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CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union  —  (CNN) - The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady's invitation to be her guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
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ABCNEWS:
Energy Secretary to Skip State of Union Address  —  The White House says Energy Secretary Steven Chu will not attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.  —  Traditionally, one Cabinet member does not travel to the House chamber for the speech in order to preserve the government …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Medal of Honor winner turns down invite to State of the Union  —  Former Army staff sergeant Clint Romesha, who was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Monday, has declined the first lady's invitation to sit in her box on Tuesday night during the State of the Union address.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and CNN
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:
Tony Romm / Politico:
Obama issues cybersecurity executive order at SOTU
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Quartz
CNN:
Excerpts: Obama's State of the Union remarks
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, ABCNEWS and Truthdig
Talking Points Memo:
Obama To Call For Job Programs In State Of The Union (SPEECH EXCERPTS)
Discussion: Addicting Info
CNN:
First on CNN: NRA charges Obama's efforts will lead to gun confiscation
Discussion: Reuters
Dana Bash / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner: the president lacks ‘guts’ and ‘courage’
Discussion: News Desk, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Sudip Bhattacharya / CNN:
White House State of the Union stream more like business presentation
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico
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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Sam Schaefer / L.A. NOW:
Christopher Dorner in gun battle with authorities, source says  —  Christopher Dorner was engaged in a shootout with federal authorities in the Big Bear area Tuesday, a law enforcement source told The Times.  —  The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car, the source said.
NBC Southern California:
Officials Deny Reports Dorner's Body Was Found in Cabin  —  Leading law enforcement agencies and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are denying earlier reports that the charred body of a fired LAPD officer wanted for at least three shooting deaths was discovered in a burned cabin in the Big Bear area Tuesday evening.
The Lede:
Conflicting Reports Over Fate of Christopher Dorner  —  Last Updated, 11:55 p.m. There were conflicting reports late on Tuesday about whether a body had been recovered from a a burned-out cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains where Christopher J. Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer …
Discussion: New York Times and Althouse
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Christopher Dorner: Police demolish cabin, hear single gunshot  —  A single gunshot was heard as authorities moved into the cabin where Christopher Dorner was believed to be holed up.  —  According to a law enforcement source, police had broken down windows, pumped in tear gas and blasted a loud speaker urging Dorner to surrender.
Lauren Lloyd / LAist:
Body Found in Burned Out Cabin Near Big Bear, Likely That of Christopher Dorner [UPDATED]
Discussion: L.A. NOW, Guardian and DCist
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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ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act, With No Help From 22 Republican Male Senators  —  The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22.  Of those opposing the legislation, all 22 were Republican men.
Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Explains Vote Against Violence Against Women Act  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a rising star in the Republican Party and considered a top presidential contender in 2016, voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Tuesday.  The bill passed by the Senate Tuesday expanded VAWA …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Marco Rubio opposes Violence Against Women Act  —  Sen. Marco Rubio was among the 22 GOP senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act - a law that the Florida Republican said he largely supports but couldn't ultimately vote to renew because of new provisions in the bill.
Discussion: Twitchy
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Addicting Info
Talking Points Memo:
Reid: I Won't Honor Holds On Hagel Nomination  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Tuesday that he will not honor any holds placed on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.  —  He said he intends to hold a vote this week if Hagel is cleared by the Armed Serices Committee.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Bitterly Divided Senate Panel Backs Hagel for Defense
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
What President Obama should (and shouldn't) say in the State of the Union
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary
Discussion: National Review and The Plum Line
Tim Mak / Politico:
Hagel nomination clears Senate committee
Discussion: CNN and Red Alert Politics
Paul Takahashi / Las Vegas Sun News:
Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack  —  The second unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas has died from an apparent heart attack.  —  John Alleman suffered a heart attack last week as he waited at the bus stop in front of the restaurant …
Anon Relations:
Anonymous CALL TO IMMEDIATE ACTION! #opSOTU  —  Last year we faced our greatest threat from lawmakers.  We faced down SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA.  —  And we won!  —  But that victory did not come easily.  Nor did it come without a price.  —  Aaron Swartz was one of the leading voices …
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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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Parody Website Fools The Washington Post Into Thinking Sarah Palin Heading To Al Jazeera
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
The Deficit Chart That Should Embarrass Budget Hawks  —  Here's a pretty important fact that virtually everyone in Washington seems oblivious to: The federal deficit has never fallen as fast as it's falling now without a coincident recession.  —  To be specific, CBO expects the deficit …
Kelly Whiteside / Associated Press:
IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics  —  Wrestling, part of the first modern Olympics and a U.S. strength, was shockingly cut from the Summer Games on Tuesday, beginning in 2020.  —  The International Olympic Committee was expected to cut the sport of modern pentathlon but instead decided …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and protein wisdom
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Marco Rubio's Republican Response  —  The Official Republican State of the Union Response by Marco Rubio (as prepared for delivery)  —  Good evening.  I'm Marco Rubio.  I'm blessed to represent Florida in the United States Senate.  Let me begin by congratulating President Obama on the start of his second term.
 
 
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Bipartisan commission to examine national voting problems
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ABCNEWS:
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama on gun control: ‘This time is different’
Discussion: Politico
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Watching The State Of The Union With Undocumented Immigrants
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Boehner: Obama lacks “guts,” “courage” to deal with debt
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNBC Anchor Tears Into Dem Leader Who Claims U.S. Has A ‘Paying-For Problem,’ Not A Spending Problem
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