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7:50 AM ET, January 16, 2014


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Mark Murray /
Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (so far)  —  Nearly 70 percent of Americans say the bridge-closure scandal engulfing Chris Christie has not changed their opinion about the New Jersey governor, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.  In addition, 44 percent …
Chris Christie calms fellow governors on scandal  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, battling an ongoing political scandal in his home state, has quietly communicated with several of his fellow governors to reassure them that the situation in Trenton is under control and express appreciation …
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 …
Jack Shafer:
All lanes close in on Christie
The Hill:
Armed Services Chairman McKeon retiring  —  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will announced his retirement on Wednesday, according to two sources close to McKeon.  —  “Mr. McKeon will be making his announcement tomorrow morning that he'll be retiring,” a source close to McKeon tells The Hill.
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.
Buck McKeon won't seek reelection
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Congressman: Limiting Abortion ‘Promotes Job Creation’  —  Democratic opponents of a new anti-abortion bill moving through the House of Representatives criticized Republicans on Wednesday for fast-tracking a socially divisive piece of legislation that “does not create a single job.”
The Hill:
House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote  —  The House on Wednesday easily approved a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2014 and let Congress avoid the risk of a shutdown until the end of September.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Alex Roarty /
NRCC Blacklists Conservative Firm Jamestown for Fighting Republican Incumbents
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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: Jihad Watch
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: Reuters
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Wendy Davis's Campaign Mocks Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed  —  Wendy Davis's campaign spin on her fundraising numbers is impressive.  She wants you to know that she raised $12 million to Republican Greg Abbot's $11.5 million.  What she is hoping you will ignore, and which much of the press will ignore …
Discussion:, The Hill, TIME and Unfair Park
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Wendy Davis outraises Greg Abbott in Texas gov race
New York Times:
Benghazi Attack Called Avoidable in Senate Report  —  WASHINGTON — A stinging report by the Senate Intelligence Committee released Wednesday concluded that the attack 16 months ago that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented, singling out the State Department …
Washington Post:
Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Dr. King Had a ‘Dream,’ Obama Has a ‘Drone’  —  President Barack Obama's former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is back in the news this week, but this time it's for some highly critical comments he made about the president at an event for the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Marijuana politics  —  So the POLITICO homepage has gone to pot: Darren Samuelsohn and Byron Tau report on how states are taking the lead on the legalization campaign; Reid Cherlin investigates the legal nightmare this creates between state and federal law — the consequences are far-ranging …
Christopher Weiss / ABC News:
Americans Split Evenly on Legalizing Marijuana
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Ballhaus / Washington Wire:
Gates: Syria Red Line Was ‘Serious Mistake’  —  Video: Gates on why it was a mistake to declare a red line in Syria.  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it was a “serious mistake” for the Obama administration to declare a red line on chemical weapons use in Syria …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Source: Missing U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl seen in video  —  Washington (CNN) — The U.S. military has obtained new video apparently made by those holding the lone American prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  —  A U.S. military official told CNN the clip shows the Wood Valley, Idaho …
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Steve Connor / The Independent:
The lost girls: Illegal abortion widely used by some UK ethnic groups to avoid daughters …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Spectator
Daily Mail:
Is Hollande's mistress pregnant? …
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
The Gay Conservative Quitting the GOP Over ‘Bigotry’
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Rush Limbaugh Decides What Is True
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH House effort to legalize pot faces long odds
Discussion: Mashable
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food
Discussion: The Dish
Shayna Jacobs / NY Daily News:
Pervy former Mount Sinai urologist pleads guilty to filming up a woman's skirt at Union Square subway station
Pics of Marines Burning Bodies Trigger U.S. Military Investigation [PHOTOS]
Discussion: RT and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Lovett / NY Daily News:
Ed Cox: There's A Healthy Dose Of Skepticism That Donald Trump Will Run For Governor
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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John McDuling / Quartz:
Investing in marijuana stocks is a lot more dangerous than smoking marijuana
Michael Wolff / Slate:
Gabriel Sherman's biography of Roger Ailes.
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Another 25 million ObamaCare victims
Discussion: The Hill and Scared Monkeys
The Atlantic Online:
What Happens When the President Sits Down Next to You at a Cafe
Discussion: TechCrunch, Yahoo! News and Althouse