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4:40 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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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.
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 alicublog
Marist Poll:
1/15: NBC News/Marist Poll: Are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Political Plans Bottlenecked?
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Stevens Cabled Washington: CIA Says ‘AQ [Al Qaeda] Training Camps Within Benghazi’
Discussion: protein wisdom
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: Althouse, Mediaite and Liberaland
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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'
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: How Dems are fighting back on Obamacare
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and National Review
Washington Post:
Obama expected to turn to Congress to help decide fate of NSA phone data collection
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: Yahoo! News and The Gateway Pundit
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James Ball / Guardian:
NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep  —  The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.
Ari Berman / thenation.com/blogs/163253:
Members of Congress Introduce a new Fix for the Voting Rights Act  —  Marchers at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, August 24, 2013.  (REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)  —  Today Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Patrick Leahy …
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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Fix (Updated)
Associated Press:
Executed Ohio killer Dennis McGuire took 15 minutes to die with never-before-tried drugs  —  The two-drug combination was used for the first time on the convicted killer and rapist, who stabbed pregnant woman Joy Stewart to death in 1989.  —  Condemned killer Dennis McGuire was executed using a never-tried lethal cocktail.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Dana Ford / CNN:
Ohio killer executed
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who's Rubin's Early Fave for '16?  —  One of the more amusing pastimes in Washington on slow news days is to observe how certain pundits who are only happy if they are shilling for a presidential campaign seem to be lining up early in the 2016 cycle.  Nobody was more prone to this malady …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Presidential contenders' travails in the Senate
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
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.
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 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Ann Coulter Challenges Ed Schultz: ‘Invite Me on Your Show, You Lying P—sy’  —  UPDATE AT END OF POST: Coulter elaborates!  —  Conservative author Ann Coulter threw down quite the gauntlet Wednesday.  —  After MSNBC's Ed Schultz said on his show, “Republicans, they're afraid of me.
Ashlei King / 6:
Author Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Speaks Out  —  The author behind Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is speaking out.  —  It's been a part of Oklahoma's constitution for ten years.  Now, it's been struck down by a federal judge.  —  That doesn't mean same-sex couples can run straight to the altar.
Discussion: Advocate, The Raw Story and Mediaite
 
 
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