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8:20 AM ET, February 14, 2013

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Matt Hadro / NewsBusters:
CNN Absurdly Asks If Rubio's Sip of Water Was ‘Career-Ender’  —  On Wednesday's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer absurdly wondered if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pausing his State of the Union response for a drink of water would “break” his career.  The CNN chyron flashed “Career-ender?”
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Marco Rubio Still Not a Scientist, Man
Discussion: Bloomberg, NPR, The Week and Shakesville
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:   Marco Rubio On Climate Change: 'The Government Can't Change The Weather'
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Marco Rubio, Who Bragged About Living In “Working Class” West Miami, Is Selling His $675,000 House
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:   Where were Marco Rubio's new ideas?
Tim Mak / Politico:
Senate to vote Friday on Chuck Hagel  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday moved to end the Senate debate on whether to confirm Chuck Hagel to become the next secretary of defense.  A vote is set for Friday.  —  The move was necessary, he said, because he could not come …
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Politico:
Harry Reid sets the stage for Chuck Hagel showdown  —  Senate Republicans see the writing on the wall: Chuck Hagel will get his job at the Pentagon, and John Brennan will soon be headed to Langley.  —  But that doesn't mean they won't drag out the proceedings to extract every possible concession …
CNN:
TRENDING: Outcome of Hagel filibuster vote uncertain
Discussion: Politico and Right Turn
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
CNN Slides Ever Lower  —  There isn't much left of the CNN brand, but there is still a little room to sink deeper-and today, CNN did.  Compare and contrast: CNN's panel is excited about Chris Dorner.  They can understand why lots of people think he is a “superhero.”
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BREITBART.COM:   CNN PANEL: DORNER'S ALLEGED MURDER SPREE ‘EXCITING,’ LIKE ‘DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIE’
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Christopher Dorner Fan Club Is More Mainstream Than You'd Think
Discussion: Hit & Run, Salon and Hot Air
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents  —  (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee …
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Wayne LaPierre / The Daily Caller:
Stand and Fight  —  Before I tell you how the NRA and our members are going to Stand And Fight politically and in the courts, let's acknowledge that all over this country, tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand And Fight to protect their families and homes.
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ThinkProgress:
The Nine Most Insane Quotes From The NRA's New Apocalyptic Op-Ed  —  Wednesday afternoon, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre published a bizarre, paranoid screed on the Daily Caller outlining a series of wildly implausible scenarios in which (among other things) …
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Students Told to Stop ‘USA!’  Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas  —  Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A!  U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game.  While their punishment has since been rescinded …
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Students Told to Remove Patriotic Bandanas
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.  —  But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone.
Discussion: Gawker, First Read and BLACKFIVE
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Bill / Nielsen Wire:
33.5 Million Tune in to Watch President Obama's State of the Union Address  —  On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term in office.  The address was carried live from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 15 networks and tape delayed on Univision.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
This Guy's Car Got Stuck at 125mph—for an Hour  —  A real-world screening of Speed ended with a small miracle of bureaucratic coordination.  —  Shutterstock/Snvv  —  It started with a trip to a supermarket.  It ended with a high-speed chase, a frantic call to police, a highway-bound ballet …
Discussion: Gawker and Guardian
CNN:
Graham to Obama: Stop ‘cheerleading’ for gun laws  —  (CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham took issue with the president's calls for more gun control in his State of the Union address, saying Wednesday that the country doesn't “need a cheerleader for new gun laws.”
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Graham to introduce a guns background check bill
The Times:
Ministers knew of the risk from illegal meat last year  —  The Government knew last summer that a sudden ban on cheap British beef and lamb meant it was “inevitable” that unlawful meat would be imported from Europe.  —  MPs will demand today that the food watchdog is given powers …
Discussion: BBC and Samizdata
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Ridicules His Party For Lame Hashtag  —  Rep. Justin Amash says Republican leadership are wrong to try to blame Obama for the sequester — especially with such a terrible Twitter hashtag.  “I think it's kind of 2008.”  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Justin Amash has a message …
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Blackman / Josh Blackman's Blog:
Should Law Reviews Consider Race When Selecting Articles?  —  I recently discovered that Scholastica, a competitor to Expresso in the electronic journal submission process, allows authors to submit demographic information, including an author's gender identity, sexual orientation, race …
Fortune:
Time Warner in talks to part ways with Time Inc.  —  Exclusive: Meredith is in talks with media giant Time Warner to buy most of its Time Inc. publishing business.  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes  —  FORTUNE — Media giant Time Warner has begun discussions to separate itself from Time Inc. …
Jim Galloway / Ajc Blogs: &lsquo:
Paul Broun: ‘I was the first to call Obama a socialist’  —  Since he jumped into the U.S. Senate race last week, Paul Broun has insisted on presenting a calm, cool and constructive demeanor.  —  After the State of the Union address last night, the on-message Republican congressman …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker tweets college co-ed, then deletes messages  —  Rep. Steve Cohen repeatedly tweeted, and then deleted, messages to a woman on Twitter who his office is calling “the daughter of a longtime friend” and who has the same name as a Texas State University blonde bombshell featured in a college co-ed calendar.
 
 
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Martin Peretz / Wall Street Journal:
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USA Today:
Big Bear residents say Dorner bound, gagged them
Discussion: TalkLeft
Slate:
Entry 1: My name is Emily Bazelon. I'm a feminist. I've never read Betty Friedan's book—until now.
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and Althouse
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Maher: Rubio's a ‘Shameless Liar’ for Saying Obama Created More Debt Than Bush
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Politico:
Elizabeth Warren's silent Senate approach
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Black Professor Praises Black Cop Killer: “Like Watching ‘Django Unchained’...It's Kind Of Exciting”
Discussion: Mediaite and TheBlaze.com
Click2Houston.com:
Pregnant teen sues parents over abortion
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Joe Arnold / WHAS:
McConnell leads Judd 49-40 in new poll
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama to vacation in Palm Beach
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Details ‘History Of Abusive Behavior’ At Wisconsin Supreme Court
Discussion: JSOnline and Althouse
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
NRA Responds To ‘Connecticut Effect’ Controversy, Falsely Claims No Association With Lobbyist
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Landrieu leads potential foes for reelection