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2:35 AM ET, January 30, 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:
Erick Erickson leaving CNN for Fox News
Discussion: Pat Dollard, TVNewser and FIRST DRAFT
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Big Shakeup At CNN
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
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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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 …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kerry gets overwhelming Senate backing to lead State Department
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
John Kerry confirmed as secretary of state
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John Kerry nomination clears committee
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
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Poll: 51% back path to citizenship
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Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
Neil Heslin, Father Of Newtown Victim, Heckled By Pro-Gun Activists (VIDEO, PHOTOS)  —  Gun Control, Video, Coyote Maverick, Jesse Lewis, Jesse McCord Lewis, Neil Heslin, Second Amendment, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, Guns …
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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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
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
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: Plain Dealer and 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
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
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Army Chief Warns of Collapse Amid Chaos
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
Senator Rubio Makes His Case  —  RUSH: We welcome to the program Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  Senator, great to have you here on the EIB Network.  I think it's your second or third time here.  It's always great.  —  RUBIO: Yeah, it is, being on the program.  I've been listening to it for a while.
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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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Pat Dollard
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 …
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 …
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.
Del Sol High / The White House:
Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you!  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Las Vegas!  (Applause.)  And it is good to be among so many good friends.  —  Let me start off by thanking everybody …
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Washington Post:
President Obama unveils his proposals for immigration reform (Transcript)
Discussion: CNN, Front page feed, Guardian and The Hill
 
 
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Three Charts Reminding The GOP That Domestic Spending Is Already Headed Toward Historic Lows
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden has ‘set of balls’
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Republicans Should Ignore Obama
Discussion: National Review
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Alexander to raise $3 million by May
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bloomberg super-PAC running ads against Illinois Democrat Halvorson
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Fred Clark / slacktivist:
Do white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex?  Barna says yes, and provides quantifiable proof
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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
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Sorry, Ramesh Ponnuru. Conservatism Is Doomed.
Discussion: National Review and Eschaton
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Perry looking highly vulnerable
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