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9:45 AM ET, February 15, 2013


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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans filibuster Hagel nomination  —  Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama on Thursday when they began a filibuster of Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense.  —  The confirmation process stalled Thursday when GOP senators deprived Hagel …
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
McCain Says He's Opposing Hagel Because Hagel Was Mean To Bush  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told us how he really feels about Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on Fox News this afternoon, saying “people don't forget” when you cross your own party.  —  Speaking to Fox News host Neil Cavuto …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Block Vote on Defense Post for Hagel
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House endorses Senate sequester plan, urges House Republicans to act
Discussion: The Reaction
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why Republicans Can No Longer Be Trusted on National Security
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate Republicans block Hagel nomination for Defense secretary
Meteorite hits central Russia, more than 500 people hurt  —  (Reuters) - More than 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, shattering windows and damaging buildings.
Judicial Watch:
JW Releases Confidential USDA Videos Revealing “Cultural Sensitivity Training” Program … Videos Reveal Indoctrination Program Requiring USDA Staffers to Bang on Tables, Chant, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens”  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch today released previously unseen USDA videos revealing …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Confidential, expensive USDA sensitivity training: ‘The Pilgrims were illegal aliens’ [VIDEOS]  —  Footage of the United States Department of Agriculture's compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program reveals USDA employees being instructed to refer to the Pilgrims as “illegal aliens” …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers' jobs.  —  “I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Over a Decade, Maureen O'Connor Spent $1 Billion on Bets  —  LOS ANGELES — A former mayor of San Diego spent the last decade wagering more than a billion dollars at casinos across the country, eventually liquidating her savings, auctioning her belongings, selling off real estate …
CBS Denver:
Parents Complain About School Ad Excluding Whites From Tutoring Program  —  AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.  —  The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent …
Phil Plait / Slate:
BREAKING: Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Sonic Boom Shatters Windows [UPDATED]  —  Still frame from a dashcam video of a huge meteor over Russia. … Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Lone Star rising  —  AUSTIN, Texas — California fancies itself as a trendsetter and Florida prizes its claim as a microcosm of America.  —  But when it comes to politics — both present-day battles and future trends — ground zero right now is the fastest-growing of the mega-states: Texas.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rubio and the Zombies  —  The State of the Union address was not, I'm sorry to say, very interesting.  True, the president offered many good ideas.  But we already know that almost none of those ideas will make it past a hostile House of Representatives.  —  On the other hand, the G.O.P. reply …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John M. Broder / Wheels:
That Tesla Data: What It Says and What It Doesn't  —  The Model S at the Tesla Supercharger in the Interstate 95 service plaza in Milford, Conn.  —  Elon Musk , the chief executive of Tesla Motors, has now responded in detail to the account of my test drive of his Model S electric car …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama to press gun control during visit to Chicago's South Side  —  President Obama heads to his hometown Chicago on Friday to press Congress to act on his proposals to reduce gun violence.  —  Obama will deliver his remarks at the Hyde Park Academy at around 2:45 p.m. CT.
Discussion: CNN
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll Gives Markey Slight Edge Over Lynch  —  BOSTON — A new WBUR poll (PDFs - topline, crosstabs) finds a competitive race between the two Democratic congressmen running in Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election.  —  The poll, conducted by the MassINC Polling Group …
Discussion: Ballot Box and First Read
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Sequester Cuts: Senate Democrats Settle On Replacement Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have settled on a final plan to replace 10 months' worth of sequestration cuts, aides said on Thursday.  —  The plan, called the American Family Economic Protection Act, pinpoints $120 billion of savings …
Discussion: The Plum Line, Daily Kos and The Hill
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate Dems unveil $110B sequester-replacement bill
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