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8:35 PM ET, January 28, 2014

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama to Put Economic Divide at Heart of State of the Union Speech  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to declare Tuesday night that he will not wait for Congress to act on reversing the tide of economic disparity, as he uses his annual State of the Union address to outline a list of actions …
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Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Obama to put women's issues ‘front and center’ in address  —  (CNN) - Working women and their struggles will form a major part of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, CNN has learned, underscoring the important role women play both in Obama's domestic agenda …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
CNN:
Boehner warns Obama headed for ‘brick wall’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner warned President Barack Obama that he will “run into a brick wall” by using his executive power and bypassing Congress, as the White House has signaled the President intends to do.
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Prepares for the Grueling State of the Union  —  The president puts in back-to-back 2 a.m. nights rewriting his speech to make it “sing” and hopefully sway Congress.  A former speechwriter shares what it's like inside the White House.  —  There are plenty of reasons to think that the State …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Fix and News Desk
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's SOTU Could Be A Big Deal For Immigration Reform — Really  —  Democrats expect President Barack Obama to strike a conciliatory tone on immigration reform Tuesday night when he delivers his State of the Union address, as a sign of good faith after Republican leadership has cracked open the door for a compromise on the issue.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama to hand Senate tough wage battle
Discussion: ABC News
Ashley Killough / CNN:
‘Duck Dynasty’ to represent at State of the Union
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Banter
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Great Caesar's Ghost
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama to lay out go-it-alone approach in State of Union speech
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obamacare: Tom Coburn loses cancer doctor  —  Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn't cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care.  —  “I'm doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC's …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The End of the Beginning on Obamacare Repeal  —  Sens. Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, and Orrin Hatch rolled out an Obamacare replacement plan today that I think offers us a good window into how the health care debate is evolving on Capitol Hill.  I recommend Philip Klein's rundown …
Washington Free Beacon:
Tennesseans Losing Their Doctors Because of Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
City Journal:
America's Most Successful Communist  —  It was no surprise last year when rock stars, led by Bruce Springsteen, barnstormed battleground states for John Kerry, and no surprise that, save for a handful of country singers, George W. Bush could count on no similar support from pop performers.
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Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Wendy Davis hits back at Bristol Palin  —  Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis brushed off criticism about her life story from Bristol Palin, saying that nothing Palin accused her of was true.  —  Davis was responding to a blog post from the daughter of former Gov. Sarah Palin …
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story  —  (CNN) - The two daughters of Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis penned their support of their mother, as well as her personal history, in open letters released Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico
The Hill:
56 Dems endorse Hillary for 2016  —  Fifty-six Democratic lawmakers say they would endorse Hillary Clinton for president if she launches a 2016 White House bid, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.  [SEE COMPLETE LIST]  —  Twenty-two congressional Democrats had already publicly endorsed Clinton.
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Domenico Montanaro / NBCNews:
Poll: Christie numbers tank as scandals continue  —  Chris Christie's political future looks to be in serious danger with more Americans believing the embattled New Jersey governor is lying about the bridge closure scandal than telling the truth, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Erick Erickson Responds To Greta Van Susteren With Graphic Anti-Abortion Screed  —  Erick Erickson is grateful to fellow Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren.  Thanks to Van Susteren, Erickson reasoned, more people will see Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis as the abortion lover she is.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Gretawire
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Jim Lindgren / Washington Post:
If we want more income equality, should we return to the economy of George W. Bush?  —  Other things being equal, income equality is better than inequality.  But other things are NOT equal.  The easiest way to make incomes more equal in the short run is to have a recession.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Christine Whitman recalls her 1995 GOP State of the Union response  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman during a walk-through of her response to President Clinton's State of the Union Address, at the state Assembly chambers in Trenton, N.J. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press / January 23, 1995)
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ryan Loskarn leaves letter  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn, the former top Senate GOP aide who committed suicide last week, said in a letter released by his family that he was sexually abused as a child, and the horror from that episode eventually led him down a path toward possessing child pornography.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Medium, Evan Williams's Post-Twitter Media Startup, Raises $25 Million Round  —  Medium is about to become large.  —  The collaborative publishing startup has just closed a $25 million round of financing, the company confirmed, marking its first major funding raise since it launched a little more than a year ago.
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Political State of the Union Is Not Good  —  Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble  —  In his memo this week, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg warns me to “forget the conventional wisdom” that “the president is in trouble.”  Greenberg points to Barack Obama's approval rating being up …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
One-Third of Americans Who Were Middle Class in 2008 Now Consider Themselves Lower or Lower Middle Class  —  Pew Research has a new poll out tracking how many people call themselves middle class vs. some other class.  The chart on the right shows the basic results over the past few years.
 
 
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Associated Press:
FLOTUS guests: Gay athlete, woman CEO
Discussion: USA Today
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
‘King Kong’ Will Stomp Onto Broadway in December, Producer Says
Discussion: PopWatch and Broadway.com
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