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7:35 PM ET, January 29, 2013

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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Moving On  —  I was not going to say anything, but rather just fade away.  I suppose though with rumors and reports I should say something.  —  My voicemail and inbox are, as I type, filling up.  I have turned my phone off as the only way to get it to stop ringing.  —  Yes, I can confirm I am leaving CNN.
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Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
CNN Parts Ways With Major Contributors  —  Pundit power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin will not be continuing their contracts with CNN, according to FishbowlDC sources.  In addition, Bill Bennett and Maria Cardona are also parting ways with the network, although CNN Espanol will keep Cardona on board.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
James Carville, Mary Matalin leaving CNN  —  CNN contributors and political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the network, Carville told POLITICO today.  —  The decision was CNN's, Carville said: “I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Erick Erickson leaving CNN for Fox News
Discussion: Deadline.com and FIRST DRAFT
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Big Shakeup At CNN
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Mark Whitaker Leaving CNN
Discussion: Deadline.com, Mediaite and FishbowlDC
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Here's How Obama's Immigration Position Differs From The Senate's  —  In a speech, the president mostly backs the bipartisan framework on the Hill with two key exceptions: treatment of same-sex couples, and the inclusion of a border security “trigger.”  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Immigration reform could add 7 million people to Obamacare
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Durbin Seeks To Clarify Role Of Proposed Border Security Commission
Discussion: Twitchy, The Maddow Blog and Guardian
Jodi Arias / Associated Press:
Details of Obama, Senate Immigration Proposals
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Poll: 51% back path to citizenship
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep Says He Opposes Immigration Reform Because Latinos Are Uneducated, Will Never Support Republicans  —  Republican senators in the so-called Gang of 8 working to enact comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship argue that repairing the broken system would attract Latino voters to the GOP.
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Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
Obama Immigration Plan: More Direct Path to Citizenship Than Senate's  —  President Barack Obama is expected to lay out his principles for immigration reform in a speech in Las Vegas today that will include a potentially quicker path to citizenship than the bipartisan plan a group of senators unveiled earlier this week.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan
Talking Points Memo:
Senate Confirms John Kerry As U.S. Secretary Of State  —  The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as the nation's next secretary of state on Tuesday.  —  The vote was 94 to 3.  Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Jim Inhofe (R-OH) voted against confirmation.
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Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Senate Confirms Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Politico
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
‘Ardent fans of the U.S. military’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Senate approves Kerry for State, setting in motion special election process
Discussion: CNN
Dallas Morning News:
Supreme Court Justice Scalia offers perspective on the law at SMU lecture  —  “The judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge,” said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (right), with law professor Bryan A. Garner on Monday.  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:   Antonin Scalia: The Constitution is ‘dead’
Talking Points Memo:   Scalia: The Constitution Is ‘Dead, Dead, Dead’
Natalie Angier / New York Times:
That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think  —  For all the adorable images of cats that play the piano, flush the toilet, mew melodiously and find their way back home over hundreds of miles, scientists have identified a shocking new truth: cats are far deadlier than anyone realized.
Discussion: FOX2now.com
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bloomberg super-PAC running ads against Illinois Democrat Halvorson  —  The pro-gun-control super-PAC bankrolled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is going after former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) for her support of gun rights, a move that could badly damage her chances at returning to Congress.
Discussion: Reuters and BuzzFeed
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden has ‘set of balls’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Hitler Alive and Well, Owning Liberal Magazine  —  The Washington Free Beacon has a report, sourced to “Washington Free Beacon Staff,” that Chris Hughes is purging Jews from The New Republic.  (Occasionally the Free Beacon publishes stories too embarrassing for any staffers to be associated with by name.)
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Sdesprat / Twitchy:
Outrageous: How the left-wing media lied about Newtown ‘hecklers’  —  National and international media are up in arms today over the story of Neil Heslin, father of slain Sandy Hook student Jesse Lewis, being heckled yesterday during a Connecticut legislative meeting.
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Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Fox News Sees Its Worst Ratings Since 2001  —  More ratings woes for FNC since Obama's reelection.  —  January marked Fox News Channel's lowest 25-54 demo delivery for Monday-Sunday Primetime and Sales Prime (M-Su 7p-2a) since August 2001.  —  January was also the worst month ever for FNC's …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kirsten Powers / Fox News:
Obama vs. Fox News — behind the White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization  —  Jan. 14, 2013: President Obama gestures during his final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington.AP  —  There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox News.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Second G.O.P.  —  On the surface, Republicans are already doing a good job of beginning to change their party.  Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana gave a speech to the Republican National Committee calling on Republicans to stop being the stupid party, to stop insulting the intelligence of the American people.
Mike Dash / History & Archaeology:
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II  —  In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga  —  The Siberian taiga in the Abakan district.  Six members of the Lykov family lived …
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Oops!  The New Republic tweets parody site ‘proof’ of Obama shooting skeet, quickly deletes  —  If it's too good to be true, The New Republic is on it!  —  President Barack “Bitter Clinger” Obama claimed he totally goes skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David, but White House press secretary Jay Carney …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Georgia man guns down immigrant after GPS sends him to wrong driveway  —  A 69-year-old war veteran and former missionary was arrested over the weekend on the suspicion of killing a 22-year-old Cuban immigrant who mistakenly arrived in his driveway because of faulty GPS directions.
Fred Clark / slacktivist:
Do white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex?  Barna says yes, and provides quantifiable proof  —  After discussing the limits of the survey research and data supplied by the Barna Group, let's turn to the merits of it, and what such research can tell us.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Three Charts Reminding The GOP That Domestic Spending Is Already Headed Toward Historic Lows
Wall Street Journal:
Apollo-Metropoulos Team Near Deal to Buy Hostess Twinkies, Other Cakes
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Republicans Should Ignore Obama
Discussion: National Review
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Alexander to raise $3 million by May
Discussion: Tennessean.com and Politico
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Congress Demands Justice Department Explain Aaron Swartz Prosecution
Discussion: TalkLeft
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Contributor And Guest Host Rails Against ‘Crazy Crackers On The Right’ Who Use ‘Hateful Language’
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Sorry, Ramesh Ponnuru. Conservatism Is Doomed.
Discussion: National Review and Eschaton
Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
Arkansas Town Unleashes SWAT To Patrol Streets
Discussion: protein wisdom
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry looking highly vulnerable
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Remember Obama's tax hikes on the rich to pay debt? He's already spent every penny
Discussion: protein wisdom and Cold Fury