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12:25 PM ET, February 12, 2013

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Watching Obama for Signs of Change  —  WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night, the president will address the nation and Congress on the state of the union.  But many will watch as well for signs of the state of Barack Obama.  —  Inside the White House and out, advisers and associates have noted subtle …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
What President Obama should (and shouldn't) say in the State of the Union  —  If President Obama wants immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, he may not want to mention it at all in tonight's State of the Union speech, a new Washington Post poll suggests.
Politico:
Republican senators threaten Chuck Hagel filibuster  —  Some Senate Republicans are prepared to filibuster Chuck Hagel's nomination to become the next secretary of defense, a rare maneuver to block a Cabinet-level nominee that demonstrates the lingering hostility from GOP senators toward a man who used to serve with them.
Politico:
Obama's troop withdrawal leaves unanswered questions  —  President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday that he'll withdraw 34,000 more troops from Afghanistan over the coming year is a major step toward his goal of handing Afghans responsibility for the war by 2014, but the president will leave …
Discussion: Hot Air and NPR
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
House GOP Plans Series of Messaging Bills, Looks Past Obama
Discussion: First Read
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cheney backs Obama policy on drone strikes
Discussion: The Raw Story
Reuters:
China joins U.S., Japan, EU in condemning North Korea nuclear test  —  (Reuters) - North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from the United States, Japan, Europe and Pyongyang's only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest.
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First Read / NBCNews.com:   First Thoughts: Obama's last chance to go big
New York Times:
North Korea Is Suspected of Conducting 3rd Nuclear Test
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Nuclear Test Poses Big Challenge to China's New Leader
Discussion: Guardian, The Week and Quartz
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Ex-Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh insists he's not trying to stop paying child support  —  After insisting he wasn't a “deadbeat dad” throughout his failed campaign for re-election, ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is still dogged by questions about child support.  —  Walsh, a flame-throwing Tea Party Republican …
Talking Points Memo:
Nugent: ‘I Will Be Taking On Media Orgy’ After SOTU  —  Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent will attend President Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday in order to take on the media and “counter the scams and lies of the left,” he explained to talk radio host Mike Broomhead Monday.
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Gabriel Gomez / Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate:
Why I Am Running  —  I'm running to serve, and I mean that in the old fashioned patriotic sense of the word.  —  In my military career, at the U.S. Naval Academy, as a Navy aircraft carrier pilot, and as a Navy SEAL, I learned one thing above all else - serving others is more important than being served.
Discussion: Ballot Box and The PJ Tatler
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The Boston Globe:
Republican Gomez to campaign for US Senate
Discussion: Weekly Standard and TheBlaze.com
Boston Globe:
Republican Gabriel Gomez sets stage for a run in Senate special election
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Roll Call
Suzi Parker / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin tries to stay relevant  —  CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin planned to contribute to the Al Jazeera America news network.  —  The Sarah Palin Story is a cautionary tale about what can happen when politics and celebrity meet.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Wow, Joe Scarborough Doesn't Understand Economics at All  —  A couple of weeks ago, Joe Scarborough invited Paul Krugman onto his MSNBC show.  The meeting of the brilliant but prickly Krugman with the dopey but genial Scarborough held the promise of a cataclysmic matter-touches-antimatter collision …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Paul Krugman:
Hearsay Economics  —  Jonathan Chait is boggled by Joe Scarborough's latest rant.
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Eschaton
Megan McCloskey / Stars & Stripes:
Esquire article wrongly claims SEAL who killed Bin Laden is denied healthcare  —  Esquire magazine claims “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden ... Is Screwed.”  —  The story details the life of the Navy SEAL after the successful raid to take out the No. 1 terrorist, and it asserts that once …
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
What Marco Rubio Doesn't Understand About Debt And The Economy  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight.  While Rubio has been pitched as the “savior” and “new face” of the GOP, a preview of his speech gives …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
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Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Marco Rubio for 2016? Five reasons I wouldn't bet on it
Discussion: The Reaction and The Week
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies  —  The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven't proved they are eligible to receive them.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Hack of Montana TV Station Warns Viewers of Zombie Attack  —  If you happened to be watching the Steve Wilkos show on KRTV in Montana this week, an episode exploring “teen cheaters who take lie detector tests” was interrupted by a confusing and possibly terrifying emergency alert.
NRSC:
CEMENTING A LIBERAL LEGACY WHILE IGNORING 2014  —  MEMO … In recent weeks, President Obama and his team have made no secret of the fact that the Inaugural Address and the State of the Union is a two-step process to outline an aggressively liberal and partisan agenda for their second term.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Slower Growth of Health Costs Eases U.S. Deficit  —  WASHINGTON — A sharp and surprisingly persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs is helping to narrow the federal deficit, leaving budget experts trying to figure out whether the trend will last and how much the slower growth …
 
 
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Greg Ferenstein / The Atlantic Online:
Former Political Scientist to Congress: Please Defund Political Science
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James Rosen / Fox News:
Hagel omitted two speeches on Middle East from Senate disclosure forms
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Manchin opposes assault weapons ban
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Barbara Buono in car accident
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Executive action expected on climate
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Rated Highest on Foreign Affairs, Lowest on Deficit
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