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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 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: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
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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  —  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: 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)
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
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: Slate, News Desk 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
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 …
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Matthew Vollenweider / GOP.com:
OBAMA WILL USE TONIGHT'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TO LAY OUT A PLAN THAT DOESN'T INCREASE …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ryan: Sequester will take effect because Obama failed to act  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday predicted the sequester would take effect, blaming President Obama and Senate Democrats for not offering an alternative or passing a budget.  —  “Because the Senate has not acted …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
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