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1:30 PM ET, February 16, 2013

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Ted Cruz Runs Counter to the Senate's Courtly Ways  —  WASHINGTON — As the Senate edged toward a divisive filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber — his voice lost to laryngitis …
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Nasty Newcomer  —  WHEN a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know you've got a problem.  —  And Ted Cruz, a Republican freshman in the Senate who has been front and center in his party's effort to squash Chuck Hagel's nomination …
Jonathan Bernstein / Salon:
Think Hagel's bad?  Just wait until there's a Supreme Court opening  —  The Hagel battle is actually a dry run for the next justice fight — and it's clear that the GOP will filibuster  —  Compare that Russian meteor hit earlier this week to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.  Got that?
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Obama in Florida for golf getaway  —  President Obama is in Florida until Monday to golf and lounge with friends.  —  Obama is staying at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., while first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are “out West” on a ski trip.
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Tim Rosaforte / Golf Digest:
Obama to get golf lessons from Harmons
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Separate Vacations for Barack and Michelle Obama
Discussion: Right Wing News and CNN
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Paul Krugman is wrong - but don't take my word for it  —  America's fiscal predicament is serious.  The problem has become obvious in the last few years, but it has been building for decades, largely the result of promises of extensive social benefits without a corresponding willingness to pay for them.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tony Lee / BREITBART.COM:
JEB BUSH: I WOULD GOVERN LIKE LYNDON JOHNSON AS PRESIDENT  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would strive to be like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat famous for expanding the U.S. welfare state through the “Great Society,” if he were elected president.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Washington Post:
FBI investigating allegations Sen. Menendez patronized prostitutes in Dominican Republic  —  A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes …
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Rubio embarks on trip to Israel and Jordan  —  Republican rising star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) departed for the Middle East on Saturday, beginning a journey that could do much to burnish the possible 2016 presidential candidate's foreign policy credentials.
Discussion: CNN
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The best choice for pope?  A nun.  —  In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold.  He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church.  And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold.  It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Incomes Flat in Recovery, but Not for the 1%  —  WASHINGTON — Incomes rose more than 11 percent for the top 1 percent of earners during the economic recovery, but barely at all for everybody else, according to new data.  —  The numbers, produced by Emmanuel Saez, an economist at the University …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Bear Bombers Over Guam  —  Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow's growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States.  —  The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles …
Renee Dudley / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart Executives Sweat Slow February Start in E-Mails  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had the worst sales start to a month in seven years as payroll-tax increases hit shoppers already battling a slow economy, according to internal e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News.
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
 
 
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