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9:20 AM ET, January 12, 2014

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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The unanswered ‘Bridgegate’ questions  —  Political scandals thrive on open questions, and Chris Christie's Bridgegate has plenty.  —  The political world was rocked last week when the New Jersey governor dismissed two of his advisers after emails showed they were involved in shutting …
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New York Times:
Thunder Road  —  WASHINGTON — I HAVE learned two things covering politics.  —  One, first impressions are often right.  John Edwards is slick.  Hillary Clinton is expedient.  W. was in over his head.  Barack Obama is too much in his head.  Chris Christie can be a bully.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Karen Tumulty / Post Politics:
Tom Kean says Christie's leadership should give pause to voters nationally  —  Former New Jersey governor Thomas H. Kean, one of the state's most revered figures and a mentor to current Republican Gov. Chris Christie, contends that the leadership qualities Christie has shown while in office …
Michael Isikoff / NBCNews:
Democrat heading bridge probe says Christie could be impeached if he knew of closures  —  The chairman of a New Jersey legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures said Gov. Chris Christie's top aides had engaged in a “cover-up” and the governor could be impeached …
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
New York Times:
Imagining President Christie  —  Let us count the ways that this week's traffic-jam scandal is actually good for Chris Christie's presidential prospects.  —  First of all, he proved that he could definitely handle an international crisis that required apologizing when the United States did something really stupid.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Linhorst / NorthJersey.com:
Incoming NJ Assembly speaker to renew the subpoena power of panel in GWB scandal
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut  —  Democratic senators are pleading with President Obama to abandon his proposal to trim Social Security benefits before it becomes a liability for them in the midterm elections.  —  The president proposed a new formula …
Discussion: The Agonist
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Darrell Issa's agenda in 2014: IRS, Benghazi and Fast and Furious  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in 2014 will pursue the IRS scandal, the deadly Benghazi attack and the botched Fast and Furious operation in what will likely be his last year as the House GOP's chief investigator.
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Shadee Ashtari / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Anti-Abortion Group's Case For Lying In Political Ads  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear a challenge to an Ohio law that forbids candidates and issue groups from making false campaign statements.  —  The case, involving …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
A National Strategy Funds State Political Monopolies  —  By his third year as chairman of the Alabama Republican organization, Mike Hubbard believed his party had just about everything it needed to win control of the State Legislature.  —  He had a plan: an 88-page playbook for the 2010 campaign …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Liberaland
Ben Birnbaum / The New Republic:
Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014  —  He ultimately confronted the right wing.  Will Netanyahu do the same?  —  One day at the Knesset in the early eighties, then-Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon passed a left-wing lawmaker in the hall and said hello, but the lawmaker pretended not to notice.
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama Says Sharon Dedicated His Life to Israel
Discussion: CNN
Oregonian:
Portland pimp sues Nike for $100 million for lack of warning label after beating victim with Jordans  —  Sirgiorgio Clardy sits strapped into a restraint chair in July during his sentencing hearing.  His legal adviser, sits in the foreground — a safe distance away from Clardy based on the advice of a judge.
Paul Krugman:
A Hammock In Kentucky?  —  National Review has an actually interesting report by Kevin Williamson on the state of Appalachia, providing a valuable portrait of the region's woes — plus an account of how people turn food stamps fungible by converting them into soda.
 
 
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