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Orion spaceship blasts off in first test on the road to Mars. (NBC News)

Phoenix police shooting is latest to ignite outcry. (AP)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus want the Brown, Garner families invited to the State of the Union. (The Hill)

Pres. Obama to announce his Defense Secretary nominee this morning. (The Hill)

Louisiana’s Senate race will be decided tomorrow. (The Advocate)

Why House Democrats keep bringing a life-sized Ronald Reagan cutout to the floor. (New York Magazine)

Excerpts of the NJ legislature’s interim Bridgegate report are leaked to the press. Read them here. (NJ.com)

The Philippines will get hit by a Super Typhoon this weekend. (The Weather Channel)

Thousands of Einstein documents are now a click away. (NY Times)

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