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9:50 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
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Big Shakeup At CNN
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
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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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kerry gets overwhelming Senate backing to lead State Department
Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Senator John Kerry wins confirmation as secretary of state; to replace Hillary Clinton at swearing …
Discussion: Truthdig and Balloon Juice
Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Senate Confirms Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico, Hot Air and The Reaction
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
John Kerry confirmed as secretary of state
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John Kerry nomination clears committee
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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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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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: Mother Jones and FOX2now.com
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: Crooks and Liars
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Marco Rubio wins big praise from Rush Limbaugh  —  Sen. Marco Rubio went into Rush Limbaugh's lion's den on Tuesday and came out with a rousing praise and support from the conservative radio show host for the Florida Republican's effort to reform the country's immigration system.
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Scared Monkeys
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Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
Obama Immigration Plan: More Direct Path to Citizenship Than Senate's
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’
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: The Impolitic and 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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting  —  President Obama recently told the New Republic magazine, “Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”  Today, after some suggested the president's claim might not be true, the New Republic tweeted a picture supposedly proving that Obama has gone skeet shooting:
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Pat Dollard
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Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Oops! The New Republic tweets parody site ‘proof’ of Obama shooting skeet, quickly deletes
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden has ‘set of balls’
Wall Street Journal:
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Republicans Should Ignore Obama
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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’
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Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
‘Ardent fans of the U.S. military’
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Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Sorry, Ramesh Ponnuru. Conservatism Is Doomed.
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