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10:05 PM ET, January 8, 2014

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Shawn Boburg / NorthJersey.com:
Emails link top Christie aide to GWB lane-closing controversy  —  Private messages between Governor's Christie's deputy chief of staff and two of his top executives at the Port Authority reveal a vindictive effort to create “traffic problems in Fort Lee” by shutting lanes to the George Washington Bridge …
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Linh Tat / NorthJersey.com:
EMS responses delayed by GWB lane closures in Fort Lee  —  FORT LEE - Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations - including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious - due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered  —  The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie: I Was ‘Misled By A Member Of My Staff’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has acknowledged that the New Jersey bridge closing scandal has reached his office.  —  In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Christie responded to the revelation that one of his close aides discussed plans …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Chris Christie's problem is that he's really, truly a bully  —  The release of e-mails suggesting that Gov. Chris Christie's top aides choked off transportation to a small town as political retribution against the town's mayor are a huge deal.  I wouldn't go so far as Jonathan Chait, who says …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Bill Pascrell on bridge flap: ‘Worst is yet to come’  —  New Jersey House members aren't calling for congressional investigations into revelations that a staffer in Gov. Chris Christie's office called for the closing of lanes on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge.
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World News
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
N.J. Senate Majority Leader Says Criminal Charges May Come In Bridge Scandal  —  New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) said Wednesday she thinks criminal charges may come in the growing scandal over last September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Big Trouble  —  As I've written several times, this Christie …
Rush Limbaugh:
Media Gloms On to Christie Traffic Story
Wall Street Journal:
CONNECT  —  A top aide to Gov. Chris Christie told an executive …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents  —  Republican identification lowest in at least 25 years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
2 Parties Place Political Focus on Inequality
Philip Ewing / Politico:
The secret life of Robert Gates  —  Robert Gates's tenure running the Pentagon might go down as the greatest performance in acting history.  —  On the outside, he was an even-keeled, plain speaking former college president, one who declared to Congress he hadn't returned to Washington to be a “bump on a log.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Strict Obstructionist  —  MITCH MCCONNELL IS A MASTER MANIPULATOR AND STRATEGIST—THE UNHERALDED ARCHITECT OF THE REPUBLICAN RESURGENCE.  NOW THAT HIS RELENTLESS TACTICS HAVE MADE HIS PARTY VICTORIOUS, HE IS POISED TO TAKE DOWN THE PRESIDENT AND WIN THE SENATE MAJORITY HE COVETS …
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CNN:
Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems downbeat on unemployment
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
New York Times:
Bridging the Compassion Gap
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Novelist's Ex In Bizarre Handgun Threat Arrest  —  Cormac McCarthy's former wife pulled weapon from her vagina  —  A domestic dispute over space aliens escalated Saturday morning when a lingerie-clad New Mexico woman allegedly pointed a silver handgun at her boyfriend …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Utah Governor Says State Will Not Recognize 1300+ Same-Sex Marriages  —  Utah's governor says the Constitution does not apply to these two men  —  Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's (R) office announced Wednesday that his state will not recognize the over 1,300 same sex marriages performed between …
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Noah Berlatsky / The Atlantic Online:
What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual  —  Last night my wife and I went out for dinner.  Our server was French, a fact that allowed us to spend a few moments practicing the language.  When the server left, my wife said, “It's everywhere.”  Indeed.  Some years ago I decided to learn French.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Issa threatens perjury probe of Sebelius  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Wednesday accused Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of providing “false and misleading” testimony to Congress and threatened to open an investigation.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Brett Norman / Politico:   Darrell Issa accuses Sebelius of ‘false’ testimony
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Heritage Scholar Slams Marco Rubio's Anti-Poverty Speech  —  Will Rubio's push into welfare reform make him a pariah on the right all over again?  —  Toby Melville / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — A senior scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation was quick to criticize Sen. Marco Rubio's …
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
House Republicans Preparing Plan for Immigration Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner and his Republican leadership team are preparing to release their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws later this month, the speaker told his members at a closed-door conference on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Va. Senate control hangs in balance as Democrat leads special election by 22 votes  —  Control of the Virginia Senate hung by the narrowest of threads Tuesday night as a Democrat led by just 22 votes in a special election to fill the Hampton Roads seat of Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph S. Northam.
Discussion: Political Capital
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Virginia Special Election Surprise: Republican Trails Democrat by 10 Votes in District Obama Won Big
Discussion: Hot Air
Matt Ferner / The Huffington Post:
Colorado Recreational Marijuana Sales Exceed $5 Million In First Week  —  Colorado marijuana dispensaries made huge sales in the first week of legal recreational marijuana.  —  Owners of the 37 new dispensaries around the state reported first week retail sales to The Huffington Post that, when added together, were roughly $5 million.
 
 
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