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11:45 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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New York Times:
Text: Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Following is the prepared text of President Obama's State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 27, 2010, as released by the White House:  —  Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The audacity of nope  —  The state of the union is obstreperous.  Dyspepsia is the new equilibrium.  All the passion in American politics is oppositional.  The American people know what they don't like, which is: everything.  —  That sounds like nihilism, but they're against that, too.
CNN:
GOP leader calls on colleagues to be ‘respectful and considerate’ to Obama
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
First thoughts on President Obama's state of the union address
Discussion: Washington Wire
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
SOTU talking points
Discussion: Wonk Room
CNN:
Obama excerpts: ‘I have never been more hopeful’
Ezra Klein:
Waiting for Barack  —  Every Hill office I've spoken to in the past week has had the same complaint.  “Where,” they ask, “is the White House?”  —  There's been no clear message on the way forward for health-care reform.  No clear articulation of preferences.  No public leadership to speak of.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Speech, Obama to Admit Missteps in First Year
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama's State of the Union: ‘Hopeful’
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Obama's State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Wilson: Time for good behavior
Discussion: The Note and Mediaite
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Emanuel: ‘Responsible,’ staying put
Discussion: The Politico and Betsy's Page
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
The Landrieu Phone Case: Not A Bugging After All?  —  While initial media reports (including on TPM) described the episode at Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office as an attempted bugging, that term does not appear in the affidavit and the lawyer for one of the charged men tells TPMmuckraker, “the complaint is not about a wiretap.”
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Washington Post Writer Makes Assumptions About O'Keefe That the Facts Don't Cash — Again  —  The Washington Post reports that James O'Keefe stands accused of a plot to “bug” Mary Landrieu's office:  —  When I first read a news story about this yesterday, it sounded to me like O'Keefe …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Louisiana ‘Watergate:’ Glenn Beck is out  —  James O'Keefe has lost Glenn Beck.  —  O'Keefe, the young video warrior who surreptitiously taped employees of ACORN offering advice to him, dressed as a pimp, and his friend, dressed as a prostitute, had the backing of FOX News Channel's Beck all the way.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
WHY TAMPER WITH LANDRIEU'S PHONES?
Discussion: Hot Air
Mark Feeney / Boston Globe:
Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87  —  Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and a leading faculty critic of BU president John Silber, died of a heart attack today in Santa Monica …
The Huffington Post:
Bob McDonnell Speech (FULL TEXT): Republican State Of The Union Response  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Huffington Post obtained a copy of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Republican response to the State of The Union Address as prepared for delivery:
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CBS News:
Bob McDonnell's GOP Response: Full Text  —  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Republican Address to the Nation Following Obama's State of the Union Address  —  (CBS) Immediately following President Obama's State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver the Republican response.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Full McDonnell Response — Two Hours Early  —  Want to read the Republican response, delivered by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) in full?  Right now?  Two hours early?  I've got the full text, after the jump.  —  Good evening.  I'm Bob McDonnell.  Eleven days ago I was honored to be sworn in as the 71st governor of Virginia.
Discussion: Townhall.com
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Pelosi floats two-track health reform  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.  —  “We believe that it's possible …
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Jjefferson / Arkansas News:
Pryor: Health care reform may not happen this year
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Obama to call for repealing 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama will ask Congress Wednesday night to repeal the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy that bars gays and lesbians from openly serving in, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod told CNN.
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The Huffington Post:
Obama Will Address 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Martin Kady II / Politico Live's Blog:
Justice Alito's ‘You lie’ moment?  —  POLITICO's Kasie Hunt, who's in the House chamber, reports that Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words “not true” when President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court's campaign finance decision.  —  “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:   SOTU Live Blog
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton signals not a two-term Secretary of State  —  In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term.  She also tells Smiley she is “absolutely not interested” in another presidential run:
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Aides To House Dems: Back Off  —  Okay, I've got a bit more for you on what's going on in discussions between the Senate and House on how to proceed with health care, and it helps explain the hold-up.  —  The latest: Senior Senate aides say they've hit an impasse …
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ABCNEWS:
John and Elizabeth Edwards Legally Separated  —  In Tell-All-Book, Ex-Edwards Aide Says Couple Discussed How Cancer Would Help in the Polls  —  With John Edwards' electrifying U.S. Senate win in 1998, it was his wife Elizabeth Edwards who captivated the nation.
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People.com:
Elizabeth Edwards's Breaking Point
Discussion: Politics Daily
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December suggests that economic activity has continued to strengthen and that the deterioration in the labor market is abating.  Household spending is expanding at a moderate rate but remains constrained …
Jeff Stein / Foreign Policy:
CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding  —  A study in “enhanced reporting techniques.”  —  Well, it's official now: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn't know what he was talking about.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McDonnell invited Dems hours before speech  —  Governor Robert McDonnell scrambled this afternoon to invite Democrats to his response speech to President Obama after the Democratic National Committee criticized him for delivering his response to a solely Republican audience …
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
D.C. judge Janet Albert accuses ex-lover of stalking her  —  Days after D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Janet Albert broke up with her girlfriend, the judge found her former companion unconscious in her attic, above her bedroom, with some food and an ice bucket fashioned into a makeshift toilet, authorities say.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Rod 2.0:Beta
 
 
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McCain seen mouthing ‘blame it on Bush’ …
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White House won't fund NASA moon program
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