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Geoff Brumfiel / Nature:
Russian meteor largest in a century  —  Explosion rivalled nuclear blast, but rock was still too small for advance-warning networks to spot.  —  A meteor that exploded over Russia this morning was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century, scientists say.
New York Times:
Meteor Fragments Rain Down on Siberia; Hundreds of Injuries Reported  —  MOSCOW — Debris from a meteor streaked through the sky with a blinding flash in western Siberia early Friday, creating a thunderous shock wave that damaged buildings across a vast territory.
Phil Plait / Slate:
BREAKING: Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Sonic Boom Shatters Windows [UPDATED]
Discussion: NBCNews.com, Quartz and The Maddow Blog
Daily Mail:
Moment meteorite exploded in the sky above Russian town as doctors treat 950 people injured …
Politico:
Why President Obama went all-in on Chuck Hagel  —  President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have fiercely defended the nomination of Chuck Hagel, despite advisers and Hill Democrats who questioned the move and predicted a firestorm, according to Democratic sources.
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Fox News:
Where is Senate battle over Hagel headed?
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz, making quite an entrance
Discussion: Althouse
Politico:
Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty to federal charges  —  Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will plead guilty to conspiring with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a $43,000 Rolex watch, fur coats and memorabilia associated with Michael Jackson …
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Federal charges filed against Jesse Jackson Jr., wife
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Plea Deal Could Be Filed As Soon As Friday
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
OOPS: GOP Rep. Inadvertently Makes The Case For Nearly Doubling The Minimum Wage  —  President Obama's State of the Union proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and index it to inflation so that it keeps up with growth in the economy was quickly rebuked by top Republicans like Speaker John Boehner …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Embarrasses Hapless Bank Regulators At First Hearing (VIDEO)  —  Elizabeth Warren, Video, Financial Regulation, Senate Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Bank Regulators, Elizabeth Warren Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Occ, Elizabeth Warren Sec, Elizabeth Warren Wall Street, Politics News
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014  —  Tom Vilsack has ruled out running U.S. Senate in 2014, clearing the way for the early Democratic frontrunner, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, to press forward and raise money for what's expected to be one of the most fiercely competitive races in the country.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Herman Cain Joins Fox News as Contributor  —  Fox News Channel has hired former Republican presidential candidate and Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain as a contributor.  Cain will provide political and business analysis and commentary across FNC's daytime and primetime programming, as well as on Fox Business Network.
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
So Long, Sarah, Hello Herman: Cain Officially Joins Fox News As Contributor
Discussion: Colorlines
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fox News signs Herman Cain
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Separate Vacations for Barack and Michelle Obama  —  The White House confirms today that President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Florida this weekend.  His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Colorado.  The two daughters will be with Michelle.  —  From the White House press gaggle aboard Air Force One:
Discussion: CNN and Gretawire
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Fox News:
‘It was horrible’: Carnival passengers recount hellish cruise  —  Passengers freed from the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph shared tales of horror on Friday, recalling unsanitary conditions, food shortages and camping out on deck during five numbing days at sea.
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Associated Press:
Weary passengers fan out for homes after finally getting off crippled cruise ship
Discussion: Althouse and The Impolitic
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Over a Decade, Maureen O'Connor Spent $1 Billion on Bets  —  LOS ANGELES — A former mayor of San Diego spent the last decade wagering more than a billion dollars at casinos across the country, eventually liquidating her savings, auctioning her belongings, selling off real estate …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Fox News: Obama Proposed ‘Free’ Preschool To Toddlers So They Can Vote For Him ‘In The Future’  —  In his State of the Union address, President Obama made the case for universal early childhood education — an idea that isn't sitting well with conservatives.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Behind closed doors, House GOP tries to find its way  —  It's simple: House Republicans say that if they spend the next two years like they spent the last two, they'll become irrelevant.  —  So for the last few days, GOP leaders have met behind closed doors to both craft an agenda that confronts …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
When Families Fail  —  Today millions of American children grow up in homes where they don't learn the skills they need to succeed in life.  Their vocabularies are tiny.  They can't regulate their emotions.  When they get to kindergarten they've never been read a book …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Spokeswoman Quits After Four Months  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new communications director is leaving her post after just four months to reunite with her former boss, Jeffrey Zucker, the new president of CNN Worldwide.  —  The aide, Allison Gollust, informed Mr. Cuomo of her resignation on Friday …
 
 
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Christopher Rosen / The Huffington Post:
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Taxpayer dollars used to fund study tying Tea Party to tobacco lobby
Dylan Byers / Politico:
At CNBC, a strict guest policy
Discussion: TVNewser
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama awards adults killed in Newtown with Citizens Medal
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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