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2:40 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: CNN and Hot Air
Fox News:
Obama wades back into immigration debate as senators pitch new blueprint
Discussion: Donklephant
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
The U.S. Border Is More Secure Than Ever Before
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
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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
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
The House Has Its Own Bipartisan Immigration Plan In The Works, Republicans Say
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 …
Discussion: Truthdig and Booman Tribune
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Marc Ambinder / The Week:
Hillary SuperPAC readies launch  —  Long-time supporters of Hillary Clinton have opened a SuperPAC to lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign, even though Clinton, just finishing a four-term as Secretary of State, has said nothing about her future plans.
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.
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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
Marsha Blackburn / CNN:
TRENDING: Doubting 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 …
Discussion: American Power and Weasel Zippers
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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.
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
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
The Price of Palin: $15 per Word Spoken During FOX Contract  —  Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word  —  With the three-year contract now expired between FOX News and Sarah Palin …
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 …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Wyoming House Committee Defeats Marriage Equality Bill, Advances Domestic Partnerships  —  Moments ago, the Wyoming House Corporations Committee rejected HB 169, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, with a close 5-4 vote.  Testimony against the bill included threats that gays …
Discussion: Advocate
TMZ.com:
20/20 Co-Anchor Chris Cuomo — I'm Moving to CNN!  —  I'm Moving to CNN!  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Chris Cuomo is calling it quits at “20/20” — TMZ has learned ... he's moving to CNN very soon.  —  Sources connected with CNN tell us ... Cuomo will host a morning show.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Bill would legalize cohabitation in Virginia  —  RICHMOND — Under an old law, it's illegal in Virginia for unmarried couples to live together.  Now, a state senator and delegate are trying to wipe it off the books.  —  A law dating to the late 19th-century makes it a misdemeanor for …
Discussion: Poliglot and Outside the Beltway
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: JOURNALIST ACCOSTED BY SECURITY OVER MAYOR BLOOMBERG GUN CONTROL QUESTION  —  In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network …
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Roxanne Rubin, Nevada Republican, Accepts Plea Deal After Committing Voter Fraud  —  A Nevada Republican arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election, after claiming she was trying to test the system's integrity, pled guilty and accepted a plea deal Thursday, forcing her to pay almost $2,500 and promise to stay out of trouble.
Discussion: Truthdig and The Maddow Blog
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 …
Shane L. Windmeyer / The Huffington Post:
Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A  —  I spent New Year's Eve at the red-blooded, all-American epicenter of college football: at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, next to Dan Cathy, as his personal guest.  It was among the most unexpected moments of my life.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Kroft: Obama-Clinton interview request a surprise  —  NEW YORK (AP) - With limited time and the unusual nature of a dual appearance with President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, CBS' Steve Kroft said Monday said he thought it important to focus …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Report: Treasury approved excessive pay for executives at bailed-out AIG, GM and Ally
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama, Out of the Closet
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
An elusive consensus on guns after Newtown
Discussion: New York Times and The Raw Story
Raymond W. Kelly / New York Post:
Scourge of NYC's streets
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: ‘South Park’ Creators Fortify Their Content Empire
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
B&N Aims To Whittle Its Stores For Years
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Office Working to Close Guantánamo Is Shuttered
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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
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Plans Base for Surveillance Drones in Northwest Africa
Mike Konczal / Bloomberg:
The Fed Is More Out of It Than You Thought It Was
Jonathan Van Meter / New York Magazine:
Madam Would-Be Mayor
Mary Beth Marklein / Associated Press:
Study: Nearly half are overqualified for their jobs
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 

 
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
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Reuters:
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