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7:00 PM ET, January 13, 2014


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Chris Frates / CNN:
Feds investigate Christie's use of Sandy relief funds  —  Washington (CNN) — Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faced questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Christie Story Attracts Little Public Interest  —  Recent Opinions of New Jersey Governor Are Largely Unchanged  —  The public paid far more attention to last week's cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  There also has been little short-term change …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Dem: Development Theory Is ‘Absolutely’ Plausible In Bridge Scandal  —  One of the top Democrats in New Jersey told TPM on Monday that it's “absolutely” possible a billion-dollar redevelopment project is at the root of the scandal that has consumed Gov. Chris Christie (R) in recent days.
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Records Show Christie Administration Canceled Meetings After Jersey City Mayor Didn't Endorse  —  Documents released Monday indicate that meetings arranged between top commissioners to Gov. Chris Christie and Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop were abruptly canceled without reason last year …
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
That West Virginia chemical spill?  It's likely a bigger scandal than Bridgegate  —  Sadly, the West Virginia spill just isn't as interesting for the media and public as the Chris Christie revenge conspiracy.  It should be  —  If we called West Virginia 4-methylcyclohexane-methanol leak …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
All In Goes All In on Chris Christie: Chris Hayes to Host 11pm Bridgegate Special
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   SCOTUS skeptical on White House recess appointments
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Voice Doubts on Obama Recess Appointments
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Reaction
Sarah Jean Seman /
Supreme Court To Weigh Constitutionality of Obama Power Grab
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and protein wisdom
Yahoo! News:
Gates: White House ‘should go look in the mirror’  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back against critics who suggested he should have sat on his memoir about his years in the Obama administration, insisting his tell-all is not a “betrayal” of Obama.
Eun Kyung Kim / Today:
Robert Gates: My memoir has been ‘hijacked’ by politics
Leo Shane III / Stars & Stripes:   Gates as VP? Memoir is full of interesting tidbits
Hillary's Hit List  —  The Clintons keep a favor file of saints and sinners, according to this excerpt from HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.  —  Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton's once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Contributor Sees Sexism in Media Coverage of Hillary Clinton's ‘Hit List’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Heroic Measures  —  LISA BONCHEK ADAMS has spent the last seven years in a fierce and very public cage fight with death.  Since a mammogram detected the first toxic seeds of cancer in her left breast when she was 37, she has blogged and tweeted copiously about her contest with the advancing disease.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Readers Lash Out About Bill Keller's Column on a Woman With Cancer  —  Bill Keller's column in The Times on Monday about Lisa Bonchek Adams has generated a great deal of negative response.  Xeni Jardin, the well-known writer who blogs on Boing Boing, sometimes about her own experience with cancer, was outraged, calling it bullying.
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Ted Cruz crowd loves blogger's jokes about opening fire on cars with California plates  —  A conservative blogger drew big laughs at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he suggested that Texans open fire on cars bearing California license plates.  —  “I've said this several times in Texas …
Fars News Agency:
Snowden Documents Proving “US-Alien-Hitler” Link Stun Russia  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed documents providing incontrovertible proof that an alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda is driving US domestic and international policy …
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
The reputation of Roger Ailes.  —  In the nineteen-thirties, one in four Americans got their news from William Randolph Hearst, who lived in a castle and owned twenty-eight newspapers in nineteen cities.  Hearst's papers were all alike: hot-blooded, with leggy headlines.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Care Plans Attracting More Older, Less Healthy People  —  WASHINGTON — People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could cause premiums …
Michael Kelley / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel  —  An investigation by El Universal has found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars …
Discussion: The Verge and Hullabaloo
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope, after conservatives' criticism, calls abortion “horrific”  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.
Philip Pullella / NBCNews:
Pope Francis makes toughest remarks yet on ‘horrific’ abortion
Discussion: Capital New York
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Vetoes Bill Allowing Transgender People To Amend Birth Certificates  —  While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) navigates scandals about blocked bridges and misused hurricane-relief funds, he's continuing to conduct business as usual, and on Monday that included vetoing a bill …
Discussion: Advocate
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter / The Shriver Report:
A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From The Brink  —  Introduction  —  A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink will examine the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on our nation's institutions and economic future …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Alex Sink rises to top in Florida special election  —  It's been framed as the clearest barometer of the public's mood heading into this year's midterms: a special election battle for a 50-50 congressional district in the famously 50-50 state of Florida.  —  But upon closer inspection …
David Rogers / Politico:
Veteran Dem George Miller to retire  —  California Rep. George Miller, Nancy Pelosi's strong right arm and one of the top Democratic legislators of his generation, is stepping down at the end of this year after four decades in Congress.  —  Miller informed Pelosi, the Democratic leader …
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Taylor Berman / Gawker:
Noisy Texter Shot to Death in Florida Movie Theater
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman Charged With Felony Welfare Fraud
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Caller
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate?
Discussion: AEIdeas and Weekly Standard
Peter Olsen-Phillips / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
PACs say Stockman campaign cashed checks it never reported to FEC
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Ted Cruz adds Katrina Pierson to his expanding list of the “utterly fearless”
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obamacare's Spanish-language Web site is ‘written in Spanglish’
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
MTV's ‘16 and Pregnant,’ Derided by Some, May Resonate as a Cautionary Tale
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The Fight Over Unemployment Benefits Underscores the Right's Extremism
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Won't Hear Arizona Appeal on Abortion Ban