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12:55 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 …
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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: alicublog and Power Line
Mark Murray / firstread.nbcnews.com:
Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (so far)
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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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: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
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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.
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
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Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Movie mogul says new Streep film to make NRA 'wish they weren't alive'  —  Producer reveals secret project to Howard Stern  —  Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern's radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Harvey Weinstein: I'm Working on Movie That Will Make NRA 'Wish They Weren't Alive'
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Politico and Hot Air
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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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Republicans Begin Laying Ground Work to Walk Away From Obamacare Opposition  —  Conservative and Republican affiliated groups have started the 2014 assault against Democrats who support Obamacare.  At the very same time, it is increasingly clear Republicans are laying the groundwork to abandon their opposition to Obamacare.
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 …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama fighting perception that administration is out of time to make progress on priorities  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — President Obama is touting 2014 as a “year of action,” but it might just as easily be called the year of “measured expectation.”  —  Contrary to the predictions of many in Washington …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   Obama: A President Tests His Limits
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: Gawker, Booman Tribune and Politicker
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.
Philip Bump / The Wire:
Was the Drone that Feinstein Encountered at Her House This Tiny Pink Helicopter?  —  To reinforce her concerns about the use of commercial drones, California Senator Dianne Feinstein told her peers on Wednesday about an encounter she had with a drone at her house.
Discussion: Politico
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
Politico:
Ed Gillespie to announce Senate bid  —  Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and counselor to President George W. Bush, plans to announce Thursday that he'll challenge Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) in November, an adviser told POLITICO.  —  Gillespie, a decided underdog …
Discussion: CNN and Towleroad News #gay
 
 
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Ann Coulter Challenges Ed Schultz: ‘Invite Me on Your Show, You Lying P—sy’
Discussion: Politico, Scared Monkeys and Mediaite
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. government failed to secure Obamacare site: experts
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
All wrong — in California, girls can use urinals in the boys' restroom
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Spending bill halts Obama regulations
Discussion: Liberaland
Michael Beckel / The Center for Public …:
Top U.S. corporations funneled $185 million to political nonprofits
Politico:
Can Obama's Legal End-Run Around Congress Be Stopped?
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Conservative insurgents strike blow against GOP Establishment
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Reporter Goes Missing in New Jersey
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
Discussion: The Week and Prairie Weather
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Senate GOP More Optimistic About Midterms
Discussion: Capitol Report
Politico:
Inside the House GOP's immigration push
Discussion: The Plum Line
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Cheating Accusations Among Officers Overseeing Nuclear Arms
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Doubts over Common Core
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Mr. Smith decides to go home
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