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7:50 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  —  In a political high-wire act, Gov. Chris Christie will try on Tuesday to refocus attention from a controversy over a vindictive traffic jam to the day-to-day work of governing, by outlining plans to extend the school day, lower taxes for homeowners and reduce urban crime.
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
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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Washington Post:
Health-insurance sign-ups by young adults are off pace seen as key to new law's success
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate?
Discussion: AEIdeas
Brian Hughes / Washington Examiner:
Quarter of Obamacare sign-ups are young adults, short of target
Discussion: Power Line
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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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Cabinet Liaison Leaving for Private Practice
Discussion: Politico
Yahoo! News:
Gates: White House ‘should go look in the mirror’
Sarah Jean Seman / Townhall.com:
Supreme Court To Weigh Constitutionality of Obama Power Grab
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, protein wisdom and Mediaite
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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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 …
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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 …
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.
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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Fredrik Dahl / Reuters:
IAEA gains more Iran access, but not enough for bomb probe
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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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
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 …
 
 
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Ed Miliband / Telegraph:
only Labour can rebuild our middle class
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
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
ThinkProgress:
How A New Rhubarb-Based Battery Could Massively Increase Renewable Energy Use
Discussion: CleanTechnica
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Sarah Palin on Katie Couric losing her talk show: ‘What goes around comes around’
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters blogs
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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman Charged With Felony Welfare Fraud
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Liberaland
Michael Kelley / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Verge
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Vetoes Bill Allowing Transgender People To Amend Birth Certificates