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10:25 AM ET, January 31, 2014


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New York Times:
Fixing Immigration, in Principle  —  What you need to know now that House Republican leaders have unveiled a list of “principles” that have raised hopes for a breakthrough on immigration reform this year:  —  Principles are no substitute for actual legislation, and we're still a great distance from a deal.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigration, what do GOP House leaders mean by ‘enforcement triggers’?  —  IMMIGRATION PAUL RYAN JOHN BOEHNER BORDER SECURITY  —  Cambridge, MD. — The House Republican leadership, meeting here at the party's winter retreat, kept its new immigration reform “principles” as secret as nuclear codes.
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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republicans' Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful
CNN Exclusive: President Obama says he's not recalibrating ambitions  —  Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) — Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided.  “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal,” he said.
Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with President Obama airs only on CNN  —  Please credit all usage to - CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper.  —  FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW … Conducted January 30, 2014  —  Waukesha, Wisconsin  —  JAKE TAPPER, HOST: Thanks for doing this, Mr. President.
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.
Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again by Italian court  —  Florence, Italy (CNN) — An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night.  —  Prosecutors said the couple had killed Meredith Kercher in November 2007.
Simon Hattenstone / Guardian:
Amanda Knox: 'They'll have to pull me back kicking and screaming to prison'
Discussion: Gawker and BBC
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Landrieu Races, Obama Helps and Hinders  —  NEW ORLEANS — On a recent morning, Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana woke up in her childhood bedroom, drank coffee with her parents and headed downtown to help her little brother Mitch keep his job.  —  Walking into a hotel ballroom …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
America doesn't need a lame-duck president  —  As I sat in the House gallery Tuesday night, watching President Obama give his State of the Union address, I found myself wishing we could repeal the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms.  —  Before Rush Limbaugh chokes on his doughnut …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Maher Wants His Show to Decide a House Race  —  Bill Maher makes little effort to hide his own contempt for many politicians, most of them Republicans.  Now, he wants to take it to the next level: finding one he might be able to help oust from office.  —  On his weekly HBO talk show …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Grim assessment of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — As two of the nation's longest wars finally end, most Americans have concluded that neither achieved its goals.  —  Those grim assessments in a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll underscore the erosion in support …
Ronald Brownstein /
Here's How Obama Can Go It Alone  —  The biggest problems can't be solved with simple, unilateral solutions.  But that doesn't mean he's powerless.  —  Precedent: In its final days, the Clinton administration protected Mendocino National Forest.  (iStock)
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 …
Jason Edward Harrington / Politico:
Confessions of an ex-TSA agent  —  And yes, we were laughing.  Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.  —  On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat.  —  It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O'Hare to sit …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Stewart Laughs in Pelosi's Face After She Admits She Doesn't Know Why Obamacare Site Failed  —  House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sat down with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday for a contentious interview.  The interview became tense when Stewart attempted to get Pelosi …
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 …
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: First Read and Politico
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