Wiretap: The NRA, the NSA, Guv Christie’s traffic jam

It seems to make no sense that a year after the murderous rampage at Sandy Hook that Congress wouldn’t have passed even the most modest of guns laws. It makes no sense unless you really understand the political power of the NRA. Robert Draper takes a long look for the New York Times magazine.

Draper writes of Congress: I stand with gun lovers; I stand with victims of gun violence. That qualifies in Washington, anyway, as being nuanced.

NSA considering amnesty for Snowden in return for the stolen documents. Via the Guardian.

Politics, New Jersey style: Guv Christie asks his director of the Port Authority, Bill Baroni to resign. Baroni apparently shut down highway lanes in order to cause a major traffic jam as a form of political payback. This will be an entertaining TV movie some day soon. TPM.

Food stamp cuts to come: “Mama’s version of the Hunger Games.” Via the Washington Post.

Paul Simon on Mandela and Graceland. Losing love is like a window in your heart. Via New York Times.

Sports Illustrated names Peyton Manning sportsman of the year.

My favorite 81 years: Peter O’Toole RIP. Via New York Times.

Borowitz: Kids’ letters to Megyn Kelly. Via the New Yorker.

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