Good morning, and happy, chilly Tuesday. Here are six of the top stories we are following this morning at NBC News:
1. How’s the State of the Union? Americans say ‘divided’
With President Obama poised to give his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, he’s facing a citizenry that isn’t exactly in his corner. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds 68 percent of those surveyed believe the country is stagnant or worse off. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Once-in-a-generation storm drops Deep South into deep freeze
Much of the South is getting slammed with winter weather it hasn’t seen in years, from intense cold to snow. Schools in Texas and Florida planned to close Tuesday in anticipation of the “potentially paralyzing” storm. Read more in NEWS.
3. Snowden documents reveal the British government can spy using social media
British cyber spies in 2012 were able to monitor YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, analyzing what people watch and collecting user information, according to National Security Agency documents obtained by leaker Edward Snowden and shared with NBC News. The program was dubbed “Squeaky Dolphin.” Read more in INVESTIGATIONS.
4. Super Bowl will be the site of super security efforts
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will become a tightly guarded venue, particularly when the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday. More than 3,000 security guards, 700 officers and countless electronic eyes will be on hand to ensure safety. Read more in NEWS.
5. Ukraine’s prime minister steps down amid violent protests
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov announced his resignation just before the Parliament repealed anti-protest laws to pacify anti-government protesters. Read more in NEWS.
6. Iconic folk singer and anti-war activist Pete Seeger dies
The banjo-strumming singer, known for his songs “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “If I Had a Hammer,” died at age 94 of natural causes. His grandson told NBC News: “He thought everyone could be heroic.” Read more in NEWS.
Watch Seeger perform “If I Had a Hammer” in 1956:
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