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11:45 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, TechCrunch and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Nuclear Test Poses Big Challenge to China's New Leader
Discussion: Guardian, The Week and Quartz
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:
Obama's troop withdrawal leaves unanswered questions  —  President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday that he'll withdraw 34,000 more troops from Afghanistan over the coming year is a major step toward his goal of handing Afghans responsibility for the war by 2014, but the president will leave …
Discussion: Hot Air and NPR
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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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: Booman Tribune
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Paul Krugman:
Hearsay Economics  —  Jonathan Chait is boggled by Joe Scarborough's latest rant.
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Eschaton
The Boston Globe:
Republican Gomez to campaign for US Senate  —  Gabriel E. Gomez, a former US Navy SEAL and private equity ­investor, is set to kick off his campaign for the Republican nomination for US Senate Tuesday,with a press release and Web video, said a senior adviser.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and TheBlaze.com
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Gabriel Gomez / Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate:
Why I Am Running  —  I'm running to serve, and I mean …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The PJ Tatler
Boston Globe:
Republican Gabriel Gomez sets stage for a run in Senate special election
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Roll Call
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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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
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
House GOP Plans Series of Messaging Bills, Looks Past Obama
Discussion: First Read
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.
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.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Executive action expected on climate  —  President Obama is expected to launch a serious second-term push on climate change with his State of the Union address.  —  With climate legislation dead in Congress, green groups are hopeful that Obama will follow the “we must act” …
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Hack of Montana TV Station Warns Viewers of Zombie Attack  —  If you happened to be watching the Steve Wilkos show on KRTV in Montana this week, an episode exploring “teen cheaters who take lie detector tests” was interrupted by a confusing and possibly terrifying emergency alert.
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
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 …
 
 
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
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Riley Yates / Morning Call:
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NRSC:
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Discussion: Roll Call and First Read
Derek Khanna / The Atlantic Online:
The Law Against Unlocking Cellphones Is Anti-Consumer, Anti-Business, and Anti-Common Sense
Discussion: Techdirt
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cheney backs Obama policy on drone strikes
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Slower Growth of Health Costs Eases U.S. Deficit
TMZ.com:
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BBC:
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
State of the Union squatters: Lawmakers wait hours on aisle for seconds with president
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Post Politics
Tom Clark / Guardian:
Labour leads Conservatives by 12 points in poll
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Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Biden: We're counting on ‘legitimate media’ for successful gun control effort