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11:50 AM ET, January 31, 2014


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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP split over forging ahead on immigration this year  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. - House Republicans meeting privately at their retreat on Thursday were split on whether the leadership should forge ahead with immigration legislation this year, according to people in the room.
Discussion: Politico
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.
New York Times:   Fixing Immigration, in Principle
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republicans' Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful
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 …
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.
Sherisse Pham / CNN:   CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others to help jobless
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Even Republicans Now View The Iraq War As A Failure  —  Republicans are finally done defending the Iraq war.  —  GOP voters spent years applying a positive spin to the central part of George W. Bush's legacy, but a poll released Friday revealed a significant shift in public opinion.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Grim assessment of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: BBC and Gawker
The Inside Story Of The Charlatan Who Duped The Nation's Top Conservatives  —  On New Year's Eve, I learned FEMA's “Dirty Little Secret.”  —  It was the title of a fascinating email, one that had somehow dodged my spam filter.  The message was suffused with breathless concern …
Discussion: Liberaland
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Romney: ‘The Country Lost’ By Re-Electing Obama (VIDEO)  —  Ann Romney has a message for the country that rejected her husband: Your loss, America!  —  The Romney family postmortem/movie promotion continued Friday with Ann reflecting on Mitt's defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 31, 2014 - Bridgegate Drives Christie To The Curb In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Jeb Bush Leads GOP, But Clinton Is Tops  —  In the 2016 White House race, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie loses ground among Florida Republicans and in a matchup …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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 …
Laura Bush: Future ‘first gentleman’ should get same critiques as first ladies  —  (CNN) - Former first lady Laura Bush proposed that the future first gentleman should get the same scrutiny about his looks and style as first ladies have faced in recent decades.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default  —  Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1.  While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the “Metro” interface at boot …
Discussion: Business Insider and Gigaom
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.
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)
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Plum Line
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
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Luke Harding / Guardian:
Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Dissatisfaction With Gun Laws Highest Since 2001
Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate
Discussion: Politico and The Agonist
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Academy Disqualifies Oscar-Nominated Song ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Whitmire /
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
Mitchell Byars / Daily Camera:
Jed Udall, son of Sen. Mark Udall, arrested on heroin, vehicular-trespassing charges