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9:20 AM ET, January 30, 2013


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Mary McGuire / ABCNEWS:
Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?  —  The Senate's so-called “Gang of 8” has gained national attention in the past week by announcing sweeping plans for bipartisan immigration reform.  But who can count themselves as members of Capitol Hill's newest clique?
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Urges Speed on Immigration Plan, but Exposes Conflicts
Discussion: The Caucus and ACS Blog
Washington Examiner:
CNN focus group leader prompts all illegal immigrants to raise their hands
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Five reasons Republicans won't win Latino voters with immigration reform
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons ban  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.  —  Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation …
Discussion: Right Turn
CBS News:
NRA vs. Giffords' husband at Senate gun control hearing  —  Today, the debate over gun control gets its first congressional hearing since President Obama proposed sweeping reforms to help tackle escalating gun violence in the United States.  —  National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and Mark Kelly …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Mark Kelly vs Wayne LaPierre of NRA at Gun Violence Hearing  —  National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks during a news conference at the Willard Hotel Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Mark Kelly poses for photographers at Time Warner Cable, Oct. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, CNN, and Reuters
Jackie Kucinich / Associated Press:
Background check bills get traction on the Hill
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kerry gets overwhelming Senate backing to lead State Department  —  View Photo Gallery — 10 things you should know about John Kerry: President Obama nominated the Massachusetts senator for secretary of state and the U.S. Senate has confirmed him.  Here's ten things you might not have known about him.
Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Senator John Kerry wins confirmation as secretary of state; to replace Hillary Clinton at swearing …
Talking Points Memo:
Senate Confirms John Kerry As U.S. Secretary Of State
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
John Kerry confirmed as secretary of state
FBI raids West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez  —  The FBI raided the office of a South Florida eye doctor who last year was accused of providing prostitutes to longtime ally Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM
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.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter and annual 2012 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of .1 percent …
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: Booman Tribune and Mother Jones
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
Senator Rubio Makes His Case  —  RUSH: We welcome to the program Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  Senator, great to have you here on the EIB Network.  I think it's your second or third time here.  It's always great.  —  RUBIO: Yeah, it is, being on the program.  I've been listening to it for a while.
Rush Limbaugh:
Resist Cynicism About Marco Rubio
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight  —  Alex Wong/Getty Images - “I think [the cuts are] more likely to happen.  And I'm ashamed of the Congress, I'm ashamed of the president, and I'm ashamed of being in this body, quite frankly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Strict Gun Laws in Chicago Can't Stem Fatal Shots  —  CHICAGO — Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed.  Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Betsy's Page
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Unions, Hollywood open to bankrolling Obama's advocacy arm  —  Labor unions and Hollywood donors are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action, the outside group that has been formed in support of President Obama's second-term agenda.  —  Traditionally one of the biggest donors to Democrats …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Myra MacDonald / Reuters:
Israel hits target in Syria border area: sources  —  (Reuters) - Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and regional security sources said on Wednesday, as concern has grown in the Jewish state over the fate of Syrian chemical and advanced conventional weapons.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
The Conference Board:
Consumer Confidence Survey® … The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Declines  —  New York, January 29, 2013...The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined in December, fell further in January.  The Index now stands at 58.6 (1985=100), down from 66.7 in December.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Economix
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 …
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Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Louisiana Will Eliminate Health Benefits For HIV Patients, Poor Children, And First Time Moms This Week
The Christian / Christian Science Monitor:
Egypt's protests reveal deficit of trust in Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Graham Says ‘Clinton Got Away With Murder’ On Benghazi, Will Hold Hagel Unless Panetta Testifies
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
PM okays transfer of NIS 400m. tax revenues to PA
Discussion: Israel Matzav
New York Times:
Prior Problems In 787 Battery Set Off Concerns Boeing Was Aware of 787 Battery Problems Before Failure
Discussion: The Week and The PJ Tatler
Phyllis Schlafly / Human Events:
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Three Charts Reminding The GOP That Domestic Spending Is Already Headed Toward Historic Lows
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden has ‘set of balls’
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Republicans Should Ignore Obama
Discussion: National Review
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Oops! The New Republic tweets parody site ‘proof’ of Obama shooting skeet, quickly deletes
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Fox News Sees Its Worst Ratings Since 2001
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Impolitic
Fred Clark / slacktivist:
Do white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex?  Barna says yes, and provides quantifiable proof
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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