By Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor
(CNN) — As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fights back against the biggest political controversy of his career, he’s under fire, as expected, from opportunistic attacks from the left.
But there are plenty within his own party who may also be pleased to see the tough-talking Republican governor get a bit of a comeuppance.
The party’s conservative base has never warmed to Christie. And he angered other Republicans with his 2012 Republican National Convention speech that was more about him than the party’s nominee Mitt Romney.
And some will never forgive him for his public embrace of President Barack Obama who was surveying damage in New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy just days before the presidential election.
By Aliyah Frumin
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held a nearly two-hour long press conference on Thursday in response to the damning emails indicating some of his staffers were involved in closing the lanes of the George Washington Bridge to punish a local Democratic mayor, there was an expectation America would hear about the many people who were inconvenienced.
Instead – in Christie’s approximately 15-minute opening remarks alone – viewers heard the governor say “I” 114 times and “me” or “my” 42 times. At the end of the day, the person who seemed hurt the most was Christie himself.
Among Christie’s “woe is me” declarations were:
-“Lying to me is not an exhibition of loyalty”
-“It’s a sad day for me.”
-“I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here.”
-“I am embarrassed and humiliated.”
Christie, a Republican establishment favorite to run for president in 2016, made sure to hammer home one point in particular: I am definitely not to blame. Did I mention, I’m not to blame?
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but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
An Icelandic brewery has teamed up with a whaling company to create a beer infused with dead whale, to the horror of environmental groups.
The Steðji brewery created the 5.2 percent alcohol beer with whaling firm Hvalur for a midwinter festival in Iceland, according to the Independent. The beer reportedly contains whale meal, a byproduct of reducing whale flesh to oil, said to be high in protein and vitamin B. The brewery claims drinkers will become “true Vikings.”
Environmental group Whale and Dolphin Conservation heavily criticized Steðji for brewing beer using endangered animals. “Reducing a beautiful, sentient whale to an ingredient on the side of a beer bottle is about as immoral and outrageous as it is possible to get,” activist Vanessa Williams-Grey told The Independent.
Dagbjartur Ariliusson, the brewery’s owner, said the whale beer would only be on sale for six weeks and would not be exported. He…
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Nearly a month after fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, pushing nearly 200,000 people from their homes, the political power struggle between loyalists of President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Riek Machar rests on a knife’s edge, threatening to spiral into a deadly ethnic conflict. The world welcomed South Sudan’s birth in July 2011, but if thousands of peacekeepers and pressure from superpowers can’t influence a truce at the negotiating table in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it may end up lamenting its tragic collapse.
– Andrew Katz
France’s broadcast watchdog told television channels Thursday that they should no longer play Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus videos on daytime TV, in an announcement that undoubtedly came in like a wrecking ball for adoring fans everywhere.
The CSA said in a statement that networks should only play Spears’s “Work B*tch” and Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” after 10pm when channels air content more appropriate for adults, the Associated Press reports.
Cyrus’s video is simply too sexy, the regulator reasoned, while Spears’s, which portrays the pop icon in bondage gear, amounts to “a sadomachistic universe representing women in a way that risks shocking many viewers.”
The announcement is somewhat surprising, especially since Spears suggests that listeners should “party in France” in the video.