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7:20 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 …
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
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Putting the rube in Rubio
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
General consensus: Rubio water flap shall pass
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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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 …
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 …
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
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
NRA Responds To ‘Connecticut Effect’ Controversy, Falsely Claims No Association With Lobbyist  —  The NRA responded to the “Connecticut effect” controversy on Tuesday by claiming no connection to the lobbyist who represents the NRA's Wisconsin chapter.  —  On Monday, ThinkProgress broke …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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