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10:45 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, Weasel Zippers and TechCrunch
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 …
USA Today:
Obama calls North Korea nuclear test a threat to U.S.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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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 …
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 …
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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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:
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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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
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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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
House Republicans Unlikely To Pass New Sequester Replacement Plan
Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
After Speech, Supporters to Promote Obama Agenda
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
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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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Boston Globe:
Republican Gabriel Gomez sets stage for a run in Senate special election
Discussion: Politico, First Read and Roll Call
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
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples [UPDATE]  —  Military, Video, Defense Of Marriage Act, Doma, Leon Panetta, Leon Panetta Same Sex Benefits, Military Same Sex Benefits, Pentagon Gay Benefits, Pentagon Same Sex Benefits, Pentagon Same Sex Couples, Same Sex Marriage, Politics News
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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
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Slower Growth of Health Costs Eases U.S. Deficit  —  WASHINGTON — A sharp and surprisingly persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs is helping to narrow the federal deficit, leaving budget experts trying to figure out whether the trend will last and how much the slower growth …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Former Democratic Budget chair: Obama's debt reduction goals are way too small
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
BBC:
Each handset is put together manually at Vertu's factory in Church Crookham, Hampshire  —  Luxury smartphone maker Vertu has launched its first Android-operated handset.  —  The Vertu Ti costs 7,900 euros (£6,994) and is made at the firm's headquarters in Church Crookham, Hampshire.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cheney backs Obama policy on drone strikes  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended President Obama's policy on armed drone strikes, calling it a “good program” amid growing congressional scrutiny.  —  “I think it's a good program and I don't disagree with the basic policy …
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Derek Khanna / The Atlantic Online:
The Law Against Unlocking Cellphones Is Anti-Consumer, Anti-Business, and Anti-Common Sense
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