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7:25 AM ET, January 15, 2014


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Ted Mann / Metropolis:
Christie, Official Who Arranged Bridge Closures Were Together During Fiasco … Gov. Chris Christie was with the official who arranged the closure of local lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 11, 2013 — the third day of the closures, and well after they had triggered outrage …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Christie's Office Blasts ‘Wild-Eyed Conspiracy’ Theories In Bridge Scandal  —  New Jersey Gov. Christie's (R) office apparently thinks “left-wing blogs” are to blame for the competing theories about who and what was behind the decision to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.
George Packer / News Desk:
The Trouble with Christie
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Balloon Juice
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:   Christie's Next Lesson: How to Apologize
Jose Delreal / Politico:
Poll: Chris Christie opinion unscathed
Human Rights Campaign Blog:
U.S. District Judge Rules Oklahoma Ban on Marriage Equality Unconstitutional  —  Today U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that Oklahoma's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.  His ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in the Sooner State.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rejects Oklahoma's Gay Marriage Ban  —  A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage violated the federal Constitution, the latest in a string of legal victories for gay rights and one that occurred in the heart of the Bible Belt.
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Raw Story
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Oklahoma Ban On Same-Sex Marriages Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules  —  “The Court holds that Oklahoma's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” the judge decided.
Obama's plan to save the Senate  —  President Barack Obama has a plan to save the Senate's tenuous Democratic majority: Sell a populist message, try to make Obamacare work better and raise lots of cash.  —  And unlike previous years when Senate Democrats were mostly left to fight on their own …
Discussion: CNN, WJLA-TV and The Hill
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate blocks jobless aid
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, ThinkProgress and CNN
The Raw Story:
White House supports Senator Rand Paul's bill to officially end U.S. Iraq war authority
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama gives Miami Heat a White House welcome
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Dems put themselves in tough spot over Iran
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
WH delays another ObamaCare deadline  —  The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it was again extending the ObamaCare enrollment deadline for people with pre-existing conditions.  —  The administration said it will extend the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), slated to end January 31, until March 15.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The death of Obamacare's death spiral
Tampa Bay Times:
Stand Your Ground already an issue in theater shooting  —  TAMPA — Soon after authorities say a retired Tampa police captain shot a fellow moviegoer over a cell phone dispute Monday, a question now common in Florida arose:  —  Could the shooter be defended under Stand Your Ground?
New York Times:
N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
Discussion: Gigaom, The Verge and emptywheel
Erik Wemple:
Politico's Mike Allen and Fox News PR  —  In Sunday's edition of “Playbook,” Politico's Mike Allen included a massive excerpt of the new biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes by journalist Gabriel Sherman, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News-and Divided a Country.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post, Politico Editors To Meet After Bombshell Mike Allen Reports (UPDATE: Allen Speaks Out)  —  NEW YORK — Politico editor-in-chief John Harris and chief executive Jim VandeHei are expected to visit The Washington Post on Wednesday to discuss the paper's recent scrutiny …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules  —  Broadband providers aren't “common carriers,” court says, and that makes all the difference in a decision certain to shake up the fixed broadband and wireless industries.  —  A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday struck …
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Court strikes down net neutrality
Albuquerque Journal:
State Police: Suspect used .20-gauge shotgun in Roswell shooting  —  Kimberly Macias, 13, breaks down Tuesday night as she sees classmates at a vigil for the victims of the Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell.  Macias knew both the shooting suspect and victims and witnessed the incident Tuesday morning.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Branstad expected to announce bid for historic sixth term Wednesday  —  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to kick off a historic, juggernaut campaign for re-election that many political analysts suspect will be a cakewalk, even though a majority of Iowans think the Republican has been in office long enough.
Discussion: The Fix
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
‘Wishful Thinking’: Limbaugh Wants Obama to Cheat on Michelle  —  Rush Limbaugh is tired of Chris Christie's “Bridgegate” debacle and wishes this country could have sexy political scandals like France.  The radio host brought up the recent allegations that French President François Hollande …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Judge Reinstates Some Federal Oversight of Voting Practices for an Alabama City  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alabama on Monday reinstated federal oversight over the voting practices of a city there, in what election law specialists said was the first such move since the Supreme Court struck …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly wins GOP primary in Florida  —  Former lobbyist David Jolly on Tuesday won the Republican primary in the special election for a vacant Florida congressional seat, vaulting him into a nationally watched battle with Democrat Alex Sink for the right to succeed the late ex-GOP Rep. Bill Young.
Discussion: CNN
David Nir / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos Elections House race ratings: Initial ratings for 2014  —  Daily Kos Elections is pleased to announce our first set of House race ratings for the 2014 election cycle.  Republicans currently hold 233 seats in the House of Representatives, while Democrats hold 200.
Discussion: Moe Lane and National Review
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
Paul Ryan's Proposed War on Poverty Is Hobbled by Conservative Ideology  —  The congressman delivered a speech on poverty that did little more than resurrect the same tired arguments the GOP has been proposing for years.  —  On Monday, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan gave a brief address …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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The Hill:
Democrats on Hillary Clinton's ‘hit list’ seek to return to her good graces
National Review:
Insurance-Company Bailouts  —  Among the many legitimate criticisms …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Real Clear Politics
The Charlotte Observer:
The best, imperfect 12th District solution
Discussion: Post Politics and Facing South
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Watch Members Of Congress Read Mean Tweets About Themselves
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ed Gillespie's steep slog to the Senate
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
GOP Senate Candidate Complained of Lack of Muslim Movie Villains
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama to pay visit to Pope
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Howard Kurtz Lied About Business Ties To Fox News Contributor