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12:25 PM ET, January 9, 2014


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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
State senator says wants feds to look into lane closings  —  (CNN) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized for the conduct of certain aides in orchestrating traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge to apparently punish a local mayor, saying he was stunned by their actions …
New York Post:
Staffer's head rolls as Christie looks to save neck over Bridgegate  —  Heads are rolling over Bridgegate.  —  Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday fired the top aide who brazenly plotted the crippling lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, multiple sources told The Post.
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie Live Blog  —  So the Chris Christie “I been duped” press conference is coming shortly and we'll be live blogging it here.  You can watch the live feed of the press conference here.  —  11:08 AM: “I am embarrassed and humiliated.”  —  11:09 AM: Fired Bridget Kelly “because she lied to me.”
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Fires Top Aide ‘Because She Lied To Me’
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Monthly
New York Post:   Bridging Christie's troubled waters
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’
Washington Post:
Dennis Rodman's flagrant foul behavior in North Korea
Discussion:, ABC News and CBS DC
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 …
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
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
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 …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The White Ghetto  —  Owsley County, Ky. - There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread-hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart …
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
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 …
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iran's Khamenei says nuclear talks show U.S. enmity  —  (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that nuclear negotiations with world powers had revealed U.S. enmity towards the Islamic state.  —  Khamenei was speaking hours before the resumption of talks between Iran and the European Union in Geneva.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Reform Puts A Twist On SCOTUS Recess-Appointment Case  —  The Supreme Court is set to hear a major case next Monday about the president's power to temporarily appoint nominees when the Senate is not conducting business.  And while the case may suddenly be less consequential …
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Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Discussion: First Read
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E-book versions of Hitler's opus are rising in the rankings on Amazon and iTunes. What gives?
Discussion: Guardian
Lucy Crossley / Daily Mail:
Student slices off his own penis after stabbing his mother while high on party drug
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Obama's insincere war
Discussion: CNN
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Virginia Special Election Surprise: Republican Trails Democrat by 10 Votes in District Obama Won Big