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1:50 PM ET, February 13, 2013

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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Marco Rubio's drinking problem  —  Twitter exploded during Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response to the State of the Union, as the Florida senator appeared a little sweaty and dry-mouthed at mid-speech, taking an awkward swig from a bottle of water that had been placed off-camera.
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Paul Krugman:
Marco Rubio Has Learned Nothing  —  Because his party has learned nothing.  —  OK, back up: this morning the papers and the web are full of nuance-sniffing, as people try to find omens in the SOTU and the GOP response.  I don't think I can add anything useful to all that.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Everyone On Twitter Made The Exact Same Joke About Marco Rubio's Water Break  —  The fall of western civilization is complete.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Marco Rubio: ‘I needed water’
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rubio jokes: ‘I needed water’ while delivering Republican response
Discussion: Politico and The Maddow Blog
New York Times:
Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address  —  The following is the text as prepared for delivery of President Obama's State of the Union Address, as provided by the White House:  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: 53% who watched speech give president thumbs up  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans who watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a survey of people across the country who viewed Tuesday night's address.
CNN:
First on CNN: NRA charges Obama's efforts will lead to gun confiscation
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Roy Blunt says Republicans have votes to delay Chuck Hagel nomination  —  Sen. Roy Blunt signaled Wednesday that there may be enough votes in the Senate to delay debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon.  —  Blunt (R-Mo.) said he believed there were 40 votes in the Senate that indicated …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Right Turn and Israel Matzav
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Politico:
John Boehner's Senate-first strategy  —  The same House Republican majority that spent the entire past two years haranguing Senate Democrats for ignoring piles of legislation has a new strategy.  —  Let the Senate act first — on nearly everything.  —  Boehner is trying to shift …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
John McCain might delay Chuck Hagel vote  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is backing away from his no-filibuster stance on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.  —  After saying just days ago that Senate Republicans shouldn't filibuster Hagel's nod, McCain now says he hasn't made up his mind …
Discussion: Right Turn and National Review
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Top Republicans Oppose Obama's Call To Raise The Minimum Wage … During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama called for raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour, up from its current $7.25, and indexing it to inflation so that it rises as the economy grows.
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Mediaite
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Dan Pfeiffer / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Shoots Down Obama's Minimum Wage Hike  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday shot down President Obama's proposal unveiled at the State of the Union to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.  —  “I've been deadling with the minimum wage issue for the last 28 years …
Discussion: The Plum Line
New York Times:
Challenged for His Seat at 89, a Senator Does Not Go Gentle  —  WASHINGTON — As he approached his 89th birthday this year, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey was finally considering retirement, an option he had tried a decade earlier and hated so much that he jumped at the chance to return to political life.
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
Officials: Christopher Dorner May Be Dead Following Deadly Standoff  —  SEVEN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — LAPD Cmdr.  Andy Smith says that despite earlier reports, Christopher Dorner's body has not been recovered from a burned out cabin where he was reportedly holed up during a deadly shootout with authorities earlier today.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Rap on Rubio  —  Not long ago, scrolling for a movie, I saw that “Notorious” was on.  —  How can you resist Cary Grant as an American spy in Rio recruiting Ingrid Bergman to seduce and betray a Nazi played by Claude Rains?  —  But it turned out to be a very different “Notorious,” …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Planned Parenthood targets Ken Cuccinelli  —  Planned Parenthood's political arm is going on the offensive against Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.  —  The Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC are teaming up today to launch a campaign against Cuccinelli …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and LifeNews.com
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The President's Dream State  —  President Obama at last night's State of the Union address  —  By any measure, President Obama's first term was consequential.  In four years, he signed an $800 billion stimulus program into law, laid the foundation for universal health insurance …
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama Peddles a Dangerous Fantasy About the Debt Crisis  —  Fiscal Policy: President Obama now says the deficit problem is all but fixed, so we can stop all this unpleasant talk about spending cuts and get on with government spending.  Maybe this is good politics, but it's reckless policy.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Politico:
State of the Union 2013: Bill Shuster apologizes for saying Obama lied  —  House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster apologized Wednesday for calling President Barack Obama a liar after the State of the Union speech.  —  Shuster (R-Pa.), speaking to POLITICO from Statuary Hall minutes after the speech …
Discussion: Post Politics
Neal B. Freeman / National Review:
Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl  —  The Buckley Rule has been much invoked in recent weeks, in this space and elsewhere, and on almost every occasion it has been both misquoted and misapplied.  As one who was present at the formulation, I feel obliged to record the “originalist” intention.
Discussion: Riehl World News
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The gun control president  —  “They deserve a vote!” is a powerful argument, but will it be enough to shame the GOP into allowing one?  —  In a way, it was fitting that the cable news networks were forced by the drama in Big Bear to blow up hours of long-planned pre-State of the Union coverage Tuesday night.
 
 
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