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1:20 PM ET, January 18, 2014

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Steve Kornacki / msnbc.com:
Christie camp held Sandy relief money hostage, mayor alleges  —  Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie's administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor …
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Reuters:   Chris Christie Aides Subpoenaed In Bridge Scandal
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Obama's restrictions on NSA surveillance rely on narrow definition of ‘spying’  —  President Obama said Friday, in his first major speech on electronic surveillance, that “the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don't threaten our national security.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Says Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data Will End
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Wonkblog sells out.  —  Ezra Klein is back in line.  The Journolist founder, who now runs Wonkblog for the Washington Post, took some flak from other left-liberal journalists last year when he acknowledged that the ObamaCare exchanges had serious technical flaws.
Discussion: Instapundit
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
FL's Brian Ballard, top Romney fundraiser, dumps on ‘horrific’ Chris Christie before FL visit  —  Some of Florida's biggest money men will attend the state's various fundraisers for Gov. Rick Scott headlined this weekend by NJ Gov. Chris Christie, with one notable exception: Brian Ballard.
Washington Post:
Iraq's Maliki says he has asked for weapons from U.S., will also seek training for troops  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq has asked the United States for new arms to beat back the dramatic resurgence of al-Qaeda-linked militants in a western province and would like U.S. troops to train its counter­terrorism forces …
ThinkProgress:
Company Behind West Virginia's Chemical Spill Files For Bankruptcy  —  According to the Charleston Gazette, Freedom Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.  —  On January 10, a tank owned by Freedom spilled 7,500 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) …
Discussion: The Impolitic and CleanTechnica
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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
After Leaving Office, Bloomberg Is More Hands-On at Old Company  —  At editorial meetings in Bloomberg L.P.'s headquarters this week, Michael R. Bloomberg gave clear signs that he would not be taking a hands-off approach as he returned to his old company.  —  Just two week's removed from City Hall …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Bloggers = Media for First Amendment Libel Law Purposes  —  So holds today's Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) (in which I represented the defendant).  To be precise, the Ninth Circuit concludes that all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press …
Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Judicial Giant Quietly Retired Under Investigation For Travel Expenses  —  When federal appellate court judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. announced his retirement in July, he was praised as “one of the giants of the Kentucky judiciary.”  —  But what was unknown publicly until Friday was that Martin left …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
CNN:
2 students shot in Philadelphia high school gym; suspect nabbed  —  (CNN) — A student pulled a handgun Friday afternoon inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, firing and hitting two students, police said.  —  The injured boy and girl, each 15, were transported in stable condition …
Discussion: Liberaland
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Andreessen Horowitz raising $1.5 billion for new fund  —  Andreessen Horowitz is raising its fourth fund in six years.  —  FORTUNE — Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is in the process of raising around $1.5 billion for its fourth fund, Fortune has learned.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Re/code
CNN:
Supreme Court to take major look at privacy in digital age  —  (CNN) — The Supreme Court will undertake a major examination of privacy in the digital age, after accepting review Friday of a pair of appeals over whether police must obtain a warrant to search data on the cellphone of a person under arrest.
Discussion: The Verge
 
 
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Mzielinska / CBS New York:
Trespasser Freed From Pipe At United Water Plant In New Jersey, Faces Criminal Charges
Discussion: Gothamist and Jihad Watch
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Club for Growth pans Lankford, Cole for Coburn seat
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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