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2:50 PM 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.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Contributor Sees Sexism in Media Coverage of Hillary Clinton's ‘Hit List’  —  An MSNBC panel convened on Monday to discuss the hours-old revelations surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's maintaining a graded list of Democrats she believed did not support her 2008 presidential bid to her satisfaction.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Eun Kyung Kim / Today:
Robert Gates: My memoir has been ‘hijacked’ by politics  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates clarified claims he supposedly made about President Obama's commitment to the military surge in Afghanistan, saying Monday he “absolutely believed” the commander-in-chief supported the mission at the time.
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Christie Story Attracts Little Public Interest  —  Recent Opinions of New Jersey Governor Are Largely Unchanged  —  The public paid far more attention to last week's cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  There also has been little short-term change …
Diane Sweet / crooksandliars.com/user/33:
John McCain: If I Were Robert Gates, ‘I Would Have Waited’ To Publish Memoirs
Discussion: Liberaland
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Gates ‘disappointed’ by reaction to memoir
Discussion: Hot Air
National Security:
Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
SCOTUS skeptical on White House recess appointments  —  The Supreme Court seems poised to reject President Barack Obama's bold use of the recess appointment power, judging from the surprisingly widespread hostility the administration's arguments received Monday from conservative and liberal justices.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Voice Doubts on Obama Recess Appointments
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Discussion: AEIdeas and The Moderate Voice
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Republicans all over the map on jobless benefits
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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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz hires sacked RSC staffer Paul Teller  —  A sacked aide to the Republican Study Committee, a group of House conservatives, has joined the office of Sen. Ted Cruz.  —  Paul Teller, who was fired in December as executive director of the RSC after leaking private conversations of members …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Ted Cruz adds Katrina Pierson to his expanding list of the “utterly fearless”
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
The reputation of Roger Ailes.  —  In the nineteen-thirties, one in four Americans got their news from William Randolph Hearst, who lived in a castle and owned twenty-eight newspapers in nineteen cities.  Hearst's papers were all alike: hot-blooded, with leggy headlines.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The Fight Over Unemployment Benefits Underscores the Right's Extremism  —  Under George W. Bush, the GOP never balked at extending unemployment benefits, but that was then.  Their newfound intransigence on this issue proves afresh that the party has been hijacked by extremists.
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
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Sen. Mitch McConnell / Politico:
How to save the Senate  —  Lyndon B. Johnson is usually remembered …
David Rogers / Politico:
Veteran Dem George Miller to retire  —  California Rep. George Miller, Nancy Pelosi's strong right arm and one of the top Democratic legislators of his generation, is stepping down at the end of this year after four decades in Congress.  —  Miller informed Pelosi, the Democratic leader …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Alex Sink rises to top in Florida special election  —  It's been framed as the clearest barometer of the public's mood heading into this year's midterms: a special election battle for a 50-50 congressional district in the famously 50-50 state of Florida.  —  But upon closer inspection …
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Won't Hear Arizona Appeal on Abortion Ban  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from Arizona officials seeking to revive a state law that barred most abortions after 20 weeks of fetal gestation.  The justices offered no reasons for turning down the appeal, as is their custom.
 
 
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Twinned Cities Now Following Different Paths
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Fund / National Review:
Voter Fraud: We've Got Proof It's Easy
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Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Just WOW!’ Sen. Mike Lee tweets shocking display of Federal Register, regulations [pic]
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Help! I can't use my Obamacare benefits
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, VodkaPundit and Moe Lane
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Only a special prosecutor can get truth about IRS abuse
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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