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7:40 AM ET, January 28, 2013


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Los Angeles Times:
Senators agree on immigration overhaul plan  —  The bipartisan group's proposal would grant legal status to most of the country's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.  —  A pier in Imperial Beach, Calif., marks part of a new border fence extending farther into the surfline.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Senators Offer a New Blueprint for Immigration  —  A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Manu Raju / Politico:
Senate group reaches immigration deal  —  A powerful group of senators from both parties has reached a deal on the outlines of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, a development that will drive an emotional debate on a hot-button issue unseen in Washington for more than half a decade.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Senate group reaches immigration deal
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Debate Gears Up
Discussion: The Seattle Times and TalkLeft
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Durbin: Senate immigration plan will be comprehensive, include citizenship path
CBS News:
Obama and Clinton: The 60 Minutes interview  —  The following script is from “The President and the Secretary of State” which aired on Jan. 27, 2013.  Steve Kroft is the correspondent.  Michael Radutzky, Maria Gavrilovic and L. Franklin Devine, producers.  —  There are few people …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Appear on ‘60 Minutes’  —  WASHINGTON — They sat side by side, trading laughs and finishing each other's thoughts.  Five years ago, the very prospect of such a moment would have been “improbable,” as one of them put it.  —  But now as the improbable partnership between President Obama …
Discussion: The Week, The Caucus and TalkLeft
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama, Clinton defend record in Middle East  —  President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended their foreign policy record in the middle East, saying in an interview aired Sunday that they wisely chose not to “shoot from the hip.”  —  In a joint interview aired on CBS's …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Politico
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
President Obama names Fox?  And what does President Obama think happens when Democrat works with Republicans?  What happens to that Democrat in the left leaning press?  —  While I disagree with what the President says below ( I don't attack - his word - politicians on either side …
Kaye Foley / ABCNEWS:
Facebook Co-Founder Scolds Chris Christie Over Gay Marriage Stance  —  How does Chris Hughes, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic and Facebook Co-founder, feel about Mark Zuckerberg hosting a fundraiser for Republican Governor Chris Christie?  Hughes joined ABC News in a web exclusive …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama discusses media influence
Associated Press:
Fire at Brazil club kills more than 230 as partiers stampede toward exit, choke on toxic smoke  —  View Photo Gallery — Brazil nightclub fire leaves hundreds dead: A blaze swept through a crowded club in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 232 people and leaving at least 200 injured, police say.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Fire Sweeps Through Brazil Nightclu; Hundreds Dead
Keith Koffler / Politico:
The perils of invoking ‘absolutism’  —  A nation should be concerned when it seems its leader has tired of the grueling work of democracy.  —  One of the most remarkable and frightening aspects of President Barack Obama's inaugural address was his dismissal of his opposition …
Discussion: CNN
Justine Sharrock / BuzzFeed:
Promises Of Charity Won Tax Breaks for Tech Companies  —  San Francisco tech companies will avoid local taxes in exchange for promises, charitable contributions, and even promoted tweets, according to draft city documents.  The agreements could be finalized as soon as tomorrow.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Eric Cantor, the G.O.P. Majority Leader, Looks Beyond Debt  —  WASHINGTON — With House Republicans gathered behind closed doors this month at a resort in Williamsburg, Va., Representative Eric Cantor hushed the crowd with a long slide presentation on the prospects of a government default.
Discussion: Business Insider
David Nather / Politico:
The quiet liberal plans for entitlement reform  —  Ask liberals about GOP demands to rein in Social Security and Medicare spending, and many say this: no way.  —  But the truth is, there are a number of ideas to do just that already sitting on the shelves of influential liberal think tanks around Washington.
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William Wan / Washington Post:
Police visit Chinese blogger who exposed sex scandal
Derek Khanna / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Daily Caller
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Some advice on women in combat from a female veteran
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Unreal... ABC's “This Week” Has Sen. Menendez On For Entire Segment - Forgets to Ask About Underage Hooker Scandal
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Doug Ross and Ed Driscoll
Egypt unrest: Morsi declares emergency in three cities
Discussion: Theo Spark
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Bitter clinger! Obama claims that he totally goes secret skeet shooting all the time, guys
Discussion: Power Line, JustOneMinute and The Hill
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Divided by Abortion, United by Feminism
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Raheem Kassam / The Commentator:
Sunday Times blood libel cartoon, on Holocaust Memorial Day no less
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Melanie Phillips
Paul Krugman:
From Welfare Queens to Disabled Deadbeats
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Eschaton
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
McChrystal: Women will serve in, improve special-forces units
Discussion: CNN and Politico