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3:30 PM ET, January 29, 2014

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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Bush speechwriter: Obama plagiarized Bush  —  President George W. Bush's former speech writer said that President Barack Obama plagiarized his former boss in Tuesday's State of the Union address.  —  Speaking to Fox News's Megyn Kelly, Marc Thiessen, the lead writer on Bush's 2007 State …
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Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama  —  In the nation's history, there is simply no precedent for an American president so wantonly ignoring federal law.  —  Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness …
Washington Post:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: Obama's 2014 State of the Union address  —  President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.  Here is the complete transcript of his remarks  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Good Speech, Modest Agenda, Diminished Leader  —  Americans may have already tuned out Barack Obama.  —  Is that all there is?  —  In what may be his last, best chance to revive a presidency that has fallen far short of its promise, Barack Obama unveiled his 2014 agenda Tuesday night …
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The State of the Union: Make it stop
New York Times:
Text and Video of Obama's State of the Union Address
The Huffington Post:
State Of The Union Poll Gives Obama Positive Marks
Discussion: CBS News, Gallup and Taylor Marsh
Brett M. Decker / USA Today:
Less speech, more competence: Column
Discussion: americanthinker.com
David Nather / Politico:   State of the Union 2014: Obama embraces Obamacare
NY1:
Rep. Grimm Threatens NY1 Reporter Following State of the Union … Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm physically threatened NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto at the conclusion of an interview in the Capitol Rotunda following Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
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NY1:
Rep. Grimm Apologizes to NY1 Reporter For On-Camera Threat … Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm has apologized to NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto a day after physically threatening him at the conclusion of an interview in the Capitol Rotunda following the president's State of the Union address.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Grimm Issues Statement To Apologize To Reporter For Threats
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
New York GOP Congressman Apologizes To Reporter He Threatened To “Break In Half”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
ANALYSIS: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers comes through for GOP in SOTU response  —  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) had one of the more difficult tasks in politics on Tuesday, delivering the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
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Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Graham Says World ‘Literally About to Blow Up’  —  After praising President Barack Obama on immigration, South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted the foreign policy portion of the State of the Union speech.  —  “The world is literally about to blow up,” Graham said, saying he completely disagrees with Obama on Iran policy.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Lindsey Graham Says ‘The World Is Literally About To Blow Up’
Katherine Connell / National Review:
History Shows Dems Face Long Odds in Keeping Senate  —  Political observers were stunned on Tuesday by the “happy talk” on President Obama that came from Senator Harry Reid.  The majority leader actually said Senate Democrats should invite Obama into their states to campaign for them even if he is unpopular in them.
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Scott Bland / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's State Approval Ratings Spell Trouble for Senate Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and Roll Call
New York Times:
For Christie, Politics Team Kept a Focus on Two Races  —  His campaign called them “the Top 100,” the swing towns that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey wanted to win as he prepared for a re-election campaign.  Capturing these towns, sometimes referred to as mini-Ohios or mini-Floridas …
David Gutman / Associated Press:
Marshall scientist found formaldehyde in Charleston water  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Marshall University environmental scientist and member of the state Environmental Quality Board said today that he has found formaldehyde in local water samples and that the continued lack of data on the chemical …
Richard Alleyne / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama's high school pot dealer who he thanked for the ‘good times’ was beaten to death with a hammer by his gay lover after fights over flatulence and drugs  — Raymond Boyer was known as ‘Gay Ray’ to Obama and his marijuana smoking ‘Choom Gang’ of privately-educated kids at Hawaiian high school
Politico:
GOP ready to surrender on debt ceiling  —  House Republicans are getting ready to surrender: There will be no serious fight over the debt limit.  —  The most senior figures in the House Republican Conference are privately acknowledging that they will almost certainly have to pass what's called …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why Kerry Is Scary  —  TEL AVIV — It is pretty clear now that Secretary of State John Kerry will either be Israel's diplomatic salvation or the most dangerous diplomatic fanatic Israel has ever encountered.  But there isn't much room anymore for anything in between.
Discussion: Guardian, Mondoweiss and Israel Matzav
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
Comparing Obamacare to Its Alternative  —  FROM the moment the ink dried on March 23, 2010, Republicans said they intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.  They have voted more than 40 times to wipe the law from the books.  But Republicans have never gotten around to describing …
Glenn Blain / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump: I'm Ready To Run For NY Gov, But I Want Clear Path To GOP Nomination  —  The drama surrounding Donald Trump's potential campaign for governor appears headed for an extended run - at least until Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino makes a fiormal announcement about running.
Politico:
The Case Against Early Voting  —  To the delight of anyone who's ever waited in line to cast a vote, a bipartisan election commission convened by President Barack Obama concluded last week that states across the country should increase their use of early voting.
 
 
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Justin Juozapavicius / Associated Press:
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Anthony Deutsch / Reuters:
Exclusive: Syria ships out less than 5 percent of chemical arms
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CNN:
Atlanta mayor blames poor coordination for storm snafu
Discussion: Mashable
The Hill:
Rubio: Senate should challenge Obama's SOTU veto threat on Iran
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
‘Populist’ Obama pushes corporatist policies
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Who You Calling a Lame Duck?
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dealing With Pot  —  DENVER — There's a lot of giggling in Colorado …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Steve Stockman Says He Walked Out Of SOTU
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NorthJersey.com:
Governor Christie's brother invested in houses near new PATH station in Harrison
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Not as Many U.S. States Lean Democratic in 2013
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP Presidential Contender Everyone's Overlooking
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“Whatever, Guys ...”  —  I mentioned during the speech …
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