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3:50 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: Power Line and alicublog
New York Times:
Pro-Progressive Is Better Than Anti-Christie
Discussion: Althouse
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Christie: What you need to know  —  (CNN) - New Jersey …
Discussion: Politico, Firedoglake and Ed Driscoll
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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The Fiscal Times:
We Finally Know Where the Buck Stops in Benghazi  —  Normally, when Congress undertakes an investigation of the executive branch, the committee heading the probe will issue two versions of the findings - one for each party.  Partisans on both sides use the political process of oversight …
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'
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 …
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 to Introduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Fix (Updated)
Discussion: Colorlines
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.
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.
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: Politico, Mediaite, NBCNews and Poynter
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Groundbreaking California measure would outlaw ‘affluenza’ defense  —  Call it the proposed Spoiled Brat Law.  —  Last month, after a 16-year-old Texas boy said to be suffering from “affluenza” was sentenced to rehab instead of prison for killing four people and maiming two others in a drunk-driving crash …
Discussion: Unfair Park and Politico
 
 
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