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8:20 PM ET, January 14, 2014


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Ted Mann / Metropolis:
Christie, Official Who Arranged Bridge Closures Were Together During Fiasco … Gov. Chris Christie was with the official who arranged the closure of local lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 11, 2013 — the third day of the closures, and well after they had triggered outrage …
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Aide Fired by Christie Is Called Loyal Team Player, Not Rogue Operative  —  Bridget Anne Kelly is devastated that Gov. Chris Christie denounced her as stupid and a liar — but she also is distraught over how much her actions have damaged him politically.  —  Unheard-of a week ago …
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:   Christie's Next Lesson: How to Apologize
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Oklahoma Ban On Same-Sex Marriages Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules  —  “The Court holds that Oklahoma's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” the judge decided.
Human Rights Campaign Blog:
U.S. District Judge Rules Oklahoma Ban on Marriage Equality Unconstitutional  —  Today U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that Oklahoma's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.  His ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in the Sooner State.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rejects Oklahoma's Gay Marriage Ban  —  A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage violated the federal Constitution, the latest in a string of legal victories for gay rights and one that occurred in the heart of the Bible Belt.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Tulsa World:
Oklahoma ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: Shakesville
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Court strikes down net neutrality  —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the Obama administration's net-neutrality rules.  —  The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority by prohibiting Internet providers from blocking …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules
PC World:
Appeals court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Shakesville
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Who's Getting Obamacare?  These Four Charts Give Some Big Clues  —  The Obama Administration has released detailed information about enrollment in the Affordable Care Act—not just how many people are signing up for insurance, but also what kind of people and what plans they are choosing.
Tampa Bay Times:
Stand Your Ground already an issue in theater shooting  —  TAMPA — Soon after authorities say a retired Tampa police captain shot a fellow moviegoer over a cell phone dispute Monday, a question now common in Florida arose:  —  Could the shooter be defended under Stand Your Ground?
Maayan Lubell / Reuters:
Israel defense minister says Kerry messianic, obsessive: paper
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Noah Pollak / Weekly Standard:
Yoko Ono vs. Ayatollah Khomeini
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Feinstein rejects NYT on Benghazi  —  The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that key conclusions of a recent New York Times investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attack are wrong.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) rejected the Times's conclusion that al Qaeda …
Fox News:
The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on ‘attack,’ not video or protest
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Hillary's Iowa problem  —  From a distance, she appears invincible once again, far outpacing her rivals in the polls and primed to redeem herself in the caucus state that has never been especially friendly to the Clintons, or to female candidates.  —  Iowa has not elected a female governor, senator or member of Congress.
The Hill:
Democrats on Hillary Clinton's ‘hit list’ seek to return to her good graces
The Raw Story:
White House supports Senator Rand Paul's bill to officially end U.S. Iraq war authority  —  Senator Rand Paul will introduce legislation Tuesday to finally bring Washington's Iraq war authorization to an end, his office said, and the White House backs the Republican's efforts in principle.
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama gives Miami Heat a White House welcome
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise  —  Congressional negotiators late Monday unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of another government shutdown.
Ed O'Keefe / The Fix:
The winners and losers of the new spending bill
Discussion: The U.S. House … and Daily Kos
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Howard Kurtz Lied About Business Ties To Fox News Contributor  —  Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz has repeatedly claimed, most famously during a live interrogation on CNN, that his relationship with Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn amounted to a “limited venture” for which the MediaBuzz host …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate blocks jobless aid  —  The Senate blocked two separate proposals to revive emergency unemployment benefits that expired in December, all but killing the prospects of reviving jobless aid for now.  —  The chamber voted 52-48 to reject a bill that would have extended benefits through November …
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Watch: North Carolina GOP Senate Candidate Claims Food Stamps Are “Slavery”  —  North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Greg Brannon has an interesting argument for eliminating food stamps: “slavery.”  In a videotaped interview with the North Carolina Tea Party in October, Brannon …
Justin Bieber — Lil Za ARRESTED for COCAINE During Egg Raid [VIDEO]  —  2:55 PM PT — Police now believe it's probably NOT cocaine, but Molly ... a form of ecstasy.  —  Justin Bieber's BFF Lil Za has just been arrested for COCAINE POSSESSION at the singer's home — during the early morning raid stemming …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly wins GOP primary in Florida  —  Former lobbyist David Jolly on Tuesday won the Republican primary in the special election for a vacant Florida congressional seat, vaulting him into a nationally watched battle with Democrat Alex Sink for the right to succeed the late ex-GOP Rep. Bill Young.
Discussion: CNN
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
GOP Senate Candidate Complained of Lack of Muslim Movie Villains  —  Political correctness is keeping Hollywood from properly stigmatizing Muslims—so said Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel.  He issued this complaint during a 2006 episode of Right Side Radio …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama to pay visit to Pope  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to soon meet with Pope Francis for the first time.  —  Secretary of State John Kerry said the President was “looking forward” to visiting the popular new leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.
Discussion: Hot Air, BuzzFeed and Wonkette
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David Nir / Daily Kos:
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Discussion: Moe Lane and National Review
National Review:
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Discussion: AEIdeas and Real Clear Politics
The Charlotte Observer:
The best, imperfect 12th District solution
Discussion: Post Politics and Facing South
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ed Gillespie's steep slog to the Senate
Terry Miller / Wall Street Journal:
America's Dwindling Economic Freedom
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Rush Limbaugh
New York Democrat Bill Owens to retire from House
Discussion: CNN and Moe Lane
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