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12:10 PM ET, January 11, 2014

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NorthJersey.com:
Vulgarity-laced emails show attempts to silence GWB story  —  Some of Governor Christie's closest loyalists made an effort to keep information about the George Washington Bridge lane closures out of public view for months, as questions swirled about what now appears to have been a politically …
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New York Times:
Bridge Scandal Papers Point to Cover-Up by Chris Christie Allies  —  Officials loyal to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey went to elaborate lengths to make it appear that the September closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge was part of a traffic study, even though …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
No, really: It's over for Christie in 2016  —  MSNBC's Rachel Maddow floated an intriguing counter-theory Thursday night for why Gov. Chris Christie's top aides closed four lanes to the George Washington Bridge to strangle Fort Lee in traffic in September 2013.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Senate President Rejects Maddow's Alternate Bridge Scandal Theory
Discussion: Mediaite and msnbc.com
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Ariel Sharon, Fierce Defender of a Strong Israel, Dies at 85  —  Ariel Sharon, one of the most influential figures in Israel's history, a military commander and political leader who at the height of his power redrew the country's electoral map only to suffer a severe stroke from which he never recovered …
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Alan Duke / CNN:
Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, dead at 85  —  (CNN) — Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died Saturday after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported.  Sharon was 85.
Discussion: Liberaland
Jerusalem Post:
Former prime minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Wall Street Journal:
A judge blocks subpoenas against conservative allies of Scott Walker.  —  Chalk up a big victory for the First Amendment.  On Friday a Wisconsin judge struck a major blow for free political speech when he quashed subpoenas to conservative groups and ordered the return of property to the targets …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The GOP's tarnished golden boys  —  For a while, Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell were untouchable.  —  The first major Republicans elected after the 2008 Obama landslide, the tough-as-nails Garden Stater and the straight-edged Virginian heralded the conservative resurgence in 2010 and pointed …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The Udall ukase  —  Paul's post on the efforts of Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall behind the scenes to rewrite the history of the damage wrought by Obamacare in Colorado deserves further comment.  It is a small story of great interest.  Let's pause over it and take another look.
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Daily Caller
David Weigel / Slate:
The Funniest Part of Robert Gates' Very Serious New Memoir  —  My colleague John Dickerson has already analyzed former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' memoir Duty; I'm punching my way through it.  Present at the Creation this ain't.  Gates is a matter-of-fact, frills-free writer …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Larry Speakes, Public Face of Reagan Era, Dies at 74  —  WASHINGTON — Larry Speakes, who became the public face of Ronald Reagan's presidency when a would-be assassin's bullet gravely wounded his boss, press secretary James Brady, died Friday in his native Mississippi.  He was 74.
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Associated Press:   Former Reagan spokesman Larry Speakes dies at 74
Samantha Lachman / The Huffington Post:
Oregon Governor Walks Out Of Interview Over Questions About State's Health Care Website  —  KATU News' exclusive one-on-one interview with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber ended abruptly Thursday when the station's interviewer asked about problems with the Cover Oregon website.
Sara Ganim / CNN:
Death threats and denial for woman who showed college athletes struggle to read  —  (CNN) — The death threats, Mary Willingham expected.  —  More shocking is that the University of North Carolina is now disavowing her research as a whistle-blower — research that showed between 8% and 10% …
Fred Bauer / National Review:
Website of Top House Republican Drops Opposition to Amnesty  —  A key Republican player on immigration may be changing his tune on amnesty.  —  In January 2012, the “Immigration Reform” page on the official House website of Representative Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Dems break ranks with the White House on ObamaCare vote  —  Dozens of House Democrats broke ranks with President Obama on Friday to support legislation that would require people to be notified of security breaches under ObamaCare.  —  The House passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to unveil NSA reforms on Jan. 17
ThinkProgress:
Crisis In West Virginia: Wal-Mart Calls In Police To Guard Bottled Water Delivery  —  Residents of South Charleston, W.Va., wait in line at Kroger to buy water following a chemical spill on the Elk River that compromised the public water supply of eight counties on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Thousands Without Water After Spill in West Virginia
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mapbox, msnbc.com and CNN
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Don't blame the weather for the dreadful December job report  —  Wall Street was quick to pin the mega-disappointing December employment report on Mother Nature.  “Weather depresses job gains in December” is how economic consultancy IHS Global Insight put it.
Discussion: Hot Air and MoneyBeat
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Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels
 
 
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