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1:50 PM ET, January 29, 2014

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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.
Discussion: OnPolitics and National Review
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Grimm Issues Statement To Apologize To Reporter For Threats  —  Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) issued a statement Wednesday apologizing for physically threatening a reporter who asked about ongoing investigations into his campaign finances after the State of the Union address Tuesday evening.
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
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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Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The State of the Union: Make it stop  —  Blame Woodrow Wilson, who broke a century-old presidential tradition of delivering the State of the Union message only in writing.  Blame Harry Truman, the first chief executive to make the address on television, or Lyndon Johnson, the first to do so in prime time.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Army Ranger steals Obama's thunder
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Big-Time Small Ball
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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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 …
New York Times:
Text and Video of Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Following is the transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address, as transcribed by the Federal News Service.  —  MR. OBAMA: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Three quick State of the Union observations
Discussion: National Review
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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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mike Lee tea party response: Barack Obama at fault for inequality
Discussion: CNN, Scared Monkeys and American Power
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’
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
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 …
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and The Dish
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 …
 
 
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Scott Bland / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's State Approval Ratings Spell Trouble for Senate Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Roll Call
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dealing With Pot  —  DENVER — There's a lot of giggling in Colorado …
Discussion: The Spot
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Sixth Year Pitch
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gridlock continues as unspeakably horrible commute home stretches into second day
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems enter legal fray over ObamaCare birth-control mandate
Politico:
The Case Against Early Voting
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Steve Stockman Says He Walked Out Of SOTU
Discussion: Liberaland and Trail Blazers Blog
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: Politico
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP Presidential Contender Everyone's Overlooking
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“Whatever, Guys ...”  —  I mentioned during the speech …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone:
Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin'
Discussion: National Review, Guardian and BuzzFeed
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Jill Biden Breaks Wrist in Fall, in Cast for Weeks
Discussion: Politico
 

 
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