Christie Discusses White House, Bridge Scandal in Interview

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_d658346d60.jpgJeff Zelevansky/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Before the latest headache for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie broke last weekend, he suggested in an interview that he's not ruling out a run for the White House. Christie told Yahoo last Friday that he is "readier" for a possible presidential bid than he was in 2011 when the governor became one of the darlings of the Republican Party. In spite of all the clamor for him to get into the race at the time, Christie bowed out early and threw his support to eventual 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

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Report: NSA Collects 200 Million Texts Daily

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_e52233e14c.jpgpressureUA/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama prepares to announce his changes to U.S. spy programs, the British media is reporting that as many as 200 million text messages are stored daily by the National Security Agency. The information is the latest bombshell from The Guardian, which has been publishing previously classified intelligence leaked to the British newspaper by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden since last spring.

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Tom Coburn Leaving Senate at End of 2014

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_954fd13f23.jpgUS Senate (WASHINGTON) -- The conservative Republican senator known as "Dr. No" is saying "No" to finishing out his term, which is supposed to end in 2016. Due to a recurrence of prostate cancer, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn announced on Thursday that he will leave Capitol Hill when the 113th Congress concludes in December 2014.

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Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, Funds Government Through Sept.

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_8d9a97df13.jpgArchitect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- Ending three years of paralyzing budget battles, Congress has funded the government through fiscal 2014. By a vote of 72 to 26, the Senate on Thursday night gave its stamp of approval to a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps every federal agency running through the end of September.

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Christie Addresses 'Bridgegate' Scandal at Fundraiser

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f490fd986b.jpgABC News (MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J.) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addressed the ongoing lane closures scandal at a fundraiser Thursday evening for former U.S. Senate candidate and onetime rival, Steve Lonegan. "It's unfortunate, it was a mistake, it was obviously upsetting," Lonegan told reporters Christie said at the event.

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