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10:20 PM ET, January 30, 2014


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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Some Republicans See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate  —  “I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it's racial,” says a Republican congressman.  —  Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — For more than a year House Republican leaders have insisted …
House leaders sell immigration blueprint  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership is trying to sell their colleagues on a series of broad immigration principles, including a path to legal status for those here illegally.  —  Speaker John Boehner's leadership team introduced …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - TED CRUZ: HOUSE GOP'S AMNESTY PUSH WILL RUIN HOPES OF RETAKING SENATE  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) thinks that the House GOP leadership's renewed push this week to grant amnesty to illegal aliens would destroy the Republican Party's chances at retaking the Senate in 2014.
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Boehner Releases Immigration Principles (Updated)  —  Updated 6:13 p.m. |  CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio released his long-awaited immigration overhaul principles Thursday afternoon, for the first time laying out a broad GOP-backed pathway to legalized status for undocumented immigrants.
David Leopold / @DavidLeopold:
BREAKING: Here are the Republican Principles for #Immigration Reform-to be formally announced by @SpeakerBoehner at 4:30 pm ET  —  Standards for Immigration Reform  —  PREAMBLE … Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First  —  It is the fundamental duty of any government …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republicans' Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Admit Racism Is Big Obstacle To Passing Immigration Reform
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sandra Fluke may seek Henry Waxman House seat  —  Sandra Fluke, who became an instant celebrity when she was denied the opportunity to testify at an all-male hearing on Obamacare's contraception requirements, is “strongly considering” a bid for Rep. Henry Waxman's congressional seat …
Josh Kraushaar /
Will Nancy Pelosi Be the Next to Retire?
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Banter
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC President Apologizes To RNC Chair For Tweet, Fires Staffer  —  MSNBC President Phil Griffin has apologized to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for a tweet by the network that ignited a conservative firestorm  —  Griffin issued a personal apology for the entire episode on Thursday.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Banter With The Beast: MSNBC's Head Honcho Phil Griffin on Admiring Roger Ailes and More
Discussion: Riehl World News and Mediaite
Lisa Schencker / Salt Lake Tribune:
Lunches seized from kids in debt at Salt Lake City elementary  —  Education » School officials cite unpaid balances on students' meal accounts.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Up to 40 kids at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City picked up their lunches Tuesday …
Dear patrons and Uintah Elementary:
Dear patrons and Uintah Elementary parents,  —  We have been investigating the lunch situation at Uintah Elementary School and would like to share the following information.  —  On Monday, a district Child Nutrition manager was sent to Uintah Elementary School to investigate the large number …
Ron Fournier /
Why I Was Wrong About Chris Christie  —  He wasn't so smart or post-partisan, and may pay the price as a presidential hopeful.  —  A year ago, I wrote: “The smartest move in politics today is to move against Washington and the two major parties.  And the smartest man in politics may be Chris Christie.”
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Giuliani Says ‘Fifty-Fifty’ Chance Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closures
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
Giuliani: ‘Fifty-fifty’ whether Christie knew of bridge orders
Discussion: Liberaland
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
U.S. Is Seeking Death Penalty in Boston Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Thursday that it would seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the man accused of killing and maiming people with homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line last year.
Feds seek death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev
Discussion: Voxxi and Mediaite
Pete Williams / NBCNews:
Feds to seek death penalty against accused Boston bomber Tsarnaev
Discussion: Hot Air and Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
U.S. to seek death penalty in Boston bombing case
Discussion: NPR and Lawfare
Mitchell Byars / Daily Camera:
Jed Udall, son of Sen. Mark Udall, arrested on heroin, vehicular-trespassing charges  —  Sheriff: Udall, 26, broke into cars in Eldorado Springs  —  Jed Udall, the 26-year-old son of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, was arrested Wednesday after Boulder County sheriff's deputies say he broke …
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: January 2014  —  January 1st may have been a monumental date for those working on and closely following the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds little change in the public's knowledge and views of the law.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Uninsured Planning to Get Insurance From Exchanges
Discussion: Daily Kos and CBS DC
Wall Street Journal:
Liberal vituperation makes our letter writer's point.  —  Five days on, the commentariat continues to drop anvils on Tom Perkins, who may have written the most-read letter to the editor in the history of The Wall Street Journal.  The irony is that the vituperation is making our friend's point …
Sherisse Pham / CNN:
CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others to help jobless  —  Program note: Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's “New Day” Friday at 6 a.m. ET and “The Lead With Jake Tapper” at 4 p.m. ET  —  (CNN) — The White House has secured commitments …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fox News once again most and least trusted name in news  —  PPP's 5th annual poll about trust in TV news continues to find what it does every year: Fox News is both the most trusted and least trusted name in news.  —  35% of Americans say they trust Fox News more than any other TV news outlet …
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Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
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Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and ThinkProgress
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Snowy owl hit by bus in downtown D.C.
Discussion: Gawker, Taylor Marsh and NPR
Doe v. Clenchy
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Advocate
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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New York Times:
Obama Picks a Cyber Expert to Lead N.S.A.
Discussion: Reuters, NPR and The Moderate Voice
Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Is Blogging Unscholarly?  —  The political science blogosphere …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
It's Not Just MSNBC Making Flip Assumptions About Non-Liberal Racism (UPDATED)
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Twitchy
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Obama and G.O.P. Facing Opposition to Trade Pacts
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Convention wipeout coming soon?
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The 2020 Reapportionment and the Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Gallup Obama approval numbers suggest shifting Electoral College map
Discussion: Booman Tribune