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12:25 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:
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
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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.
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
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
John Kerry confirmed as secretary of state
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John Kerry nomination clears committee
Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Senate Confirms Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, Hot Air and The Reaction
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden has ‘set of balls’  —  Rupert Murdoch should encourage Fox News to focus on immigration reform.  President Obama should be on notice that he'll face tougher criticism in the coming months.  And Joe Biden has “a set of balls.”  —  So pronounced New York City …
 
 
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Three Charts Reminding The GOP That Domestic Spending Is Already Headed Toward Historic Lows
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Republicans Should Ignore Obama
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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
Washington Post:
President Obama unveils his proposals for immigration reform (Transcript)
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Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Sorry, Ramesh Ponnuru. Conservatism Is Doomed.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry looking highly vulnerable
David Brooks / New York Times:
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