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11:45 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.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Gates ‘disappointed’ by reaction to memoir  —  Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday he's “disappointed” by the reaction to his upcoming memoir.  —  In an interview on NBC News's “Today” show …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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, VodkaPundit 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.
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Just WOW!’  Sen. Mike Lee tweets shocking display of Federal Register, regulations [pic]  —  WOW indeed.  Take a gander at the photo of the 2013 Federal Register and its 80,000 pages of federal regulations via Sen. Lee's Facebook page: … Yep. … Citizens on Twitter also voiced their disbelief, anger and frustration.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
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 …
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
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
 
 
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David Rogers / Politico:
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Chris Christie has problems, but he's still atop the 2016 GOP presidential field. For now.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Twinned Cities Now Following Different Paths
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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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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare
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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
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
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Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare on Tradition of Election Day Goads
 

 
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