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11:55 PM ET, February 15, 2013

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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren's Aggressive Questioning Prompts Anger From Wall Street  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) meeting with bank regulators Thursday left bankers reeling, after the politician questioned why regulators had not prosecuted a bank since the financial crisis.
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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
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: The Huffington Post and Politico
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  —  WASHINGTON— Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged today with violating federal law by misusing campaign funds.  —  Jackson, 47, a Democrat from Chicago, faces felony charges, including conspiracy, in a criminal information filed …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Charged With Misusing Campaign Funds  —  WASHINGTON — In the span of four years starting in 2007, Jesse L. Jackson Jr., then a representative from Illinois, amassed a collection of celebrity memorabilia, furs, jewelry and furniture.  —  Working with an antiques dealer …
Discussion: The Raw Story and alan.com
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Plea Deal Could Be Filed As Soon As Friday
Voice of Russia, News:
Russian MP blames meteor shower on US secret arms test  —  Russia's controversial Liberal leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has blamed Americans for today's meteorite scare, local media report.  —  “Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons,” Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists.
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Associated Press:
NASA: Meteor exploded with force of 20 Hiroshima bombs
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Facebook Security / Facebook:
Protecting People On Facebook  —  Facebook, like every significant internet service, is frequently targeted by those who want to disrupt or access our data and infrastructure.  As such, we invest heavily in preventing, detecting, and responding to threats that target our infrastructure …
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Associated Press:   Facebook says it was hacked, no data compromised
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 …
Gallup:
LGBT Percentage Highest in D.C., Lowest in North Dakota  —  All states are within two percentage points of the overall national average of 3.5%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) ranges from 1.7% in North Dakota …
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.
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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
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Controversial Preacher Bradlee Dean Kicked Off High School Campus In Florida  —  Controversial preacher Bradlee Dean has demanded a Florida high school that kicked him off campus on Wednesday allow him to return and speak at the school.  —  Dean, who last year sparked outrage …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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 …
Christopher Rosen / The Huffington Post:
Harrison Ford In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?  Han Solo Reportedly Back For New Film  —  Video, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford Han Solo, Harrison Ford Star Wars, Harrison Ford Star Wars Episode 7, Star Wars Episode 7 Harrison Ford, Star Wars Episode VII, Star Wars Harrison Ford, Entertainment News
Discussion: The Verge, alan.com and Hot Air
Tim Rosaforte / Golf Digest:
Obama to get golf lessons from Harmons  —  The President's golfing weekend at The Floridian GC in Palm City, Fla., will include more than golf on a Tom Fazio course or an afternoon of ball beating at the Harmon School of Golf on campus.  The Harmons, Butch and son Claude III …
Commentary Magazine:
How to Save the Republican Party  —  The Republican Party is in trouble: In the wake of the presidential election, everybody has said so, and everybody is right.  From there, however, a hundred paths diverge and a thousand voices have been heard.  The relevant questions are these: How deep is the trouble?
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Lawmakers: Not spacey to study asteroids  —  Rep. Lamar Smith on Friday called for hearings on space science and exploration, following the aftermath of the meteor that landed and an asteroid making its close fly-by of Earth.  —  “Developing technology and research that enable us to track objects …
 
 
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Jerry Bowyer / Forbes:
Down On Downton: Why The Left Is Torching Downton Abbey
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
So Long, Sarah, Hello Herman: Cain Officially Joins Fox News As Contributor
Discussion: Colorlines
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
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David Weigel / Slate:
The Cuccinelli Manifesto  —  Virginia's attorney general …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House overrides Obama, votes to freeze federal pay for third year
Benjamin Kang Lim / Reuters:
Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Behind closed doors, House GOP tries to find its way
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Spokeswoman Quits After Four Months
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014
NBC Politics:
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