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8:20 PM ET, January 26, 2011

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Alvin Felzenberg / US News:
Obama's State of the Union Was Tantamount to Plagiarism  —  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can be said of plagiarism?  President Obama's second State of the Union address contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince.
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Gallup:
Americans Oppose Cuts in Education, Social Security, Defense  —  Large plurality call for Congress to agree on deficit reduction before raising debt limit  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Prior to the State of the Union address, a majority of Americans said they favor cutting U.S. foreign aid …
Nielsen Wire:
43 Million Watch President Obama's State of the Union Address  —  On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 President Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  The address was carried live from approximately 9:00 PM- 10:15 PM on 11 networks.  The sum of the average audience for those networks …
NPR:
The State Of The Union, In Your Words  —  Right after President Barack Obama finished his State of the Union address, we asked our listeners to describe his speech in three words.  We received responses from more than 4,000 of you.  We've run them through a word cloud generator and this is what all of you said:
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: High Marks for Obama's State of the Union Speech
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Graham: We Need to Act Like U.S. Troops And Raise The Social …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Social Security to Run Permanent Yearly Deficits
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor jabs at Reid on Social Security reform
Gawker:
Dennis Kucinich Sues Congressional Cafeteria Over Olive Pit  —  Congressman Dennis Kucinich bought a sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria in April 2008, and bit into it only to find an unpitted olive that cracked a tooth.  This month, he sued the cafeteria for selling “dangerous” sandwiches.
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Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich has sued a U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria for selling him a sandwich wrap that caused dental damage when he bit into an olive pit, according to a Jan. 3 lawsuit filed in Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner: ‘I just needed a drink’ after GOP response  —  One Democratic congressman says he was ready to hit the bottle after hearing the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Tuesday night.  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.), who is known for his outspokenness …
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Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Evasion  —  If you were a visitor from Mars, watching tonight's State of the Union address and Paul Ryan's Republican response, you would have no reason to think that the looming insolvency of our entitlement system lies at the heart of the economic challenges facing the United States over the next two decades.
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2021  —  Text-only.  —  The United States faces daunting economic and budgetary challenges.  The economy has struggled to recover from the recent recession, which was triggered by a large decline in house prices and a financial crisis …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
U.S. Budget Deficit to Pass $1.5 Trillion This Year  —  “Grim” doesn't seem to be a terrifying enough word to describe the budget outlook that the CBO released today.  Oh, sure, we sort of knew this was coming—tax cuts are expensive if you don't find spending cuts to match.
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Harry Reid Says Earmarks Will Return, Despite Obama's State of the Union Vow  —  Senate Democratic Leader Concedes GOP Can Force Health Care Repeal Vote  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told ABC News that earmarks will return to Capitol Hill despite President Obama's vow …
Discussion: CNN, Right Pundits and Hot Air
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate nears approval of filibuster changes  —  The Senate edged closer Tuesday to resolving a standoff over the chamber's arcane rules after leaders presented a set of modest changes designed to satisfy a group of junior Democrats who are pushing to dramatically revamp the filibuster process.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Loughner researched lethal injection before Tucson shooting, sources say  —  TUCSON — In the weeks and days before the shooting rampage in Tucson, suspect Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Against Obligatory Editorials  —  He still loves his wife.  But after 25 years of marriage, he has lost his enthusiasm for sex with her.  Still.  It is Valentine's Day.  And she has been hinting.  So he takes her to a nice dinner, uncharactertistically orders an after-dinner drink …
Discussion: USA Today and Hot Air
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
House votes to end public financing  —  The House passed a GOP-sponsored bill to end public financing for presidential campaigns Wednesday.  Ten Democrats, most of them Blue Dogs, joined Republicans in the vote.  —  The bill suspends a 35-year-old program that lets taxpayers direct $3 …
Discussion: CNN
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Pete Kasperowicz / Ballot Box:
House votes to end publicly financed presidential campaigns
Discussion: The Hill
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Celebrity Journalist: I Never Spoke to Hawaii Gov About Obama Birth Certificate  —  A celebrity journalist now claims he misspoke when he said last week that Hawaii's governor told him he was unable to find President Barack Obama's original birth certificate after a search of state and hospital archives.
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Associated Press:
Medicare official doubts health care law savings  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the central promises of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are unlikely to be fulfilled, Medicare's independent economic expert told Congress on Wednesday.  —  The landmark legislation probably …
Political Punch:
Gibbs on Mubarak: “Egypt Is A Strong Ally”  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller and Mary Bruce Report:  —  Asked Wednesday whether the U.S. still supports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reiterated that Egypt remains “a strong ally” and stressed the importance …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Hot Air
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CNN:
Protesters in Egypt greeted by a police crackdown
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod mocks Tea Party response: ‘Am I looking at the right camera?’  —  A top White House adviser gently mocked the Tea Party response to the State of the Union delivered by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Tuesday night.  —  White House senior adviser David Axelrod joked …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Bachmann Speech
Cubachi:
Marco Rubio announces he's co-sponsoring DeMint's Obamacare repeal bill  —  I don't know how anyone can label Senator Marco Rubio an establishment guy, just because he is not willing to join a Tea Party Caucus.  —  Anyway, would an establishment figure co-sponsor any bill with Senator Jim DeMint …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   DeMint on prez run: ‘No’
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Why an Unexceptional Speech Got an Exceptional Response  —  The early returns are in, and it's a landslide.  —  Snap polls (surveys with a small sample size taken immediately after a speech or event) almost always show a positive reaction to the State of the Union address.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Barbara Ehrenreich / Los Angeles Times:
A call to protest ignites a call to arms  —  The reaction to Frances Fox Piven's essay urging the unemployed to protest for change shows that we are no longer a democracy but a tyranny of the heavily armed.  —  Why are Americans such wusses?  Threaten the Greeks with job losses and benefit cuts …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC's Sarah Palin Sickness … The following article appears in this week's issue of The Hollywood Reporter on newsstands Thursday.  —  Now that Keith Olbermann has left MSNBC, perhaps cable news can begin weaning itself from its addiction to Sarah Palin.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE MISSING DEPTH OF THOUGHT.... I've long considered Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) the Republican version of John Edwards.  After one largely underwhelming term, in which he didn't tackle any noteworthy policy initiatives and failed to distinguished himself as an expert in an area …
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
Marines change commander at facility where WikiLeaks suspect held  —  Washington (CNN) — The Marines have changed the commander in charge of the detention facilities at Quantico, Virginia, days after the attorney for WikiLeaks suspect PFC Bradley Manning filed a complaint that he is being unfairly treated in detention.
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMMuckraker
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Why Mike Pence should run for president  —  One of my favorite moments from my seven years of toiling happily at the Heritage Foundation came in 2006 just before I introduced Rep. Mike Pence as a speaker.  As we sat together chatting, I casually asked him if he would run for president.
 
 
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