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8:40 AM ET, February 13, 2013


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Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
Officials: Christopher Dorner May Be Dead Following Deadly Standoff  —  SEVEN OAKS ( — LAPD Cmdr.  Andy Smith says that despite earlier reports, Christopher Dorner's body has not been recovered from a burned out cabin where he was reportedly holed up during a deadly shootout with authorities earlier today.
NBC Southern California:
Charred Human Remains Found in Rubble of Burned-Out Cabin  —  Charred human remains were found Tuesday night in the debris of a burned-out cabin in the Big Bear area, where law enforcement officials were involved in a shootout with a man believed to be a fired LAPD officer wanted …
Sam Schaefer / L.A. NOW:
Christopher Dorner in gun battle with authorities, source says
Statement on my Vote Against the Violence Against Women Act  —  I believe we should have re-authorized the existing Violence Against Women Act that has helped reduce the annual incidence of domestic violence by more than 50 percent, among other successes.  I also continue supporting the work …
BREAKING: Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act, With No Help From 22 Republican Male Senators  —  The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22.  Of those opposing the legislation, all 22 were Republican men.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Marco Rubio opposes Violence Against Women Act  —  Sen. Marco Rubio was among the 22 GOP senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act - a law that the Florida Republican said he largely supports but couldn't ultimately vote to renew because of new provisions in the bill.
Discussion: Twitchy
Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Explains Vote Against Violence Against Women Act  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a rising star in the Republican Party and considered a top presidential contender in 2016, voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Tuesday.  The bill passed by the Senate Tuesday expanded VAWA …
Energy Secretary to Skip State of Union Address  —  The White House says Energy Secretary Steven Chu will not attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.  —  Traditionally, one Cabinet member does not travel to the House chamber for the speech in order to preserve the government …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Tony Romm / Politico:
Obama issues cybersecurity executive order at SOTU
Discussion: Quartz and The Atlantic Online
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Medal of Honor winner turns down invite to State of the Union
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Sudip Bhattacharya / CNN:
White House State of the Union stream more like business presentation
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Excerpts: Obama's State of the Union remarks
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, Truthdig and ABCNEWS
Talking Points Memo:
Obama To Call For Job Programs In State Of The Union (SPEECH EXCERPTS)
Discussion: Addicting Info
President Barack Obama State of the Union 2013 speech (full text)  —  President Barack Obama's speech for the 2013 State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House.  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:
Washington Post:
State of the Union 2013: President Obama's address to Congress (Transcript)  —  Here is a full transcript of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address as delivered.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.  Please, everybody, have a seat.  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and News Desk
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
The Deficit Chart That Should Embarrass Budget Hawks  —  Here's a pretty important fact that virtually everyone in Washington seems oblivious to: The federal deficit has never fallen as fast as it's falling now without a coincident recession.  —  To be specific, CBO expects the deficit …
Matthew Vollenweider /
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Everyone On Twitter Made The Exact Same Joke About Marco Rubio's Water Break  —  The fall of western civilization is complete.
Transcript: Marco Rubio's Republican Response
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Twitchy and The PJ Tatler
Anon Relations:
Anonymous CALL TO IMMEDIATE ACTION! #opSOTU  —  Last year we faced our greatest threat from lawmakers.  We faced down SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA.  —  And we won!  —  But that victory did not come easily.  Nor did it come without a price.  —  Aaron Swartz was one of the leading voices …
Paul Takahashi / Las Vegas Sun News:
Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack  —  The second unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas has died from an apparent heart attack.  —  John Alleman suffered a heart attack last week as he waited at the bus stop in front of the restaurant …
First on CNN: NRA charges Obama's efforts will lead to gun confiscation  —  Washington (CNN) - The National Rifle Association will assert that President Barack Obama's attempt to enact new gun control laws will result in the “confiscation” of people's firearms in a new web video scheduled …
Discussion: and Reuters
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary  —  The Senate Armed Services Committee was set to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Tuesday, but several Republican senators told The Cable they will insist he receive 60 votes on the Senate floor before he is confirmed.
Talking Points Memo:
Reid: I Won't Honor Holds On Hagel Nomination
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Director Alex Gibney Says The Pope's Resignation ‘Inextricably Linked’ to Sex Abuse Scandal  —  Having exposed the church in his new documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa,” the filmmaker says of Benedict XVI: “His papacy will always be saddled with the stain of the sex abuse crisis.”
Discussion: Guardian
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Jim Erickson / News Service News Releases:
Sunlight stimulates release of climate-warming gas from melting Arctic permafrost
Discussion: The Agonist and Booman Tribune
Rebecca Morelle / BBC:
Sea slug's ‘disposable penis’ surprises
Discussion: Daily Mail and Guardian
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
French Plan to Add to Already Lengthy School Days Angers Parents and Teachers
The state of our union is ... dumber: How the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Obama Calls For Raising Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour In State Of The Union
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Bipartisan commission to examine national voting problems
Discussion: Politico
Obama to Congress: Act on Climate Change or I Will
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama on gun control: ‘This time is different’
Discussion: Politico
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Watching The State Of The Union With Undocumented Immigrants
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Boehner: Obama lacks “guts,” “courage” to deal with debt
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Hot Air
Kelly Whiteside / Associated Press:
IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics
Discussion: BuzzFeed and protein wisdom
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNBC Anchor Tears Into Dem Leader Who Claims U.S. Has A ‘Paying-For Problem,’ Not A Spending Problem
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Costa / National Review:
Barbour Goes to War with the Club for Growth
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The GOP's Big Asian-American Problem
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Feministing