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- "House Republican leaders said Thursday for the first time that they would be open to allowing the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants to live and work legally in the United States, but they emphasized that most would not be offered a 'special path' to achieve citizenship." (Washington Post)
- "Three Republican groups" -- American Crossroads, American Action Network and YG Network -- "are joining forces to launch a $1.2 million ad campaign" in the FL-13 Special. "The move will dramatically alter the financial playing field in the race ... which until now has been lopsided in the Democrats' favor." (Politico)
- Also in FL-13, former lobbyist David Jolly (R) released a new TV ad Thursday hitting former state CFO Alex Sink (D) "for backing ... Obama's health care law and contrasting their fiscal records." (SunshineStateNews.com)
- In MS SEN, a "group of Mississippi Republicans, moving to counter spending from out-of-state conservative groups, have created a 'super PAC' to help" Sen. Thad Cochran (R) fend off a primary challenge and will begin airing a television ad on Friday" attacking state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R). (New York Times)
- In OK SEN, Sen. James Inhofe (R) raised "more than" $400,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and has "nearly" $1.6 million cash on hand. (AP)
- Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), "whose legislative record has made him one of the country's most influential liberal lawmakers for four decades, announced Thursday that he will retire from his Westside seat, the latest in a wave of departures that is remaking the state's long-stable congressional delegation." (Los Angeles Times)
- 2013 L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel (D) "says she will run to succeed ... Waxman." (KPCC-FM)
- In MI-11, businessman David Trott (R) raised $250,000 and contributed another $200,000 of his own money in the fourth quarter and has $710,000 cash on hand. (Detroit Free Press)
- In NY-01, state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R) raised $342,000 in the fourth quarter and has $307,000 cash on hand. (Newsday)
- In NY-19, Rep. Chris Gibson (R) raised $270,000 in the fourth quarter and has $863,000 cash on hand. (Albany Times Union)
- In VA-10, Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D) raised "more than" $217,000 in his first 20 days as a candidate and has "nearly" $210,000 cash on hand. (release)
- The DGA raised $28 million in 2013 and has not yet reported its cash-on-hand total. (AP)
- In NH GOV, tech entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway (R) announced Thursday "he will challenge" Gov. Maggie Hassan (D). (release)
- A new WMUR-TV Granite State Poll of NH GOV LVs, conducted Jan. 21-26 by UNH Survey Center, shows Hassan leading Hemingway, 48-27%. (release)
- In PA GOV, businessman Tom Wolf (D) released a new minute-long statewide TV ad Thursday costing $370,000. (PoliticsPA.com)
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't up for reelection until 2016, "but he has drawn his first challenger": 2006 GOV candidate/Las Vegas city Councilman Bob Beers (R). (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• GOP outside groups are getting into the FL-13 Special because polls show it's competitive. Republicans don't have a great candidate, and Sink has a ton of money. But the national mood favors the GOP at present, and Crossroads and AAN can help Jolly close that financial gap.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- President Obama "and former President Bill Clinton will be the headline speakers for Senate Democrats at their retreat next week" at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. "It's the latest effort by Clinton to help Senate Democrats as they fight to hold onto the chamber in 2014." (Politico)
- "In Landrieu Races, Obama Helps and Hinders" (New York Times)
- RNC Chairman Reince Priebus "said on Thursday he accepted an apology from the president of MSNBC over a tweet from the network that said "the rightwing" might disapprove of a Cheerios television ad featuring a biracial family. MSNBC President Phil Griffin issued a statement saying the staffer responsible for the Wednesday night tweet had been fired. ... Priebus had banned RNC staffers from appearing on MSNBC, urged other Republicans to follow suit and demanded an apology because of the Twitter posting." (Reuters)
- "I think the interesting question really is not should they receive a salary but should they be able to work for a salary at their job that they might have already had. And I think that what's where we'll have to come to terms with. ... [A] First Gentleman might continue to work at whatever he did if he was a lawyer or whatever. And so I think that's really the question we should ask is should she have a career during those years that her husband is president in addition to serving as the First Lady." -- former First Lady Laura Bush, when asked if first ladies should receive salaries. (C-SPAN)
- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) "for the first time Thursday vowed to change how the state handles emergencies to prevent a repeat of the icy gridlock that turned Atlanta into a laughingstock amid criticism that his response didn't go far enough. Deal: "I can say this to you: We will be more aggressive. We will take those weather warnings more seriously.'" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke (D) is "strongly considering" running for Waxman's seat in CA-33. (Hotline reporting)
- "The 26-year-old son of" Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) "was arrested this week on suspicion of four counts of first-degree trespassing and a felony count of possession of a controlled substance." (Denver Post)
- Businessman and former Purdue University basketball player Curt Clawson (R) is challenging Obama to a three-point shooting contest in a TV ad that will air during the Super Bowl. (release)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
- HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius makes an announcement about health-care enrollment from St. Louis. (11:15 a.m. ET/10:15 a.m. CT)
- Obama delivers remarks outlining new efforts to help the long-term unemployed from the White House. (11:30 a.m.)
- Obama participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss the State of the Union Address. (2 p.m.)
- GW goes for six in a row against Dayton. (NBC Sports Network, 12:30 p.n. Saturday)
- Georgetown takes on No. 7 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. (Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m. Saturday)
- The Wizards host D.C.-area native Kevin Durant and the Thunder. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m. Saturday)
- The Caps conclude a home-and-home series with the Red Wings. (Verizon Center, 12:30 p.m. Sunday)
- Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks vs. Broncos. (WTTG-TV, 6:30 p.m. Sunday)
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- President Rutherford B. Hayes was listed as "General" in his local phone directory.
- The winner is Brian Bartlett, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "This senator, eight years before he was elected, had a brother who was killed in a duel by a sitting congressman. Name the senator, the job his brother held when he was killed, and the congressman who killed him." The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
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"In a hypothetical 2016 presidential field, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the front-runner in the Granite State GOP primary field, with 25 percent of the vote." (Boston Globe)
"Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no." -- Romney, when asked by the New York Times if he would consider a third presidential run
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Steven Shepard contributed to this article.