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4:10 PM ET, January 20, 2014

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Yahoo! News:
Christie speaks, and looks for lessons  —  “I will learn things from this,” Chris Christie told me last Friday, a little more than a week after he gave the News Conference to End All News Conferences, and a few days after the cable channels covered his annual address to the legislature …
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New York Times:
For Christie and MSNBC, a Messy Divorce Plays Out in Public View  —  It was a match made in moderately minded Northeast Corridor heaven.  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey needed a TV network that would burnish his bipartisan bona fides and showcase his gleefully contrarian style.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Eviscerate Hoboken Mayor For Sandy Claims (VIDEO)  —  “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, self-described fans of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), attacked the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. Monday for alleging Christie's administration shook her down for Hurricane Sandy relief funds.
TIME:
EXCLUSIVE: Christie Rival Called Him ‘Bully’ in Unaired Ad  —  Ad knocking Christie's temperament was cut before latest scandals, but never ran  —  The political world has suffered whiplash watching Chris Christie go from anointed Republican presidential frontrunner to a man in existential career crisis in just about two months.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Gov. Haley Barbour Shrugs Off ‘Lady Mayor’ From New Jersey (VIDEO)  —  Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) shrugged off the latest accusations against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration (R) on Monday by saying they were being made by a “lady mayor.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Chris Frates / CNN:
First on CNN: Lt. governor to deny mayor's Christie claims  —  (CNN) — New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is expected to “categorically deny” allegations Monday that she gave Hoboken's Mayor an ultimatum to support a redevelopment plan backed by Gov. Chris Christie in order to receive Hurricane Sandy recovery aid, a source said.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Kim Guadagno: Mayor's claim ‘illogical’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
msnbc.com:
US attorney inquiry into Christie widens
New Jersey Online:
Hoboken mayor discussed Chris Christie, Sandy aid allegations with U.S. Attorney, she says
BBC:
10 myths about WW1 debunked  —  Much of what we think we know about the 1914-18 conflict is wrong, writes historian Dan Snow.  —  No war in history attracts more controversy and myth than World War One.  —  For the soldiers who fought it was in some ways better than previous conflicts, and in some ways worse.
Discussion: Samizdata
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
4 Ways Martin Luther King Was More Radical Than You Thought  —  Every January, Martin Luther King, Jr. is universally honored as a national hero who preached a peaceful fight against racial injustice.  This saintly image is quite a departure from the kind of attacks the reverend endured over his lifetime.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Why King Still Matters
ABC News:
Urgent Search for ‘Black Widow’ Suicide Bomber, May Be Already in Sochi … Police in Sochi have launched an urgent search for a possible female suicide bomber who may have already made it past the ring of security set up for the Olympic Games.  —  Hotel employees in Sochi told ABC News …
Discussion: NBCNews, Deadspin and Weasel Zippers
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Lynn Berry / Associated Press:
RUSSIAN ISLAMIC VIDEO THREATENS SOCHI OLYMPICS
Frances Weaver / The Week:   The many, many problems of the Sochi Olympics
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Cantor in a pickle on voting rights  —  The arrival of a bipartisan bill to modernize the 1965 Voting Rights Act has put Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a pickle.  —  The House majority leader has been a rare Republican voice urging assurances that last year's Supreme Court decision …
Richard Sherman / The MMQB with Peter King:
‘To Those Who Would Call Me a Thug or Worse ...’  —  What a night, and what a finish.  —  Near midnight I still had about 70 unread text messages from friends and family, most of which read, “Best interview ever!”  Many of my Twitter mentions were less supportive.  My body ached.
New York Times:
The Undeserving Rich  —  The reality of rising American inequality is stark.  Since the late 1970s real wages for the bottom half of the work force have stagnated or fallen, while the incomes of the top 1 percent have nearly quadrupled (and the incomes of the top 0.1 percent have risen even more).
Bloomberg:
Stop Obamacare's Outrageous Bailouts  —  President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul looks extremely unlikely to hit the goal set for it in October: enrolling “at least” 7 million people in exchanges by April.  So the administration is redefining success as mere survival for the program.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP will rue O-Care focus  —  Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, is sure he has the best political strategy for winning the six seats the GOP needs to capture control of the Senate in November — attack Democrats for the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: The Reaction
 
 
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Washington Examiner:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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