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7:55 PM ET, January 13, 2014

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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 …
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Chris Frates / CNN:
Feds investigate Christie's use of Sandy relief funds  —  Washington (CNN) — Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faced questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds.
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 …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Dem: Development Theory Is ‘Absolutely’ Plausible In Bridge Scandal  —  One of the top Democrats in New Jersey told TPM on Monday that it's “absolutely” possible a billion-dollar redevelopment project is at the root of the scandal that has consumed Gov. Chris Christie (R) in recent days.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
All In Goes All In on Chris Christie: Chris Hayes to Host 11pm Bridgegate Special  —  There are many questions swirling around about the ever-deepening Bridgegate scandal, and for the media, one such question is “how much is too much?”  —  The answer to that depends partially on who you ask …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Other Time Christie Was Accused Of Steering Million Dollar Contracts To Political-Connections
Discussion: Liberaland
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: An uneasy day for presidential power  —  Seeming a bit troubled about allowing the Senate to have an on-off switch on the president's power to temporarily fill vacant government posts, the Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it may yet allow just that.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Cite History as They Voice Doubts on Obama's Recess Appointments
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Reaction
Sarah Jean Seman / Townhall.com:
Supreme Court To Weigh Constitutionality of Obama Power Grab
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Hot Air and protein wisdom
Yahoo! News:
Gates: White House ‘should go look in the mirror’  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back against critics who suggested he should have sat on his memoir about his years in the Obama administration, insisting his tell-all is not a “betrayal” of Obama.
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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Readers Lash Out About Bill Keller's Column on a Woman With Cancer  —  Bill Keller's column in The Times on Monday about Lisa Bonchek Adams has generated a great deal of negative response.  Xeni Jardin, the well-known writer who blogs on Boing Boing, sometimes about her own experience with cancer, was outraged, calling it bullying.
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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.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Care Plans Attracting More Older, Less Healthy People  —  WASHINGTON — People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could cause premiums …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate?
Discussion: AEIdeas and Weekly Standard
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Young adults make up almost one-quarter of sign-ups in health-insurance exchanges
Discussion: NewsBusters and Pirate's Cove
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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Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Ted Cruz crowd loves blogger's jokes about opening fire on cars with California plates  —  A conservative blogger drew big laughs at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he suggested that Texans open fire on cars bearing California license plates.  —  “I've said this several times in Texas …
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter / The Shriver Report:
A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From The Brink  —  Introduction  —  A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink will examine the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on our nation's institutions and economic future …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Washington Post
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Fars News Agency:
Snowden Documents Proving “US-Alien-Hitler” Link Stun Russia  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed documents providing incontrovertible proof that an alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda is driving US domestic and international policy …
Taylor Berman / Gawker:
Noisy Texter Shot to Death in Florida Movie Theater  —  A moviegoer shot two people—one of them fatally—this afternoon, reportedly after one of them refused to stop texting during a movie.  —  According to Fox 13 in Tampa Bay, a man and his wife were watching a matinee showing of Lone Survivor …
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 Kelley / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel  —  An investigation by El Universal has found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars …
Discussion: The Verge and Hullabaloo
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Ted Cruz adds Katrina Pierson to his expanding list of the “utterly fearless”  —  Sen. Ted Cruz, hunting pheasant on Oct. 26 with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa — one of a growing list of allies he has described as “utterly fearless.”  (AP/Nati Harnik)  —  WASHINGTON -It's pretty high praise to be called …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz hires sacked RSC staffer Paul Teller
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
 
 
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McDonnell leaves McAuliffe behind big surprise in bathroom
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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman Charged With Felony Welfare Fraud
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Vetoes Bill Allowing Transgender People To Amend Birth Certificates
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PACs say Stockman campaign cashed checks it never reported to FEC
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