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11:05 AM ET, January 16, 2014


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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie Is an Amateur  —  The left's political methods make Gov. Christie look like Little Bo Peep.  —  There haven't been so many reporters chasing a story in Trenton, N.J., since Washington crossed the Delaware.  But compared with the methods the Democratic Party is using …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
What Christie Did To Get A Reputation As A Political Bully Even In College  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is no stranger to accusations of political bullying and backroom dealing like those at the heart of the bridge scandal.  —  TPM has found one of the first times …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Chris Christie's high-stakes weekend  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has apologized to his constituents for the George Washington Bridge scandal.  Now, he'll face his base.  —  Christie is headed to Florida for a series of events with some of the GOP's deepest pockets …
New York Times:
Pro-Progressive Is Better Than Anti-Christie  —  We're a week into Chris Christie Bridgegate and I'm already bored, not because I don't think the truth should be ferreted out in the bright light of day, but because the political discussion about it appears to be devolving into pettiness.
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Murray /
Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (so far)
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
The Christie Investigation: From Inquiry to Lynching?
Chris Christie calms fellow governors on scandal
Jack Shafer:
All lanes close in on Christie
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Path From Critic to Overseer of Spying  —  WASHINGTON — As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism.  He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in.
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   Obama: A President Tests His Limits
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama fighting perception that administration is out of time to make progress on priorities
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Washington Post:
Obama expected to turn to Congress to help decide fate of NSA phone data collection
Inside the House GOP's immigration push  —  House Republican leaders are within weeks of releasing their principles for immigration reform — a blueprint that will detail positions on everything from border security to legal status.  —  The document, which has been kept under wraps until now …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
Discussion: The Week and Prairie Weather
The Hill:
House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote
Alex Roarty /
NRCC Blacklists Conservative Firm Jamestown for Fighting Republican Incumbents
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
NY Daily News:
Adam Lanza calls in radio station a year before Sandy Hook shooting and gives bizarre interview — LISTEN TO THE TAPE  —  Documents reveal how Lanza, a year before Newtown massacre, used the pseudonym ‘Smiggles’ on a message board to talk about calling an Oregon college radio station and masking …
Lizzie Crocker / The Daily Beast:
Virginia Legislator Running for Congress Says Spousal Rape Should Be Legal  —  State Senator Richard Black has been telling his fellow Virginians for more than a decade that spousal rape is not a crime, and now he's running for Congress.  —  Good news for Virginians living in the 13th district …
Discussion: First Read and Mother Jones
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World’  —  Sir Hew Strachan, an expert on the history of war, says that the president's strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America's position in the world.  —  President Obama is …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Yahoo! News
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
AP Sources: Armed Services Chairman to Retire  —  Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, who as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has struggled to protect defense spending against deficit hawks, has decided to retire after 21 years in Congress, Republicans officials said Wednesday.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Rush Limbaugh Decides What Is True  —  Something special happened Monday on the Rush Limbaugh radio program.  Its host set out to explain why conservatives won't be defending New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the bridge scandal in the same way that they rallied behind Clarence Thomas during …
Susanne Craig / New York Times:
Cuomo and Schneiderman Prepare to Fight Over JPMorgan Settlement  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has asked people if they think Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York State, wears eyeliner.  —  Mr. Schneiderman has told people that he believes Mr. Cuomo's administration is Machiavellian and is out to undermine him.
Discussion: Politicker and Booman Tribune
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Former RNC Chair Gillespie to launch Republican Senate bid Thursday  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie Thursday will launch his campaign to try to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, two sources with knowledge of Gillespie's plans confirmed to CNN.
Discussion: Politico
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
U.S. to Expand Rules Limiting Use of Profiling by Federal Agents  —  The Justice Department will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a government official said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Week, Liberaland, Gawker and Jihad Watch
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Mr. Smith decides to go home  —  To put it bluntly, being a member of Congress sucks — and the 16 members in the growing caucus of legislators heading for the exits seem to agree.  —  Someone has announced his retirement every day this week — on Wednesday it was Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare's a “Bailout” Now?  Conservative Critics Are Getting Desperate  —  Conservatives used to say Obamacare is socialized medicine.  Now they say it is a “government bailout” of insurers.  —  The new claim is just as misleading and cynical as the old one.
Los Angeles Times:
The Colbert Report  —  Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive  —  It looks as if at least one Republican is getting ready to take on Gov. Jerry Brown.  Conservative Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia), a vehement activist against illegal immigration …
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Conservative insurgents strike blow against GOP Establishment
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Reporter Goes Missing in New Jersey
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Senate GOP More Optimistic About Midterms
Discussion: Capitol Report
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Cheating Accusations Among Officers Overseeing Nuclear Arms
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Doubts over Common Core
Daily Mail:
Is Hollande's mistress pregnant? …
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Discussion: RT and Guardian