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6:25 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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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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Huckabee Is Now The GOP's Top Choice For 2016 After Libido Remark  —  Uncle Sugar has apparently provided Mike Huckabee with a polling bounce.  —  The latest survey from Democratic PPP released Wednesday showed the former Arkansas governor surging among Republican voters nationwide …
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Yahoo! News:
Ted Cruz is sick and tired of being asked about the government shutdown  —  Ted Cruz would appreciate it very much if you would kindly stop discussing his role in the government shutdown.  —  The Texas senator who burst onto the public scene when he convinced congressional Republicans …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee up, Christie down  —  Following the controversy over his ‘Uncle Sugar’ speech Mike Huckabee has...taken the lead in the Republican primary race for 2016.  He's at 16% to 14% for Jeb Bush, 13% for Chris Christie, 11% for Rand Paul, 8% each for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, 6% for Scott Walker, and 5% for Bobby Jindal.
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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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 …
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Katherine Connell / National Review:
History Shows Dems Face Long Odds in Keeping Senate
The Hill:
Rubio: Senate should challenge Obama's SOTU veto threat on Iran
Discussion: CNN, Politico and ThinkProgress
Dan Merica / CNN:
Reid says vulnerable Democrats should not run away from Obama
Discussion: Politico
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
The Story Of A War Hero Wounded On His 10th Deployment Is Really The Story Of Obama  —  There are a few things that strike the reader upon reading the following tweet, which references Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, the Army Ranger President Barack Obama praised at the end of his otherwise unmemorable State of the Union address.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
House GOP immigration proposal is 'fool's gold,' AFL-CIO chief says  —  AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, a major backer of President Obama's immigration push, said in an interview Wednesday that a border plan being developed by House Republicans was a “nonstarter” because it would stop short …
Discussion: Immigration Reform
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
House GOP Leaders Face Challenge on Immigration
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How to understand the GOP predicament on immigration
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Holder on Obama's pot comments: Any drug is ‘potentially harmful’  —  (CNN) - The nation's chief law enforcement officer said Wednesday that any drug, including alcohol, “is potentially harmful.”  Attorney General Eric Holder comments follow an interview where the commander in chief appeared …
Discussion: Politico
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:   Eric Holder: Pot ‘can be harmful’
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.
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.
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 …
Fernando Espuelas / The Hill:
Pete Wilson syndrome: Boehner and the GOP's last chance on immigration reform  —  Tick, tock, the clock has run out on John Boehner and his GOP cohort to present a credible immigration reform plan to the nation.  And that doesn't mean just any set of “principles,” but a coherent …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
DealBook:
Google Is Selling Its Mobility Unit to Lenovo for About $3 Billion  —  Google is selling its Motorola Mobility smartphone unit to Lenovo for about $2.91 billion, the companies announced on Wednesday.  —  Google's Mobility unit includes handset technology that the search giant acquired …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jim Romenesko:
Report: Hundreds of Patch employees laid off  —  I'm told that hundreds — two tipsters claim two-thirds of the editorial staff — have been laid off by Patch's new owner, Hale Global.  I have asked the company for confirmation.  (It bought Patch from AOL on January 15.)
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.
Discussion: Post Politics
 
 
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Ray Hagar / Inside Nevada Politics:
Washoe GOP chairman resigns while former Lt. Gov. Wagner leaves Republican Party
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
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Discussion: Wonkblog, New York Times and BBC
Fortune:
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Capitalism vs. Democracy
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Justin Juozapavicius / Associated Press:
Shannon Enters Race for Oklahoma Seat in US Senate
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Anthony Deutsch / Reuters:
Exclusive: Syria ships out less than 5 percent of chemical arms
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
CNN:
Atlanta mayor blames poor coordination for storm snafu
Discussion: Mashable
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Who You Calling a Lame Duck?
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Dish
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dealing With Pot  —  DENVER — There's a lot of giggling in Colorado …
Discussion: The Spot
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gridlock continues as unspeakably horrible commute home stretches into second day
Discussion: CBS Atlanta and Hot Air
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Steve Stockman Says He Walked Out Of SOTU
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Liberaland
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Not as Many U.S. States Lean Democratic in 2013
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“Whatever, Guys ...”  —  I mentioned during the speech …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
 

 
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