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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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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:
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Justice Alito's conduct and the Court's credibility  —  As I wrote at the time, I thought the condemnations of Rep. Joe Wilson's heckling of Barack Obama during his September health care speech were histrionic and excessive.  Wilson and Obama are both political actors, it occurred in the middle …
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.
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 …
National Review:
Enter Your E-Mail Address to Sign Up  —  President Wrong on Citizens United Case [Bradley A. Smith]  —  Tonight the president engaged in demogoguery of the worst kind, when he claimed that last week's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, “open[ed] the floodgates for special interests …
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 …
Peter Wehner / Politics Daily:
A Self-Reverential State of the Union Address
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam Winkler / The Huffington Post:   Alito Was Rude (But Right)
Emptywheel:
The Word Not Spoken: Foreclosure
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Does Rove Think Reagan And Bush Were ‘Weak’ …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Where Clinton Turned Right, Obama Plowed Ahead  —  WASHINGTON — When President Bill Clinton faced a Republican uprising and a nation that turned deeply skeptical about his agenda, he used the 1996 State of the Union address to declare that “the era of big government is over.”
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
After Obama rips lobbyists, K St. insiders get private briefings
Abrahm Lustgarten / The Politico:   Backlash on W.H.'s backroom deals
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:   FACT CHECK: Obama and a toothless commission
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AP's ten whoppers from the SOTU speech
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama and the ‘hatchet’ job
Discussion: msnbc.com
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
J. D. Salinger, Enigmatic Author, Dies at 91  —  J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous …
Discussion: ArtsBeat and Joe. My. God.
Erin McPike / Hotline On Call:
Hackers Hit House Websites  —  Hackers struck at least 10 House websites overnight, substituting expletives aimed at Pres. Obama just hours after his State of the Union address.  —  The hackers targeted many House Dem freshmen, including Reps. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Harry Teague (D-NM) …
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The Politico:   Hackers infiltrate House websites
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
House.Gov Gets Hacked
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
I Just Remembered Chris Matthews Was White  —  Here's Matthews on Obama: … I think it's worth noting that Chris Matthews wasn't trying to take a shot at anybody.  I also think it's worth noting that he was attempting to compliment Obama and say something positive about what he's done for race relations.
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Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Blackburn Will Not Attend Opryland Tea Party Convention  —  From Blackburn spokesman Claude Chafin: … From Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn herself: … The Tea Party Convention and its sponsor organization, Tea Party Nation, have been under fire as of late by former members of the group.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Reps. back out of tea party event
Discussion: Think Progress and American Power
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Landrieu: Bill on “life support”  —  If President Barack Obama hoped his State of the Union speech would revive the health care debate on Capitol Hill, signs of movement were not immediately apparent Thursday.  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said health care reform “is on life support …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Wisconsin Senate  —  Wisconsin Senate: Thompson 47%, Feingold 43%  —  One more Democratic senator who has long been regarded as a safe prospect for reelection may be facing a challenging year in 2010.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters …
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Photo Of The Day -Joint Chiefs Of Staff React To Obama's DADT Message  —  UPDATE: For those of you saying that protocol demands that the Joint Chiefs remain passive and non-reactive during presidential speeches, here's how they lept to their feet to applaud the president's threat to stick it to Iran over their nuclear program.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Obama's Health Care Appeal “Very Powerful” And “Helpful To Us”  —  There've been some rumblings among House Dems that Obama's speech last night, despite its urgent appeal for passage of health reform, didn't chart out a specific enough road map for Congress to break its logjam on the issue.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Populism: Just Like Racism! … Normally one would have to be in the grip of a narcissistic psychosis to think that a columnist for the New York Times has written an article for your personal benefit.  But after his latest article in the Times, in which he compares the “populism” of people who …
dallasfed.org:
Economic Letter—Insights from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas  —  Vol. 5, No. 1  —  Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas  —  A Historical Look at the Labor Market During Recessions  —  Turmoil in housing, credit and financial markets plunged the U.S. economy into a recession that has taken a heavy toll on the labor market.
Discussion: Economix
Gail Collins / New York Times:
United We Rant  —  My fellow Americans, the state of the union is angry.  Also strong.  Presidents usually say the state of the union is strong.  But this year you would have to go with strongly angry.  —  In his speech on Wednesday night, President Obama actually dropped that traditional state …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Giannoulias leads Kirk in poll  —  In a reminder that contested primaries can be a good thing Alexi Giannoulias has jumped out to a 42-34 lead over Mark Kirk in the race to be Illinois' next Senator.  When PPP last looked at such a match up in April the two were tied at 35.
Discussion: The Hill and Scorecard's Blog
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
SEC to require disclosure of climate change risks  —  A politically divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Wednesday to make clear when companies must provide information to investors about the business risks associated with climate change.  —  The commission, in a 3 to 2 vote …
 
 
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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