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8:15 AM ET, January 30, 2013

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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
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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?
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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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David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Big Shakeup At CNN
Discussion: CNN and TVNewser
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Erick Erickson leaving CNN for Fox News
Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Senator John Kerry wins confirmation as secretary of state; to replace Hillary Clinton at swearing-in ceremony later this week  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Tuesday confirmed President Obama's nomination of Senator John F. Kerry to be secretary of state, handing the Massachusetts Democrat …
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kerry gets overwhelming Senate backing to lead State Department
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
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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
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
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
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 …
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
Phyllis Schlafly / Human Events:
PANETTA'S COWARDLY DECISION  —  RESIZE:  —  In a newsworthy act of political cowardice, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ran through the Pentagon's exit door as he announced he is striking down the 1994 Combat Exclusion Law.  His timing means his successor, presumably Chuck Hagel …
New York Times:
Prior Problems In 787 Battery Set Off Concerns Boeing Was Aware of 787 Battery Problems Before Failure  —  Even before two battery failures led to the grounding of all Boeing 787 jets this month, the lithium-ion batteries used on the aircraft had experienced multiple problems that raised questions about their reliability.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
PM okays transfer of NIS 400m. tax revenues to PA  —  Netanyahu agrees to one-time transfer of tax revenues to alleviate the Palestinian Authority's financial crisis.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided on Tuesday evening to transfer to the Palestinian Authority …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Egypt Independent:
Black Bloc must die, say Jihad and Jama'a al-Islamiya  —  views:  —  Send to friend  —  The Islamist party of the Jihad Organization and Jama'a al-Islamiya has said the ways of dealing with banditry specified in the Quran must be applied to Black Bloc members, which means they must be killed.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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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Jackie Kucinich / Associated Press:
Background check bills get traction on the Hill
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight
DAWN.COM:
Policeman killed in attack on polio vaccination team in Swabi
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Three Charts Reminding The GOP That Domestic Spending Is Already Headed Toward Historic Lows
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden has ‘set of balls’
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Reuters
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’
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Daily Caller
Mike Dash / History & Archaeology:
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II
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Perry looking highly vulnerable
 

 
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