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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

Steven Joshua Dinkle, a 28-year-old described by prosecutors as a "former Exalted Cyclops of the Ozark, Ala., chapter of the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan" pleaded guilty Monday to hate crime and obstruction of justice charges for his role in a 2009 cross burning.

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Republican political operative Roger Stone came to the defense late Monday of David Wildstein, the former ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) who has since turned on the governor amid the growing bridge scandal.

Stone published a post on his blog, the Stone Zone, explaining how he had known Wildstein for more than 30 years and describing him as "the kind of man you'd send to close down a bridge." He also pushed back against attempts by the governor's office to discredit Wildstein.

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One attack on the New York Times was apparently not enough.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office sent a second memo Monday calling out the New York Times again for a story it published last week about the ongoing scandal involving the George Washington Bridge.

The story was about a letter sent on behalf of a former Christie ally who alleged the governor knew about the lane closures while they were taking place.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday there is a "fifty-fifty" chance New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew about an order to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.

The assessment marked a big change for Giuliani, who has been a vocal defender of the governor in the wake of the bridge scandal and hosted a fundraiser for him last year before the scandal broke.

Emails that surfaced earlier this month showed one of the governor's top aides, Bridget Ann Kelly, was involved in discussions about the closures, which led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.

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