run media when I got my first computer.
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
Millionaires' Club: For First Time, Most Lawmakers are Worth $1 Million-Plus  —  For the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Gillespie, Former Republican Chairman, Readies to Run for Senate in Virginia  —  WASHINGTON — Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, has told senior members of his party that he will challenge Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia and announce his candidacy as early as next week …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to fight academic bigotry  —  For decades, the American Studies Association labored in well-deserved obscurity.  No longer.  It has now made a name for itself by voting to boycott Israeli universities, accusing them of denying academic and human rights to Palestinians.
 
 
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