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6:35 AM ET, January 9, 2014


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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 …
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 and Riehl World News
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie's critics savor his misfortune  —  Chris Christie is learning that being a Party of One can be pretty lonely when times get tough.  —  Democrats predictably condemned the New Jersey governor after a bombshell report Wednesday tied one of his top staffers to a burgeoning scandal that's already been dubbed “Bridge-gate.”
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Christie says he was unaware of emails about bridge closure  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday he didn't know that a senior official in his office was directly involved in an act of retribution against a New Jersey mayor who refused to endorse him in the 2013 gubernatorial race.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Rumors of Chris Christie's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated  —  It's a bad day for Chris Christie.  Like, even worse than stuck-in-traffic-for-hours-trying-to- get-over-the-bridge bad.  But let's not overstate it.  —  The New Jersey governor has been tangentially involved in a scandal …
Timothy Stanley / CNN:
Christie's rising star now a target
Discussion: The Dish and ThinkProgress
Daily News:
Christie's Waterloo  —  In the best possible light …
Discussion: Liberaland
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Chris Christie's problem is that he's really, truly a bully
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered
Chris Christie: ‘People will be held responsible’
Shawn Boburg /
Emails link top Christie aide to GWB lane-closing controversy
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  —  Robert Gates has roiled the Beltway with perhaps the least surprising bombshells ever to appear in a tell-all Washington memoir.  —  Did anyone believe that President Barack Obama was passionately committed to the Afghanistan war that he escalated at the same time he announced a withdrawal date?
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
W.H. responds to Gates book
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
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
An emotional Trey Radel: ‘I have a lot of work to do’
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
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
It's hard to help the little guy when you hate the safety net  —  Don't look now, but poverty is apparently having its moment, right up there with egg creams and stroller derbies.  After years of being relegated to the political consultants' do-not-touch list, it's now on everyone's lips.
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 …
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: 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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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Matt Daily / Politico:
W.H. science director knocks climate change skeptics
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
KY Rep. Who Accidentally Fired Gun In State Capitol Urges Gun Safety
Discussion: WHAS-TV, Courier-Journal and Liberaland
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