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10:05 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.
Sam Schaefer / L.A. NOW:
Christopher Dorner in gun battle with authorities, source says
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 …
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Marco Rubio opposes Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: Twitchy
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Marco Rubio's drinking problem  —  Twitter exploded during Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response to the State of the Union, as the Florida senator appeared a little sweaty and dry-mouthed at mid-speech, taking an awkward swig from a bottle of water that had been placed off-camera.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Everyone On Twitter Made The Exact Same Joke About Marco Rubio's Water Break  —  The fall of western civilization is complete.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Marco Rubio as the anti-Mitt Romney
Discussion: Hot Air, Reuters and Washington Post
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The gun control president  —  “They deserve a vote!” is a powerful argument, but will it be enough to shame the GOP into allowing one?  —  In a way, it was fitting that the cable news networks were forced by the drama in Big Bear to blow up hours of long-planned pre-State of the Union coverage Tuesday night.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama on gun control: ‘This time is different’
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Politico
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama goes old-time Democrat in State of the Union
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs and Slate
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: The Week, CNN and Politico
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: 53% who watched speech give president thumbs up
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
News Analysis: Obama Makes Case for Government in State of Union Address
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
First Read /
Obama punctuates laundry list with plea on gun violence  —  Obama's two speeches in one... First part was your typical SOTU; second part was emotional plea to curb gun violence... Obama on the economy, sequester... President also unveils laundry list of economic/educational proposals …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Coburn: ‘I Agree We Need To Vote On Guns’  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said Wednesday morning he agrees with President Obama's State of the Union call that gun violence prevention legislation deserves a vote in Congress.  —  “I agree we need to vote on guns,” Coburn said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
New York Times:
Challenged for His Seat at 89, a Senator Does Not Go Gentle  —  WASHINGTON — As he approached his 89th birthday this year, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey was finally considering retirement, an option he had tried a decade earlier and hated so much that he jumped at the chance to return to political life.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Medal of Honor winner turns down invite to State of the Union  —  Former Army staff sergeant Clint Romesha, who was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Monday, has declined the first lady's invitation to sit in her box on Tuesday night during the State of the Union address.
Discussion: CNN and Rush Limbaugh
Sudip Bhattacharya / CNN:
White House State of the Union stream more like business presentation
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
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 …
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: The PJ Tatler, and Reuters
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 …
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Jim Erickson / News Service News Releases:
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Discussion: The Agonist and Booman Tribune
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Sea slug's ‘disposable penis’ surprises
Discussion: Daily Mail and Guardian
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 Earlier Items: 
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Obama Calls For Raising Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour In State Of The Union
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Watching The State Of The Union With Undocumented Immigrants
Tony Romm / Politico:
Obama issues cybersecurity executive order at SOTU
Discussion: Quartz, CNN and The Atlantic Online
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, First Read and Daily Kos