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4:35 PM ET, February 10, 2013

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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham To Place Hold On National Security Nominees Over Benghazi Attacks  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is threatening to place a hold on key administration national security nominations unless President Obama explains how the White House reacted to the Benghazi attacks and who …
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CNN:
Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's nominees for secretary of defense and CIA director could be held up by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham unless the White House provides more information about its response …
Discussion: Politico, The PJ Tatler and The Hill
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: ‘No confirmation without information’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Sens. Feinstein, Leahy push for court oversight of armed drone strikes
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘Almost a false argument’ to say US has spending problem  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that the looming sequestration is “a bad idea all around” and called for a balance of spending cuts and closing tax loopholes in order to avoid it.
Talking Points Memo:
Nicolle Wallace: GOP Needs Rubio Because ‘He Knows Who Tupac Is’  —  Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace said Sunday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is good for the Republican Party because, as one of many attributes, Rubio “knows who Tupac is.”  —  “He's everything we need and more,” …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP's Softer Rhetoric: ‘Lipstick on a Pig’
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Tea party address won't divide Republicans, Rand Paul says
Discussion: Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNN Panel: Was Doctor's Conservative Speech In Front Of Obama ‘Offensive,’ ‘Inappropriate’?  —  Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, raised a number of political eyebrows in Washington this week when he took to a stage he shared with President Barack Obama …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Bits Blog: Disruptions: Apple Is Said to Be Developing a Curved-Glass Smart Watch  —  Dick Tracy and James Bond had watches that served as computers.  Tim Cook of Apple wears a Nike FuelBand, which tracks his physical activity.  —  Dick Tracy had one.  As did Inspector Gadget and James Bond.
Discussion: Mashable! and Business Insider
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
After ignoring unemployment, Obama seeks to convince Americans it's his top priority … White House spinners are working furiously in the final 72 hours before President Obama's State of the Union speech.  Their job: convince the recession-scarred American public that economic recovery …
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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
In State of the Union, Obama to return to jobs and the economy
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Hill and The Reaction
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain on avoiding automatic spending cuts  —  Special Guests: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain  —  The following is a rush transcript of the February 10, 2013, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Examiner
Mike Parker / Daily Express:
Man hunt for ex-soldier who shot police chief's daughter and killed policeman  —  POLICE plan to use spy drones in the hunt for a Rambo-style ex-soldier and policeman who has murdered three people and vowed to kill again.  —  Christopher Dorner is thought to be hiding in California's snow-capped San Bernardino mountain
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Informer
Christopher Dorner / TMZ.com:
CALL ME!!!  —  Charlie Sheen wants to do his part to bring ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner into custody safely ... so he's recorded a video plea asking the wanted man to call him to talk things out.  —  Dorner — who is accused of killing three people including a cop …
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Brent Baker / NewsBusters blogs:
Parody or Does She Believe It?  CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming  —  CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?”  —  Moments earlier, before an ad break …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Many 2011 federal budget cuts had little real-world effect  —  Video: You've heard the word “sequester” mentioned by politicians a lot lately.  The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe explains what the term means, and why it matters.  —  Late on the night of April 8, 2011, Washington's leaders announced …
Discussion: Free exchange and Booman Tribune
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cantor: Initial efforts on immigration reform should focus on children
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Cole: ‘Absolutely’ no new tax revenues in sequester replacement
Discussion: Politico
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Mark Sanford's confessional campaign
Holly Zachariah / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio mayor resigns after alleged anti-gay slurs
Discussion: alan.com and Towleroad News #gay
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
McCain Goes After Conservative Opponents Of Immigration Reform: ‘What Do You Want To Do?’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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