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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.
The White House:
President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address
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 …
Joe Sterling / CNN:
Was Atlanta asleep at the wheel?  —  Atlanta (CNN) — We're world-class, Greater Atlanta boasts.  We're home to the world's busiest airport, to the Braves and Georgia Tech.  To CNN and the Weather Channel.  We're a mecca for conventioneers.  —  But today, that solid rep is going south, thanks to the “rush hour from hell.”
Discussion: Voxxi and Washington Monthly
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USA Today:
Freak Southern storm blamed for 12 deaths
Discussion: Mashable and The Agonist
CNN:
Atlanta mayor blames poor coordination for storm snafu
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Mashable
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.
Hanna Rosin / Slate:
You know that “women make 77 cents to every man's dollar” line you've heard a hundred times?  It's not true.  —  How many times have you heard that “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men”?  Barack Obama said it during his last campaign.
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
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
House GOP Leaders Face Challenge on Immigration
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
See you in court, says GOP  —  Congressional Republicans are taking President Obama to court over his use of executive power to sidestep Congress.  —  The executive actions that Obama touted during the State of the Union speech are adding fresh urgency to the legal efforts of Republicans …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Prairie Weather
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Who You Calling a Lame Duck?
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Dish
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
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Blue Bottle Coffee Gets Caffeinated With $25.75 Million in Funding From Internet Stars and Morgan Stanley  —  Clay McLachlan/Claypix.com for Blue Bottle Coffee  —  Blue Bottle Coffee, the specialty roaster that has become a favorite of hipster techies in the San Francisco area …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Citing Growth, Fed Again Cuts Monthly Bond Purchases  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday another $10 billion cut in its monthly bond purchases in a statement that attributed the decision to “growing underlying strength in the broader economy.”
Discussion: Progress Illinois
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since …
Discussion: Wonkblog and BBC
The Hill:
Reid rejects Obama's trade power  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.  —  Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called …
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: ABC News and Shakesville
CBS Miami:
Jeb Bush Still Undecided On 2016 Presidential Run  —  HIALEAH (CBSMiami) - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been rumored to be a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016 and Wednesday he did nothing to end the speculation when asked about a possible run.
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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.)
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Capitalism vs. Democracy  —  Thomas Piketty's new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” described by one French newspaper as a “a political and theoretical bulldozer,” defies left and right orthodoxy by arguing that worsening inequality is an inevitable outcome of free market capitalism.
Discussion: The Dish and Balkinization
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
Glenn Greenwald / UT Documents:
Does Obama administration view journalists as Snowden's “accomplices”?  It seems so.  —  James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, appeared today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, his first appearance since outright lying to that Committee last March about NSA bulk collection.
 
 
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