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6:30 PM ET, February 13, 2013

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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.
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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.
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Marco Rubio, Who Bragged About Living In “Working Class” West Miami, Is Selling His $675,000 House  —  Marco Rubio — the Tea Party's wunderkind, GOP's great not-too-white hope, and water's most awkward chugger — had his moment in the national spotlight last night, delivering a rebuttal …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
General consensus: Rubio water flap shall pass
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Rap on Rubio  —  Not long ago, scrolling for a movie, I saw that “Notorious” was on.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Everyone On Twitter Made The Exact Same Joke About Marco Rubio's Water Break
Joel Siegel / NY Daily News:
Thirsty Sen. Marco Rubio makes waves with awkward grab for water
Discussion: The Daily Currant
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Putting the rube in Rubio
ABCNEWS:   Marco Rubio And More Thirsty Politicians
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Roy Blunt says Republicans have votes to delay Chuck Hagel nomination
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obama's incredibly ambitious second-term agenda  —  That was an incredibly ambitious speech.  —  Imagine, for a moment, that President Obama managed to pass every policy he proposed Tuesday night.  Within a couple of years, every 4-year-old would have access to preschool.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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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.
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Obama Pushes for Increase in Federal Minimum Wage
Dan Pfeiffer / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Shoots Down Obama's Minimum Wage Hike
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Graham to introduce a guns background check bill  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has cast himself as a vocal opponent to changing the gun laws, wants to change the background check system for gun purchases.  —  But what exactly he wants to do and how it differs from Democratic proposals isn't clear.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Graham to Obama: Stop ‘cheerleading’ for gun laws
Discussion: The Hill
Jim Galloway / Ajc Blogs: &lsquo:
Paul Broun: ‘I was the first to call Obama a socialist’  —  Since he jumped into the U.S. Senate race last week, Paul Broun has insisted on presenting a calm, cool and constructive demeanor.  —  After the State of the Union address last night, the on-message Republican congressman …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Republicans predict sequester will happen  —  Top congressional Republicans predicted Wednesday that the sequester will hit at the end of the month - the latest chapter in the series of budget battles that have stymied Washington in the last few years.  —  Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Jackson Lee warns against more spending cuts: 'We're at the bone almost'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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. …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Landrieu leads potential foes for reelection  —  When PPP last polled Louisiana in 2010, Bobby Jindal was one of the most popular Governors in the country.  58% of voters approved of the job he was doing to just 34% who disapproved.  Over the last two and a half years though there's …
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Paul threatens hold on Brennan over armed drone strikes  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday threatened to hold John Brennan's nomination for CIA director unless he receives more answers on the administration's drone program.  —  “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Hot Air
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.
PR Newswire:
Ron Paul Makes National Radio Debut With Courtside  —  Courtside Entertainment Group announced today that former Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul will make his national radio and podcast debut March 18, 2013.  Ron Paul 's America will feature one of America's …
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and alan.com
The Atlantic Wire:
Pentagon to Start Awarding Medals for Drone Strikes and Cyberattacks  —  The Defense Department is reportedly inventing a new medal designed to reward soliders who fight battles from the safety of their computer consoles.  The Associated Press says the Pentagon is creating a new ribbon …
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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