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3:40 PM ET, January 12, 2014


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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Christie scandal: 5 things we don't know  —  Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) may have exhausted reporters' inquiries into his administration's involvement in the closing of lanes on the country's most heavily-traveled bridge, but there are still many unanswered questions in the unfolding political saga.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Karl Rove: Bridge scandal proves Christie is ‘what we want’ in a president  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove asserted on Sunday that New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie's (R) handling of the George Washington Bridge Scandal showed he had the right qualities to be president of the United States.
New York Times:
Thunder Road  —  WASHINGTON — I HAVE learned two things covering politics.  —  One, first impressions are often right.  John Edwards is slick.  Hillary Clinton is expedient.  W. was in over his head.  Barack Obama is too much in his head.  Chris Christie can be a bully.
Discussion: Althouse and Daily Kos
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The unanswered ‘Bridgegate’ questions  —  Political scandals thrive on open questions, and Chris Christie's Bridgegate has plenty.  —  The political world was rocked last week when the New Jersey governor dismissed two of his advisers after emails showed they were involved in shutting …
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani: Chris Christie's Career ‘Completely at Risk’ If He Isn't Telling the Truth  —  Today on “This Week,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but warned that the Garden State governor is putting his political future in jeopardy …
Discussion: ABC News
Michael Isikoff / NBCNews:
Democrat heading bridge probe says Christie could be impeached if he knew of closures
Discussion: Gothamist, Liberaland and Mediaite
New York Times:
Imagining President Christie
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Karen Tumulty / Post Politics:
Tom Kean says Christie's leadership should give pause to voters nationally
Discussion: The Agonist and Hot Air
Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
The misuse of American might, and the price it pays  —  The United States no longer knows how to win wars, but it continues to start them.  —  “These days the United States absolves itself of any responsibility to finish wars that it starts,” writes Andrew J. Bacevich.  (Edel Rodriguez / For The Times / January 11, 2014)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Maryland officials were warned for a year of problems with online health-insurance site  —  More than a year before Maryland launched its health insurance exchange, senior state officials failed to heed warnings that no one was ultimately accountable for the $170 million project …
Steven Yaccino / New York Times:
Keeping Public Buildings Free of Guns Proves Too Costly for Kansas Towns  —  WICHITA, Kan. — Reasoning that more guns mean greater safety, Kansas lawmakers voted last year to require cities and counties to make public buildings accessible to people legally carrying concealed weapons.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut  —  Democratic senators are pleading with President Obama to abandon his proposal to trim Social Security benefits before it becomes a liability for them in the midterm elections.  —  The president proposed a new formula …
Discussion: The Agonist
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
The Vicious Circle of Income Inequality  —  Almost every culture has some variation on the saying, “rags to rags in three generations.”  Whether it's “clogs to clogs” or “rice paddy to rice paddy,” the message is essentially the same: Starting with nothing, the first generation builds …
Discussion: EconLog
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Darrell Issa's agenda in 2014: IRS, Benghazi and Fast and Furious  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in 2014 will pursue the IRS scandal, the deadly Benghazi attack and the botched Fast and Furious operation in what will likely be his last year as the House GOP's chief investigator.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Tim Ross / Telegraph:
95 Tory MPs call for EU law veto  —  Exclusive: In a major intervention, backbenchers have written to the Prime Minister urging him to change the law to block new EU legislation  —  Parliament must be given the power to veto every aspect of EU law, 95 Conservative MPs demand in a letter to David Cameron.
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Ariel Sharon Never Changed  —  Shortly after the eruption of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000 — an uprising allegedly, though not actually, triggered by an infamous Ariel Sharon walkabout atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem — I was visiting Sharon's ranch in southern Israel for the harvest holiday of Sukkot.
Ben Birnbaum / The New Republic:   Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014  —  He ultimately confronted the right wing.
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ABC News:
On Jobs, Obama Calls 2014 ‘A Year of Action’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Iran to start eliminating uranium stockpile January 20, White House says
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Mediaite
Ashley Killough / CNN:
McCain: Send Petraeus back to Iraq
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Christie's bridge scandal and the muddled search for a GOP nominee
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
A National Strategy Funds State Political Monopolies
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Liberaland
Shadee Ashtari / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Anti-Abortion Group's Case For Lying In Political Ads
James Hohmann / Politico:
Terry McAuliffe offers olive branch to GOP
Discussion: Moe Lane, Hot Air and CNN