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Scalia says the State of the Union address is a "silly affair" that has become too political.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the State of the Union address is a "silly affair" that has become too political.


The high court's most senior member says speech event is too political
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito have similar views on State of the Union
Scalia says he hasn't been to one of these presidential speeches since 1997

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia criticized the annual State of the Union ritual Tuesday night, calling the presidential speech something worth skipping because it is a "rather silly affair."

One of three justices who did not attend President Obama's speech at the U.S. Capitol -- along with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito -- Scalia bemoaned that "it has turned into a childish spectacle, and I don't think that I want to be there to lend dignity to it."

"The State of the Union is not something I write on my calendar," Scalia said during his own remarks before the Smithsonian Associates at George Washington University. But he quipped, "I didn't set this up tonight just to upstage the president.


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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/02/12/scalia-obama-speech-state-of-union/1914577/

WTF? (After all that) LAPD: No Body Found In Burned Cabin

LAPD: No Body Found In Burned Cabin
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Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Tuesday night that reports a body was found in the burned-down cabin near Big Bear, Calif., were false.

"No body has been identified and no body has been located," Smith said during a news conference, providing updates on the stand-off with a man suspected of being fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

Smith said the cabin was too hot for investigators to even enter it yet. Multiple news outlets had reported that a body had been recovered in the cabin.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/lapd-no-body-found-in-burned-cabin

The funniest drink of water in world history



7:56 PM PT: So, yes, Marco Rubio proved you can manage to swallow just fine, but choke all the same.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/12/1186721/-The-sip-of-water-laughed-at-world-wide


UPDATE TO ADD Wolf Blitzer's "Oh Oh":



Rubio slurp heard round the world. But my favorite moment was on CNN where Blitzer, on mic, does a semi-aghast ‘oh my’ as Rubio makes the water lunge. The actual words are ‘uh oh’. Video after the jump, but only for true slurp aficionados. It comes at 14 seconds in.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/02/wolf_gets_his_turn.php?ref=fpblg

“The families of Newtown deserve a vote!”

Standing-o & shouts of agreement.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.
The families of Newtown deserve a vote.
The families of Aurora deserve a vote.
The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.


http://rturner229.blogspot.com/

Obama Calls For Raising Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour In State Of The Union

Source: Think Progress

Obama Calls For Raising Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour In State Of The Union
By Pat Garofalo on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm
In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama calls for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour, up from its current $7.25. He also called for raising the tipped minimum wage — made by tipped employees, such as waitresses — and for indexing the minimum wage to inflation so that it grows along with the economy:


We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, nineteen states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.

Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets.

In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/12/1583381/obama-raise-minimum-wage/



Full Transcript:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/12/1186700/-Transcript-of-President-Obama-s-State-of-the-Union-address-as-prepared-for-delivery

Justice Ginsburg: The Senate Is ‘Destroying The United States’ Reputation… As A Beacon of Democracy’

Justice Ginsburg: The Senate Is ‘Destroying The United States’ Reputation… As A Beacon of Democracy’

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At an event sponsored by the San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers on Friday, Ginsburg offered even stronger words of condemnation for our broken senate-confirmation process:

There were only three votes in opposition when she was confirmed to the court by the Senate, but in the past she has said that she doubts if in today’s more partisan political environment if she would be confirmed for the court.

She said Friday that she was hopeful that someday soon the partisan battles over court nominees will fade.

“I’m hoping there will be members of Congress who will say enough. We are destroying the United States’ reputation in the world as a beacon of democracy, and we should go back to the way it was, and the way it should be,” she said of the confirmation process.




http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/11/1568861/justice-ginsburg-the-senate-is-destroying-the-united-states-reputation-as-a-beacon-of-democracy/?mobile=nc




GOP Has An Asian Problem - A whopping 73% of Asians supported Obama in 2012 Up 11% from 4 years ago

A whopping 73 percent of Asians supported Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, up 11 percent from four years ago (and two points higher than his margin among Latinos). When you disaggregate by nationality, the difference between Asian support for Obama and Romney is even more stark and begins to approach African American-levels of support for the president.

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Simply put, the Republican Party has an “Asian problem” that rivals their “Latino problem” in size and scope. So far, it’s gone under the radar. But given the pace of Asian immigration to the United States—and the growing Asian populations of states like Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia—Republicans can’t ignore it for long.

http://prospect.org/article/gops-big-asian-american-problem

Anonymous Issues Communique Announcing Plans to Disrupt 2013 State of the Union Address Over #CISPAF

Anonymous Issues Communique Announcing Plans to Disrupt 2013 State of the Union Address Over #CISPAFEB 12, ’13 9:43 AM



WASHINGTON, DC

At approximately 10:22am EST an email address assigned to a Sparrow Project volunteer received a communique by a party identifying itself as the decentralized hacker collective, Anonymous. The communique details a planned effort by the groups’s affiliates online to disrupt the online streaming and syndication of the President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for 9pm EST.

http://www.sparrowmedia.net/2013/02/state-of-the-union-anonymous-communique/

Obama Presidential Voting Commission To Be Announced

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce a bipartisan presidential voting commission to focus on improving the Election Day experience, The Huffington Post has learned from two sources outside the White House with knowledge of the plans.

The commission is one of a number of efforts the Obama administration is making to address the problems that plagued voting on Election Day 2012. The commission, which will focus specifically on Election Day issues and not broader voting reform, will likely be co-chaired by one Republican and one Democratic lawyer, according to one of the sources.

The White House announced Tuesday that 102-year-old Miami resident Desiline Victor will be a guest of first lady Michelle Obama during the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, during which Obama is expected to discuss voting reforms. Victor is a naturalized U.S. citizen who stood in line for three hours at a local library on the first Sunday of early voting until workers told her to come back later that evening. A crowd of thousands of people erupted in applause when she emerged with an "I Voted" sticker, the White House said.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/obama-voting-commission_n_2672538.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Senator Rubio Votes Against Violence Against Women Act

Source: CBS Miami

WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – Just hours ahead of stepping in front of the cameras to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address; Senator Marco Rubio voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.


The VAWA passed the Senate, despite Rubio’s no vote, by a 78-22 margin. All 22 of those who voted against the reauthorization of the bill were men and included not only Rubio but also Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The original Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994, but expired in 2011 as Congress’ partisan divide grew. The bill seeks to help victims of domestic violence, stalking, and other crimes. The reauthorization added new protections for LGBT and Native American victims, according to the Huffington Post.

Read more: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/02/12/senator-rubio-votes-against-violence-against-women-act/
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