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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 …
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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 …
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Is Getting Christie's Last Pound of Flesh the Best Use of State Resources?  —  One of the (many) things wrong with politics today is that we are attempting to criminalize poor political behavior.  —  The course is predictable.  An elected official or a staffer does something that is terribly wrong …
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Codey: Some Democrats tried to quash investigation into bridge scandal to protect Christie
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 …
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Blumenthal: No vote needed yet on Iran sanctions bill  —  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), one of the 16 Democratic backers of a new Iran sanctions bill, said that he did not support a vote on the bill if negotiations with Iran are making progress.  —  “Well I think the Iran sanctions bill …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and ThinkProgress
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Jobless aid in jeopardy
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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 …
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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 …
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.
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Ed O'Keefe / The Fix:
The winners and losers of the new spending bill  —  Updated and corrected.  —  Congressional negotiators released the details of 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.
Discussion: The U.S. House … and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Spending bill rolls back funding for controversial ObamaCare programs
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
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 …
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PC World:
Appeals court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Shakesville
TMZ.com:
Justin Bieber — Lil Za ARRESTED for COCAINE During Egg Raid [VIDEO]  —  Justin Bieber's BFF Lil Za has just been arrested for COCAINE POSSESSION at the singer's home — during the early morning raid stemming from the Bieber egg attack on his neighbor.  —  A rep for the L.A. County Sheriff's …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Plum Line
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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: BuzzFeed, Wonkette and Hot Air
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ed Gillespie's steep slog to the Senate  —  Gillespie's website was quietly updated around New Year's to remove a video clip of him promoting comprehensive immigration reform and to take off a link to a story that featured him expressing openness to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants …
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 …
DealBook:
Oyster, a Start-Up for E-Reading, Raises $14 Million  —  With Netflix soaring, investors are betting that a start-up based on the same business model — but for e-books — will succeed as well.  —  Oyster, which gives customers access to more than 100,000 books for $10 a month, has raised $14 million in a new round of financing.
Politico:
New York Democrat Bill Owens to retire from House  —  Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of New York will not run for reelection in November, he announced Tuesday — dealing another blow to the party's prospects of winning control of the House.  —  In the past two months, three Democrats — Owens …
Discussion: CNN and Moe Lane
Ashley Killough / CNN:
U.S. Congressman to marry same-sex partner  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-New York, will marry his longtime partner, designer Randy Florke, the couple announced Monday.  —  “After 21 years together, we are excited for the next step in our journey as a family,” they said in a statement.
Terry Miller / Wall Street Journal:
America's Dwindling Economic Freedom  —  Regulation, taxes and debt knock the U.S. out of the world's top 10.  —  World economic freedom has reached record levels, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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.
 
 
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