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12:30 AM ET, January 28, 2010

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New York Times:
Text: Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Following is the prepared text of President Obama's State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 27, 2010, as released by the White House:  —  Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
First thoughts on President Obama's state of the union address  —  President Obama's first state of the union address is in the books.  But, the analysis has only just begun.  —  Below you'll find our first thoughts from the speech.  Have some of your own?  Feel free to offer them in the comments section.
Discussion: Washington Wire
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama's first State of the Union: Jobs must be our No. 1 focus
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
CNN:
Obama excerpts: ‘I have never been more hopeful’
Discussion: Townhall.com
Tom Benning / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Sen. Hutchison will not attend State of the Union address
Discussion: The Hill
Think Progress:
McCain seen mouthing ‘blame it on Bush’ …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama's State of the Union: ‘Hopeful’
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Obama's State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico
Martin Kady II / Politico Live's Blog:
Justice Alito mouths ‘not true’  —  POLITICO's Kasie Hunt, who's in the House chamber, reports that Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words “not true” when President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court's campaign finance decision.  —  “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century …
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Randy Barnett / The Politico:
State of the Union: How did he do?  —  Professor, Georgetown University Law Center :  —  In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely …
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justice Alito's Reaction
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
SOTU Live Blog
Discussion: The New Republic
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
The Landrieu Phone Case: Not A Bugging After All?  —  While initial media reports (including on TPM) described the episode at Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office as an attempted bugging, that term does not appear in the affidavit and the lawyer for one of the charged men tells TPMmuckraker, “the complaint is not about a wiretap.”
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
WHY TAMPER WITH LANDRIEU'S PHONES?  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  A law enforcement official says the four men arrested for attempting to tamper with the phones in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) were not trying to intercept or wiretap the calls.
Discussion: Hot Air
Patterico's Pontifications:
Washington Post Writer Makes Assumptions About O'Keefe That the Facts …
Mark Feeney / Boston Globe:
Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87  —  Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and a leading faculty critic of BU president John Silber, died of a heart attack today in Santa Monica …
CBS News:
Bob McDonnell's GOP Response: Full Text  —  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Republican Address to the Nation Following Obama's State of the Union Address  —  (CBS) Immediately following President Obama's State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver the Republican response.
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The Huffington Post:
Bob McDonnell Speech (FULL TEXT): Republican State Of The Union Response  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Huffington Post obtained a copy of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Republican response to the State of The Union Address as prepared for delivery:
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Full McDonnell Response — Two Hours Early
Discussion: Townhall.com
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The audacity of nope  —  The state of the union is obstreperous.  Dyspepsia is the new equilibrium.  All the passion in American politics is oppositional.  The American people know what they don't like, which is: everything.  —  That sounds like nihilism, but they're against that, too.
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John F. Harris / The Politico:
Pelosi floats two-track health reform  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.  —  “We believe that it's possible …
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Ezra Klein:
Waiting for Barack  —  Every Hill office I've spoken to in the past week has had the same complaint.  “Where,” they ask, “is the White House?”  —  There's been no clear message on the way forward for health-care reform.  No clear articulation of preferences.  No public leadership to speak of.
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CNN:
Obama to call for repealing 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama will ask Congress Wednesday night to repeal the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy that bars gays and lesbians from openly serving in, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod told CNN.
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CNN:
GOP leader calls on colleagues to be ‘respectful and considerate’ to Obama
Kevin Hechtkopf Updated / CBS News:
Poll: 83% of Speech Watchers Approve of Obama's State of the Union Proposals  —  CBS News conducted an instant poll with Knowledge Networks immediately following President Obama's State of the Union address.  Here are some of the highlights:  —  • 83% of speech watchers approve …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
President's Support Usually Unaffected by State of Union
ABCNEWS:
John and Elizabeth Edwards Legally Separated  —  In Tell-All-Book, Ex-Edwards Aide Says Couple Discussed How Cancer Would Help in the Polls  —  With John Edwards' electrifying U.S. Senate win in 1998, it was his wife Elizabeth Edwards who captivated the nation.
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People.com:
Elizabeth Edwards's Breaking Point
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain objects on 'Don't Ask'  —  McCain:  —  In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked Congress to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.  I am immensely proud of, and thankful for, every American who wears the uniform of our country, especially at a time of war …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton signals not a two-term Secretary of State  —  In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term.  She also tells Smiley she is “absolutely not interested” in another presidential run:
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Wilson: Time for good behavior  —  Joe Wilson, the Republican congressman from South Carolina who yelled, “You Lie,” at President Barack Obama during his last address to a joint session of Congress, said today that he will “absolutely” behave at his seat in the House tonight.
Discussion: The Note and Mediaite
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Speech, Obama to Admit Missteps in First Year
Jeff Stein / Foreign Policy:
CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding  —  A study in “enhanced reporting techniques.”  —  Well, it's official now: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn't know what he was talking about.
 
 
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