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8:55 AM ET, January 14, 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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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:   Governor Hopes Speech Will Obscure a Scandal
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:   After the bridge scandal, a test for Chris Christie
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
All In Goes All In on Chris Christie: Chris Hayes to Host 11pm Bridgegate Special
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   The Other Time Christie Was Accused Of Steering Million Dollar Contracts To Political-Connections
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says  —  (Abedin Taherkenareh / European Pressphoto Agency / February 3, 2007) … WASHINGTON - Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged …
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The Hill:
President's goal for NSA reform — no more Edward Snowdens  —  The Obama administration plans to overhaul the nation's security clearance system to prevent future intelligence leaks like the one by former defense contractor Edward Snowden.  —  The changes, part of a package of reforms President Obama …
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
House Maneuvers in Bid to Pass Iran Bill Over Obama's Objections  —  House leaders are planning to take up Senate legislation to enact new sanctions against Iran, a surprise move that would intensify a standoff between the White House and Congress in the wake of progress this past weekend …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Cabinet Liaison Leaving for Private Practice
Discussion: Politico
Yahoo! News:
Gates: White House ‘should go look in the mirror’
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare has youth problem  —  Too few young people are signing up for ObamaCare to stop premiums from rising, new data released by the administration on Monday show.  —  Only 24 percent of Obama-Care's enrollees are young people, well below the 40 percent benchmark set by the administration …
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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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New York Post:
The ‘crime’ of the IRS  —  Only days after we learned the Obama administration had appointed an Obama donor to head investigations into the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, we now have a leak from law enforcement saying the FBI doesn't expect to file criminal charges.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Criminal charges not expected in IRS probe over conservative groups
Discussion: TaxProf Blog and Hot Air
Wesley Chapel / FOX 13 News:
Man killed after dispute over texting in theater  —  A moviegoer lost his life inside a Pasco County theater Monday afternoon after a dispute over texting with a retired police officer.  —  According to the sheriff's office, the dispute happened before the 1:20 showing of 'Lone Survivor …
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Taylor Berman / Gawker:
Noisy Texter Shot to Death in Florida Movie Theater
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
McDonnell leaves McAuliffe behind big surprise in bathroom  —  RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Apparently it's a Virginia tradition.  —  On his way out of the door, the out-going governor pulls a prank on the incoming governor.  —  So for his prank, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell left …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and BuzzFeed
Joy Wilke / Gallup:
One in Four Americans Satisfied With Direction of U.S.  —  Republicans' satisfaction has increased since last month  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Twenty-three percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. at this time, unchanged from December and within one percentage point of the 24% average for 2013.
Investor Relations:
Google to Acquire Nest  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.  —  Nest's mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Rep. Sean Maloney Is Engaged To His Longtime Partner, Randy Florke  —  “[I]t's interesting when you've been in love with someone for 21 years and your country finally catches up to you,” the New York representative says of his Christmas Day engagement.  —  Randy Florke, left, and Rep. Sean Maloney …
Felicia Kitzmiller / The State:
Graham challenger Jay Stamper finds ‘reluctant’ support among Democrats  —  SPARTANBURG COUNTY — Even as controversy permeates his candidacy, Jay Stamper is plotting his campaign as a Democratic candidate in a Republican stronghold.  —  “I'm going to challenge Republicans on what kind …
Fox News:
The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on ‘attack,’ not video or protest  —  Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session …
Investor's Business Daily:
This Is What Government-Run Health Care Looks Like  —  Socialized Medicine: More than two-thirds of the public don't think the government can be trusted to run the nation's health care system successfully.  ObamaCare is proving these skeptics right.  —  The public might not agree on much these days …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Los Angeles Times:
Police not guilty in Kelly Thomas death; DA won't try 3rd officer  —  An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty.  —  Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
All Your Health Are Belong to Us  —  An ObamaCare progress report.  Well, a report.  —  “Expect the unexpected” has been good advice for anyone following American economic news since 2009.  That news has usually been bad, and almost always “unexpectedly” so.
Discussion: TIME, Ed Driscoll and AEIdeas
CMF / Congressional Management Foundation:
Survey Shows Changes in Congressional Budgets and Benefits Could Lead to Staff Departures in Congress  —  Press contact:  —  202-546-0100  —  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.  You need JavaScript enabled to view it  —  A survey of senior managers in Congress indicates …
 
 
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Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Top New York Post columnist Fredric Dicker calls Newtown shooting ‘little convenient massacre’; …
Caleb Howe / The Right Scoop:
Video - Obama on Iran: “Give Peace A Chance” ... Seriously. He Said That Actual Thing.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Feinstein rejects NYT on Benghazi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters:
IAEA gains more Iran access, but not enough for bomb probe
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ed Miliband / Telegraph:
only Labour can rebuild our middle class
Discussion: Spectator and Guardian
William Booth / Washington Post:
Ariel Sharon was no hero for Israeli settlers evicted from Gaza
Jeremy Lott / RealClearWorld:
What Republicans Need to Say About Iraq
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Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Sarah Palin on Katie Couric losing her talk show: ‘What goes around comes around’
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters blogs
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Dances ‘Gangnam Style’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite and Deseret News
Michael Kelley / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Verge
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: An uneasy day for presidential power
 

 
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