“Report: Christie knew about lane closings”


By Aliyah Frumin

An ex-Port Authority official alleges that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about his aides’ alleged political scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

According to the New York Times, the official, David Wildstein released a letter through his lawyer, describing the decision to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order.” It added that evidence exists tying Christie – who has denied all knowledge – to the plan.

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Below is the letter from Wildstein’s attorney:

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“House leaders sell immigration blueprint”


By Seung Min Kim and Jake Sherman


CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership is trying to sell their colleagues on a series of broad immigration principles, including a path to legal status for those here illegally.

Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team introduced the principles at their annual policy retreat here. Top Republicans circulated a tightly held one-page memo titled “standards for immigration reform” toward the tail-end of a day that include strategy conversations about Obamacare, the economy and the national debt.

In the private meeting where the language was introduced, Boehner (R-Ohio) told Republicans that the standards are “as far as we are willing to go.”

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“Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that for her caucus, it is a special path to citizenship or nothing,” Boehner said, according to a source in the room. “If Democrats insist on that, then we are not going to get anywhere this year.”

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Just days after his State of the Union address in which he called for Congress to find common ground with him, President Barack Obama sounded less than confident that they could find that common ground.

“I think there are some issues where it’s going to be hard for them to move forward,” Obama said of congressional Republicans, “and I am going to reach out to them and say, ‘Here are my best ideas, I want to hear yours,’ ” Obama told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an interview airing today.

“In no way are my expectations diminished or my ambitions diminished. But what is obviously true is we’ve got a divided government right now,” Obama told Tapper.

The president also discusses whether he can work with Republicans on immigration, whether the Sochi games are safe and legalizing marijuana. Portions of the interview air on “New Day” at 6 a.m. ET and will run in full on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” at 4 p.m. ET.

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