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January 29, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Bipartisanship was nice, but now things get ugly
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    Reuters
    The bipartisan announcement of a Senate immigration plan was just the launchpad for a much messier and more fraught battle over the details of any serious reform effort, experts say. President Barack Obama will push for a more liberal immigration strategy, and Democrats and Republicans will seek to maximize their political gains with the key Hispanic voting bloc. "It's going to be very difficult, and I'm not as optimistic of it passing through the House as I am through the Senate," says sociologist Jamie Longazel. "It's going to get a little bit ugly." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/29) , The Hill (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Agenda Items 
  • How lawmakers learned to stop worrying and love sequestration
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    The automatic "sequestration" spending cuts scheduled for March 1 are looking increasingly likely to take effect, despite the fact that they were only ever proposed as a solution so bad that they would force lawmakers to find better options. Democrats see the sequester as a blunt instrument, but a better option than entitlement cuts, while Republicans are reportedly concerned that any alternative would lead to a much smaller overall deficit reduction. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (1/29) , CNNMoney (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Online "dot map" shows every U.S. and Canadian resident
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    Reuters
    MIT graduate student Brandon Martin-Anderson has created an online map plotting every single person counted in recent North American censuses as a single dot -- that's 341,817,095 dots in all. The map lacks any geographical markers such as roads or city names, but population density alone reveals interesting patterns, Martin-Anderson says. "All you have to do is throw 300 million points onto a page, and all these patterns pop out," he says. CNN/What's Next blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Sarah Palin's price tag: $15.85 per word
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    Sarah Palin spoke about 189,000 words on air during her tenure as a Fox pundit, for which she was paid $1 million a year. That works out at a price tag of $15.85 per word -- meaning that Palin earned $1,759.35 just for her 111 on-air uses of the word "Amen," and $443.80 for her repeated use of the word "heck." Smart Politics (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected."
--Eli Whitney, American inventor
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