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4:30 PM ET, January 23, 2011


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Matthew Robertson / Epoch Times:
Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House  —  US humiliated in eyes of Chinese by song used to inspire anti-Americanism  —  Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it.  Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it.  Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online.
Cathy Yan / Speakeasy:
Did Pianist Lang Lang Dis the White House?
New York Times:
Obama to Press Centrist Agenda in His Address  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will outline an agenda for “winning the future” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, striking a theme of national unity and renewal, as he stresses the need for both government spending in key areas and an attack on the budget deficit.
HAWAII GROUND REPORT: Could Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie not be as incompetent and foolish as he appears, but orchestrating a deliberate birth certificate recovery dead end to cover his own papakole?  UPDATED: Mystery solved!  Reason Obama will not release birth certificate is because his name …
Kim Geiger / Los Angeles Times:
Clarence Thomas failed to report wife's income, watchdog says  —  Virginia Thomas earned over $680,000 from conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation over 5 years, a group says.  But the Supreme Court justice did not include it on financial disclosure forms.  —  Reporting from Washington —
Ashley Southall / The Caucus:
Obama Marks Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Washington Monthly and FrumForum
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Military Harassing David House, Jane Hamsher for Visiting Bradley Manning  —  Jane Hamsher is with David House who is trying to visit Pvt. Bradley Manning at Quantico today while carrying a petition with 42,000 signatures requesting humane treatment for Manning.
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Senate Republicans to Oppose Obama's Spending Plans  —  The Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said on Sunday that his party will vigorously oppose the spending initiatives President Obama plans to include in his State of the Union address on Tuesday because …
Discussion: CNN and Booman Tribune
Wavpeac / Firedoglake:
The Blue Collar Life  —  A construction worker in Chicago, three days before Christmas, 2005.  (photo: gnevets88 via Flickr)  —  My husband got up at 5:00 a.m. to work outside in 7 degree F temperatures.  He sat on the end of the couch, head in his hands sipping his coffee telling me how much he hates his job.
The Auditor:
Gov. Chris Christie declines to counter State of the Union speech  —  In 1995, Christie Whitman, a New Jersey governor who was a rising Republican Party star, delivered the GOP's response to President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address in front of a cheering crowd in the Assembly chamber.
Don Terry / New York Times:
Eavesdropping Laws Mean That Turning On an Audio Recorder Could Send You to Prison  —  Christopher Drew is a 60-year-old artist and teacher who wears a gray ponytail and lives on the North Side.  Tiawanda Moore, 20, a former stripper, lives on the South Side and dreams of going back to school and starting a new life.
Discussion: The Agitator
Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
How Congress helped thwart Obama's plan to close Guantanamo  —  Two years after the newly minted Obama administration moved to undo what had become one of the most controversial legacies of the George W. Bush presidency by ordering the closure of the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba …
Andrew Cohen / Politics Daily:
United States v. Loughner: The Decision About the Death Penalty
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Union Power  —  Kevin Drum says: … That's definitely true.  But in large part that's because if you allowed more unionization in exchange for some tax cuts, the stronger unions would just turn around in the future and create a political dynamic that's friendly to tax hikes.  Which if you ask me would be great.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Olbermann-MSNBC split had been brewing for a while  —  A swirl of questions Saturday surrounded political provocateur Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure from MSNBC, the network he helped transform - by dint of his fiery eloquence and on-air presence - into the left's answer to Fox News.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and FrumForum
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Al Baker / New York Times:
Man Accidentally Shot in Bronx Raid
Discussion: Hit & Run
New York Times:
As State of the Union Nears, Congress Plays Musical Chairs
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Jerusalem Post:
‘IHH activists violently opposed IDF boarding boat’
Discussion: Commentary
Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
State of the Union Bipartisan Seating: Comity Central for Lawmakers
Discussion: Denver Post
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
McConnell: I'll sit ‘where I usually sit’
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trying to Break Logjam, Scholar Floats an Idea for a Palestinian Map
 Earlier Items: 
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Good News!!  “Islams Useful Idiots” Planned Rally/March In NY & SF April 9th, 2011
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines