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11:30 AM ET, January 21, 2015

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The White House / Medium:
President Obama's State of the Union Address—Remarks As Prepared for Delivery  —  There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington.  A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President's speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech …
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Sen. Rand Paul / BREITBART.COM:
Rand Paul's Response to Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address  —  Good Evening.  I wish I had better news for you, but... All is not well in America.  America is adrift.  Something is clearly wrong.  —  America needs many things, but what America desperately needs is new leadership.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Transcript: Obama's State of the Union address 2015
Discussion: Power Line and Informed Comment
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The most important sentence in Obama's 2015 State of the Union  —  1) The most striking sentence in President Obama's 2015 State of the Union came near the start: “Tonight, we turn the page.”  —  2) It is the seventh year of Obama's presidency.  But it's the first in which the economy is no longer in crisis.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Barack Obama's disconnected, out-of-touch, in-denial State of the Union  —  Perhaps the most striking thing about the 2015 State of the Union address was not the president at the podium but the audience in the seats.  The joint session of Congress listening to President Obama Tuesday night …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
A fantasy for tweens: Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union.  —  “We turn the page,” said President Obama last night in citing all the good news he could about the current state of the union.  “The shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong.”
New York Times:   At the State of the Union, a President Outgunned in Congress Is Still Combative
New York Times:
In State of the Union, Obama Sets an Ambitious Agenda
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner invites Netanyahu to speak to Congress  —  Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress about Iran next month, a move sure to inflame the Obama administration, which is trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic.
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Rebuffing President Barack Obama on Iran, House Speaker John Boehner …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Democrats put target on ‘corporate deserters’
David Espo / ABC News:
Obama Challenges Republicans in State of Union Speech
Discussion: The Hill and abc7.com
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The Megyn Kelly Moment  —  On a gray Wednesday in November, the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and four producers gathered around a conference table on the 17th floor of the News Corporation building in Manhattan.  They were there to plan the 281st episode of “The Kelly File,” …
Chris Mortensen / ESPN:
11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated  —  The NFL has found that 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 game balls were inflated significantly below the NFL's requirements, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC Championship Game told ESPN.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Full Text of Republican Response to State of the Union  —  The office of House speaker John Boehner has posted the full text of the Republican response to the State of the Union (breaking its own self-imposed embargo), to be delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa:  —  “Good evening.  —  “I'm Joni Ernst.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Joni Ernst goes folksy in GOP response
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Joni Ernst's response: Congress is ‘back to work’
Washington Post:
Shiite insurgents control Yemen's presidential palace and residence … SANAA, Yemen — Shiite insurgents tightened their grip on Yemen's capital Wednesday, seizing control of a missile base and keeping the president as a virtual hostage in a showdown threatening a key American ally in the fight against al-Qaeda.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The remarkable confidence of Barack Obama  —  Seventy seven days ago, Barack Obama's party lost control of Congress — largely due to his unpopularity nationwide.  You'd have never known it watching the president deliver his sixth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.
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Sharon Cotliar / People.com:
Chelsea Clinton Shares Her Mommy Routines with Baby Charlotte (VIDEO)  —  New mom Chelsea Clinton talks about bonding with her baby Charlotte - “I'm so happy being a mom” - and shares why she's so passionate about talking, reading and singing to her baby, in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Rep. Steve King decries ‘deportable’ in Michelle Obama's balcony  —  Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) railed against President Obama via Twitter only hours before this Tuesday's State of the Union speech, referring to an undocumented immigrant scheduled to sit with the first lady during the speech as “a deportable.”
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama calls for civility, then immediately taunts Republicans over his two presidential wins … President Obama spent much of Tuesday's State of the Union calling for civility in politics — then taunted Republicans over his two election victories, after many of them applauded the looming end of his political career.
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Defiant Speech  —  President Obama talked about spending a lot of money tonight — on preschool care, community college, new infrastructure, and a variety of tax preferences for middle- and lower-income earners.  All financed by new taxes, primarily on the wealthy.
 
 
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