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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about his knowledge of a traffic study that snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge during a news conference on January 9, 2014 at the statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Questions raised about Christie’s character after ‘Bridgegate’ will linger into his 2016 fight for the presidency

What if there was a terrible storm in a state with a Republican governor, and a Democratic president didn’t help? Fortunately for Gov. Chris Christie, that didn’t happen when Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012. But when you look at the havoc top Christie associates inflicted last fall by closing two access lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days, and their gleeful emails about the resulting gridlock, you have to wonder where they came up with the idea that partisan retribution involving substantial collateral damage to constituents is a legitimate political tool.

At an epic news conference yesterday lasting nearly two hours, in which he maintained he’d had no inkling of what had happened until the day before, Christie answered press questions and managed himself to raise the question on everyone’s mind. “How did this happen?” he asked. “How did this, you know, occur to us?”……………………………

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NSA

How the NSA makes the nation insecure

Critical new report calls for intelligence reform, interprets citizens’ security  as protection from government meddling

On Dec. 18, President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies released a surprisingly critical report of the United States government’s intelligence practices since 9/11. The immediate reaction to the panel’s 300-plus-page report has rightly focused on its 46 recommendations for intelligence reform, such as ending the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records that seeks to analyze the relationship networks of a minute number of counterterrorism targets. Yet it would be a mistake to pay attention only to the report’s particulars and ignore the very American civil libertarian philosophy animating the panel’s interpretation of what “security,” at its core, means.

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