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10:55 AM ET, February 13, 2013


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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  —  His desperate need for a drink of water created the immediate headline, but Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) much-anticipated speech Tuesday night had a very serious intent: it was as much an exercise in erasing Mitt Romney's legacy on the Republican Party …
Discussion: Hot Air, Reuters and Washington Post
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Marco Rubio: ‘I needed water’  —  Even the Republican savior gets thirsty.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joked Wednesday about his abrupt, awkward water-break during his delivery of the GOP rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday — by doing the same thing again, and then again.
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rubio jokes: ‘I needed water’ while delivering Republican response
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address  —  The following is the text as prepared for delivery of President Obama's State of the Union Address, as provided by the White House:  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: 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 …
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.
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: Mediaite and Twitchy
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Roy Blunt says Republicans have votes to delay Chuck Hagel nomination  —  Sen. Roy Blunt signaled Wednesday that there may be enough votes in the Senate to delay debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon.  —  Blunt (R-Mo.) said he believed there were 40 votes in the Senate that indicated …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama goes old-time Democrat in State of the Union
Discussion: News Desk, Slate and NewsBusters blogs
Tea party State of the Union 2013 rebuttal: Rand Paul response (full text, video)  —  Sen. Rand Paul's tea party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and provided by his office.  —  I speak to you tonight from Washington …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: 53% who watched speech give president thumbs up
Energy Secretary to Skip State of Union Address
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
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
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
Gropez even ‘ogled’ a child: Accusation he made creepy comments on 14-year-old intern  —  There's a creepy new accusation in the sexual-harassment probe of Assemblyman Vito Lopez — that he even leered at a 14-year-old intern and made comments about her sexy attire, sources told the The Post.
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.”
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 …
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
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Discussion: The Week, Quartz and TechCrunch
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Rap on Rubio  —  Not long ago, scrolling for a movie, I saw that “Notorious” was on.
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Director Alex Gibney Says The Pope's Resignation ‘Inextricably Linked’ to Sex Abuse Scandal
Discussion: Guardian
Jim Erickson / News Service News Releases:
Sunlight stimulates release of climate-warming gas from melting Arctic permafrost
Discussion: The Agonist and Booman Tribune
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Rebecca Morelle / BBC:
Sea slug's ‘disposable penis’ surprises
Discussion: Daily Mail and Guardian
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Obama Calls For Raising Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour In State Of The Union
First on CNN: NRA charges Obama's efforts will lead to gun confiscation
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, and Reuters
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Medal of Honor winner turns down invite to State of the Union
Discussion: CNN and Rush Limbaugh
Kelly Whiteside / Associated Press:
IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics
Discussion: BuzzFeed and protein wisdom
Paul Takahashi / Las Vegas Sun News:
Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack