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2:50 PM ET, February 12, 2013

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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.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Morning Joe Crew Rips Republicans For Hagel Obstruction: 'It's A Colossal Mistake'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Israel Matzav
Politico:
Republican senators threaten Chuck Hagel filibuster
CBS News:
Poll: 45% approve of Obama's handling of the economy
Discussion: American Prospect and The Hill
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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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 …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Parody Website Fools The Washington Post Into Thinking Sarah Palin Heading To Al Jazeera
Discussion: Nice Deb
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:
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.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Business Insider
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
The Sparrow Project:
Anonymous Issues Communique Announcing Plans to Disrupt 2013 State of the Union Address Over #CISPA  —  Publicity & Creative Direction for Grassroots Activists  —  [WASHINGTON, DC] At approximately 10:22am EST an email address assigned to a Sparrow Project volunteer received a communique …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Nugent pledges to ‘take on the media orgy’ following State of the Union
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill and The Week
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 …
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:
Obama to Announce Troops' Return  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce in his State of Union address on Tuesday night that half of the 66,000 American troops in Afghanistan will be home by this time next year, according to an administration official familiar with the speech.
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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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Megan McCloskey / Stars & Stripes:
Esquire article wrongly claims SEAL who killed Bin Laden is denied healthcare
Gabriel Gomez / Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate:
Why I Am Running  —  I'm running to serve, and I mean that in the old fashioned patriotic sense of the word.  —  In my military career, at the U.S. Naval Academy, as a Navy aircraft carrier pilot, and as a Navy SEAL, I learned one thing above all else - serving others is more important than being served.
Discussion: Ballot Box and The PJ Tatler
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The Boston Globe:
Republican Gomez to campaign for US Senate
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.
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 …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
NRA Convention Helps Distribute Literature Calling For Secession And Civil War … WAUSAU, Wisconsin— At a state conference this past weekend, the NRA helped distribute a newspaper that called for Wisconsin secession and a new civil war.  —  The article, which appeared …
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 …
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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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Americans Unhappy With System Overall, But Obama's Policies Beat Out GOP's
Dana Bash / Talking Points Memo:
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Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
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Chicago Tribune:
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What Marco Rubio Doesn't Understand About Debt And The Economy
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
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Executive action expected on climate
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Slower Growth of Health Costs Eases U.S. Deficit
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