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8:45 AM ET, January 30, 2013

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons ban  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.  —  Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation …
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CBS News:
NRA vs. Giffords' husband at Senate gun control hearing  —  Today, the debate over gun control gets its first congressional hearing since President Obama proposed sweeping reforms to help tackle escalating gun violence in the United States.  —  National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and Mark Kelly …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Mark Kelly vs Wayne LaPierre of NRA at Gun Violence Hearing  —  National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks during a news conference at the Willard Hotel Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Mark Kelly poses for photographers at Time Warner Cable, Oct. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, msnbc.com, ABCNEWS and Reuters
Jackie Kucinich / Associated Press:
Background check bills get traction on the Hill
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Mary McGuire / ABCNEWS:
Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?  —  The Senate's so-called “Gang of 8” has gained national attention in the past week by announcing sweeping plans for bipartisan immigration reform.  But who can count themselves as members of Capitol Hill's newest clique?
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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
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kerry gets overwhelming Senate backing to lead State Department  —  View Photo Gallery — 10 things you should know about John Kerry: President Obama nominated the Massachusetts senator for secretary of state and the U.S. Senate has confirmed him.  Here's ten things you might not have known about him.
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Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Senator John Kerry wins confirmation as secretary of state; to replace Hillary Clinton at swearing …
Talking Points Memo:
Senate Confirms John Kerry As U.S. Secretary Of State
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
John Kerry confirmed as secretary of state
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John Kerry nomination clears committee
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
James Carville, Mary Matalin leaving CNN
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MiamiHerald.com:
FBI raids West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez  —  The FBI raided the office of a South Florida eye doctor who last year was accused of providing prostitutes to longtime ally Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM
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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: Booman Tribune and Mother Jones
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Virginia Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Kills Electoral Vote Rigging Scheme … ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate's Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.'s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Unions, Hollywood open to bankrolling Obama's advocacy arm  —  Labor unions and Hollywood donors are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action, the outside group that has been formed in support of President Obama's second-term agenda.  —  Traditionally one of the biggest donors to Democrats …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Bob Guccione's Penthouse secrets bared  —  A Wealthy hedge funder who began buying unclaimed storage lockers as a hobby has uncovered a treasure trove of artifacts from the estate of late Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione.  —  Jeremy Frommer, a former Royal Bank of Canada managing director …
Discussion: Gothamist, Gawker and TMZ.com
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 and The Impolitic
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
Top Conservatives Run PAC That Funded White Nationalists  —  Two conservatives who sit on the boards of mainstream right-wing groups control a PAC that gave thousands of dollars to a racist organization.  —  Two prominent conservative movement officials who hold leadership positions …
The Christian / Christian Science Monitor:
Egypt's protests reveal deficit of trust in Muslim Brotherhood  —  Open defiance of Egypt's president in street protests shows how much the Muslim Brotherhood needs to leave Islam outside the door of democracy.  —  Five days of protests in Egypt, with dozens of people killed and entire cities in turmoil …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Graham Says ‘Clinton Got Away With Murder’ On Benghazi, Will Hold Hagel Unless Panetta Testifies  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is still searching for the silver bullet, that one piece of testimony that will prove once and for all that the Obama administration lied during the aftermath of the Benghazi attack.
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden has ‘set of balls’  —  Rupert Murdoch should encourage Fox News to focus on immigration reform.  President Obama should be on notice that he'll face tougher criticism in the coming months.  And Joe Biden has “a set of balls.”  —  So pronounced New York City …
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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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
PM okays transfer of NIS 400m. tax revenues to PA
Discussion: Israel Matzav
New York Times:
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Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Three Charts Reminding The GOP That Domestic Spending Is Already Headed Toward Historic Lows
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Republicans Should Ignore Obama
Discussion: National Review
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Five reasons Republicans won't win Latino voters with immigration reform
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Alexander to raise $3 million by May
Discussion: Tennessean.com and Politico
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bloomberg super-PAC running ads against Illinois Democrat Halvorson
Fred Clark / slacktivist:
Do white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex?  Barna says yes, and provides quantifiable proof
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Contributor And Guest Host Rails Against ‘Crazy Crackers On The Right’ Who Use ‘Hateful Language’
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