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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

Articles by Hunter

Politifact doesn't buy one of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) claims about the growing scandal over traffic lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September. On Sunday, the fact checking site's Garden State outpost slapped Christie with a "pants on fire" rating for his claim that three lanes on the bridge were unfairly dedicated to the borough of Fort Lee, N.J.

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New York Times media columnist David Carr says a segment on the National Security Agency that ran on CBS' "60 Minutes" earlier this month "scanned as a friendly infomercial" rather than the hardhitting journalism the show is known for. Carr gave his grim assessment of the show in a column published in Monday's paper that also focused on "60 Minutes'" retracted October report about the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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The firestorm around "Duck Dynasty" has worked out pretty well for Lawerence Denney's campaign to be Idaho's secretary of state.

Denney is scheduled to hold a fundraiser hosted by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson on March 29 of next year. In a phone interview Friday, Denney said he's still planning to have the event in spite of Robertson's controversial comments about gays, blacks, and non-Christians in a recent magazine interview. In fact, Denney said the attention generated by Robertson's remarks has helped his ticket sales. 

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The details of a high-ranking U.S. general's trip to Russia would have made Boris Yeltsin proud.

The two-star Air Force general who commanded all of America's land-based nuclear weapons alarmed his colleagues in July during a wild, hard-partying trip to Moscow, according to a report released Thursday by a military inspector general.

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey drank constantly, was "frequently rude," and consorted with strange, potentially dangerous women, witnesses told investigators.

"I've never been more embarrassed professionally in my life with a senior member," one group member was quoted as saying.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) dismissed a question Thursday about the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal by criticizing reporters for focusing on it and characterizing it as "not that big a deal." 

"I have a lot of things to do. ... I know you guys are obsessed with this. I'm not, I'm really not. It's just -- it's not that big a deal just because press runs around and writes about it both here and nationally. I know why that is and so do you," Christie said at a news conference. "Let's not pretend that it's because of the gravity of the issue. It's because I am a national figure and anything like this will be written about a lot now. So, let's not pretend."

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Update: December 19, 2013, 4:57 PM

Did Garden State Gov. Chris Christie (R) really paralyze Fort Lee, N.J. with gridlock to exact revenge after the local mayor crossed him?

It's an allegation that sounds almost too weird to be true. But even though no one has found a smoking gun directly linking Christie to the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that shut down Fort Lee for five days in September, one prominent Democrat with intimate knowledge of the investigation is convinced political forces were behind Bridge-gate.

New Jersey state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg explained her Christie-centric traffic conspiracy theory to TPM in a phone conversation Wednesday.

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released a two page apology letter Wednesday for saying a newspaper reporter was inappropriately "taking pictures of little kids."

The Toronto Star reporter, Daniel Dale, said he would drop a defamation lawsuit he had filed against the mayor after Ford released the open letter. In the letter, Ford said he had been inaccurate in his description of a May 2012 incident in which Dale attempted to take photographs near his home for a story. 

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) rushed to the defense of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson after he was suspended from the reality show by A&E Wednesday for a series of remarks he made about gays and non-Christians in an interview with GQ Magazine.

Jindal issued a statement Thursday that suggested Robertson's remarks should have been respected under the First Amendment and that they were less objectionable than the behavior of pop star Miley Cyrus. 

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