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2:45 AM ET, January 31, 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.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Admit Racism Is Big Obstacle To Passing Immigration Reform
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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: Mediaite and Riehl World News
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 …
Discussion: Capitol Alert and CNN
Josh Kraushaar /
Will Nancy Pelosi Be the Next to Retire?
Discussion: Liberaland and Hot Air
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: Mediaite and Voxxi
Washington Post:
U.S. to seek death penalty in Boston bombing case
Discussion: NPR and Lawfare
Pete Williams / NBCNews:
Feds to seek death penalty against accused Boston bomber Tsarnaev
Discussion: Hot Air and Jihad Watch
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: Mark Udall's son arrested
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Sdswanson / CBS Minnesota:
‘U’ Students Want Crime Alerts To Avoid Using Racial Descriptions  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - School officials at the University of Minnesota are working with black student and facility organizations after they wrote a letter to the school's president about the racial descriptions given in crime alerts.
Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Is Blogging Unscholarly?  —  The political science blogosphere has erupted in protest after the International Studies Association unveiled a proposal to bar members affiliated with its scholarly journal from doing just that — blogging.  —  “No editor of any ISA journal or member …
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Bestiality one step closer to being a crime in Alabama
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Peter Schiff /
‘The Daily Show’: Intellectually Dishonest about the Intellectually Disabled
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
This is the best scam they can come up with?
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Snowy owl hit by bus in downtown D.C.
Discussion: Gawker, NPR and Taylor Marsh
Doe v. Clenchy
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Advocate
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Reuters, NPR and The Moderate Voice
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
It's Not Just MSNBC Making Flip Assumptions About Non-Liberal Racism (UPDATED)
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Twitchy
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Convention wipeout coming soon?
Wall Street Journal:
Liberal vituperation makes our letter writer's point.