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6:00 PM ET, January 28, 2013

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What did Republicans win in the immigration deal?  —  It's has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan's process of citizenship for the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission …
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Senators Offer a New Blueprint for Immigration  —  A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders …
Pete Williams / U.S. News:
Exclusive: Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders  —  The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation's largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
The Price of Palin: $15 per Word Spoken During FOX Contract  —  Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word  —  With the three-year contract now expired between FOX News and Sarah Palin …
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
We'll Miss You, Sarah Palin
Donovan Slack / Politico:
White House takes credit on immigration deal  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday welcomed an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and gave credit to President Obama for pressing the issue.  —  “I think it's important before we let the moment pass …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Carney ‘not sure how often’ Obama goes skeet shooting
CNN:
Sources: Congressional Hispanic Caucus members urged Obama not to unveil immigration bill
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Reform advocate Rep. Gutierrez says immigration bill on target for passage
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Obama's Parting Gift to Hillary Clinton  —  Last week campaign disclosure reports revealed that Hillary Clinton had finally retired the debt from her 2008 presidential campaign—with a little help from the guy who beat her, Barack Obama.  Clinton's debt once totaled more than $20 million …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
What Hillary Clinton's saying about 2016  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly been asked about a second run at the White House, and her answers have changed over time - from flatly denying she intended to run to evading the question - culminating in Sunday night's joint …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Makers, Takers, Fakers  —  Republicans have a problem.  For years they could shout down any attempt to point out the extent to which their policies favored the elite over the poor and the middle class; all they had to do was yell “Class warfare!” and Democrats scurried away.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Krugman sees a “major rhetorical shift” from Romney's campaign to Bobby Jindal's recent speech.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reading the new New Republic  —  Last week, I attended a panel in New York City on “the unexpected future of media” hosted by The New Republic.  Chris Hughes, the 29-year-old owner, publisher, and editor-in-chief of the magazine, said a few introductory words.
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Christine Haughney / New York Times:
The New Republic Reimagines Its Future
Mary Beth Marklein / Associated Press:
Study: Nearly half are overqualified for their jobs … Nearly half of working Americans with college degrees are in jobs for which they're overqualified, a new study out Monday suggests.  —  The study, released by the non-profit Center for College Affordability and Productivity …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Charlie Brennan / Daily Camera:
JonBenet Ramsey grand jury voted to indict parents in 1999, but DA refused to prosecute  —  Legal expert: Alex Hunter may have been legally obligated to sign indictment  —  John Ramsey looks on as his wife, Patsy, holds an advertisement promising a reward for information leading to the arrest …
Alistair Dawber / The Independent:
Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES  —  Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving …
Peter Walker / Guardian:
Timbuktu library is treasure house of centuries of Malian history  —  Fate of thousands of priceless manuscripts housed in £5m Ahmed Baba institute is unknown  —  Timbuktu's main library, officially called the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Islamic Studies and Research …
Discussion: FP Passport and The Raw Story
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Bate Felix / Reuters:
Islamist rebels torch Timbuktu manuscript library: mayor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Manu Raju / Politico:
Democrats, tea party unite vs. Mitch McConnell  —  Tea party activists looking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a GOP primary may get some help from an unlikely source: Democrats.  —  Big Democratic donors, local liberal activists and a left-leaning super PAC in Kentucky …
WHOTV:
The Insiders: Republicans Come Out  —  Dave Kochel, a veteran Iowa Republican strategist and 2012 Romney Iowa Campaign Senior Adviser, is now behind a new effort that could prove controversial with some Republican activists.  —  Kochel helped to organize an event for the Iowa Republicans for Freedom.
Jonathan Van Meter / New York Magazine:
Madam Would-Be Mayor  —  Hanging out with the crude, playful, openhearted front-runner, Christine Quinn.  —  Christine Quinn, Irish to the core, is possessed of the booming voice of a concrete-truck operator, the bada-bing timing of an outer-borough wiseguy, and the laugh of a pirate.
New York Post:
Beyonce has yet to apologize to Chuck Schumer for lip-syncing at inauguration  —  Her phony warbling made Chuck Schumer look like a fool — but she hasn't apologized to him for it.  —  The New York senator angrily admitted yesterday that the pop queen has not called him to say sorry …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Offers Plan To Impeach President Over Budget Deficits  —  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Monday offered up a constitutional amendment which would make failure to balance the nation's budget an impeachable offense.  —  Brooks' outlandish proposal calls for a balanced budget within five years …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
B&N Aims To Whittle Its Stores For Years  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. expects to close as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, the bookseller's top store executive said, offering the most detailed picture yet of the company's plans for the outlets.
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: JOURNALIST ACCOSTED BY SECURITY OVER MAYOR BLOOMBERG GUN CONTROL QUESTION  —  In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
State Dept. Closes Office Working on Shutting Guantánamo Prison
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Plans Base for Surveillance Drones in Northwest Africa
Discussion: Telegraph, Philly.com and emptywheel
Mike Konczal / Bloomberg:
The Fed Is More Out of It Than You Thought It Was
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Washington and business brace for an Obama wave of regulations
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Chris Good / Reuters:
Tancredo Won't Smoke Pot, After All
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