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11:30 PM ET, January 12, 2014


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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Bridgegate made headlines but Obama's IRS scandal didn't  —  Most government scandals involve the manipulation of the system in obscure ways by people no one has ever heard of.  That is why George Washington Bridgegate is nearly a perfect scandal — because it is comprehensible and …
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.
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.
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.
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani: Chris Christie's Career ‘Completely at Risk’ If He Isn't Telling the Truth
Discussion: ABC News
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Giuliani defends Christie in bridge scandal
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Unanswered ‘Bridgegate’ questions
CBS News:
Shares  —  Washington has been abuzz this past week over the new memoir by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.  Now Secretary Gates speaks for himself in his first television interview about his book.  Our Cover Story is reported by Rita Braver:  —  Robert Gates doesn't pull …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air, CNN and Mediaite
Robert Fulford / National Post:
Barack Obama may be commander-in-chief, but he's a partisan at heart  —  A newly published account of Barack Obama's White House confirms the worst that outsiders have imagined: The Obama staff is over-politicized, over-confident and desperate to oversee every aspect of government.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Power Line
Ashley Killough / CNN:
McCain: Send Petraeus back to Iraq
Discussion: Politico
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
The Wars of Robert Gates
Discussion: Moe Lane
Important new developments in New Jersey's ‘bridgegate’ scandal  —  Steve Kornacki shares new information about why the “bridgegate” scandal in New Jersey is much bigger than a traffic jam.  He explains how the political and...
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare on Tradition of Election Day Goads  —  DONNA, Tex. — In this Rio Grande Valley town of trailer parks and weedy lots eight miles from the Mexico border, people call them runners or politiqueras — the campaign workers who use their network of relatives and friends to deliver votes for their candidates.
Associated Press:
Health Care Website Frustrates Spanish Speakers  —  Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties.  —  The site,, launched more than two months late.
Discussion: Moe Lane, Hot Air and Hit & Run
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
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
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
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Second wave of health-insurance disruption affects small businesses
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
For Real Scandals, Check Out the Obama Administration
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Iran to start eliminating uranium stockpile January 20, White House says
Tim Ross / Telegraph:
95 Tory MPs call for EU law veto
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Christie's bridge scandal and the muddled search for a GOP nominee
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Monthly
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Darrell Issa's agenda in 2014: IRS, Benghazi and Fast and Furious
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
A National Strategy Funds State Political Monopolies
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Liberaland
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut
Discussion: Politico and The Agonist