The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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IMMIGRATION: ABC News' Ted Hesson: " 3 Flashpoints in the New Senate Immigration Reform Blueprint" A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a framework for immigration reform today, balancing out pro-immigrant reforms like a path to citizenship for the undocumented with provisions for increased immigration enforcement on the border and in the workplace. LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: " Landscape shifts on immigration" A bipartisan group of senators on Monday said the political landscape for immigration reform has changed, boosting their hopes for passing a bill. Recent elections have changed his party's view on immigration, said Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona who led an unsuccessful push to reform the nation's immigration laws in 2006 and 2007. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Michael Memoli, Noam Levey, and Brian Bennett: " Senators unveil bipartisan immigration plan, but opposition looms" As they announced their framework for comprehensive immigration reform, leading senators from both parties declared Monday that the politics of the long-stalled debate had shifted after Republican candidates failed to win significant support from the growing Latino electorate in November. But many conservatives made clear they rejected that contention. They remain deeply skeptical of any plan that would create a way for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country to become citizens. LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Immigration plan mirrors 2007's" Powered by the results of the November elections, a bipartisan group of top senators on Monday floated the latest proposal to overhaul the nation's shattered immigration system - but acknowledged they are at the earliest stages of what is a fragile balancing act. Led by Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, the eight lawmakers said they want to give all illegal immigrants instant legal status, to expand pathways for legal immigration and to enact more border security. LINK

USA TODAY's Susan Davis and Martha T. Moore: " Immigration plan could be long-term boon to GOP" A renewed bipartisan push to rewrite U.S. immigration laws presents Republicans with their clearest opportunity to make up lost ground with one of the fastest growing forces in American politics. LINK

The Washington Post's David Nakamura and Rosalind S. Helderman: "Obama to announce his immigration reform plan, said to be more liberal than Senate effort" The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said. President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday appearance in Las Vegas, where he will call for broad changes to the nation's immigration laws. LINK

The Boston Globe's Maria Sacceheti: " Obama, senators prepare immigration plans" As President Obama unveils his latest plan to overhaul the nation's beleaguered immigration system Tuesday, advocates for immigrants in Massachusetts and nationwide are mobilizing to seize what they say is their best chance in almost three decades to secure a path to US citizenship for more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. LINK

Politico's Manu Raju: " Schumer, McCain: immigration's odd couple" A few days after Republicans took an electoral beating from Hispanic voters, Sen. Lindsey Graham made a phone call to Sen. Chuck Schumer. The South Carolina Republican wanted to restart the stalled talks with Schumer on immigration from a couple years back. But this time, he noted, his closest Senate friend was ready to reengage in the emotionally charged issue: John McCain. LINK

GOP: The New York Times' Michael D. Shear: " Bipartisan Plan Faces Resistance in G.O.P." At Tommy's Country Ham House, a popular spot downtown for politics and comfort food, not much has changed since 2007, the last time conservatives here made it crystal clear to politicians how they felt about what they see as amnesty for people who entered the country illegally. "What we need to do is put them on a bus," said Ken Sowell, 63, a lawyer from Greenville, as he ate lunch recently at the diner. LINK

SANDY RELIEF: The Wall Street Journal's Andy Grossman: " Senate Approves Bill on Sandy Aid" A $50.5 billion aid package to help Northeastern states rebuild after superstorm Sandy won Senate approval Monday evening, clearing the last major congressional hurdle before heading to the president, who said he would sign it. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO: " Immigration Changes on the Way" LINK

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