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12:05 PM ET, January 16, 2014

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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
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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
Mark Murray / firstread.nbcnews.com:
Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (so far)
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
The Christie Investigation: From Inquiry to Lynching?
Jack Shafer:
All lanes close in on Christie
Politico:
Chris Christie calms fellow governors on scandal
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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 …
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 and Mediaite
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Los Angeles Times:
The Colbert Report  —  Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive  —  It looks as if at least one Republican is getting ready to take on Gov. Jerry Brown.  Conservative Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia), a vehement activist against illegal immigration …
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 …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Ben Goad / The Hill:
Spending bill halts Obama regulations
Discussion: Liberaland
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
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Path From Critic to Overseer of Spying  —  WASHINGTON — As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism.  He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in.
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Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
U.S. to Expand Rules Limiting Use of Profiling by Federal Agents
Discussion: The Week, Liberaland, Gawker and Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
Obama expected to turn to Congress to help decide fate of NSA phone data collection
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 …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and First Read
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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
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare's a “Bailout” Now?  Conservative Critics Are Getting Desperate  —  Conservatives used to say Obamacare is socialized medicine.  Now they say it is a “government bailout” of insurers.  —  The new claim is just as misleading and cynical as the old one.
David Von Drehle / TIME:
Can Anyone Stop Hillary?  —  Why Clinton's 2016 candidacy-without-a-campaign dominates the political galaxy  —  Hillary Clinton has not decided whether to run for President again.  I have this on good authority, despite a recent barrage of reports detailing the many moves that signal a campaign in the making.
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Reporter Goes Missing in New Jersey  —  David Bird Has Been Missing Since He Left His New Jersey Home Saturday Saying He Was Going for a Walk  —  A search involving hundreds of people is under way for a Wall Street Journal reporter who has been missing since he left …
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
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
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
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
 
 
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