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9:20 AM ET, February 14, 2013

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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Marco Rubio Still Not a Scientist, Man  —  If there's a single line that encapsulates the mindless anti-government doggerel that characterized Marco Rubio's response to the State of the Union address it was his flip dismissal of any government response to climate change, because “our government can't control the weather.”
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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:   Marco Rubio On Climate Change: 'The Government Can't Change The Weather'
Tim Mak / Politico:
Senate to vote Friday on Chuck Hagel  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday moved to end the Senate debate on whether to confirm Chuck Hagel to become the next secretary of defense.  A vote is set for Friday.  —  The move was necessary, he said, because he could not come …
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CNN:
TRENDING: Outcome of Hagel filibuster vote uncertain  —  Washington (CNN) - Chuck Hagel's bid to lead the Pentagon faces an uncertain outcome on a critical vote Friday as Democrats attempt to break a GOP filibuster of the defense secretary nominee.  —  Despite optimism from administration officials …
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and Right Turn
Wayne LaPierre / The Daily Caller:
Stand and Fight  —  Before I tell you how the NRA and our members are going to Stand And Fight politically and in the courts, let's acknowledge that all over this country, tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand And Fight to protect their families and homes.
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ThinkProgress:
The Nine Most Insane Quotes From The NRA's New Apocalyptic Op-Ed  —  Wednesday afternoon, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre published a bizarre, paranoid screed on the Daily Caller outlining a series of wildly implausible scenarios in which (among other things) …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
CNN Slides Ever Lower  —  There isn't much left of the CNN brand, but there is still a little room to sink deeper-and today, CNN did.  Compare and contrast: CNN's panel is excited about Chris Dorner.  They can understand why lots of people think he is a “superhero.”
Discussion: The Other McCain
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BREITBART.COM:   CNN PANEL: DORNER'S ALLEGED MURDER SPREE ‘EXCITING,’ LIKE ‘DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIE’
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Christopher Dorner Fan Club Is More Mainstream Than You'd Think
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Salon
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Students Told to Stop ‘USA!’  Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas  —  Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A!  U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game.  While their punishment has since been rescinded …
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Students Told to Remove Patriotic Bandanas
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Bill / Nielsen Wire:
33.5 Million Tune in to Watch President Obama's State of the Union Address  —  On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term in office.  The address was carried live from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 15 networks and tape delayed on Univision.
New York Times:
Pistorius Charged With Murder in Shooting of Woman  —  JOHANNESBURG — Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who made sporting history by becoming the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics, was charged with murder on Thursday after a woman was fatally shot in his home in Pretoria …
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Can the Republicans be Saved From Obsolescence?  —  One afternoon last month, I paid a visit to two young Republicans named Bret Jacobson and Ian Spencer, who work in a small office in Arlington, Va., situated above an antique store and adjacent to a Japanese auto shop.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.  —  But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone.
Discussion: Gawker, First Read and BLACKFIVE
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
This Guy's Car Got Stuck at 125mph—for an Hour  —  A real-world screening of Speed ended with a small miracle of bureaucratic coordination.  —  Shutterstock/Snvv  —  It started with a trip to a supermarket.  It ended with a high-speed chase, a frantic call to police, a highway-bound ballet …
Discussion: Gawker and Guardian
Politico:
Elizabeth Warren's quiet plan for the Senate  —  When the newest senators lunched together for the first time last November, their biggest star immediately tried to flee.  —  As a flock of reporters approached Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat turned and engaged fellow freshman Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in a fake conversation.
Discussion: CNN
Martin Peretz / Wall Street Journal:
The New New Republic  —  I don't recognize the magazine I used to own.  We were liberal but not narrowly partisan.  —  Like many readers of the New Republic, I didn't at first recognize the most recent issue of the magazine.  The stark white cover was unlike anything the New Republic ran during my 35 years as the owner.
The Times:
Ministers knew of the risk from illegal meat last year  —  The Government knew last summer that a sudden ban on cheap British beef and lamb meant it was “inevitable” that unlawful meat would be imported from Europe.  —  MPs will demand today that the food watchdog is given powers …
Discussion: BBC and Samizdata
Matt Hadro / NewsBusters:
CNN Absurdly Asks If Rubio's Sip of Water Was ‘Career-Ender’  —  On Wednesday's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer absurdly wondered if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pausing his State of the Union response for a drink of water would “break” his career.  The CNN chyron flashed “Career-ender?”
Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Tehran removing key intel material from Damascus’  —  Intelligence said to include secret agreements, minutes of meetings reports relating to Iran's support of Hezbollah.  —  Sources in the Syrian opposition claim that Iran has already begun transferring its diplomatic and intelligence archives from Syria …
Josh Blackman / Josh Blackman's Blog:
Should Law Reviews Consider Race When Selecting Articles?  —  I recently discovered that Scholastica, a competitor to Expresso in the electronic journal submission process, allows authors to submit demographic information, including an author's gender identity, sexual orientation, race …
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Ridicules His Party For Lame Hashtag  —  Rep. Justin Amash says Republican leadership are wrong to try to blame Obama for the sequester — especially with such a terrible Twitter hashtag.  “I think it's kind of 2008.”  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Justin Amash has a message …
Discussion: The Hill
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents  —  (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker tweets college co-ed, then deletes messages  —  Rep. Steve Cohen repeatedly tweeted, and then deleted, messages to a woman on Twitter who his office is calling “the daughter of a longtime friend” and who has the same name as a Texas State University blonde bombshell featured in a college co-ed calendar.
Fortune:
Time Warner in talks to part ways with Time Inc.  —  Exclusive: Meredith is in talks with media giant Time Warner to buy most of its Time Inc. publishing business.  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes  —  FORTUNE — Media giant Time Warner has begun discussions to separate itself from Time Inc. …
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Obama allies rally against gun-rights Democrat in Illinois special election
USA Today:
Big Bear residents say Dorner bound, gagged them
Discussion: TalkLeft
Slate:
Entry 1: My name is Emily Bazelon. I'm a feminist. I've never read Betty Friedan's book—until now.
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and Althouse
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Maher: Rubio's a ‘Shameless Liar’ for Saying Obama Created More Debt Than Bush
Discussion: Mediaite
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Black Professor Praises Black Cop Killer: “Like Watching ‘Django Unchained’...It's Kind Of Exciting”
Discussion: Mediaite and TheBlaze.com
Click2Houston.com:
Pregnant teen sues parents over abortion
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Arnold / WHAS:
McConnell leads Judd 49-40 in new poll
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama to vacation in Palm Beach
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Details ‘History Of Abusive Behavior’ At Wisconsin Supreme Court
Discussion: JSOnline and Althouse
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
NRA Responds To ‘Connecticut Effect’ Controversy, Falsely Claims No Association With Lobbyist
CNN:
Graham to Obama: Stop ‘cheerleading’ for gun laws
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Landrieu leads potential foes for reelection