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3:10 PM ET, January 9, 2014


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New York Times:
Christie Fires Aide in Bridge Scandal as U.S. Opens Inquiry  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey apologized to the people of New Jersey on Thursday, saying that he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by revelations that one of his top aides and close associates ordered lane closings …
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.
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 …
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Christie on bridge scandal: ‘I knew nothing about this’  —  (CNN) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by the conduct of “some people on my team” over an unfolding political scandal, saying he knew nothing of their activities to apparently punish …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Pal Pleads The Fifth At Bridge Scandal Hearing  —  David Wildstein, the former Director of Interstate Capital Projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, refused to answer questions Thursday at a state Assembly committee hearing concerning the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal.
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 …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH LIVE: Christie Pal Testifies On Bridge Scandal  —  A former Gov. Chris Christie (R) appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is expected to testify before a New Jersey state Assembly committee at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday.  —  David Wildstein, who is also a former high school classmate …
Christie won Fort Lee
Discussion: Politico
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Fires Top Aide ‘Because She Lied To Me’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie Live Blog
Discussion: Balloon Juice and PoliticusUSA
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Bill Pascrell on bridge flap: ‘Worst is yet to come’
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Over Two Weeks Ago, Christie Claimed His Staff Gave Him a ‘Full Briefing’ on Bridgegate
Associated Press:
Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Complete Colorado / Page Two:
Udall's office pushed back hard on number of health care cancellations  —  At the height of controversy surrounding President Obama's promises on the federal health care overhaul, U.S. Senator Mark Udall's office worked assiduously to revise press accounts that 249,000 Coloradans received health care cancellation notices.
Eli Stokols /
GOP blasts Udall for ‘bullying’ Dept. of Insurance over Obamacare cancellations
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Erik Wemple:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow hunkers down on Koch Bros. claim  —  Mark V. Holden is general counsel at Koch Industries Inc., and he has a big file relating to MSNBC.  The progressive cable network tends to make frequent references to Koch Industries and its politically active, free-market major shareholders Charles and David Koch.
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 …
Eleanor Barkhorn / The Atlantic Online:
School Wasn't Canceled for Bad Weather in 1882  —  Record-low temperatures caused by the Polar Vortex have forced schools across the country to close this week.  Weather-related school cancellations tend to raise anxieties about whether we're a nation of wimps.
Discussion: American Spectator
Guy Taylor / Washington Times:
Iraqi ambassador slams Obama, praises Bush  —  Ambassador praises Bush's ‘ownership’ of relationship  —  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:  —  Iraq's ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn't fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and VodkaPundit
Peter Baker / Reuters:
Grim Sequel to Iraq's War
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
JUSTICE: Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe into IRS tea party targeting  —  The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation.
Frances Martel / BREITBART.COM:
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Intel panel: DOD report finds Snowden leaks helped terrorists  —  Edward Snowden's leaks about National Security Agency programs have put U.S. troops at risk and prompted terrorists to change their tactics, according to a classified Pentagon report.  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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: Shakesville and Washington Monthly
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
A health industry expert on ‘the fundamental problem with Obamacare’  —  Robert Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm where he works closely with many in the heath industry as they try to navigate the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: AEIdeas and Marginal Revolution
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Despite what the critics say, Obamacare is working
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Off the Kuff
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Under Obama, Youth Misery Index Hits All-Time High
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Want to Rock the Vote? Fill the Election Assistance Commission.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The White Ghetto  —  Owsley County, Ky. - There are lots …
Revealed: The Hall Of Fame Voter Who Turned His Ballot Over To Deadspin
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‘Great Society’ agenda led to great — and lasting — philosophical divide
Discussion: The Mahablog
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Filibuster Reform Puts A Twist On SCOTUS Recess-Appointment Case
Rana Foroohar / TIME:
Janet Yellen: The Sixteen Trillion Dollar Woman
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans call for a new approach to fight poverty
Discussion: First Read
Democrats blame big business for botched rollout
Lucy Crossley / Daily Mail:
Student slices off his own penis after stabbing his mother while high on party drug
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