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10:35 PM ET, February 12, 2013

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CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union  —  (CNN) - The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady's invitation to be her guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
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Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Ted Nugent Preps For State Of The Union ‘Media Orgy,’ Some Laugh, Gun Control Advocates Salivate  —  State of the Union, State of the Union, Video, Ted Nugent, Ted Nugent Obama, Obama State Of The Union 2013, Sotu 2013, State Of The Union 2013, Ted Nugent Guns, Ted Nugent Sotu, Ted Nugent State Of The Union, Politics News
CNN:
Excerpts: Obama's State of the Union remarks  —  (CNN) - Excerpts of President Barack Obama's Tuesday evening State of the Union address show he will address the economy and say his proposals will not “increase our deficit by a single dime.”  —  The excerpts, as released by the White House, are after the jump.
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Truthdig
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.
Talking Points Memo:
Obama To Call For Job Programs In State Of The Union (SPEECH EXCERPTS)
Discussion: Addicting Info
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Medal of Honor winner turns down invite to State of the Union
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and CNN
Dana Bash / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner: the president lacks ‘guts’ and ‘courage’
Discussion: News Desk, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Sudip Bhattacharya / CNN:
White House State of the Union stream more like business presentation
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
The Sparrow Project:
Anonymous Issues Communique Announcing Plans to Disrupt 2013 State of the Union Address Over #CISPA
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Host Pre-State Of The Union Lunch With Network Anchors
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
rubio.senate.gov:
Statement on my Vote Against the Violence Against Women Act  —  I believe we should have re-authorized the existing Violence Against Women Act that has helped reduce the annual incidence of domestic violence by more than 50 percent, among other successes.  I also continue supporting the work …
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ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act, With No Help From 22 Republican Male Senators  —  The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22.  Of those opposing the legislation, all 22 were Republican men.
Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Explains Vote Against Violence Against Women Act  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a rising star in the Republican Party and considered a top presidential contender in 2016, voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Tuesday.  The bill passed by the Senate Tuesday expanded VAWA …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Addicting Info
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Marco Rubio opposes Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: Twitchy
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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Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
Dorner's Remains Apparently Recovered From Burned Out Cabin Following Deadly Standoff  —  SEVEN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — A body believed to be to that of quadruple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner has been recovered from a burned out cabin where he was holed up during a deadly shootout with authorities earlier today.
NBC Southern California:
Dorner Standoff: Gunshot Heard from Inside Cabin  —  The manhunt for a fired LAPD officer wanted for three shooting deaths turned into a fatal gunfight involving deputies and a standoff that burned a Big Bear-area cabin in which authorities said they believe Christopher Dorner was barricaded Tuesday.
Lauren Lloyd / LAist:
Dorner's Fate In Burning Cabin Unknown, Reports Say Single Gunshot Came From Within Before Blaze [UPDATED]
Discussion: L.A. NOW and DCist
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Christopher Dorner: Police demolish cabin, hear single gunshot
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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Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Sarah Palin joining Al-Jazeera? Obnoxious ‘real journalist’ at WaPo falls for obvious satire
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Hagel nomination clears Senate committee
Discussion: CNN and Red Alert Politics
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary
Discussion: National Review and The Plum Line
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Hagel Nomination Clears Panel After Combative Debate
Anon Relations:
Anonymous CALL TO IMMEDIATE ACTION! #opSOTU  —  Last year we faced our greatest threat from lawmakers.  We faced down SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA.  —  And we won!  —  But that victory did not come easily.  Nor did it come without a price.  —  Aaron Swartz was one of the leading voices …
Paul Takahashi / Las Vegas Sun News:
Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack  —  The second unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas has died from an apparent heart attack.  —  John Alleman suffered a heart attack last week as he waited at the bus stop in front of the restaurant …
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
The Deficit Chart That Should Embarrass Budget Hawks  —  Here's a pretty important fact that virtually everyone in Washington seems oblivious to: The federal deficit has never fallen as fast as it's falling now without a coincident recession.  —  To be specific, CBO expects the deficit …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNBC Anchor Tears Into Dem Leader Who Claims U.S. Has A ‘Paying-For Problem,’ Not A Spending Problem  —  House Minority Whip Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) joined the hosts of CNBC where he was grilled by anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on spending issues ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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: Feministing and Washington Monthly
Kelly Whiteside / Associated Press:
IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics  —  Wrestling, part of the first modern Olympics and a U.S. strength, was shockingly cut from the Summer Games on Tuesday, beginning in 2020.  —  The International Olympic Committee was expected to cut the sport of modern pentathlon but instead decided …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and protein wisdom
 
 
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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Boehner: Obama lacks “guts,” “courage” to deal with debt
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Robert Costa / National Review:
Barbour Goes to War with the Club for Growth
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Siobhan Hughes / Washington Wire:
Ted Nugent: ‘I Will Remain Respectful’ at Obama Speech
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Menendez flew on donor's plane in unreported 2008 trip to Dominican Republic, sources say
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