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Federal authorities ended their round-up of a Nevada rancher's cattle on Saturday, citing public safety concerns as self-described militias gathered to protest the government action. At one point, armed individuals had blocked a section of an interstate highway, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

So, having effectively intimidated federal officials from performing their duties, right-wingers who had come to view the showdown as some kind of proxy battle for the future of American freedom quickly claimed victory.

"We won the battle," Ammon Bundy, one of rancher Cliven Bundy's sons, told Reuters.

Cliven Bundy has been feuding with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his use of federal land to graze his cattle. The BLM said it had instructed Bundy, who has not paid for land privileges since 1993, to keep his animals off the land before it started to round them up last week. Bundy countered that his claim to the land pre-dated the federal government's.

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A Louisiana newspaper claims to have surveillance video showing Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), a married freshman member of Congress who ran for office last year as a conservative Christian with the backing of the stars of the "Duck Dynasty" reality show, "passionately embracing and kissing" one of his female staffers.

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As co-chair of the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, New Jersey State Sen. Loretta Weinberg has spent months looking into the scandal.

On Thursday, Weinberg spoke with TPM about the state of investigation, and what she thinks of the recent report, produced by defense attorney Randy Mastro and a team of lawyers representing Christie's office, that cleared the governor of any involvement in plan to close the lanes. Weinberg called the report the latest in a series of attempts by Christie to put the scandal behind him. She has no plans to let that happen.

Below is a condensed and edited version of our interview:

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Chris Christie got his say on Thursday. In a report released to the public, defense attorneys representing the New Jersey governor's office offered the results of their investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and the tangentially-related Hoboken development scandal. The findings were good news for the governor.

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