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11:15 AM ET, January 20, 2014

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Yahoo! News:
Christie speaks, and looks for lessons  —  “I will learn things from this,” Chris Christie told me last Friday, a little more than a week after he gave the News Conference to End All News Conferences, and a few days after the cable channels covered his annual address to the legislature …
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Chris Frates / CNN:
First on CNN: Lt. governor to deny mayor's Christie claims  —  (CNN) — New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is expected to “categorically deny” allegations Monday that she gave Hoboken's Mayor an ultimatum to support a redevelopment plan backed by Gov. Chris Christie in order to receive Hurricane Sandy recovery aid, a source said.
msnbc.com:
US attorney inquiry into Christie widens  —  The New Jersey mayor who publicly claimed this weekend that Gov. Chris Christie's administration tried to withhold hurricane relief funds met Sunday in private with the U.S. attorney for the state of New Jersey.  —  “This afternoon I met …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Kim Guadagno: Mayor's claim ‘illogical’  —  New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is pushing back against allegations that she told Hoboken's mayor Sandy relief funds would be withheld based on political conditions, calling the claims “illogical” and “offensive.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New Jersey Online:
Hoboken mayor discussed Chris Christie, Sandy aid allegations with U.S. Attorney, she says  —  A spokesman for Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she met with the U.S. Attorney's office today regarding allegations Gov. Chris Christie's team blackmailed her.  (Star-Ledger staff)
New York Times:
The Undeserving Rich  —  The reality of rising American inequality is stark.  Since the late 1970s real wages for the bottom half of the work force have stagnated or fallen, while the incomes of the top 1 percent have nearly quadrupled (and the incomes of the top 0.1 percent have risen even more).
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP will rue O-Care focus  —  Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, is sure he has the best political strategy for winning the six seats the GOP needs to capture control of the Senate in November — attack Democrats for the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: The Reaction
Lynn Berry / Associated Press:
RUSSIAN ISLAMIC VIDEO THREATENS SOCHI OLYMPICS  —  MOSCOW (AP) — An Islamic militant group in Russia's North Caucasus claimed responsibility Sunday for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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ABC News:
Terror ‘Surprise’ for Sochi Olympics? Purported Suicide Bombers' New Threat
Jason Lee / Reuters:
U.S. lawmaker investigates whether Russia behind Snowden's leaks
Discussion: Guardian
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
4 Ways Martin Luther King Was More Radical Than You Thought  —  Every January, Martin Luther King, Jr. is universally honored as a national hero who preached a peaceful fight against racial injustice.  This saintly image is quite a departure from the kind of attacks the reverend endured over his lifetime.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Should Americans believe anything Obama says?  —  EDITORIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE IRS BENGHAZI ETHICS HEALTHCARE.GOV  —  As the beginning of President Obama's sixth year in the Oval Office draws near, his public approval rating has plunged, battered by the horrendous launch …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Chris Christie's 1994 ad was too tough (and inaccurate) for Jersey  —  In Chris Christie's first successful campaign for public office, he sat down next to his wife and baby, looked into a camera and told voters something that wasn't true.  —  It was 1994, and Christie was a 31-year-old lawyer …
Discussion: Power Line
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Feinstein: Metadata program here to stay  —  Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) predicted Sunday that lawmakers who favored shutting down the bulk collection of telephone metadata …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Why Liz Cheney Couldn't Sell Neoconservatism To The Tea Party  —  Liz Cheney entered the Wyoming Senate race on the assumption that Republican primary voters there found incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi too accommodating of the Obama administration and would respond to a more conservative alternative.
Discussion: Blue Republican
 
 
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Steve Forrest / CNN:
Dennis Rodman checks into alcohol rehab after N. Korea trip
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Jobless migrants to be DENIED housing benefit: Ministers insist UK's generous welfare system …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Mayor: I Got ‘Enhanced’ Access To NJ Officials After Endorsing Christie
Discussion: Washington Post
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bush vets eye office as former president's image rebounds
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