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Hunter Walker

Hunter Walker is a national affairs reporter for TPM. He came to the site in 2013 from the New York Observer. He has also written for New York Magazine, Gawker, the Village Voice, Forbes, The Daily, and Deadspin. He can be reached at hunter@talkingpointsmemo.com

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An essay by a daughter of the CEO of Wall Street's biggest bank that proclaimed Flint, Mich. "America's most apocalyptic, violent city" has  raised eyebrows in Michigan. 

Laura Dimon, who  describes herself as a journalist at the "news platform for millennials" PolicyMic published her story on the site last Thursday. Dimon, whose father is JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, described Flint as emblematic of "the hell that has become of much of America's Rust Belt." Her story went on to describe the country's "manufacturing and industrial hot spots" as "mere vestiges of a bygone era that's been eclipsed by new economic power centers like Wall Street and Silicon Valley."

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He said the ducks had it coming.

New Hampshire state Rep. David Campbell (D) said in an interview published Sunday that he was the driver of a BMW that ran over a group of ducks that "didn't move" out of his way outside a hotel last week in Nashua, N.H.

The Nashua Telegraph newspaper reported that a witness said "as many as six" ducks were hit on Dec. 23 outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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The quack is back. 

A&E announced Friday that it will "resume filming" the hit reality television show "Duck Dynasty" with star Phil Robertson following his indefinite suspension from the network last week for comments he made in an interview with GQ Magazine about gays, non-Christians, and African Americans. The network also promised it would work with Robertson to promote "unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people." A&E announced the decision to end Robertson's suspension with a statement provided to the Hollywood Reporter

"Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man's views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about," the statement said. "So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family."

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A New Jersey Democrat believes the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is trying to "ignore" her attempts to investigate the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that caused days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J. in September. 

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, who represents a district that includes Fort Lee, told TPM she sent the Port Authority, which oversees the bridge, a Freedom of Information Act request for all records relating to the closures on Nov. 13. Weinberg said she has not received a response and she believes the delays are part of an attempt by Port Authority officials to avoid the growing scandal surrounding the closures, which Weinberg and other Democrats have suggested may have been retaliation for a local mayor's failure to endorse Gov. Chris Christie's (R) re-election bid. 

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told the Bergen Record newspaper it would need at least two months to comply with a Democratic lawmaker's request for records about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J. in September. Some Democrats have alleged the lane closures were related to a local mayor's failure to endorse gov. Chris Christie's (R) re-election bid. 

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A "Duck Dynasty" cruise featuring appearances from the show's stars is sailing on in spite of the controversial comments made by the reality show's Phil Robertson in a recent magazine interview.

Premier Christian Cruises, Inc., chartered the Carnival Victory for the "Duck Commander Cruise," which is scheduled to take place on July 17-21, 2014.

Tiffany Brown, the director of marketing at Premier, told TPM the cruise is proceeding as planned after Robertson's comments about gays, African Americans, and non-Christians drew national attention last week.

"Yes, the cruise is happening, it is sold out with hundreds of people on a waiting list. Yes, Phil Robertson will be on the cruise," Brown said Thursday.

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Democratic New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey told the Star-Ledger newspaper he plans to introduce a bill that would give the Port Authority inspector general’s office subpoena power outside the agency as it investigates lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September. The closures caused days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J., and some Democrats have alleged Gov. Chris Christie's appointees at Port Authority, which oversees the bridge, ordered the lanes shut because a local mayor declined to endorse the governor

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The New Jersey legislature's investigation into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that caused days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J. will continue into next year.

Some Democrats have alleged the lanes were closed because a local mayor did not endorse Gov. Chris Christie (R) for re-election. Assemblyman John Wisnieswki, a Democrat and the chairman of the committee that has issued subpoenas in conjunction with the investigation, said Monday that responses to the subpoenas have begun coming in and the documents he has reviewed thus far "continue to raise questions" about the behavior of officials at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge. 

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Another one of Chris Christie's explanations for the growing scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J., in September is being questioned by other local officials. 

In a press conference last Thursday, Christie claimed Fort Lee officials gave "no notification" about the traffic jams to Pat Foye, the executive director of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge. Assemblyman John Wisnieswki (D), who is chairman of New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee, which is investigating the incident, told TPM Monday that Christie's claim was "false."

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