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11:30 AM ET, February 1, 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 …
Harvey Silverglate / Wall Street Journal:
Harvey Silverglate: Justice Goes After the GOP  —  Investigating Chris Christie's administration, indicting another prominent Republican.  Is it political?  —  Is Eric Holder's Justice Department driven by a political agenda, or are the department's recent prosecutorial decisions simply signs of overzealousness?
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
Jose Delreal / Politico:
Rudy Giuliani: No bombshell
Discussion: Liberaland
Chris Christie denies accusations
Discussion: Riehl World News
New York Times:
Letter From Wildstein's Lawyer on Lane Closings
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
Former Christie Ally Alleges Governor Knew About Lane Closures
Discussion: The Impolitic, Politico and CNN
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Will Immigration Reform Finally Happen?  —  Speaker John Boehner finally tipped his hand on an issue he says he's committed to getting done.  But will the rest of the Republicans in Congress agree to his set of “principles”?  —  CAMBRIDGE, Maryland — In this snowbound summer town …
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: Power Line and National Review
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
Obama Fails Art History and Economics  —  President Obama had a perfectly fine message for young people when he spoke at a General Electric plant in Wisconsin yesterday: Learning a skilled trade can be just as lucrative and worthy of respect as getting a college diploma.  Unfortunately, that's not what he said.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Rebel Conservatives Lead Way in G.O.P. Fund-Raising  —  Insurgent conservative organizations raised more money last year than the leading Republican establishment outside groups, whose bulging bank accounts and ties to major donors have been their most potent advantage in the struggle …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Riehl World News
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: The Moderate Voice
S.E. CUPP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST MSNBC'S LATEST MISSTEP: THEY HAVE A PROBLEM THAT IS ‘SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL’  —  MSNBC's latest public apology shows the network has a problem that is “spiraling out of control,” TheBlaze's S.E. Cupp said Thursday.  —  The network prompted outrage Wednesday …
John Aziz / The Week:
Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives  —  Apparently, being liberal is thirsty work  —  sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population's politics becomes more liberal.
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: Balloon Juice and Liberaland
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
Washington Post:
State Department releases Keystone XL final environmental impact statement  —  View Photo Gallery — Eight things you should know about the Keystone XL pipeline: A big issue before President Obama is a proposal to approve a pipeline carrying fuel from Canada's oil sands through America's heartland to Texas.
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.
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