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1:00 PM ET, February 15, 2013


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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.
Meteor strike injures hundreds in central Russia  —  The BBC's Daniel Sandford says people described a ball of fire in the sky  —  A meteor crashing in central Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings.
New York Times:
Meteor Fragments Are Said to Rain Down on Siberia; Hundreds of Injuries Reported  —  MOSCOW — Bright objects, apparently debris from a meteor, streaked through the sky in western Siberia early Friday, accompanied by a thunderous shock wave that damaged buildings across a vast territory.
Geoff Brumfiel / Nature:
Russian meteor largest in a century  —  Explosion rivalled nuclear blast, but rock was still too small for advance-warning networks to spot.  —  A meteor that exploded over Russia this morning was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century, scientists say.
Phil Plait / Slate:
BREAKING: Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Sonic Boom Shatters Windows [UPDATED]
Discussion: Quartz, Hot Air and The Maddow Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Meteorite Hits Russia, Causing Panic
Discussion: The Hill
Cosmic Log /
‘Panic’ as streaking meteor injures hundreds in Russia
Howard Amos / Guardian:
Meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk injures hundreds
Discussion: Quartz and TechCrunch
Why President Obama went all-in on Chuck Hagel  —  President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have fiercely defended the nomination of Chuck Hagel, despite advisers and Hill Democrats who questioned the move and predicted a firestorm, according to Democratic sources.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Senators wary of combative Cruz  —  Sen. Ted Cruz lost his voice a couple days ago.  —  Some senators probably wish it wouldn't come back — at least for a little while.  —  In six short weeks since he became the junior Texas GOP senator, the no-nonsense freshman has quickly become a lightning rod …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:   Lone Star rising
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz, making quite an entrance
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014  —  Tom Vilsack has ruled out running U.S. Senate in 2014, clearing the way for the early Democratic frontrunner, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, to press forward and raise money for what's expected to be one of the most fiercely competitive races in the country.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Bionic Eyes and “Health Care Costs”  —  Argus II glasses with embedded camera.  —  Second Sight publicity still for Argus II  —  I read an informative piece in the NY Times from Ezekiel Emannuel today delivering the “good news” that health care spending volumes are increasing at a slower pace …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / Opinionator:
Health Care's Good News
Discussion: National Review
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Embarrasses Hapless Bank Regulators At First Hearing (VIDEO)  —  Elizabeth Warren, Video, Financial Regulation, Senate Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Bank Regulators, Elizabeth Warren Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Occ, Elizabeth Warren Sec, Elizabeth Warren Wall Street, Politics News
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
NBC Politics:
Congressman says deleted tweets were to his recently discovered daughter  —  Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tells NBC News that the 24-year-old woman he tweeted at during the State of the Union address was not a romantic interest, but in fact his daughter.  —  After “The Hill” reported that Cohen …
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]
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Rahm Emanuel May Be Toying With 2016 Presidential Run  —  Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel might make a go for 2016, two well-connected Democrats tell Lloyd Grove—as long as Hillary doesn't.  And the potty-mouthed Chicago mayor could win.  —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel …
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Plea Deal Could Be Filed As Soon As Friday  —  (CBS) - Federal prosecutors are now ready to file their plea agreement with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., CBS 2 has learned.  —  Jackson's wife, Sandi, faces legal troubles under the arrangement.
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Spokeswoman Quits After Four Months  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new communications director is leaving her post after just four months to reunite with her former boss, Jeffrey Zucker, the new president of CNN Worldwide.  —  The aide, Allison Gollust, informed Mr. Cuomo of her resignation on Friday …
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 …
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 …
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