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7:55 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 …
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Chris Christie should resign if bombshell proves true: Editorial  —  Star-Ledger Editorial Board By Star-Ledger Editorial Board  —  Forget about the White House in 2016.  The question now is whether Gov. Chris Christie can survive as governor.  —  David Wildstein, the man who ordered …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
Former Christie Ally Alleges Governor Knew About Lane Closures  —  SHUSHANNAH WALSHE, JOSH MARGOLIN and LISA SOLOWAY … David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closings that led to the bridgegate scandal, said today that “evidence exists” …
Discussion: CNN and The Impolitic
Jose Delreal / Politico:
Rudy Giuliani: No bombshell  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Friday cautioned against making assumptions in light of accusations by David Wildstein that Gov. Chris Christie was aware of the controversial George Washington Bridge lane closures as they were happening …
Discussion: Liberaland
Letter: Chris Christie knew of lane closures  —  The lawyer for a onetime Chris Christie appointee said Friday that there is evidence contradicting what the Republican governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate has said he knew about the lane closures at the center of a growing New Jersey traffic scandal.
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Obamacare sabotage works
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The nightmare scenario for Republicans on immigration  —  The conventional wisdom has it that Republicans are taking a great risk by contemplating immigration reform right now, because it could divide the party and alienate the base heading into the 2014 elections.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz: GOP immigration plan is ‘amnesty’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Montana GOP Candidate Calls Hillary Clinton The ‘Anti-Christ’  —  A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the anti-Christ.  —  The candidate, state Sen. Ryan Zinke, is one of five Republicans competing for the nomination to succeed …
Discussion: Liberaland
Caleb M. Soptelean /
Ryan Zinke campaigns in Bigfork, says Hillary Clinton is the “anti-Christ”
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:   Hillary as Frontrunner: Look at the Money, Not Polls
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sarah Palin hits Peggy Noonan  —  Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin issued a back-handed compliment to Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan on Friday, commending her most recent column while at the same time faulting her for taking so long to come around.
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Obama, Who Evidently Has Not Read the Controlled Substances Act, Denies That He Has the Power to Reclassify Marijuana  —  In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper that aired last night, President Obama tried to dodge responsibility for eliminating the contradiction between his recent comments …
CNN Exclusive: President Obama says he's not recalibrating ambitions
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 …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform  —  The folksy Republican on how tough passing a bill was 30 years ago and how much harder it is today now that his namesake law is remembered as a failure.  —  Few lawmakers serving in Congress remember the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
Melissa Moon / WREG-TV:
Neighbors Say Planned Parenthood's Billboard Goes Too Far  —  (Memphis) A Planned Parenthood billboard has only been up a week in one South Memphis neighborhood, but some people there already want it to come down.  —  They say the billboard, which includes the message “Getting It On Is Free” and a picture of a condom, is too graphic.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
New Planned Parenthood Billboard: “Getting It On Is Free”
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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