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10:45 AM ET, January 31, 2014

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP split over forging ahead on immigration this year  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. - House Republicans meeting privately at their retreat on Thursday were split on whether the leadership should forge ahead with immigration legislation this year, according to people in the room.
Discussion: Politico
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New York Times:
Fixing Immigration, in Principle  —  What you need to know now that House Republican leaders have unveiled a list of “principles” that have raised hopes for a breakthrough on immigration reform this year:  —  Principles are no substitute for actual legislation, and we're still a great distance from a deal.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigration, what do GOP House leaders mean by ‘enforcement triggers’?
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republicans' Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Grim assessment of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — As two of the nation's longest wars finally end, most Americans have concluded that neither achieved its goals.  —  Those grim assessments in a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll underscore the erosion in support …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Even Republicans Now View The Iraq War As A Failure
CNN:
CNN Exclusive: President Obama says he's not recalibrating ambitions  —  Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) — Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided.  “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal,” he said.
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CNN:
Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with President Obama airs only on CNN
Jason Edward Harrington / Politico:
Confessions of an ex-TSA agent  —  And yes, we were laughing.  Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.  —  On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat.  —  It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O'Hare to sit …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Fires Employee Responsible for Cheerios Tweet  —  “The tweet was outrageous and unacceptable,” says MSNBC president Phil Griffin.  —  MSNBC has fired the employee who sent out a controversial Tweet involving a Cheerios commercial that features a biracial family.
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CNN:
Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again by Italian court  —  Florence, Italy (CNN) — An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night.  —  Prosecutors said the couple had killed Meredith Kercher in November 2007.
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Simon Hattenstone / Guardian:
Amanda Knox: 'They'll have to pull me back kicking and screaming to prison'
Discussion: Gawker and BBC
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
America doesn't need a lame-duck president  —  As I sat in the House gallery Tuesday night, watching President Obama give his State of the Union address, I found myself wishing we could repeal the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms.  —  Before Rush Limbaugh chokes on his doughnut …
ThinkProgress:
The Inside Story Of The Charlatan Who Duped The Nation's Top Conservatives  —  On New Year's Eve, I learned FEMA's “Dirty Little Secret.”  —  It was the title of a fascinating email, one that had somehow dodged my spam filter.  The message was suffused with breathless concern …
Discussion: Liberaland
Bloomberg:
Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate  —  The U.S. State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmental groups and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according to people who have been briefed on the draft of the document.
Discussion: Politico and The Agonist
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 31, 2014 - Bridgegate Drives Christie To The Curb In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Jeb Bush Leads GOP, But Clinton Is Tops  —  In the 2016 White House race, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie loses ground among Florida Republicans and in a matchup …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Maher Wants His Show to Decide a House Race  —  Bill Maher makes little effort to hide his own contempt for many politicians, most of them Republicans.  Now, he wants to take it to the next level: finding one he might be able to help oust from office.  —  On his weekly HBO talk show …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Landrieu Races, Obama Helps and Hinders  —  NEW ORLEANS — On a recent morning, Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana woke up in her childhood bedroom, drank coffee with her parents and headed downtown to help her little brother Mitch keep his job.  —  Walking into a hotel ballroom …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default  —  Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1.  While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the “Metro” interface at boot …
Discussion: Gigaom and Business Insider
CNN:
Laura Bush: Future ‘first gentleman’ should get same critiques as first ladies  —  (CNN) - Former first lady Laura Bush proposed that the future first gentleman should get the same scrutiny about his looks and style as first ladies have faced in recent decades.
Discussion: Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Stewart Laughs in Pelosi's Face After She Admits She Doesn't Know Why Obamacare Site Failed  —  House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sat down with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday for a contentious interview.  The interview became tense when Stewart attempted to get Pelosi …
scpr.org:
Rep. Henry Waxman announces retirement from Congress  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection to the House this fall.  —  “In 1974, I announced my first campaign for Congress.  Today, I am announcing that I have run my last campaign,” Waxman said in a statement (see below).
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sandra Fluke may seek Henry Waxman House seat
 
 
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Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Dissatisfaction With Gun Laws Highest Since 2001
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Here's How Obama Can Go It Alone
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Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Academy Disqualifies Oscar-Nominated Song ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Week
Kyle Whitmire / AL.com:
Bestiality one step closer to being a crime in Alabama
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