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12:15 PM ET, January 28, 2010

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Martin Kady II / Politico Live's Blog:
Justice Alito mouths ‘not true’  —  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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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:
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justice Alito's Reaction  —  There was the president, and there were six members of the Supreme Court.  The few words from the one to the others went by quickly.  The president's tone was mild compared to the animation in some other parts of the speech, and I thought he looked momentarily awkward.
Randy Barnett / The Politico:
State of the Union: How did he do?  —  Professor, Georgetown University Law Center :  —  In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely …
National Review:
Enter Your E-Mail Address to Sign Up  —  President Wrong on Citizens United Case [Bradley A. Smith]  —  Tonight the president engaged in demogoguery of the worst kind, when he claimed that last week's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, “open[ed] the floodgates for special interests …
Michael Gerson / PostPartisan:
State of the Union: Obama's reality problem  —  President Obama's primary problem is not rhetorical — though, about an hour into the State of the Union address, I gave up hoping that it might eventually build toward something remotely interesting.  (For much of the speech Obama sounded …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
SOTU Live Blog  —  Alito shakes heading, mouthing “not true,” as Obama says recent Supreme Court decision will let lobbyists and corporations own our elections.  Highly inappropriate for Alito to do this.  You'll notice the Sup Ct doesn't even clap when the president enters.
Peter Wehner / Politics Daily:
A Self-Reverential State of the Union Address  —  President Obama's State of the Union address should unnerve Democrats in Congress and throughout the country.  It was one of the worst State of the Union addresses in modern times - a stunning thing for a man who won the presidency …
Emptywheel:   The Word Not Spoken: Foreclosure
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Alito's State of the Union moment
Discussion: Politics Daily and DailyHowler.com
Kevin Hechtkopf Updated / CBS News:
Poll: 83% of Speech Watchers Approve of Obama's State of the Union Proposals  —  CBS News conducted an instant poll with Knowledge Networks immediately following President Obama's State of the Union address.  Here are some of the highlights:  —  • 83% of speech watchers approve …
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Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Tom Shales on TV: President Obama is tough during the State of the Union
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and msnbc.com
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
MSNBC's Matthews On Obama: “I Forgot He Was Black Tonight”  —  MSNBC's Chris Matthews calls President Obama “post-racial.”  UPDATE: Matthews Clarifies His “Black” Comment
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Michelle Malkin:
White liberal TV host can't stop talking about president's skin color
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 …
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Alison Flood / Guardian:
Howard Zinn, US historian and activist, dies aged 87
Discussion: Feministing
Sarah Ebner / Times of London:
Scientists in stolen e-mail scandal hid climate data  —  Ben Webster, Environment Editor, and Jonathan Leake  —  The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails broke the law by refusing to hand over its raw data for public scrutiny.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Wisconsin Senate  —  Wisconsin Senate: Thompson 47%, Feingold 43%  —  One more Democratic senator who has long been regarded as a safe prospect for reelection may be facing a challenging year in 2010.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Campbell, Whitman Make Close Races in California  —  A new PPIC Poll in California shows Tom Campbell (R) has emerged as the early leader in the Republican U.S. Senate race.  Campbell leads among likely voters in the GOP primary with 27%, while 16% support Carly Fiorina (R) and 8% favor Chuck DeVore.
Discussion: American Power
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James Gordon Meek / Mouth of the Potomac:
2 NY Dems: No 9/11 Trial in City  —  On the heels of Mayor Bloomberg's flip-flop today over trying Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four henchmen in New York City, two prominent Democratic lawmakers from the state are telling Team Obama to hold the trial elsewhere.
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Populism: Just Like Racism! … Normally one would have to be in the grip of a narcissistic psychosis to think that a columnist for the New York Times has written an article for your personal benefit.  But after his latest article in the Times, in which he compares the “populism” of people who …
Erin McPike / Hotline On Call:
Hackers Hit House Websites  —  Hackers struck at least 10 House websites overnight, substituting expletives aimed at Pres. Obama just hours after his State of the Union address.  —  The hackers targeted many House Dem freshmen, including Reps. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Harry Teague (D-NM) …
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Giannoulias leads Kirk in poll  —  In a reminder that contested primaries can be a good thing Alexi Giannoulias has jumped out to a 42-34 lead over Mark Kirk in the race to be Illinois' next Senator.  When PPP last looked at such a match up in April the two were tied at 35.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
Tim Geithner's honorable unpopularity  —  David Cho has a nice piece today talking to Timothy Geithner about why nobody likes him.  Geithner's explanation is convincing, so far as it goes: He held office at a time when the right things to do were also unpopular to do.
Abrahm Lustgarten / The Politico:
Backlash on W.H.'s backroom deals  —  A top House committee responded to the mounting voter backlash against backroom deals on health reform by seeking more information Wednesday about White House negotiations with industry groups.  —  Hours before President Barack Obama delivered his State …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Obama's Dull, Cheap, Successful Speech  —  President Obama's speeches have always been notable for both their exquisite prose and their unusually high intellectual level.  Tonight's speech, while probably as effective as such speeches can be, was neither.  —  The dropoff between rhetoric penned …
Discussion: Democracy in America
Gail Collins / New York Times:
United We Rant  —  My fellow Americans, the state of the union is angry.  Also strong.  Presidents usually say the state of the union is strong.  But this year you would have to go with strongly angry.  —  In his speech on Wednesday night, President Obama actually dropped that traditional state …
Jcontario / Democracy Corps:
Obama Resonates with Swing Voters  —  In his first State of the Union address tonight, Barack Obama demonstrated a clear understanding of the problems facing the country and outlined a path forward that swing voters want to see their members of Congress follow.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
WHY TAMPER WITH LANDRIEU'S PHONES?  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  A law enforcement official says the four men arrested for attempting to tamper with the phones in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) were not trying to intercept or wiretap the calls.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Where Was the Narrative?  —  There's no law requiring that State of the Union addresses be dull, overlong lists of provisions and proposals, but it has certainly come to seem that way.  —  When it comes to State of the Union addresses, the opinions of the chattering classes are usually wrong.
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.
 
 
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