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9:55 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 …
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Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Hoboken mayor claims Christie administration held city's Sandy recovery funds ‘hostage’ to help developer  —  Mayor Dawn Zimmer spoke outside Hoboken City Hall in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in this Oct. 31, 2012 file photo.  (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)
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 …
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016  —  A recent conversation with a veteran of GOP presidential campaigns raised this question: Which, if any, of the recent battleground states are likely to become more Republican by 2016?  The consensus: very few.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
TIME:
Why I Let My Daughter Get a ‘Useless’ College Degree  —  A new study from the Federal Reserve offers more evidence that my humanities-loving child will graduate with lots of debt and not so many job offers.  And I'm OK with that.  —  My oldest child, Emma, just returned to campus …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Instapundit
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.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Christie's presidential ambitions ‘not hurt’ by bridge scandal
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Helen Ubinas / Philly.com:
High school student says cops roughed him up for nothing  —  VERONICA JOYNER was just trying to keep her students warm when she gave members of the school's basketball team hats, gloves and scarves.  —  She never imagined the gesture would lead to one of her star students being arrested …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Most health-exchange sign-ups already had coverage  —  Early estimates suggest that a majority of people signing up in the new marketplaces already had health plans.
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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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Obama's restrictions on NSA surveillance rely on narrow definition of ‘spying’
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Trespasser Freed From Pipe At United Water Plant In New Jersey, Faces Criminal Charges
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After Leaving Office, Bloomberg Is More Hands-On at Old Company
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