CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 12, 2013 | 6 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: OBAMA: READ MY LIPS, NO ADDING TO THE DEFICIT… President Barack Obama in pre-released excerpts of his State of the Union address: “Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.” WATCH THE STATE OF THE UNION TONIGHT ON CNN.
DEVELOPING: HAGEL APPROVED IN COMMITTEE… On a straight party line vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense. The vote was 14-11. The nomination will now go to the Senate floor for a confirmation likely later this week.
LAST CHANCE? CNN’S DAVID GERGEN SAYS TONIGHT IS BARACK OBAMA’S LAST CHANCE FOR A GRAND BARGAIN… “The president continues to say he would like a grand bargain but mostly on his terms, and he has done virtually nothing to fight for it. Indeed, in his inaugural, he seemed to step back from overhauling entitlements, portraying himself as chief defender of Medicare and Social Security.” – David Gergen
(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will address President Barack Obama directly Tuesday evening in his response to Obama's State of the Union remarks, according to excerpts of Rubio's remarks released by his office.
The excerpts, as released by the White House, are after the jump.
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(CNN) - Excerpts of President Barack Obama's Tuesday evening State of the Union address show he will address the economy and say his proposals will not "increase our deficit by a single dime."
Washington (CNN) - Call it the call after the speech.
Minutes after President Barack Obama finishes delivering the State of the Union address, he'll be phoning into a conference call with supporters across the country.
Washington (CNN) - Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved the choice of Chuck Hagel to serve as President Barack Obama's next defense secretary, sending the controversial nomination to the full Senate.
Hagel's nomination cleared the committee in a straight party line vote. No Republicans backed the former Nebraska GOP senator, a decorated Vietnam veteran who has come under fire on a range of issues relating to American foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Washington (CNN) – Outspoken gun rights activist Ted Nugent promised to behave himself as he arrived on Capitol Hill for Tuesday's State of the Union address.
The one-time rock star and high profile National Rifle Association member will be watching President Obama's remarks from the House Gallery as the guest of Congressman Steve Stockman, R-TX.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party's message makeover may soon face a critical test as it considers the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that draws into sharp contrast the differences between the two parties on women's issues.
The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday, 78-22, and sent it to the House of Representatives, where proponents expect a fight that would test Republican efforts to embrace inclusiveness.
Washington (CNN) – The number two House Democrat, Steny Hoyer, is "not absolutely positive" that the automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to go into effect will actually happen, but as his office prepares for their potential impact, he doesn't think cutting his own pay is the way to absorb the budget cuts.
"If I take a pay cut frankly that won't help our national defense that won't help our domestic investments. It won't help the economy," Hoyer said at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) - No, Sarah Palin isn't really scheduled to sit down for coffee with Elvis.
But that was how the former Alaska governor responded to a blog post from The Washington Post which blared the hoax headline, "Sarah Palin plans to reach millions of devoutly religious people' through al-Jazeera."