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4:20 PM ET, January 11, 2014


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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 …
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.
New York Times:
Bridge Scandal Papers Point to Cover-Up by Chris Christie Allies
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 …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama Says Sharon Dedicated His Life to Israel
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Alan Duke / CNN:
Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, dead at 85
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
Kiley Kroh / ThinkProgress:
PHOTOS: What It Looks Like When A Massive Chemical Spill Contaminates The Water Supply  —  Empty shelves at a local Foodland between Freedom Industries and American Water.  —  CREDIT: Foo Conner/@iwasaround  —  On Thursday morning, a chemical spill was detected at Freedom Industries' storage facility near …
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 …
Michael Linhorst /
Incoming NJ Assembly speaker to renew the subpoena power of panel in GWB scandal  —  The incoming Assembly speaker says he'll call a special session next week to renew the subpoena power of the panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures.  —  The chairman of the committee leading …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
A-Rod's ban reduced to 162 games  —  Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who reduced the New York Yankees third baseman's ban from 211 games to 162 for his involvement in Major League Baseball's Biogenesis scandal.
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid backs down in unemployment fight  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he is now open to considering Republican amendments to a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits through most of 2014.  —  On Thursday, Reid clashed with several Republicans after saying …
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Krugman:
A Hammock In Kentucky?  —  National Review has an actually interesting report by Kevin Williamson on the state of Appalachia, providing a valuable portrait of the region's woes — plus an account of how people turn food stamps fungible by converting them into soda.
Discussion: National Review and Hullabaloo
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: Weasel Zippers, Fox News and Politico
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Fred Bauer / National Review:
Website of Top House Republican Drops Opposition to Amnesty
Discussion: Doug Ross, Politico and ThinkProgress
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Larry Speakes, Public Face of Reagan Era, Dies at 74
Alanna Durkin / Associated Press:
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Politico:
Supreme Court to mull right to lie in political ads
David Weigel / Slate:
The Funniest Part of Robert Gates' Very Serious New Memoir
Discussion: Outside the Beltway