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6:20 PM ET, February 12, 2013

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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.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The GOP's Big Asian-American Problem  —  Still overlooked in the immigration discussion are Asian Americans, who are the fastest growing demographic group in the country—and one of the most diverse.  The bulk of Asian American immigrants (83 percent) come from China, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Feministing
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Nugent pledges to ‘take on the media orgy’ following State of the Union
Siobhan Hughes / Washington Wire:
Ted Nugent: ‘I Will Remain Respectful’ at Obama Speech
Discussion: Post Politics
CBS News:
Poll: 45% approve of Obama's handling of the economy
Discussion: American Prospect and The Hill
CNN:
First on CNN: In tea party response, Paul will urge GOP to embrace immigrants, cut spending
Discussion: Ballot Box, Post Politics and The Fix
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Watching Obama for Signs of Change
CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union
Dana Bash / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner: the president lacks ‘guts’ and ‘courage’
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Host Pre-State Of The Union Lunch With Network Anchors
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Parody Website Fools The Washington Post Into Thinking Sarah Palin Heading To Al Jazeera  —  “The Sarah Palin Story is a cautionary tale about what can happen when politics and celebrity meet,” beginsWashington Post contributor Suzi Parker's profile of Sarah Palin's move from Fox News Channel …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
WaPo wrong on Palin's new job  —  The Washington Post has erroneously reported that Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and former Fox News contributor, is joining the Qatari-owned news network Al Jazeera.  —  “Late last week Al Jazeera America announced …
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Sarah Palin joining Al-Jazeera? Obnoxious ‘real journalist’ at WaPo falls for obvious satire
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act  —  The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday afternoon to pass legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act with expanded protections for gays, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse.
Discussion: Addicting Info and The Maddow Blog
Sam Schaefer / L.A. NOW:
Christopher Dorner in gun battle with authorities, source says  —  Christopher Dorner was engaged in a shootout with federal authorities in the Big Bear area Tuesday, a law enforcement source told The Times.  —  The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car, the source said.
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Talking Points Memo:
Reid: I Won't Honor Holds On Hagel Nomination  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Tuesday that he will not honor any holds placed on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.  —  He said he intends to hold a vote this week if Hagel is cleared by the Armed Serices Committee.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary
Discussion: The Plum Line and National Review
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Scarborough Hates Moms, PowerPoint  —  What makes Joe Scarborough such an enjoyable figure is his combination of affability, good intentions, high self-regard, low self-awareness, and total lack of analytical reasoning skills.  He is not remotely dislikable.  He is Ron Burgundy come to life.
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Morning Joe Crew Rips Republicans For Hagel Obstruction: 'It's A Colossal Mistake'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Paul Krugman:
Hearsay Economics  —  Jonathan Chait is boggled by Joe Scarborough's latest rant.  (Dear Jon: I am not “prickly”: I'm aggressive and annoying.  But that's by design, and I only do it when the situation calls for it.)  What's really striking is Scarborough's certainty that we're experiencing …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Wow, Joe Scarborough Doesn't Understand Economics at All
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Esquire:
The Shooter Needs Health Insurance: A Response to Stars and Stripes  —  After yesterday's release of “The Shooter”, Esquire's 15,000 word piece by Phil Bronstein on the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden and his difficult transition back to civilian life, much attention is being correctly focused …
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Obama Lacks ‘The Guts’ to Make Tough Choices: Boehner  —  A feisty House Speaker John Boehner said this morning that he doesn't believe President Obama “has the guts” to make the tough choices to address the government's mounting deficit problem.  —  “He doesn't have the courage …
Discussion: Politico
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Dana Bash / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner On Path To Citizenship: ‘How About A Little Foreplay First?’
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
ABCNEWS:
Fort Hood Hero Says President Obama ‘Betrayed’ Her, Other Victims  —  Three years after the White House arranged a hero's welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke …
Riley Yates / Morning Call:
Lehigh University student sues over grade, seeks $1.3 million  —  Megan Thode isn't the first Lehigh University student who was unhappy with the grade she received in a course.  But she may be the first to sue to get it changed.  —  The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming …
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.
Politico:
Parliamentarian Sullivan joins Google - Frank staffers launch firm - Al Jazeera hires DLA Piper - Elmendorf to host Pelosi  —  PI SCOOP... PARLIAMENTARIAN SULLIVAN JOINS GOOGLE: John Sullivan, who retired as House parliamentarian in March 2012, is joining Google's Washington operation.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 
 
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
Menendez flew on donor's plane in unreported 2008 trip to Dominican Republic, sources say
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Hoyer: GOP's sequestration claims ‘patently false’
Discussion: CNN
BBC:
Coca-Cola drinking 'linked to New Zealander's death'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
The Sparrow Project:
Anonymous Issues Communique Announcing Plans to Disrupt 2013 State of the Union Address Over #CISPA
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
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Greg Ferenstein / The Atlantic Online:
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Reuters:
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