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11:40 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.
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
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Records Show Christie Administration Canceled Meetings After Jersey City Mayor Didn't Endorse
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   The Other Time Christie Was Accused Of Steering Million Dollar Contracts To Political-Connections
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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Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
No Shame: Bill Keller Bullies Cancer Patient  —  It all began last Wednesday when Emma Keller, spouse of former New York Times chief editor (and now weekly columnist) BIll Keller, penned a piece for The Guardian.  It concerned a woman in New England named Lisa Adams, who is battling cancer …
Discussion: Gigaom, Mashable and Hullabaloo
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Cabinet Liaison Leaving for Private Practice
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Jean Seman / Townhall.com:
Supreme Court To Weigh Constitutionality of Obama Power Grab
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Mediaite and protein wisdom
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Cite History as They Voice Doubts on Obama's Recess Appointments
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Reaction
New York Times:
Older People Lead Sign-Ups for Insurance  —  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 threaten the law's economic underpinnings …
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Washington Post:
Health-insurance sign-ups by young adults are off pace seen as key to new law's success
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate?
Discussion: AEIdeas and Weekly Standard
Brian Hughes / Washington Examiner:
Quarter of Obamacare sign-ups are young adults, short of target
Discussion: Power Line
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Gawker editor says he was told Roger Ailes was having him tailed  —  Here's something you won't read in Gabriel Sherman's hotly anticipated book about Roger Ailes: Gawker editor John Cook told Capital he was reliably informed that Ailes, the powerful chairman of the Fox News Channel, had him tailed in 2012.
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Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
The reputation of Roger Ailes.
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 …
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
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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Dances ‘Gangnam Style’ (VIDEO)  —  Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) learned how to dance “Gangnam Style” with performer Alex Boye at a Mormon youth conference in Arizona this weekend.
Discussion: Mediaite and Deseret News
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.
Cara Lemieux / The Shriver Report:
Gender Equality Is a Myth!  —  We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality.  It isn't a reality yet.  Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes.
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Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Sarah Palin on Katie Couric losing her talk show: ‘What goes around comes around’  —  Sarah Palin won't rule out a possible run for elected office, but she insists she won't appear on “Dancing With The Stars.”  —  “Oh, my gosh, that is something you don't want to (see),” Palin told Extra's Mario Lopez …
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters blogs
Michael Kelley / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel  —  An investigation by El Universal 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
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope, after conservatives' criticism, calls abortion “horrific”  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.
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Philip Pullella / NBCNews:
Pope Francis makes toughest remarks yet on ‘horrific’ abortion
Discussion: Capital New York
 
 
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Rep. Sean Maloney Is Engaged To His Longtime Partner, Randy Florke
Los Angeles Times:
Police not guilty in Kelly Thomas death; DA won't try 3rd officer
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Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Criminal charges not expected in IRS probe over conservative groups
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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman Charged With Felony Welfare Fraud
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Chris Christie Vetoes Bill Allowing Transgender People To Amend Birth Certificates
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