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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Fight Over Extending Unemployment Benefit Heats Up

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f161eeca73.jpgglegorly/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday refuted GOP claims that Democrats are hoping efforts to extend long-term unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans will fail. The two sides have not been able to come together over how to pay for the estimated $6 billion extension.

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POLL: Dems, GOP in Congress: Unlucky in Love

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_fbda30884b.jpgArchitect of the Capitol (NEW YORK) -- Misery loves company as the top political parties sally forth into the 2014 midterm election year: Merely a third of Americans approve of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their jobs -- and even fewer, just a quarter, approve of their Republican counterparts. That hold-your-nose result in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll marks the challenges both parties face gaining traction in election preference between now and Nov. 4.

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Supreme Court Takes Up Controversial Abortion Protest Case

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_eef0317b4e.jpgbbourdages/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court is set to hear a case on Wednesday brought by a 77-year-old grandmother who seeks to peacefully reach women who may be contemplating an abortion. Eleanor McCullen stands on public sidewalks near abortion clinics in Massachusetts, her lawyers say, to reach a “unique audience, at a unique moment, in a compassionate and non-confrontational way.”

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NSA Review Panel Defends Its Recommendations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_4bc11ace29.jpgArchitect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- Curtailing the scope of the NSA’s controversial data mining won’t impede national intelligence gathering, a presidential panel told lawmakers Tuesday. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss its 46 recommendations that limits the National Security Agency’s vacuuming of data.

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