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10:30 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.
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” …
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National Security:
Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Robert Fulford / National Post:
Barack Obama may be commander-in-chief, but he's a partisan at heart
Discussion: Ed Driscoll, Moe Lane and Power Line
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 and Moe Lane
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 …
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
The Vicious Circle of Income Inequality
Discussion: EconLog
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 …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
New York Times:
Enemies of the Poor  —  Suddenly it's O.K., even mandatory, for politicians with national ambitions to talk about helping the poor.  This is easy for Democrats, who can go back to being the party of F.D.R. and L.B.J. It's much more difficult for Republicans, who are having a hard time shaking …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Heroic Measures  —  LISA BONCHEK ADAMS has spent the last seven years in a fierce and very public cage fight with death.  Since a mammogram detected the first toxic seeds of cancer in her left breast when she was 37, she has blogged and tweeted copiously about her contest with the advancing disease.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Making Light
Linda Carroll / NBCNews:
School violence lands more than 90,000 a year in the ER, study finds  —  Despite all the lip service given to battling bullying, many kids are still being seriously hurt while on school grounds, a new study shows.  Each year more than 90,000 school children suffer “intentional” …
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
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.”
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Alex Sink rises to top in Florida special election
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Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Just WOW!’ Sen. Mike Lee tweets shocking display of Federal Register, regulations [pic]
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
Reuters:
Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks - sources
Discussion: The Switch
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
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Associated Press:
Lawmakers plot new strategy for defying gun laws
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