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  • Today's comic is Judge Prez by Matt Bors:
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  • Join us tonight, starting at 8:30 PM ET, as we liveblog President Obama's State of the Union address.
  • It's time again for the annual tradition of recycling this barely interesting "fun fact":
    President Thomas Jefferson discontinued the practice of delivering the State of the Union address in-person to Congress, simply forwarding his comments on paper for the clerks of the House and Senate to read.
  • If you're in Nashville:
    The original Emancipation Proclamation, a document that changed the lives of countless African-Americans during the Civil War, is going on display in Nashville as the fragile historical document makes its only stop in the Southeast on a 150th anniversary tour.

    The exhibit opens Tuesday — fittingly on the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday — at the Tennessee State Museum and runs through Monday. It's a rare visit outside the nation's capital for the original document Lincoln signed in 1863 declaring "forever free" all slaves held in Confederate states rebelling against the Union.

    Because lights are harmful to the papers, the document can only be viewed for 72 hours over the course of the six days.

  • This guy is my new hero:
    Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried has become the first NBA player to join an organization devoted to fighting homophobia in sports, and said he hopes his involvement will raise awareness of gay rights in professional basketball.

    Equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community is close to the heart of Faried, nicknamed the "Manimal" for his fierceness on the court. The 23-year-old forward was raised in New Jersey by two mothers, who married in 2007. Faried recently appeared with his mothers in a video for the advocacy group OneColorado, to encourage Colorado to legalize civil unions.

  • Cruel irony:
    For the last year and a half, Alleman served as the unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill — the infamous hospital-themed Las Vegas eatery that holds the world record for "most calorific burger."

    Last week, Alleman, 54, suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where he remained on life support until he passed away this morning.

  • Contrary to the emergency warning issued by a news station in Montana, please note the zombies are not coming ... yet:
    “The bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and are attacking the living,” the emergency announcer said on local TV station KRTV. “Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous.”
  • Correction of the day:
    An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin planned to contribute to the Al Jazeera America news network.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, it's State of the Union day. Greg Dworkin reads the polls on issues likely to be included, and what reaction we can expect. We watch Jennifer Rubin fulminate about the President recounting having met the Pope. Procedural fact check: would Chuck Hagel would be just the 3rd cabinet nominee to have to overcome a filibuster. Well, yes & no. Behind the scenes SOTU meta. The IOC is set to axe wrestling from the 2020 Olympic games. Armando weighs in! Finally, a Utah town's debate over a local ordinance recommending that every home keep firearms, and everyone undergo free, city sponsored gun safety classes. Hey, that's socialism!

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