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Wyoming faces a firing squad, GOP leaders attempt to sell spending bill—THE EDGE

January 14, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc) and Laura Ryan (@NJljryan)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave his State of the State speech, addressing the "breach of trust" that led to last week's Bridgegate scandal. House Republican leaders are selling the 2014 spending bill to their caucus and promising that defunding Obamacare won't divide them the way it did during the shutdown. A federal court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's network-neutrality regulations, dealing a blow to one of President Obama's 2008 campaign promises. And one Wyoming lawmaker has a cost-saving plan for carrying out executions: a firing squad.


CHRISTIE'S SPEECH UPSTAGED BY BRIDGEGATE: The New Jersey State of the State speech this afternoon was certainly not the biggest thing on Christie's mind, as the governor deals with the fallout of Bridgegate and the start of a federal probe. Christie addressed the controversy surrounding the George Washington Bridge lane closures, repeating that "mistakes were clearly made." (Robert Costa, WaPo)


REPUBLICAN LEADERS SELL OMNIBUS BILL: After an enormous spending bill was released on Monday, House Republican leadership pushed for lawmakers to support the bill. (Erik Wasson, The Hill)

NET NEUTRALITY STRUCK DOWN: A federal court ruled the FCC overstepped its authority with its net-neutrality rules. If the decision stands, Internet providers could start charging websites like Google or Facebook to reach users. Supporters, including Obama, have argued the rule is essential for maintaining a free Internet. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

GRAY LEADS MAYORAL CANDIDATES DESPITE 2010 SCANDAL: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is on top of the Democratic field in the 2014 mayoral race, even though 54 percent of respondents in a Washington Post poll say he is untrustworthy. Gray's victory in 2010 was marred by a campaign finance scandal. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

EXODUS OF MODERATE DEMOCRATS CONTINUES: The retirement of Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of New York gives Republicans an opportunity to pick up an additional seat in the House. It's also the latest sign of moderate Democrats' demise in the House. (Scott Bland, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak at 1:05 p.m. about the economy at North Carolina State University. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius participates in a discussion at 10:15 a.m. with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on enrolling the city's residents in affordable health coverage.

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SPENDING BILL WINNERS AND LOSERS: Democrats successfully fended off Republican attempts to limit EPA's power, Joe Biden and future vice presidents face a pay freeze, and there will be no more federal money for Cabinet members' official portraits. (Ed O'Keefe, WaPo)

RETURN OF THE FIRING SQUAD: As many states explore creative solutions to a shortage of lethal drugs for the death penalty, one Wyoming lawmaker proposes bringing back the firing squad. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

GOOGLE'S GOLDEN EGG? Google purchased the smart thermostat-maker, Nest, for $3.2. billion. What do they plan to do with it? (Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic)

BIGGER BRAIN, LESS PAIN: New studies suggest that an individual's perception of pain is determined by the amount of grey matter in certain parts of the brain. (Rachel Feltman, Quartz)

BEST BURGERS IN HISTORY: Burger historians and experts rank the most influential hamburgers in history. (Sarah Begley, Time)


DEATH BY DUST: Historically dry years for California are having deadly consequences. A soil-dwelling fungus spread by dust storms is infecting thousands of Californians (Dana Goodyear, New Yorker)

LIFE WITHOUT WATER IN WEST VIRGINIA: Those affected by the chemical spill in West Virginia have struggled to take care of sick children. (Wilson Dizard, Al Jazeera America)


WHAT MAKES THE NORTH AND SOUTH POLES SO VALUABLE? There are obvious downsides and some surprising upsides to the melting Arctic sea ice. (CSMonitor)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Stephen Colbert has an idea for a reality show, and New Jersey Democrats want to remove Chris Christie from office.(Reena Flores, NJ)
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