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11:55 AM 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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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’  —  Even the Republican savior gets thirsty.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joked Wednesday about his abrupt, awkward water-break during his delivery of the GOP rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday — by doing the same thing again, and then again.
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Marco Rubio as the anti-Mitt Romney  —  His desperate need for a drink of water created the immediate headline, but Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) much-anticipated speech Tuesday night had a very serious intent: it was as much an exercise in erasing Mitt Romney's legacy on the Republican Party …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rubio jokes: ‘I needed water’ while delivering Republican response
Discussion: Politico
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: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
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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: National Review
Politico:
John Boehner's Senate-first strategy
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
First Read / NBCNews.com:
Obama punctuates laundry list with plea on gun violence
Politico:
President Barack Obama State of the Union 2013 speech (full text)  —  President Barack Obama's speech for the 2013 State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House.  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:
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Washington Post:
State of the Union 2013: President Obama's address to Congress (Transcript)  —  Here is a full transcript of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address as delivered.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.  Please, everybody, have a seat.  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress …
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.
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CNN:
First on CNN: NRA charges Obama's efforts will lead to gun confiscation  —  Washington (CNN) - The National Rifle Association will assert that President Barack Obama's attempt to enact new gun control laws will result in the “confiscation” of people's firearms in a new web video scheduled …
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 …
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The gun control president
Discussion: The Plum Line
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama goes old-time Democrat in State of the Union
Discussion: News Desk, Slate and NewsBusters blogs
rubio.senate.gov:
Statement on my Vote Against the Violence Against Women Act  —  I believe we should have re-authorized the existing Violence Against Women Act that has helped reduce the annual incidence of domestic violence by more than 50 percent, among other successes.  I also continue supporting the work …
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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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NBC Southern California:
Charred Human Remains Found in Rubble of Burned-Out Cabin
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.
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
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
Gropez even ‘ogled’ a child: Accusation he made creepy comments on 14-year-old intern  —  There's a creepy new accusation in the sexual-harassment probe of Assemblyman Vito Lopez — that he even leered at a 14-year-old intern and made comments about her sexy attire, sources told the The Post.
 
 
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Ryan: Sequester will take effect because Obama failed to act
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Obama Peddles a Dangerous Fantasy About the Debt Crisis
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Arizona Republic:
Peoria traffic checkpoint stirs inquiry, ire
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
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Bloomberg:
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Coburn: ‘I Agree We Need To Vote On Guns’
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Director Alex Gibney Says The Pope's Resignation ‘Inextricably Linked’ to Sex Abuse Scandal
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Medal of Honor winner turns down invite to State of the Union
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