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12:15 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.
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters and NewsBusters blogs
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Gates ‘disappointed’ by reaction to memoir
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Jim Inhofe: Robert Gates wasn't being honest
Discussion: Mediaite
National Security:
Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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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David Carr / New York Times:
Roger Ailes's Permanent Pushback Campaign
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.
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 and Taylor Marsh
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Records Show Christie Administration Canceled Meetings After Jersey City Mayor Didn't Endorse  —  Documents released Monday indicate that meetings arranged between top commissioners to Gov. Chris Christie and Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop were abruptly canceled without reason last year …
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 …
Eliot Nelson / The Huffington Post:
Alaska Is At A Crossroads.  Can Mark Begich Keep It From Falling Apart?  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On a balmy day last August, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) stood at a makeshift kitchen in the Alaska Native Medical Center and gleefully watched a chef whisk a bowl of reindeer fat.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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: VodkaPundit, Pirate's Cove and Moe Lane
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.
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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook acquires link-sharing service Branch for around $15 million  —  Link-sharing service Branch and sister service Potluck have agreed to be acquired by Facebook for around $15 million, sources familiar with the deal told The Verge.  Branch CEO Josh Miller broke the news in a Facebook post this morning …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable and Gigaom
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Twinned Cities Now Following Different Paths  —  DULUTH, Minn. — The soaring Blatnik Bridge spans a modest body of water but a political gulf.  —  Most mornings around 7, Kim and Kyle Smith drive a mile and a half across the bridge from Duluth, where they live, to Superior, Wis., where they teach.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Two rockets fired from Gaza ahead of Ariel Sharon funeral in south: Israeli army  —  JERUSALEM — Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday, just hours ahead of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral, the Israeli army said.  The projectiles did not appear to have landed in Israel.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 and Yahoo! News
 
 
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
MTV's ‘16 and Pregnant,’ Derided by Some, May Resonate as a Cautionary Tale
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David Rogers / Politico:
Closing in on a budget deal
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Chris Christie has problems, but he's still atop the 2016 GOP presidential field. For now.
John Fund / National Review:
Voter Fraud: We've Got Proof It's Easy
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Noah Pollak / Issues:
ECI Statement on the Implementation Agreement with Iran
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David / crooksandliars.com/user/7:
David Gregory Calls Out Priebus For ‘deflection’ After Benghazi Rant Over Christie Scandal
Linda Carroll / NBCNews:
School violence lands more than 90,000 a year in the ER, study finds
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Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Just WOW!’ Sen. Mike Lee tweets shocking display of Federal Register, regulations [pic]
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Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Only a special prosecutor can get truth about IRS abuse
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare
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
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
A Balance of Powers Case With Senate GOP Power in the Balance
Associated Press:
Lawmakers plot new strategy for defying gun laws
Discussion: Right Wing News
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare on Tradition of Election Day Goads
 

 
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