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1:25 AM ET, January 9, 2014


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Shawn Boburg /
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 …
Linh Tat /
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 …
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: Hot Air, CNN and Riehl World News
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
Media Gloms On to Christie Traffic Story  —  RUSH: The left right now is very excited over what we just learned about Governor Christie, because what we've just learned about Governor Christie is helping to take the Gates thing off the front page.  —  What, you haven't heard about the Christie thing?
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 …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Rumors of Chris Christie's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Timothy Stanley / CNN:
Christie's rising star now a target
Discussion: The Dish and ThinkProgress
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
N.J. Senate Majority Leader Says Criminal Charges May Come In Bridge Scandal
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
Rich Lowry / Politico:   Obama's insincere war
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
W.H. responds to Gates book
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is the GOP launching a new anti-poverty campaign?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA REPUBLICAN PARTY 2016 ELECTIONS ENTITLEMENTS CAMPAIGNS POVERTY  —  This week many prominent Republicans are taking part in a new campaign to emphasize GOP solutions for poverty.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
2 Parties Place Political Focus on Inequality
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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Virginia Special Election Surprise: Republican Trails Democrat by 10 Votes in District Obama Won Big  —  A special election held Tuesday for a Norfolk-based state senate seat should have been an easy win for Democrats.  President Obama won the district by 15 points (57 percent to 42 percent) …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Va. Senate control hangs in balance as Democrat leads special election by 22 votes
Discussion: Political Capital
Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits  —  (CNN) - The prospects for passing an extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed got significantly worse Wednesday after two Republican senators who voted with Democrats earlier this week said they will pull …
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems downbeat on unemployment
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Mark Steyn / Spectator:
Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic!  It's too good to be true  —  Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’ …
Discussion: Catallaxy Files
Lucy Crossley / Daily Mail:
Student slices off his own penis after stabbing his mother while high on party drug  — Both parent and son, 19, now in a stable condition in hospital, and surgeons are thought to have re-attached his penis  —  A teenager stabbed his mother before cutting off his own penis after he was believed …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Utah Office … and Advocate
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
Brett Norman / Politico:   Darrell Issa accuses Sebelius of ‘false’ testimony
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Matt Daily / Politico:
W.H. science director knocks climate change skeptics
Discussion: Climate Depot
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
KY Rep. Who Accidentally Fired Gun In State Capitol Urges Gun Safety
Discussion: WHAS-TV, Courier-Journal and Liberaland
Michelle Millhollon / Baton Rouge news …:
Vitter Super PAC raises $1.5 million
Eric Cantor vows fierce protection of school choice
Dave Itzkoffjan / New York Times:
Insane Clown Posse Defends Fans, With F.B.I. Lawsuit
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Air Force Commander at Center of Case to Retire
Discussion: Politico
Carolyn McCarthy, Mike McIntyre to retire
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and Business Insider
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
‘Oh COME ON’: The Guardian's description of pro-abort Wendy Davis is beyond absurd; Update: Guardian issues correction
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents