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Maddow: Did Christie Retaliate Over Supreme Court Filibuster?
Perhaps endorsements were the last thing on Governor Christie's mind. Maybe nominations were the motivating factor, not endorsements. Read more...
CNN Anchor Ashleigh Banfield: 'Felony Murder' Charge For Christie Officials To Coerce Testimony
Death of a 91-year-old woman who passed away while waiting in traffic on the bridge could offer investigators the ability to "dangle" a "felony murder" charge. Read more...
New Jersey Assembly Holds Wildstein In Contempt After Fifth Amendment Plea
Chris Christie's high school pal invoked his Fifth amendment right to remain silent. Read more...
Morning Open Thread
Cover of the August issue of the New Yorker. Read more...

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Eliot Spitzer explains his fall from grace as Bill Hader falls in his seat. Read more...
Yep, we were <a href="http://seeingtheforest.com/phony-irs-scandal-weve-been-okeefed-again/">"O'Keefed" again</a>. It turns out that the IRS really was just doing its job -- scrutinizing all kinds of groups applying for special tax status, not "targeting conservatives" as has been widely reported. Of course anti-government scandal-mongers are trying to make this sound bad, saying this means the "targeting" was "broader" than first thought. That's like saying people are "targeted" to pay their taxes on April 15. Anyway the "scandal's" purpose was achieved: the IRS is going to give corporate-funded political groups a pass now and let them "self-certify" that they aren't breaking the rules. Read more...
The recent outbreak of scandalmania shows how differently liberals and conservatives see the world: liberals in terms of facts, conservatives in terms of meaning. Read more...
Vatican owns the building that houses cardinals and Europe’s biggest gay bathhouse. Read more...
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi spoke to Democracy Now! on July 19, where he discussed the pattern of systemic corruption by 16 banks accused of rigging a key global interest rate used in contracts worth trillions of dollars. Read more...