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8:55 AM ET, January 13, 2014

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Capital New York and Taylor Marsh
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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.
Discussion: WJLA-TV and Jammie Wearing Fools
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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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 …
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.
msnbc.com:
Important new developments in New Jersey's ‘bridgegate’ scandal  —  Steve Kornacki shares new information about why the “bridgegate” scandal in New Jersey is much bigger than a traffic jam.  He explains how the political and...
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Traffic scandal puts spotlight on tactics of Gov. Chris Christie's aides with local officials in N.J.  —  New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's ability to secure Democratic endorsements supported his overwhelming re-election last year and helped establish him as a 2016 presidential contender …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
No books, no clue at city's worst school  —  Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say.  —  The 234 kids get no gym or art classes.  Instead, they watch movies every day.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Lawmakers plot new strategy for defying gun laws  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Having failed in an earlier effort to bar federal agents from enforcing gun regulations in Missouri, conservative lawmakers are trying a new tack this year: banding together with other like-minded states to defy certain federal laws at the same time.
Discussion: Right Wing News
 
 
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Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
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