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2:10 PM ET, January 16, 2014

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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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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Stevens Cabled Washington: CIA Says ‘AQ [Al Qaeda] Training Camps Within Benghazi’
Discussion: protein wisdom
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
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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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 …
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, Hot Air and Politico
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 Nye / Daily Mail:
Obama is ‘chronically incapable’ of military strategy and ‘clueless about what he wants to do in the world’ according to top UK defense adviser  — Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the UK's Chief of the Defence Staff has heavily criticized President Obama  — The Oxford University professor believes …
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
Washington Post:
Obama expected to turn to Congress to help decide fate of NSA phone data collection
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.
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.
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, NBCNews and Poynter
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, Politicker and Booman Tribune
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 …
Discussion: Election Law Blog and theGrio
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
Chris Elliott / Guardian:
Open door: Why an article on Lisa Bonchek Adams was removed from the Guardian site  —  I don't think it is wrong to frame a question about how those with incurable illnesses use social media, but the Guardian was wrong in the way it went about it  —  Lisa Bonchek Adams is a woman …
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 …
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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   Obama: A President Tests His Limits
 
 
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