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10:45 AM ET, February 10, 2013


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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 …
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
In State of the Union, Obama to return to jobs and the economy  —  View Photo Gallery — The State of the Union's history: Technology and partisanship have transformed the State of the Union over the past century.  Here's a look back.  —  President Obama will concentrate his State …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Hill
Giffords to attend State of the Union
Discussion: Politico
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
California Democrats Propose Strictest Gun Regulations In The Nation  —  Thursday afternoon, a group of California Senate Democrats rolled out a legislative package that would create what would likely be the tightest gun regulation system in the nation, ranging from sweeping prohibitions …
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 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Other McCain
CBS Sacramento:
Support Growing For Former L.A. Officer Accused Of Killing Spree  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) - The ex-cop accused of three revenge killings left behind a long manifesto outlining all of his grievances and observations.  —  That manifesto has given investigators some clues, but they still don't know where is Christopher Dorner.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Tea party address won't divide Republicans, Rand Paul says  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul's tea party response to Tuesday's State of the Union address isn't intended to drive a wedge through the Republican Party, the Kentucky senator said Sunday.  —  Paul was tapped by the Tea Party Express …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Booman Tribune
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.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Obama's Drone Attack on Your Due Process  —  The biggest problem with the recently disclosed Obama administration white paper defending the drone killing of radical clerk Anwar al-Awlaki isn't its secrecy or its creative redefinition of the words “imminent threat.”
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Turn in Bush's Bind  —  WASHINGTON — If President Obama tuned in to the past week's bracing debate on Capitol Hill about terrorism, executive power, secrecy and due process, he might have recognized the arguments his critics were making: He once made some of them himself.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Sens. Feinstein, Leahy push for court oversight of armed drone strikes  —  The top Democrats on the Senate intelligence and judiciary panels are planning hearings to consider establishing new authorities for federal courts to oversee the use of armed drone strikes against suspected terror targets worldwide.
Washington Post:
Israeli strike in Syria might be first in series  —  View Photo Gallery — Signs pointing out distances to different cities is seen at an observation point in the Golan Heights on Jan. 31, 2013.  More photos: Syrian fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo.
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Torture Memo Author, Now a Federal Judge, Still Justifying Torture
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas
Discussion: Associated Press
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and AllThingsD
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher Blasts Donald Trump for Suit Over Orangutan Joke