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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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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justice Alito's Reaction  —  There was the president, and there were six members of the Supreme Court.  The few words from the one to the others went by quickly.  The president's tone was mild compared to the animation in some other parts of the speech, and I thought he looked momentarily awkward.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
“Not true”: Alito mouths words as Obama hammers Supreme Court  —  He's on the far left of your screen, seated to the right of Sotomayor.  Politico's calling it his Joe Wilson moment.  —  When you hear the president of the United States demagoging the First Amendment, you sit there and you take it, son.
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests - including foreign corporations - to spend without limit in our elections.”  —  On Jan. 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling striking …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
SOTU Live Blog  —  Alito shakes heading, mouthing “not true,” as Obama says recent Supreme Court decision will let lobbyists and corporations own our elections.  Highly inappropriate for Alito to do this.  You'll notice the Sup Ct doesn't even clap when the president enters.
Discussion: Swampland and The New Republic
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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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Tom Benning / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Sen. Hutchison will not attend State of the Union address
Discussion: WPRI-TV and The Hill
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
President's Support Usually Unaffected by State of Union
Discussion: Pollster.com All Content and TPMDC
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama: ‘I never suggested that change would be easy’
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama's first State of the Union: Jobs must be our No. 1 focus
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Obama's State of the Union
Discussion: The Swamp
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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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.
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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.”
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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Think Progress:
McCain seen mouthing ‘blame it on Bush’ when Obama outlines the problems he inherited.  —  Tonight in his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined steps he plans to take “to pay for the $1 trillion that it took to rescue the economy last year.”  However, he first addressed right …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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
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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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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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People.com:
Elizabeth Edwards's Breaking Point  —  After meeting the love child that rocked her 32-year marriage to one-time presidential candidate John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards has had enough.  —  “She said, 'I've had it.  I can't do this.  I want my life back,' ” her sister, Nancy Anania, tells PEOPLE in the latest cover story.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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ABCNEWS:   John and Elizabeth Edwards Legally Separated
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem senator: Health reform may not be finished this year  —  Democrats may not finish work on healthcare this year, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) asserted Wednesday.  —  Pryor told reporters that there's a “real possibility” that talks could break down, leaving lawmakers without a healthcare bill going into the 2010 midterm elections.
Discussion: The Politico
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Jjefferson / Arkansas News:   Pryor: Health care reform may not happen this year
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December suggests that economic activity has continued to strengthen and that the deterioration in the labor market is abating.  Household spending is expanding at a moderate rate but remains constrained …
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:
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama and the ‘hatchet’ job  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who once considered government spending freezes a hatchet job, told Americans on Wednesday it's now part of his solution to the exploding deficit.  He didn't explain what had changed.
Discussion: protein wisdom and msnbc.com
 
 
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