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2:45 AM ET, February 14, 2013

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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
General consensus: Rubio water flap shall pass  —  Sen. Marco Rubio's inopportune case of cotton mouth during his State of the Union response may slow his rapidly rising stock, but will likely have no little lingering impact on his 2016 prospects, Republican operatives said Wednesday.
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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.
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 …
Matt Hadro / NewsBusters:
CNN Absurdly Asks If Rubio's Sip of Water Was ‘Career-Ender’  —  On Wednesday's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer absurdly wondered if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pausing his State of the Union response for a drink of water would “break” his career.  The CNN chyron flashed “Career-ender?”
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Marco Rubio Still Not a Scientist, Man
Discussion: NPR and Shakesville
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:   Marco Rubio On Climate Change: 'The Government Can't Change The Weather'
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Putting the rube in Rubio
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:   Where were Marco Rubio's new ideas?
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Rubio's Home for Sale
Rand Paul:
Sen. Paul to Hold Brennan Nomination  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today announced he is prepared to hold the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) until he receives sufficient answers to two letters of inquiry he sent to Mr. Brennan regarding the use of drones.
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents  —  (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Paul threatens hold on Brennan over armed drone strikes
Discussion: Politico and CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
CNN Slides Ever Lower  —  There isn't much left of the CNN brand, but there is still a little room to sink deeper-and today, CNN did.  Compare and contrast: CNN's panel is excited about Chris Dorner.  They can understand why lots of people think he is a “superhero.”
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BREITBART.COM:   CNN PANEL: DORNER'S ALLEGED MURDER SPREE ‘EXCITING,’ LIKE ‘DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIE’
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Christopher Dorner Fan Club Is More Mainstream Than You'd Think
Discussion: Hit & Run, Salon and Hot Air
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 …
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CNN:
TRENDING: Outcome of Hagel filibuster vote uncertain
Discussion: Politico
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  —  A group of students at a California high school basketball game were told to remove patriotic bandanas and stop chanting “USA, USA” because school administrators wanted to be sensitive to other spectators.  —  FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.  —  But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone.
Discussion: Gawker, First Read and BLACKFIVE
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Bill / Nielsen Wire:
33.5 Million Tune in to Watch President Obama's State of the Union Address  —  On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term in office.  The address was carried live from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 15 networks and tape delayed on Univision.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
This Guy's Car Got Stuck at 125mph—for an Hour  —  A real-world screening of Speed ended with a small miracle of bureaucratic coordination.  —  Shutterstock/Snvv  —  It started with a trip to a supermarket.  It ended with a high-speed chase, a frantic call to police, a highway-bound ballet …
Discussion: Guardian and Gawker
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 …
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
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. …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker tweets college co-ed, then deletes messages  —  Rep. Steve Cohen repeatedly tweeted, and then deleted, messages to a woman on Twitter who his office is calling “the daughter of a longtime friend” and who has the same name as a Texas State University blonde bombshell featured in a college co-ed calendar.
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
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 …
 
 
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