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10:05 AM ET, February 12, 2013

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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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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Lawmaker invites Ted Nugent to Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday  —  Outspoken musician and gun right supporter Ted Nugent will be Rep. Steve Stockman's guest Tuesday night at President Obama's State of the Union address.  —  Nugent is well known for his defense of the Second Amendment …
Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
After Speech, Supporters to Promote Obama Agenda
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Ted Nugent Will Attend State of the Union Address
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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New York Times:
North Korea Confirms It Conducted 3rd Nuclear Test  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it had conducted its third, long-threatened nuclear test, according to the official KCNA news service, posing a new challenge for the Obama administration in its effort to keep the country …
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: Weasel Zippers and TechCrunch
USA Today:
Obama calls North Korea nuclear test a threat to U.S.  —  President Obama on Tuesday called North Korea's third successful nuclear test a “highly provocative act” that “undermines regional stability” and threatens action by the international community.  —  He said North Korea's nuclear …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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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 …
Kevin Grandia / kevingrandia's FDL blog:
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
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.
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: Politico, Mashable!, Infowars and The Hill
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 …
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
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 and msnbc.com
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Rated Highest on Foreign Affairs, Lowest on Deficit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
State of the Union squatters: Lawmakers wait hours on aisle for seconds with president
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Wall Street Journal:
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