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8:40 AM ET, January 29, 2013

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What did Republicans win in the immigration deal?  —  It's has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan's process of citizenship for the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission …
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Politico:
Immigration tough sell in GOP House
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, CNN and Hot Air
Ed Payne / CNN:
Obama to pitch immigration reform
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
The U.S. Border Is More Secure Than Ever Before
Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Fox News:
Obama wades back into immigration debate as senators pitch new blueprint
Discussion: Donklephant
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan  —  The Senate is silent on bi-national couples divided by law.  —  WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas …
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Rush Limbaugh:
Fear Rules the GOP on Immigration  —  RUSH: Daniel in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network.  Hello.  —  CALLER: Hey, Rush.  Thanks for taking my call.  —  RUSH: Yes, sir.  I'm a long-time listener and first-time caller.  —  RUSH: Well, it's great to have you here.
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Hullabaloo
CNN:
Sources: Congressional Hispanic Caucus members urged Obama not to unveil immigration bill  —  Washington (CNN) - Some senior Democratic members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus used a private White House meeting Friday to urge President Obama not to unveil his own immigration legislation …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Prominent House Dem: “Madness” To Pass Immigration Reform Without LGBT Protections
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
The House Has Its Own Bipartisan Immigration Plan In The Works, Republicans Say
Marsha Blackburn / CNN:
TRENDING: Skeptical congresswoman challenges Obama to skeet shooting match  —  (CNN) - It's about time for some bipartisan...skeet shooting?  —  Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, joined a chorus of skeptics who questioned President Barack Obama's recent comments about his hobby of skeet shooting …
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Joshua Green / Business Week:
Obama's Parting Gift to Hillary Clinton  —  Last week campaign disclosure reports revealed that Hillary Clinton had finally retired the debt from her 2008 presidential campaign—with a little help from the guy who beat her, Barack Obama.  Clinton's debt once totaled more than $20 million …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Bay Buchanan quits TV punditry, takes online real estate class after Romney's ‘brutal’ loss  —  A former top aide to Mitt Romney says that she quit her career as a television pundit and began taking online real estate classes after the former Republican presidential nominee's “brutal” loss to President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Rumproast
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
I Was Quite Surprised By Some Things On My American Airlines International ‘Economy Class’ Flight  —  Everyone's always complaining about how horrible flying is—especially “economy class” flying.  —  And compared to other ways that one can spend one's time, flying is indeed often unpleasant and aggravating.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pete Williams / U.S. News:
Exclusive: Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders  —  The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation's largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.
nbclosangeles.com:
Doctor Fatally Shot at Office in Newport Beach  —  A doctor was fatally shot and the suspected gunman was in custody on Monday after a shooting at a doctor's office in Newport Beach, police said.  —  The shooting happened at 2:45 p.m. in a second floor patient room at 520 Superior Avenue …
Associated Press:
Report: Treasury approved excessive pay for executives at bailed-out AIG, GM and Ally  —  Robert Miller/THE WASHINGTON POST - The U.S. Treasury Department building October 22, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The Treasury Department disregarded its own guidelines by allowing large pay increases …
The Atlantic Wire:
The Truth About Little Women Carrying Big Wounded Men in Combat  —  One of the recurring arguments against women serving in combat appears on its face to be just good common horse sense: women just don't have the upper body strength to carry a heavy male soldier out of combat.
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
NYC's real enemy is illegal handguns, Police Commissioner Kelly says  —  The nation's looming assault-weapons ban is plain common sense, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday — but the city's real enemy is illegal handguns.  —  “For us in New York City, and I believe …
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Raymond W. Kelly / New York Post:
Scourge of NYC's streets
Fox News:
Draft UN climate report shows 20 years of overestimated global warming, skeptics warn  —  The predicted temperature changes (darker red indicating greater change) due to global warming, based on data that scientists, policymakers and the public are now questioning.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Steve Kroft's ‘Softball’ Obama Interviews Diminish 60 Minutes  —  All 14 questions the award-winning correspondent posed in his recent sit-down were glaringly flawed.  Jon Stewart is more hard-hitting.  —  CBSNews.com  —  On 60 Minutes, the news magazine show that prides itself on …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Mark Leccese / Gatekeeper:
Scott Brown's Twitter trouble  —  Most politicians delegate their Twitter account to platitude-producing staffers, all of whom excel in a genre of writing I think of as Bland Earnestness.  I'm looking at you @MarkeyMemo, @JohnBoehner and @DevalPatrick.  —  After U.S. Sen. Scott Brown lost …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Ballot Box and The Fix
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Will Propose Ban On Sending F-16s To Egypt  —  The senator from Kentucky told a group of conservatives at an off-the-record meeting Monday.  Beefing up his pro-Israel credentials.  —  Image by J. Scott Applewhite / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul told an off-the-record meeting …
 
 
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Wyoming House Committee Defeats Marriage Equality Bill, Advances Domestic Partnerships
Discussion: Advocate
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Kroft: Obama-Clinton interview request a surprise
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Roxanne Rubin, Nevada Republican, Accepts Plea Deal After Committing Voter Fraud
Discussion: Truthdig and The Maddow Blog
Shane L. Windmeyer / The Huffington Post:
Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama, Out of the Closet
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Bill would legalize cohabitation in Virginia
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Poliglot
 Earlier Items: 
TMZ.com:
20/20 Co-Anchor Chris Cuomo — I'm Moving to CNN!
Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
An elusive consensus on guns after Newtown
Discussion: New York Times and The Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Office Working to Close Guantánamo Is Shuttered
Peter Walker / Guardian:
Timbuktu library is treasure house of centuries of Malian history
Discussion: The Raw Story
Alistair Dawber / The Independent:
Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent
 

 
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Richard Ackland / Guardian:
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