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11:10 AM ET, January 16, 2014

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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie Is an Amateur  —  The left's political methods make Gov. Christie look like Little Bo Peep.  —  There haven't been so many reporters chasing a story in Trenton, N.J., since Washington crossed the Delaware.  But compared with the methods the Democratic Party is using …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
What Christie Did To Get A Reputation As A Political Bully Even In College  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is no stranger to accusations of political bullying and backroom dealing like those at the heart of the bridge scandal.  —  TPM has found one of the first times …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Mark Murray / firstread.nbcnews.com:
Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (so far)  —  Nearly 70 percent of Americans say the bridge-closure scandal engulfing Chris Christie has not changed their opinion about the New Jersey governor, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.  In addition, 44 percent …
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
The Christie Investigation: From Inquiry to Lynching?
Politico:
Chris Christie calms fellow governors on scandal
Jack Shafer:
All lanes close in on Christie
Politico:
Inside the House GOP's immigration push  —  House Republican leaders are within weeks of releasing their principles for immigration reform — a blueprint that will detail positions on everything from border security to legal status.  —  The document, which has been kept under wraps until now …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
Discussion: The Week and Prairie Weather
The Hill:
House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote
NY Daily News:
Adam Lanza calls in radio station a year before Sandy Hook shooting and gives bizarre interview — LISTEN TO THE TAPE  —  Documents reveal how Lanza, a year before Newtown massacre, used the pseudonym ‘Smiggles’ on a message board to talk about calling an Oregon college radio station and masking …
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
U.S. to Expand Rules Limiting Use of Profiling by Federal Agents  —  The Justice Department will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a government official said Wednesday.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Path From Critic to Overseer of Spying
Washington Post:
Obama expected to turn to Congress to help decide fate of NSA phone data collection
ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Candidate's Ad Touts His ‘Sexy’ Wife And Large Testicles  —  California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) wants voters to know that his testicles are very large.  And that he wants to put “a gun in every Californian's gun safe.”  —  That's the image Donnelly's decided to present …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon's hands tied on hunting down Benghazi attackers  —  The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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Lizzie Crocker / The Daily Beast:
Virginia Legislator Running for Congress Says Spousal Rape Should Be Legal  —  State Senator Richard Black has been telling his fellow Virginians for more than a decade that spousal rape is not a crime, and now he's running for Congress.  —  Good news for Virginians living in the 13th district …
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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Obama: A President Tests His Limits  —  How can the President boast of making anything happen with a “phone and pen,” while also claiming “there is no shortcut to democracy?”  Ron Christie decodes a mess of slogans.  —  Just two weeks into the New Year, trying to pin down President Obama's …
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama fighting perception that administration is out of time to make progress on priorities
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World’  —  Sir Hew Strachan, an expert on the history of war, says that the president's strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America's position in the world.  —  President Obama is …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Yahoo! News
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Rush Limbaugh Decides What Is True  —  Something special happened Monday on the Rush Limbaugh radio program.  Its host set out to explain why conservatives won't be defending New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the bridge scandal in the same way that they rallied behind Clarence Thomas during …
Susanne Craig / New York Times:
Cuomo and Schneiderman Prepare to Fight Over JPMorgan Settlement  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has asked people if they think Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York State, wears eyeliner.  —  Mr. Schneiderman has told people that he believes Mr. Cuomo's administration is Machiavellian and is out to undermine him.
Discussion: Politicker and Booman Tribune
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Mr. Smith decides to go home  —  To put it bluntly, being a member of Congress sucks — and the 16 members in the growing caucus of legislators heading for the exits seem to agree.  —  Someone has announced his retirement every day this week — on Wednesday it was Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran …
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Former RNC Chair Gillespie to launch Republican Senate bid Thursday  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie Thursday will launch his campaign to try to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, two sources with knowledge of Gillespie's plans confirmed to CNN.
Discussion: Politico
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
AP Sources: Armed Services Chairman to Retire  —  Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, who as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has struggled to protect defense spending against deficit hawks, has decided to retire after 21 years in Congress, Republicans officials said Wednesday.
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New York Times:
Pro-Progressive Is Better Than Anti-Christie  —  We're a week into Chris Christie Bridgegate and I'm already bored, not because I don't think the truth should be ferreted out in the bright light of day, but because the political discussion about it appears to be devolving into pettiness.
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
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Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Reporter Goes Missing in New Jersey
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