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10:30 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 …
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Four Uncomfortable Questions From Chris Christie's Bridgegate Press Conference  —  The thrust of Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) Bridgegate press conference this morning has been: I didn't know, my staff lied to me, I'm so embarrassed, I'm sorry.  —  Let's say he's telling the truth.
Nate Schweber / New York Times:
Woman Says Lane Closings Were Not to Blame for Her Mother's Death  —  The daughter of a 91-year-old woman from Fort Lee, N.J., who died on the day of a major traffic jam precipitated by top aides to Gov. Chris Christie said on Thursday that she did not believe the inability of an ambulance …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
So, Christie Says He Couldn't Pick Fort Lee Mayor ‘Out of a Lineup’...  Really?  —  A photo posted on the New Jersey governor's own website, taken at a news conference on Dec. 8, 2011, tells a different story.  The photo shows Christie speaking on the issue of sick pay reform with several mayors …
Discussion: and ABC News
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Over Two Weeks Ago, Christie Claimed His Staff Gave Him a ‘Full Briefing’ on Bridgegate  —  Governor Christie's problems are even worse than Eliana's grim post suggests — and I don't say that just because the press coverage here in Jersey, where Democrats are turning up the heat, is now unrelenting.
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Chris Christie ally David Wildstein pleads Fifth to panel
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Christie Ally Seeks to Block Testimony on Bridge Scandal
Discussion: The Reaction
Washington Post:
Full transcript: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's Jan. 9 news conference on George Washington Bridge scandal
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Is Chris Christie political road kill?
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Hullabaloo
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie, the George Washington Bridge and the IRS.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Pal Pleads The Fifth At Bridge Scandal Hearing
Discussion: National Review
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie Live Blog
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Christie drops swagger amid heat of scandal
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:   WATCH LIVE: Christie Pal Testifies On Bridge Scandal
Christie won Fort Lee
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘I am embarrassed’
Discussion: BuzzFeed, CNN and First Read
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
EPA publishes emissions rule to GOP's dismay  —  The Environmental Protection Agency published its rule limiting carbon emissions from new power plants on Wednesday to the dismay of coal advocates and the GOP.  —  The proposed rule, published nearly four months after EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced …
Discussion: Liberaland and Booman Tribune
EPA Publishes First Rule Limiting Carbon Pollution From New Power Plants
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Federal Register:   Proposed Rule  —  Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions …
John P / Pew Research Center:
Who is this man?  Many Americans don't recognize top news anchor  —  Nightly News is now the nightly White House propaganda , it's talking points , personal attacks and lies.  They don't even give reeivent news.  I stopped watching the communist run media when I got my first computer.
Communications /
Millionaires' Club: For First Time, Most Lawmakers are Worth $1 Million-Plus  —  For the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
How Marriage Fights Poverty  —  Marco Rubio delivered a speech on poverty today where he observed:  —  Marriage is great.  And it is true that a household with two adult members in it is much less likely to be poor than a household with one adult member.  But even though conservatives say this a lot …
Matt Bruenig / American Prospect:
Marriage and Poverty  —  Oddly enough, there is a gang …
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 …
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.
David Giambusso / New Jersey Online:
Amiri Baraka, former N.J. poet laureate and prolific author, dead at 79  —  Amiri Baraka, the state's former poet laureate and a revered author, poet and activist, has died.  He was 79.  Baraka is shown in this 2009 file photo.  (Star-Ledger file photo)  —  David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Gillespie, Former Republican Chairman, Readies to Run for Senate in Virginia  —  WASHINGTON — Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, has told senior members of his party that he will challenge Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia and announce his candidacy as early as next week …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
Ben Waldron / ABC News:
Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ Surges in E-Book Sales … Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic political testament “Mein Kampf” is surging up electronic book bestseller lists, even as sales of the printed version have been stagnant for years.  —  As of Wednesday, two electronic versions of “Mein Kampf” …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare To Cover Breast Cancer Prevention Drugs  —  WASHINGTON — Certain medications that are intended to prevent breast cancer will be fully covered under Obamacare, in new guidance set to be issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Thursday morning.
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama optimistic on unemployment benefits  —  President Barack Obama said Thursday he's glad that Senate negotiations to extend federal unemployment benefits are advancing, and for the second time this week called on the House to do the same.  —  “It's one thing to say we should help more Americans get ahead.
Discussion: CNN
Portman Offers Amendment to Prevent Duplicative Spending By Ending Double-Dipping between …
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G-A-Y / Good As You:
Truly insane NOM post claims the govt. will soon sue anti-gay Americans
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
Cold Days, Hot Planet
Discussion: The Dish
Zachary Fagenson / Reuters:
Most uninsured Americans lack knowledge about Obamacare: survey
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
FBI chief warns on intel reforms, Snowden
Discussion: ABC News
Heather Alexander / Houston Chronicle:
Houston firefighter puts out truck blaze with beer
Peter Moskowitz / Al Jazeera America:
Radio Disney's pro-fracking elementary school tour sparks outrage
 Earlier Items: 
Eleanor Barkhorn / The Atlantic Online:
School Wasn't Canceled for Bad Weather in 1882
Discussion: American Spectator
Guy Taylor / Washington Times:
Iraqi ambassador slams Obama, praises Bush
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and VodkaPundit
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The White Ghetto  —  Owsley County, Ky. - There are lots …