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4:00 AM ET, February 12, 2013


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Congressman Steve Stockman:
Ted Nugent to join Stockman at State of the Union  —  Nugent will be available for interviews  —  WASHINGTON - Musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent will be Congressman Steve Stockman's guest at Tuesday evening's State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Wonkette, Daily Kos and Twitchy
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Lawmaker invites Ted Nugent to Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday  —  Outspoken musician and gun right supporter Ted Nugent will be Rep. Steve Stockman's guest Tuesday night at President Obama's State of the Union address.  —  Nugent is well known for his defense of the Second Amendment …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Moderate Voice
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Ted Nugent to be guest at State of the Union  —  While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday's State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor's gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter.
Talking Points Memo:
Nugent: ‘I Will Be Taking On Media Orgy’ After SOTU  —  Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent will attend President Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday in order to take on the media and “counter the scams and lies of the left,” he explained to talk radio host Mike Broomhead Monday.
Discussion: DCist and Mediaite
Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
After Speech, Supporters to Promote Obama Agenda
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Ted Nugent Will Attend State of the Union Address
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, alicublog and CNN
White Blog:
State of the Union 2013: President Obama's Speech is Just the Beginning
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Lawmakers invite gun violence survivors to State of the Union
Biden says he's ‘not running’...for the papacy  —  (CNN) - While there's still no word on 2016, Vice President Joe Biden confirmed Monday he's not throwing his hat in the ring for at least one position-that of the pope.  —  Asked in Philadelphia about the decision by Pope Benedict XVI …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Biden: ‘I Am Not Running’ For The Papacy
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden praises Pope Benedict's integrity, jokes he won't run to succeed him
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
The bizarre stories of the four other popes to have resigned in the last 1,000 years
The unprecedented resignation of Benedict
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden in Philly: 'I'm coming' to talk about gun control effort
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Grandia / Firedoglake:
New Study Finds Koch Bros. Tried to Start Tea Party Movement in 2002  —  Were David Koch (and his brother Charles) planning to astroturf the Tea Party even earlier than formerly suspected?  —  Shattering the public perception that the Tea Party is a spontaneous popular citizens movement …
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
Brendan DeMelle / DeSmogBlog:
Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justice Ginsburg: The Senate Is ‘Destroying The United States’ Reputation... As A Beacon of Democracy'  —  Two years ago, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented that if she were nominated today to her current job on the Supreme Court, her “ACLU connection would probably disqualify” her from being confirmed.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
New Winger Conspiracy Theory Takes Flight  —  In the wake of news that Sen. Lindsey Graham is threatening to block the nominations of Hagel and Brennan, there's a whole new conspiracy theory bubbling up on the right.  From ground zero of Obama era conspiracy theories comes the conspiracy theory …
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday  —  The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill.  —  The highly anticipated directive …
Discussion: Mashable!, Infowars and The Hill
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Is Congress really going to miss its free lunch on infrastructure?
Megan McCloskey / Stars & Stripes:
Esquire article wrongly claims SEAL who killed Bin Laden is denied healthcare  —  Esquire magazine claims “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden ... Is Screwed.”  —  The story details the life of the Navy SEAL after the successful raid to take out the No. 1 terrorist, and it asserts that once …
Discussion: Gawker
Phil Bronstein / Esquire:
The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
House Republicans Unlikely To Pass New Sequester Replacement Plan  —  Buried in this Politico story about the House GOP's sequester strategy is a key admission. … This is what Republicans — most recently House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — are obscuring when they claim, in Cantor's words …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Signs of bipartisanship offer Obama narrow window to move agenda
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Democrats offer ‘prebuttal’ to Marco Rubio's rebuttal of Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Keep up, if you can—things are about to get strange.  —  In preparation for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the Democratic National Committee …
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
“We're Not Going to Be Pushed Around by the Antis”  —  Julie Burkhart is working to bring abortion care back to Wichita.  —  Wichita, Kansas, has been without a local abortion provider since an anti-abortion extremist murdered Dr. George Tiller in his church in May 2009.
Discussion: The Other McCain
7 Things Democrats Would Have Freaked Out About If Bush Had Done Them  —  Obama's national security policy has continued some of the most controversial moves of the Bush administration.  Silence from much of the left.  —  Democrats were overjoyed when George W. Bush left office in January of 2009.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies  —  The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven't proved they are eligible to receive them.
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