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11:15 AM ET, February 12, 2013

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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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Jethro Mullen / CNN:
North Korea says it conducted new, more powerful nuclear test  —  Hong Kong (CNN) — North Korea said Tuesday that it had conducted a new, more powerful underground nuclear test using more sophisticated technology, jolting the already fragile security situation in Northeast Asia and drawing condemnation from around the globe.
Discussion: alan.com, Weasel Zippers and TechCrunch
New York Times:
North Korea Is Suspected of Conducting 3rd Nuclear Test  —  WASHINGTON — American and South Korean officials reported seismic activity in North Korea on Tuesday that appeared to be evidence of the country's third, and long-threatened nuclear test and a new challenge for the Obama administration …
USA Today:
Obama calls North Korea nuclear test a threat to U.S.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and msnbc.com
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.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
House GOP Plans Series of Messaging Bills, Looks Past Obama
Discussion: First Read
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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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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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: CNN, Politico and Roll Call
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.
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: Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong
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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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Former Democratic Budget chair: Obama's debt reduction goals are way too small
Discussion: Right Turn, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The ‘Die Hard’ Quandary  —  Later this week, the fifth installment of the “Die Hard” movies is scheduled to open in theaters across the country.  “A Good Day to Die Hard” stars, once again, Bruce Willis as John McClane, a too-stubborn-for-his-own-good cop who has to stop a highly trained army …
Wall Street Journal:
Push To Gauge Bang For Buck From College Gains Steam  —  U.S. and state officials are intensifying efforts to hold colleges accountable for what happens after graduation, a sign of frustration with sky-high tuition costs and student-loan debt.  —  Sens. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Marco Rubio …
Discussion: Via Meadia and The PJ Tatler
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples [UPDATE]  —  Military, Video, Defense Of Marriage Act, Doma, Leon Panetta, Leon Panetta Same Sex Benefits, Military Same Sex Benefits, Pentagon Gay Benefits, Pentagon Same Sex Benefits, Pentagon Same Sex Couples, Same Sex Marriage, Politics News
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Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday  —  The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill.  —  The highly anticipated directive …
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Biden: We're counting on ‘legitimate media’ for successful gun control effort … During a press conference on gun safety in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden said that any reports that suggest that he was trying to take weapons away from gun owners was a “bunch of malarkey.”
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NRSC:
CEMENTING A LIBERAL LEGACY WHILE IGNORING 2014
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Peter Foster / Telegraph:
State of the Union: Barack Obama to call for cull of America's nuclear weapons arsenal
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cheney backs Obama policy on drone strikes
Discussion: The Raw Story
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Rubio Previews SOTU Response: Says He'll Push Contrast on Policy, Tone
TMZ.com:
Christopher Dorner — Alleged Cop Killer — Shops for Scuba Gear 2 Days Before Murders (VIDEO)
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BBC:
Each handset is put together manually at Vertu's factory in Church Crookham, Hampshire
Discussion: TechCrunch
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Rated Highest on Foreign Affairs, Lowest on Deficit
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
State of the Union squatters: Lawmakers wait hours on aisle for seconds with president
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“We're Not Going to Be Pushed Around by the Antis”
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