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6:35 PM ET, February 10, 2013

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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham To Place Hold On National Security Nominees Over Benghazi Attacks  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is threatening to place a hold on key administration national security nominations unless President Obama explains how the White House reacted to the Benghazi attacks and who …
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CNN:
Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's nominees for secretary of defense and CIA director could be held up by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham unless the White House provides more information about its response …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Politico and The Hill
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: ‘No confirmation without information’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Sens. Feinstein, Leahy push for court oversight of armed drone strikes
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
After ignoring unemployment, Obama seeks to convince Americans it's his top priority … White House spinners are working furiously in the final 72 hours before President Obama's State of the Union speech.  Their job: convince the recession-scarred American public that economic recovery …
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient Romesha to be guest of first lady at State of the Union  —  (CNN) - Former Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday afternoon, will also be honored by the Obamas as a guest …
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to visit Asheville, Atlanta, and Chicago after State of the Union  —  Obama will hold stop in North Carolina on Wednesday, Georgia on Thursday, and his adopted hometown on Friday, the White House announced on Sunday.  Administration officials did not provide details about the time and location …
Discussion: CNN
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Tea party address won't divide Republicans, Rand Paul says
Discussion: Politico
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
In State of the Union, Obama to return to jobs and the economy
Talking Points Memo:
Nicolle Wallace: GOP Needs Rubio Because ‘He Knows Who Tupac Is’  —  Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace said Sunday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is good for the Republican Party because, as one of many attributes, Rubio “knows who Tupac is.”  —  “He's everything we need and more,” …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Cole: ‘Absolutely’ no new tax revenues in sequester replacement
Discussion: Politico
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP's Softer Rhetoric: ‘Lipstick on a Pig’
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘Almost a false argument’ to say US has spending problem  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that the looming sequestration is “a bad idea all around” and called for a balance of spending cuts and closing tax loopholes in order to avoid it.
Mike Parker / Daily Express:
Man hunt for ex-soldier who shot police chief's daughter and killed policeman  —  POLICE plan to use spy drones in the hunt for a Rambo-style ex-soldier and policeman who has murdered three people and vowed to kill again.  —  Christopher Dorner is thought to be hiding in California's snow-capped San Bernardino mountain
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Associated Press:
Cheney blasts “second-rate” Obama nominees  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNN Panel: Was Doctor's Conservative Speech In Front Of Obama ‘Offensive,’ ‘Inappropriate’?  —  Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, raised a number of political eyebrows in Washington this week when he took to a stage he shared with President Barack Obama …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Bits Blog: Disruptions: Apple Is Said to Be Developing a Curved-Glass Smart Watch  —  Dick Tracy and James Bond had watches that served as computers.  Tim Cook of Apple wears a Nike FuelBand, which tracks his physical activity.  —  Dick Tracy had one.  As did Inspector Gadget and James Bond.
Discussion: Mashable! and Business Insider
Jerusalem Post:
Officials: Obama coming to Israel to prevent strike on Iran  —  The reason behind the urgency of the US president's trip to Israel in spring - a time flagged by Netanyahu as significant in the Iranian nuclear program - is to tell him to leave the matter to the US, officials tell Army Radio.
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Jeffrey Heller / Reuters:   Netanyahu to discuss Iran, Syria, Palestinians with Obama
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain on avoiding automatic spending cuts  —  Special Guests: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain  —  The following is a rush transcript of the February 10, 2013, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Examiner
Bob Owens:
Dishonoring the Corps; Marines in inaugural parade had bolts removed from their rifles … David Codrea has revealed that President Obama has so little regard for the United States Marines risking their lives under his command life that they were forced to dismantle their already empty parade rifles for his second inauguration parade.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Vox Popoli
Christopher Dorner / TMZ.com:
CALL ME!!!  —  Charlie Sheen wants to do his part to bring ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner into custody safely ... so he's recorded a video plea asking the wanted man to call him to talk things out.  —  Dorner — who is accused of killing three people including a cop …
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Holly Zachariah / The Columbus Dispatch:
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McCain Goes After Conservative Opponents Of Immigration Reform: ‘What Do You Want To Do?’
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