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5:00 PM ET, January 31, 2014


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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says  —  The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Establishment” Not the Only Republican Deceivers in Immigration Fight  —  Conservative reaction to the instantly famous House GOP “Principles on Immigration” has been pretty harshly negative, and a variety of complaints are popping up.  Heritage's Derrick Morgan focuses on the dangers …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz: GOP immigration plan is ‘amnesty’
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:   The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP considers tying debt hike to Obamacare
Discussion: CNN
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Greg Walden: No House immigration vote soon
Discussion: National Review and NBCNews
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigration, what do GOP House leaders mean by ‘enforcement triggers’?
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
When Biography Trumps Substance  —  SPOKANE, Wa.  — Only the snarkiest would not be open to the likable life story of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Eastern Washington politician who gave the “official” Republican response to the president's State of the Union speech.
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
Is the GOP deliberately trying to sabotage the 2014 midterms?  —  Republican State of Union response was weak, unfocused  —  After this week's GOP State of the Union response, it has become undeniable that someone (everyone?) in the Republican machine has no idea what they're doing, and that is the generous assessment.
Discussion: alicublog and Power Line
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Report May Ease Way to Approval of Keystone Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department released a report on Friday that could pave the way toward President Obama's approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  The long-awaited environmental impact statement on the project concludes …
Jason Edward Harrington / Politico:
Dear America, I Saw You Naked  —  And yes, we were laughing.  Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.  —  On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat.  —  It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O'Hare to sit …
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Obama Says Easing Marijuana Restrictions a Job for Congress  —  Implies he might support doing so, but doesn't say so explicitly  —  Correction appended, Jan 31., 2014  —  President Barack Obama says in a new interview that that it's up to Congress to remove marijuana from the federal government's list …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Stewart Laughs in Pelosi's Face After She Admits She Doesn't Know Why Obamacare Site Failed  —  House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sat down with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday for a contentious interview.  The interview became tense when Stewart attempted to get Pelosi …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Maher Wants His Show to Decide a House Race  —  Bill Maher makes little effort to hide his own contempt for many politicians, most of them Republicans.  Now, he wants to take it to the next level: finding one he might be able to help oust from office.  —  On his weekly HBO talk show …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Romney: ‘The Country Lost’ By Re-Electing Obama (VIDEO)  —  Ann Romney has a message for the country that rejected her husband: Your loss, America!  —  The Romney family postmortem/movie promotion continued Friday with Ann reflecting on Mitt's defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives  —  GCHQ technicians watched as journalists took angle grinders and drills to computers after weeks of tense negotiations  —  • Watch the footage of the hard drives being destroyed  —  New video footage has been released …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Meanwhile, Back in America . . .  The growing distance between Washington and the public it dominates.  —  The State of the Union was a spectacle of delusion and self-congratulation in which a Congress nobody likes rose to cheer a president nobody really likes.
Marc Caputo / Tampa Bay Times:
RPOF to NBC Miami: Apologize for “Reprehensive Party of Florida” gaffe  —  The Florida GOP demanded Friday that a Miami NBC affiliate issue an on-air apology after the station referred to the party as “the Reprehensive Party of Florida” in a broadcast.  —  The error surfaced when WTVJ aired …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Kentucky Senate elections: Mitch McConnell slightly outraises Alison Lundergan Grimes  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell only slightly outraised his Democratic rival in fundraising during the last quarter of 2013, the latest sign of how brutal and expensive the Kentucky race will be.
Discussion: CNN
Amazon's Bad Omen for the U.S. Economy  — Inc.'s shares fell almost 10 percent a few minutes past 4 p.m., after the company dropped some disappointing earnings news.  The title of the company's news release is cheerily optimistic: “ Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 20% to $25.59 Billion.”
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
New Planned Parenthood Billboard: “Getting It On Is Free”  —  A new billboard next to an elementary school and church goes too far according to local residents.  —  The billboard says, “Getting it on is free,” and includes a picture of a condom.  —  WREG reported: … Hat Tip Jimi
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Hillary as Frontrunner: Look at the Money, Not Polls
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to debunk the ‘war on women’
Discussion: and Washington Wire
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 31, 2014 - Bridgegate Drives Christie …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Even Republicans Now View The Iraq War As A Failure
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Dissatisfaction With Gun Laws Highest Since 2001
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Landrieu Races, Obama Helps and Hinders
Discussion: The Caucus
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default
Discussion: Business Insider, Mashable and Gigaom
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
America doesn't need a lame-duck president
The Inside Story Of The Charlatan Who Duped The Nation's Top Conservatives
Discussion: Liberaland