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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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chris Christie announces 11 a.m. presser  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will hold a press conference Thursday morning, the day after controversy erupted over his office's involvement in a major September traffic snafu.  —  Christie will have a press availability at the governor's office …
New York Times:
The Bully Was a Dupe  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has explanations to make, apologies to give and an administrative house to clean now that his top aides and political cronies were shown to have been fully and gleefully aware of the chaos they caused by ordering up lane closings …
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.
NY Daily News:
Christie's Waterloo  —  The George Washington Bridge fiasco is a deeply damning window on the governor's administration  —  Explaining to do.  —  In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie's Carefully Devised, No-Nonsense Image in Peril  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has built a remarkable brand in Republican politics around a simple message: that his bluster and brashness, grating as they might be, were driven by a desire to transcend partisan rancor and petty politics in the service of the public good.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie, the George Washington Bridge and the IRS.  —  New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie has been tagged as a favorite, if not the favorite, for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  His landslide re-election victory in 2013, a quarter-century after the Garden State last voted …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie's critics savor his misfortune
Discussion: CNN and Ed Driscoll
New York Post:
Bridging Christie's troubled waters
Discussion: Guardian
John Dickerson / Slate:
The fate of his presidential campaign hangs on how he responds to the Fort Lee traffic scandal.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Chris Christie's problem is that he's really, truly a bully
Timothy Stanley / CNN:
Christie's rising star now a target
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Christie says he was unaware of emails about bridge closure
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Power Line
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Dennis Rodman apologizes for North Korea outburst, says he'd been drinking  —  Rodman, ex-NBAers play North Korea  —  (CNN) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for his much-criticized outburst about an American citizen imprisoned in North Korea, saying he was stressed …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:   Jesse Jackson: Dennis Rodman North Korea trip ‘illuminating’
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Bill targeting environmental regs threatened with veto  —  The White House issued a veto threat Wednesday against House legislation meant to slash environmental red tape and give states more sway over federal facilities.  —  The chamber is poised to vote Thursday on a consolidated package …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Fox News:
House GOP group rejects Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform
Discussion: Right Wing News
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans call for a new approach to fight poverty  —  On the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty, Republicans seek to address voter anxiety about an uneven economic recovery in a midterm election year.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gives a speech at the Capitol in which he called for a …
Discussion: First Read
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Heritage Scholar Slams Marco Rubio's Anti-Poverty Speech
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:   It's hard to help the little guy when you hate the safety net
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin to GOP: Put down Ayn Rand books  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Republicans to stop reading Ayn Rand books and help Democrats pass legislation aimed to give struggling Americans a hand.  —  “I say to my conservative friends, put down those Ayn Rand books …
Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
‘Great Society’ agenda led to great — and lasting — philosophical divide  —  The ambitious “Great Society” agenda begun half a century ago continues to touch nearly every aspect of American life.  But the deep philosophical divide it created has come to define the nation's harsh politics, especially in the Obama era.
New York Times:
Progress in the War on Poverty
Swearing toddler removed from home  —  (CNN) — A Nebraska toddler who repeated a slew of profanities in an online video has been taken into child protective custody, Omaha police said Wednesday.  —  While authorities found nothing criminal in the video, officials from the Omaha police's Child Victim Unit …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Riehl World News
Peter Baker / Reuters:
Grim Sequel to Iraq's War  —  WASHINGTON — For two years, President Obama has boasted that he accomplished what his predecessor had not.  “I ended the war in Iraq,” he has told audience after audience.  But a resurgence by Islamic militants in western Iraq has reminded the world that the war is anything but over.
Discussion: Mediaite and Real Science
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Poverty Line Was Designed Assuming Every Family Had a Housewife Who Was a ‘Skillful Cook’  —  The official poverty line, as I wrote yesterday, is a dated and crude statistical concept that in many ways fails to capture America's historical success at fighting economic need.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
Democrats blame big business for botched rollout  —  Democrats taking heat back home for Obamacare's rocky online rollout say don't blame them — blame Big Business.  —  Facing an onslaught of constituent frustration over problems with online exchanges, several Democrats have started pointing fingers …
Discussion: Hot Air and Pirate's Cove
Revealed: The Hall Of Fame Voter Who Turned His Ballot Over To Deadspin  —  Now that the Baseball Writers' Association of America has announced the results of this year's Hall of Fame election—Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas made it—it's time for us to reveal, as promised …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Second crewmember dies in Navy helicopter crash  —  A second crewmember died Wednesday evening after a Navy helicopter crashed off the Virginia coast, and another remains missing.  —  The Navy said Wednesday that the second crewmember who had been rescued in Tuesday's crash had died …
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