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8:55 AM ET, January 28, 2013


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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.
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 …
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.
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
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
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Politico
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Ex-CIA man: Iran blast largest sabotage case in decades  —  Former Revolutionary Guards member tells ‘Post’ that such a blow to Fordow nuclear facility would harm Iran drastically; says Tehran “has decided to retaliate against Israel from Lebanon.”  —  Iranian dissident-turned CIA operative …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Democrats, tea party unite vs. Mitch McConnell  —  Tea party activists looking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a GOP primary may get some help from an unlikely source: Democrats.  —  Big Democratic donors, local liberal activists and a left-leaning super PAC in Kentucky …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Makers, Takers, Fakers  —  Republicans have a problem.  For years they could shout down any attempt to point out the extent to which their policies favored the elite over the poor and the middle class; all they had to do was yell “Class warfare!” and Democrats scurried away.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Embraces Spending Cuts He Said Would Devastate The Country  —  During an interview on Meet The Press on Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) predicted that the sequester cuts are “going to happen” and made no concrete proposals for how to avoid the reductions.
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Why Obama picked Hagel  —  Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Post.  His latest book is “The Price of Politics.”  Evelyn M. Duffy contributed to this column.  —  In the first months of the Obama presidency in 2009, Chuck Hagel, who had just finished two terms as a U.S. senator …
Yeganeh Torbati / Reuters:
Iran launches monkey into space: state news agency  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has successfully launched a live monkey into space, the state news agency IRNA said on Monday, touting it as an advance in a missile and space program that has alarmed the West and Israel.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael Isikoff / Open Channel:
Obama campaign gives database of millions of supporters to new advocacy group  —  President Barack Obama's presidential campaign has turned over its most valuable asset — a massive computer database containing personal data on millions of American voters — to a new advocacy group created …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Gets a Citibanker  —  From Wall Street failure to the pinnacle of finance in four short years.  —  There was a time when you had to be successful on Wall Street to become secretary of the Treasury.  Now along comes presidential nominee Jack Lew, whose only business credential …
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Eric Cantor, the G.O.P. Majority Leader, Looks Beyond Debt
Discussion: Business Insider
William Wan / Washington Post:
Police visit Chinese blogger who exposed sex scandal
Keith Koffler / Politico:
The perils of invoking ‘absolutism’
Discussion: CNN
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
David Nather / Politico:
The quiet liberal plans for entitlement reform
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Supporters of Same-Sex Marriage Rally in France
Jerry Boykin Feels Humiliated ‘as a Man’ With Women in Combat Because of ‘Personal Hygiene’
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