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3:30 PM ET, February 12, 2013

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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.
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
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
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  —  “The Sarah Palin Story is a cautionary tale about what can happen when politics and celebrity meet,” beginsWashington Post contributor Suzi Parker's profile of Sarah Palin's move from Fox News Channel …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Nice Deb
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Nugent pledges to ‘take on the media orgy’ following State of the Union
CBS News:
Poll: 45% approve of Obama's handling of the economy
Discussion: American Prospect and The Hill
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Esquire Initially Left VA Health Care Out Of Online Version Of Navy SEAL Story
Discussion: Twitchy, Poynter, Quartz and Hot Air
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 …
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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Dana Bash / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner: the president lacks ‘guts’ and ‘courage’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill and The Week
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
What Marco Rubio Doesn't Understand About Debt And The Economy  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight.  While Rubio has been pitched as the “savior” and “new face” of the GOP, a preview of his speech gives …
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 …
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Passengers on Crippled Carnival Cruise Ship Describe Worsening Conditions  —  A small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013.  —  Passengers on the fire-damaged Carnival cruise ship stranded …
Discussion: BBC and BuzzFeed
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Hoyer: GOP's sequestration claims ‘patently false’  —  As Republicans have been on a messaging blitz to blame President Barack Obama for the sequester, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said that claim was “patently false.”  —  The GOP is “pretending it's the president's policy which is patently false …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Jim Roberts Goes to Reuters  —  Jim Roberts, who took the Times buyout last month, is going to Reuters.  Mr. Roberts will be the executive editor of Reuters digital, Reuters digital editor Chrsytia Freeland announced in a staff memo today.  Mr. Roberts was the Times assistant managing editor and has a devoted Twitter following.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Tea Party leader to join Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King at State of the Union  —  Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin will be a guest of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) at Tuesday night's State of the Union, a sign of King's support from the Tea Party movement going into his probable run for Senate.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pelosi hosting Tony Bennett, Martin O'Malley at State of the Union
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The GOP's Big Asian-American Problem
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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Americans Unhappy With System Overall, But Obama's Policies Beat Out GOP's
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