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10:45 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 …
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: Politico, The Impolitic and CNN
Chris Christie denies accusations  —  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.
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
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 and Hinterland Gazette
Caleb M. Soptelean /
Ryan Zinke campaigns in Bigfork, says Hillary Clinton is the “anti-Christ”  —  Ryan Zinke helped kick start his campaign for Congress in Bigfork Monday.  —  Zinke, a former Navy SEAL and state legislator, came to Marina Cay Resort to speak to Republican partisans.
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.
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Establishment” Not the Only Republican Deceivers in Immigration Fight
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz: GOP immigration plan is ‘amnesty’
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
Republicans' Immigration Deal Makes No Sense  —  House Republicans who want to advance what they call “comprehensive immigration reform” say they've found a workable compromise, one that allays the concerns of opponents, improves current policy and allows the party to make gains among Hispanics.
Discussion: National Review
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Report Opens Way to Approval for Oil Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.
Washington Post:
State Department releases Keystone XL final environmental impact statement
Keystone pipeline impact study expected Friday
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
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
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 …
Nestlé CEO: Let God Handle Global Warming  —  Climate change threatens one of the single most crucial ingredients at Nestlé, the world's largest food company.  However, instead of demanding for aggressive action to cut carbon emissions, Nestlé's chairman denies that humans are the cause of global warming at all.
Discussion: Liberaland and Guardian
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 …
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 …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
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James Hohmann / Politico:
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Discussion: CNN
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Greg Walden: No House immigration vote soon
Discussion: National Review, The Hill and NBCNews
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to debunk the ‘war on women’
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP considers tying debt hike to Obamacare
Julie Pace / ABC News:
On Immigration, Obama Doesn't Rule out Legal Path
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Jason Edward Harrington / Politico:
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