The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson and Jordan Mazza

IMMIGRATION REFORM: ABC News' Jordan Fabian: " Obama: 'Time Is Now' to Pass Immigration Reform" President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to move forward on a comprehensive bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system, saying the "time is now" to get it done. LINK

The Hill's Justin Sink: " Obama urges Congress to act quickly on immigration reform" President Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to seize political momentum and act quickly on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws that would include a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. "We can't allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate," Obama said in an address in Nevada, a state where Hispanic voters have shown their muscle. "We've been debating this for a long time." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler and Peter Nicholas: " Obama Ready With Own Plan" President Barack Obama began rallying supporters Tuesday to back his immigration-overhaul plan, while Republican Sen. Marco Rubio worked to persuade conservatives in his party to support a similar bipartisan plan that has gained momentum in the Senate. Mr. Obama told supporters in Las Vegas that he was encouraged by the set of principles released Monday by eight senators. "For the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together," he said. LINK

JOHN KERRY: The Los Angeles Times' Paul Richter and Michael Memoli: " Kerry is easily confirmed as secretary of State" The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of State, filling a crucial national security spot in President Obama's second-term Cabinet. Kerry, who ran for president as the Democratic nominee in 2004, will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who steps down as America's top diplomat Friday. LINK

Bloomberg's Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: " Kerry Wins Senate Confirmation for Secretary of State" John Kerry won confirmation from his fellow U.S. senators as secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Clinton as the top U.S. diplomat. LINK

BENGHAZI: The Washington Times' Shaun Waterman: " 3 in GOP want all data on Benghazi" Three House Republican leaders on Tuesday demanded copies of all documents from a State Department investigation into the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, calling the publicly released version of the report "incomplete." In a letter to outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the chairmen of three House panels gave the department until Feb. 11 to produce the documents, which relate to the three-month-long investigation by the State Department-appointed investigative panel, the accountability review board. LINK

Politico's Kevin Robillard: " Hillary Clinton: Benghazi security still an issue" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview Tuesday the U.S. may return to Benghazi - the site of the first death of a U.S. ambassador in a generation - if security conditions improve there. LINK

GUN CONTROL: USA Today's Jackie Kucinich: " Background check bills get traction on the Hill" A bipartisan coalition of senators is working on a proposal to strengthen and expand background checks for potential gun purchasers in an attempt to break the partisan gridlock holding up regulations on gun ownership. Members of the group, which includes Republicans Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mark Kirk of Illinois and Democrats Charles Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have declined to discuss specifics of the talks or of a potential bill. LINK

GOP: The New York Times' Jennifer Steinhauer: " For Republicans, a Push From Voters on Immigration and a Tug on Gun Control" As Congress and the White House prepare to refight two epic policy battles from the past - a new agenda to stem gun violence and another to address the nation's heavily criticized immigration system - political, demographic and economic shifts are propelling immigration changes forward as forcefully as they are pulling lawmakers away on guns. LINK

SPENDING CUTS: The Washington Post's Lori Montgomery: " Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight" Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing Tuesday for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1. LINK

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