EARLIER ON THE FIX:
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* President Obama called for a process Tuesday to allow millions of illegal immigrants in the country to “earn their way to citizenship,” and warned that he would send his own bill to Congress if lawmakers deadlock on a new Senate proposal. Obama will do interviews with Univision and Telemundo on Wednesday, the White House announced.
* Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was easily confirmed by the Senate to be the next secretary of state. Just three Republicans – Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma — voted against Kerry.
* Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) will announce his special election bid for Kerry’s seat on Thursday, a person close to him has confirmed. His decision — which is no surprise — will pit him against Rep. Edward J. Markey, the only other Democrat who has announced his intention to run. Kerry, Senate Democrats’ campaign arm and several prominent Bay State Democrats are all backing Markey.
* New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC is going after former Illinois Democratic congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in a new ad that singles out her support from the National Rifle Association. “In the race to replace Jesse Jackson, watch out for Debbie Halvorson. When she was in Congress before, Halvorson got an A from the NRA,” the narrator of the ad says. Halvorson is running for former congressman Jackson’s 2nd District seat.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue (R) announced that he will not seek the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R). His decision will likely open up the GOP field, as there are no other obvious front-runners.
* The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on the proposed changes to the nation’s immigration laws on Feb. 13.
* Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) challenged Obama to a skeet shooting contest.
THE FIX MIX:
Who’s up for a little six-on-five?
With Aaron Blake