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12:35 AM ET, February 12, 2013

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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Ted Nugent to be guest at State of the Union  —  While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday's State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor's gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter.
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Congressman Steve Stockman:
Ted Nugent to join Stockman at State of the Union  —  Nugent will be available for interviews  —  WASHINGTON - Musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent will be Congressman Steve Stockman's guest at Tuesday evening's State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Wonkette, Daily Kos and Twitchy
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Ted Nugent Will Attend State of the Union Address  —  Mr. Nugent, who is also a National Rifle Association board member, will be a guest of Representative Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican who recently made headlines by threatening to file articles of impeachment against Mr. Obama …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, CNN and alicublog
Talking Points Memo:
Nugent: ‘I Will Be Taking On Media Orgy’ After SOTU
Discussion: DCist and Mediaite
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Lawmaker invites Ted Nugent to Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and AMERICAblog
Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
After Speech, Supporters to Promote Obama Agenda
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Lawmakers invite gun violence survivors to State of the Union
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CNN:
Biden says he's ‘not running’...for the papacy  —  (CNN) - While there's still no word on 2016, Vice President Joe Biden confirmed Monday he's not throwing his hat in the ring for at least one position-that of the pope.  —  Asked in Philadelphia about the decision by Pope Benedict XVI …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
A Statement Rocks Rome, Then Sends Shockwaves Around the World
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden praises Pope Benedict's integrity, jokes he won't run to succeed him
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
ncronline.org:
The unprecedented resignation of Benedict
Phil Bronstein / Esquire:
The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed  —  For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family.
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Megan McCloskey / Stars & Stripes:
Esquire article wrongly claims SEAL who killed Bin Laden is denied healthcare
Discussion: Gawker
Kevin Grandia / Firedoglake:
New Study Finds Koch Bros. Tried to Start Tea Party Movement in 2002  —  Were David Koch (and his brother Charles) planning to astroturf the Tea Party even earlier than formerly suspected?  —  Shattering the public perception that the Tea Party is a spontaneous popular citizens movement …
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Brendan DeMelle / DeSmogBlog:
Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justice Ginsburg: The Senate Is ‘Destroying The United States’ Reputation... As A Beacon of Democracy'  —  Two years ago, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented that if she were nominated today to her current job on the Supreme Court, her “ACLU connection would probably disqualify” her from being confirmed.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
New Winger Conspiracy Theory Takes Flight  —  In the wake of news that Sen. Lindsey Graham is threatening to block the nominations of Hagel and Brennan, there's a whole new conspiracy theory bubbling up on the right.  From ground zero of Obama era conspiracy theories comes the conspiracy theory …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!, Infowars and The Hill
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Is Congress really going to miss its free lunch on infrastructure?
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
House Republicans Unlikely To Pass New Sequester Replacement Plan  —  Buried in this Politico story about the House GOP's sequester strategy is a key admission. … This is what Republicans — most recently House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — are obscuring when they claim, in Cantor's words …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Signs of bipartisanship offer Obama narrow window to move agenda
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New Rove Group Could Backfire on G.O.P.  —  The strategist Karl Rove and his allies last week announced the formation of Conservative Victory Project, a new “super PAC” designed to lend support to what they see as more electable candidates in Republican Senate primaries.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Don't Believe the Hype  —  Let's just say it: Marco Rubio is the Wes Clark of 2013.  Only with many fewer accomplishments.  —  It pains me to say this because I'm an admirer of Gen. Wesley Clark.  I think he would have made a good president.  He was an extremely accomplished career military officer.
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
“We're Not Going to Be Pushed Around by the Antis”  —  Julie Burkhart is working to bring abortion care back to Wichita.  —  Wichita, Kansas, has been without a local abortion provider since an anti-abortion extremist murdered Dr. George Tiller in his church in May 2009.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Democrats offer ‘prebuttal’ to Marco Rubio's rebuttal of Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Keep up, if you can—things are about to get strange.  —  In preparation for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the Democratic National Committee …
 
 
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Former Democratic Budget chair: Obama's debt reduction goals are way too small
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Boston Globe:
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
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