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4:40 PM ET, January 18, 2014

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Steve Kornacki / msnbc.com:
Christie camp held Sandy relief money hostage, mayor alleges  —  Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie's administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Christie's presidential ambitions ‘not hurt’ by bridge scandal  —  Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had handled the scandal over lane closures on the George Washington bridge “in a very effective way” …
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
FL's Brian Ballard, top Romney fundraiser, dumps on ‘horrific’ Chris Christie before FL visit  —  Some of Florida's biggest money men will attend the state's various fundraisers for Gov. Rick Scott headlined this weekend by NJ Gov. Chris Christie, with one notable exception: Brian Ballard.
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Actress Out Of San Francisco Production After Endorsing Tea Party Candidate  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A famed actress is facing backlash in San Francisco's Latino community, after she voiced support for a conservative candidate for California governor.  —  Maria Conchita Alonso starred …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Althouse
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Wonkblog sells out.  —  Ezra Klein is back in line.  The Journolist founder, who now runs Wonkblog for the Washington Post, took some flak from other left-liberal journalists last year when he acknowledged that the ObamaCare exchanges had serious technical flaws.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Instapundit
Ryu Spaeth / The Week:
Mitt on Netflix: A knight errant in an age of political cynicism  —  A new documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at Mitt Romney's ill-fated presidential campaigns  —  W  —  hen we think of that rarest figure in American politics — a man of integrity — Mitt Romney does not usually leap to mind.
Tom Leonard / Daily Mail:
Is the Obama marriage on the rocks?  Astonishing claims emerge of ugly fights over that selfie, and even a Presidential affair  —  With invitations warning guests to ‘EBYC’ — Eat Before You Come — and rumours they'll be dancing to star turns from Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z, it won't be your usual White House knees-up.
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Obama's restrictions on NSA surveillance rely on narrow definition of ‘spying’  —  President Obama said Friday, in his first major speech on electronic surveillance, that “the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don't threaten our national security.”
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Obama's NSA ‘reforms’ are little more than a PR attempt to mollify public
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Watchdogs sue FEC, demand investigation of Karl Rove group  —  Watchdog groups are suing the Federal Election Committee after it dropped its inquiry into Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit organization co-founded by GOP operative Karl Rove.  —  The Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen filed …
Discussion: Liberaland
BBC:
Pope Benedict doubled defrockings  —  Close to 400 priests were defrocked in only two years by the former Pope Benedict XVI over claims of child abuse, the Vatican has confirmed.  —  The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase compared with previous years, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press (AP).
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Candida Moss / Politico:
The Political Genius of Pope Francis
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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
After Leaving Office, Bloomberg Is More Hands-On at Old Company  —  At editorial meetings in Bloomberg L.P.'s headquarters this week, Michael R. Bloomberg gave clear signs that he would not be taking a hands-off approach as he returned to his old company.  —  Just two week's removed from City Hall …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Bloggers = Media for First Amendment Libel Law Purposes  —  So holds today's Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) (in which I represented the defendant).  To be precise, the Ninth Circuit concludes that all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press …
 
 
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Mzielinska / CBS New York:
Trespasser Freed From Pipe At United Water Plant In New Jersey, Faces Criminal Charges
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Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Judicial Giant Quietly Retired Under Investigation For Travel Expenses
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CNN:
2 students shot in Philadelphia high school gym; suspect nabbed
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Supreme Court to take major look at privacy in digital age
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