Marco Rubio’s sip of water sets Twitter afire

Marco Rubio’s sip of water sets Twitter afire

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Marco Rubio's furtive sip of water

AN UNBOTTLED REBUTTAL. If you went to bed right after President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, you missed one of the night’s most tweetable moments: Sen. Marco Rubio’s furtive sip of water during his rebuttal on behalf of the Republican Party. The Atlantic deconstructs it, frame by frame.
* Rubio followed up on Twitter with this.
* … But Poland Spring blew its moment in the Twitter spotlight.

OBAMA’S ‘MOST IMPORTANT PROPOSAL’? New Republic‘s Jonathan Cohn says it’s the call for universal pre-kindergarten.
* Worth noting: Tea Party Nation blogger predicted beforehand Obama speech would be “a Hitlerian screed.”

HOW COPS CRACKED THE HADIYA CASE. A source tells the Tribune the break in the murder of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton came Saturday, from a Cook County Jail inmate.
* Obama’s emotional finish: Gun violence victims “deserve a vote” on legislation.

CHARTER SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. A little more than a week after the Sun-Times revealed charter school operator United Neighborhood Organization paid state money to companies owned by two of his brothers, UNO senior vice president Miguel d’Escoto is quitting.
* School-closings panel faces conflict-of-interest charge.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN COMMIT PLAGIARISM TO GET IT. The Knight Foundation paid disgraced reporter Jonah Lehrer $20,000, presumably in non-counterfeit money, to discuss his journalistic sins.
* And he did it as critical tweets appeared on a screen behind him.
* Parody website fools Washington Post into reporting Sarah Palin joining Al Jazeera.

DEAD AIR. Someone hacked into TV stations’ Emergency Alert System to issue a bogus warning of a zombie apocalypse.
* Comcast gobbling up rest of NBCUniversal.

‘MEET ME HALFWAY. BUY A TICKET.’ An Off-Broadway hit, “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” is headed to Chicago. Guess what it’s about.
* Steppenwolf Theatre expanding.

‘PRIDE AND CONNECTIONS AND WE’RE NEVER CHANGING THE NAME SO GO F--- YOURSELF.’ That’s Deadspin‘s translation of the Washington Redskins’ defense of the team nickname “in the dumbest way possible.”
* [CORRECTED] Blackhawks suffer “heartbreaking” end to loss as streak without regulation losses reaches 13 games.
* Bears cut Johnny Knox.

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