Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A devastating spill: “Roughly 300,000 residents have been left without usable water after chemicals spilled into a West Virginia river Thursday. The West Virginia American Water Company has advised residents of nine state counties not to drink or bathe in their running water. Local stores have been flooded with customers looking for bottled drinking water.”
* How has the entire Maddow Show team spent its afternoon? Reviewing the thousands of documents released this afternoon as part of the investigation in Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) bridge scandal. You’ll want to tune into tonight’s show.
* Dear Congress, please don’t screw this up: “Iran said Friday that talks in Geneva with the group of six world powers had resolved all outstanding issues on how to carry out an agreement reached in November that would temporarily halt some of Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.”
* Oh my: “Target dropped yet another bombshell on Friday when the retailer revealed that not only credit card information – including PINs – was stolen in the holiday season breach, but also that the names, phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses of up to 110 million shoppers were obtained by thieves.”
* Maybe now Republicans will budge? “Harry Reid is now set to allow votes on a ‘reasonable number’ of amendments to legislation extending unemployment benefits that GOP Senators are pushing for, his office tells me.”
* Discovery could be interesting: “A class-action complaint has been filed in federal court against top government officials connected to the George Washington Bridge scandal, the Fort Lee, N.J., attorney behind the move said Thursday.”
* A predictable change: “The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work of repairing it.”
* Keep an eye on this one: “President Obama will unveil his proposed reforms to the nation’s surveillance programs in a speech next Friday, Jan. 17, the White House announced. ‘He will be remaking remarks to discuss the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process,’ White House press secretary Jay Carney said.”
* Best wishes to the senator: “Sen. Tom Coburn doesn’t seem like a typical cancer patient…. But for the past several months, the 65-year-old Coburn has privately been undergoing intensive treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer, a battle that could end up cutting short his second Senate term, which is scheduled to expire in January 2017.”
* And I’d say the cover of the new issue of the New Yorker is a keeper.
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