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9:35 AM ET, January 13, 2014

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Chris Frates / CNN:
CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds  —  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.
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Bridgegate made headlines but Obama's IRS scandal didn't  —  Most government scandals involve the manipulation of the system in obscure ways by people no one has ever heard of.  That is why George Washington Bridgegate is nearly a perfect scandal — because it is comprehensible and …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Karl Rove: Bridge scandal proves Christie is ‘what we want’ in a president
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Giuliani defends Christie in bridge scandal
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Politico:
Hillary's Hit List  —  The Clintons keep a favor file of saints and sinners, according to this excerpt from HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.  —  Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton's once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood …
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Kerry, Kennedy top Clinton's traitor list  —  Aides on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign kept a detailed list of party colleagues who staffers believed had betrayed her during the long and bitter primary battle with President Obama, a new book reveals.
Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Jim Inhofe: Robert Gates wasn't being honest  —  Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe slammed Robert Gates in an interview that aired Sunday for not being honest with the American people during his tenure as secretary of defense.  —  Responding to descriptions from Gates' memoir, “Duty” …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Only a special prosecutor can get truth about IRS abuse  —  EDITORIAL BARACK OBAMA TEA PARTY IRS ERIC HOLDER DARRELL ISSA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa points to tone deafness to explain the choice of an Obama donor …
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
A Balance of Powers Case With Senate GOP Power in the Balance  —  One of the biggest congressional stories of the decade starts unfolding Monday — not at the Capitol, but across the street.  —  The Supreme Court will hear arguments in an epic balance of powers battle between the other two branches …
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Help!  I can't use my Obamacare benefits  —  Jeanne Patterson really needs to see a doctor but had to cancel her appointment last week.  —  Why?  Because her new Obamacare benefits were not in order, forcing her to spend hours and hours on hold with her insurer, Independence Blue Cross.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Ari Fleischer / Wall Street Journal:
How to Fight Income Inequality: Get Married  —  In families headed by married couples, the poverty level in 2012 was just 7.5%.  Those with a single mother: 33.9%.  —  If President Obama wants to reduce income inequality, he should focus less on redistributing income and more on fighting …
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Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
The Vicious Circle of Income Inequality
Discussion: EconLog
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare  —  Robert Laszewski—a prominent consultant to health insurance companies—recently wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it already has, “insurers won't be losing a lot of sleep over it.”
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare on Tradition of Election Day Goads  —  DONNA, Tex. — In this Rio Grande Valley town of trailer parks and weedy lots eight miles from the Mexico border, people call them runners or politiqueras — the campaign workers who use their network of relatives and friends to deliver votes for their candidates.
 
 
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Reuters:
Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks - sources
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Susan Edelman / New York Post:
No books, no clue at city's worst school
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Traffic scandal puts spotlight on tactics of Gov. Chris Christie's aides with local officials in N.J.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Lawmakers plot new strategy for defying gun laws
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