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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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Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
Obama Immigration Plan: More Direct Path to Citizenship Than Senate's  —  President Barack Obama is expected to lay out his principles for immigration reform in a speech in Las Vegas today that will include a potentially quicker path to citizenship than the bipartisan plan a group of senators unveiled earlier this week.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
McCain: Binational Same-Sex Couples Are ‘Not Of Paramount Importance’ To Immigration Reform  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — one of the architects of the bipartisan Senate plan to reform the immigration system — told CBS on Tuesday morning that including binational gay and lesbian couples whose relationships …
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Peach Pundit
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Erick Erickson leaving CNN for Fox News
Discussion: Deadline.com and FIRST DRAFT
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Antonin Scalia: The Constitution is ‘dead’  —  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the Constitution is “dead, dead, dead,” rather than a “living document.”  —  “It's not a living document,” Scalia said on Monday while speaking at Dallas-based Southern Methodist University, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News.
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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 …
Talking Points Memo:   Scalia: The Constitution Is ‘Dead, Dead, Dead’
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.
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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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:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry looking highly vulnerable  —  Texas voters- even Republicans- have had enough of Rick Perry.  —  PPP's newest poll finds that only 31% of voters think Perry should seek reelection next year, compared to 62% who think it's time for him to step aside.  He's among the most unpopular Governors …
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.  Even Jon Stewart is more hard-hitting.  —  CBSNews.com  —  On 60 Minutes, the news-magazine show that prides itself on …
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Charles Stile / NorthJersey.com:
Democrats' hopes for savior from Christie unfulfilled  —  Monday should have been Barbara Buono's triumphant moment as the Democratic Party started to coalesce around her candidacy for governor.  —  A cascade of endorsements minted her as the party's genuine standard-bearer.
Discussion: Politico
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Steve Kornacki / Capital New York:
Exit everyman: How the Jersey Democratic bosses destroyed Dick Codey and unleashed Chris Christie
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
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.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Poll: 51% back path to citizenship  —  A slim majority of Americans believe that illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the United States and apply for citizenship, according to a new poll that found support for citizenship is on the rise.  —  Fifty-one percent think illegal immigrants …
Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
Arkansas Town Unleashes SWAT To Patrol Streets  —  Paragould, Arkansas, that is: … Statistics isn't a good enough reason to stop citizens on the streets.  As best as I know, Arkansas is a so-called stop and identify state, but only for loitering.  Additionally, even in stop and identify states …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Collective action is overrated  —  Of the 2,000-plus words in President Obama's second inaugural address, surely the most provocative were “collective action.”  —  He presented American history as a “journey,” during which, at every crucial turn, we discovered “together” that …
Homepage / WorldViews:
Google releases detailed map of North Korea, gulags and all  —  Until Tuesday, North Korea appeared on Google Maps as a near-total white space — no roads, no train lines, no parks and no restaurants.  The only thing labeled was the capital city, Pyongyang.
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Justice: Progress in Fast and Furious Negotiations  —  The Justice Department reports progress in settlement talks over a lawsuit by a House committee to get records involving the bungled gun-tracking program known as Operation Fast and Furious.  —  In a filing Tuesday …
Discussion: Politico
Paul Alster / Fox News:
Aide to Egyptian President Morsi claims Holocaust a US hoax  —  A top deputy of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi calls the Holocaust a myth, part of a troubling pattern, according to the Simon Weisenthal Center.AP  —  HAIFA, ISRAEL - A key figure in Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's government called …
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Remember Obama's tax hikes on the rich to pay debt?  He's already spent every penny  —  It's a good thing our federal government is going on a strict spending diet to curb its out-of-control borrowing.  Otherwise, the latest piece of spending legislation passed Monday worth more than $50 billion might have been substantial.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Sorry, Ramesh Ponnuru.  Conservatism Is Doomed.  —  My colleague Ramesh Ponnuru, responding this month to a piece I wrote in November, says that I am all wrong: It is possible to construct a viable conservative agenda that addresses middle-class concerns.  If Ponnuru has laid …
Discussion: National Review and Eschaton
Reihan Salam / National Review:
The Gang of Eight's Emerging Immigration Deal  —  Having noted some of the constructive aspects of Sen. Marco Rubio's new immigration reform framework, I should note that the broad contours of the emerging Gang of Eight proposal are somewhat disappointing.  A few red flags …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Politico
 
 
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For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II
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Associated Press:
Transportation secretary LaHood to leave Obama administration, another Cabinet member goes
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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh Bashes Immigration Proposal, Awaiting Marco Rubio Interview
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Kerry nomination confirmed by committee
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Bonnie Kavoussi / The Huffington Post:
Paul Krugman: Obama Won't Be Able To Pass Major Legislation In His Second Term
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
New York Removes ‘No Honking’ Signs
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