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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
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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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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The Hill:
Reid rejects Obama's trade power
Dan Merica / CNN:
Reid says vulnerable Democrats should not run away from Obama
Discussion: Politico
Scott Bland / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's State Approval Ratings Spell Trouble for Senate Democrats
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Hot Air
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How to understand the GOP predicament on immigration  —  The politics of immigration inside the House GOP caucus can seem perplexing and opaque.  Fortunately, Paul Ryan just gave an interview to Chuck Todd that pulls back the curtain and reveals how Republicans see the political minefield that lies between them and getting to Yes.
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
House GOP immigration proposal is 'fool's gold,' AFL-CIO chief says
Discussion: Immigration Reform
CNN:
Atlanta mayor blames poor coordination for storm snafu  —  Are you affected by the frigid weather?  Send CNN iReport your photos and video of ice, snow and sleet if you can do so safely.  —  Atlanta (CNN) — [Breaking news update at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday]  —  Five people have died …
Discussion: Mashable
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Joe Sterling / CNN:
Was Atlanta asleep at the wheel?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Voxxi
Nielsen:
33.3 MILLION TUNE IN TO WATCH PRES. OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS  —  On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union address of his second term in office.  The address was carried live from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision.
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.
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
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Hitting Mitch McConnell over health care in Kentucky  —  In yesterday's speech, President Obama gave a shout-out to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, citing his tireless efforts to expand Obamacare coverage to his own constituents in a deep red state.  As enrollment mounts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Fortune:
Fortune 50 CEO pay vs. our salaries  —  Exactly how much more do Fortune 50 CEOs make than their workers?  In many cases, quite a bit more.  Here is an interactive breakdown of a handful of Fortune 50 top exec salaries compared to typical employee pay at their respective companies.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Shakesville
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 …
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 …
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.
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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The White House:
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Discussion: Firedoglake, NPR and PoliticusUSA
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Holder on Obama's pot comments: Any drug is ‘potentially harmful’
Discussion: Politico
Ray Hagar / Inside Nevada Politics:
Washoe GOP chairman resigns while former Lt. Gov. Wagner leaves Republican Party
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Capitalism vs. Democracy
Discussion: The Dish and Balkinization
Anthony Deutsch / Reuters:
Exclusive: Syria ships out less than 5 percent of chemical arms
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The PJ Tatler
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
‘Populist’ Obama pushes corporatist policies
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Washington Post
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Who You Calling a Lame Duck?
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Dish
Glenn Blain / NY Daily News:
Donald Trump: I'm Ready To Run For NY Gov, But I Want Clear Path To GOP Nomination
Discussion: Post Politics
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
 

 
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