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.
‘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.