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7:25 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 …
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Putting the rube in Rubio  —  The expectations going into Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) response to the State of the Union address couldn't have been much higher, especially coming on the heels of the “Republican savior” label.  And it's fair to say the far-right Floridian didn't exactly make the most of the opportunity.
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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
General consensus: Rubio water flap shall pass
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Joel Siegel / NY Daily News:
Thirsty Sen. Marco Rubio makes waves with awkward grab for water
Discussion: The Daily Currant
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Everyone On Twitter Made The Exact Same Joke About Marco Rubio's Water Break
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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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 …
Politico:
John Boehner's Senate-first strategy
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars
Discussion: Gawker, BLACKFIVE and First Read
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Graham to Obama: Stop ‘cheerleading’ for gun laws  —  (CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham took issue with the president's calls for more gun control in his State of the Union address, saying Wednesday that the country doesn't “need a cheerleader for new gun laws.”
Discussion: The Hill
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Graham to introduce a guns background check bill
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Students Told to Stop ‘USA!’  Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas  —  Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A!  U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game.  While their punishment has since been rescinded …
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Students Told to Remove Patriotic Bandanas
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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