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7:30 PM ET, January 25, 2011

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Chicago Tribune:
Judicial arrogance  —  With startling arrogance and audaciously twisted reasoning, two appellate judges ignored more than 100 years of legal precedent, invented a new definition of “residency” and ordered Rahm Emanuel off the Feb. 22 mayoral ballot.  —  With the election just four weeks away …
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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Supreme Court: Emanuel stays on ballot while his case is considered  —  The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to put Rahm Emanuel's name back on the mayoral ballot.  —  The court has not decided whether to hear Emanuel's appeal …
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Court Will Hear Rahm's Case
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Rahm back on ballot
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Supreme Court will hear appeal of ruling knocking Emanuel off ballot
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Matt Yglesias / Yglesias:   Breaking the News  —  The basic phenomenon is nothing new …
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Six on Supreme Court to Attend State of the Union
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Propose Partial Budget Freeze and Earmark Ban Tonight*  —  Pursuing a path of deficit reduction and government reform, President Obama will tonight in his State of the Union address call for a ban on earmarks and he will propose a five year budget freeze …
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Harry Reid blasts Obama on earmarks  —  'I think it's the wrong thing to do.  I don't think it's helpful,' said Reid of an earmarks ban.  AP Photo  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted President Barack Obama on earmarks in advance of his State of the Union address Tuesday, when he's expected to call for a ban.
Discussion: Fox Nation, FrumForum and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
What the speech has done already  —  The president won't give his annual State of the Union address until later tonight, but in an important way, the speech has already worked.  For the past week or so, news report after news report has dutifully relayed the argument the president is planning …
Discussion: Blue Virginia
New York Times:
Broad Protests Across Egypt Focus Fury on Mubarak  —  CAIRO — Thousands of people calling for the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak clashed with riot police in this Egyptian capital on Tuesday, on a day of some of the most serious civil unrest in recent memory here.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Blocked In Egypt Amidst Rising Protests
Tom Jacobs / Smart Journalism. Real Solutions …:
Sexy News Anchors Distract Male Viewers  —  New research finds when a female news anchor's sexual attractiveness is played up, male viewers retain less information.  —  SHARE AND ENJOY:  —  Scholars, critics and viewers have noted that some TV newscasts can be momentarily mistaken for Victoria's Secret specials.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: “Tea Party has become major force in American politics”  —  CNN, which is taking some criticism from both sides for agreeing to air Michele Bachmann's response to Obama's speech tonight, sends over a statement justifying the move:
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Michele Bachmann Not Doing Republicans A Favor By Giving Tea Party SOTU Response
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Oops!  Republican Asks Scalia About Constitutionality Of Earmarks  —  The latest in a recent string Constitution gaffes might make Republicans think twice about their earmark moratorium.  —  On Monday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) hosted a seminar for (mostly Republican) House members on the Constitution.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Scalia Slaps Down GOP's Tentherism  —  Yesterday, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to a gathering of mostly-Republican lawmakers about separation of powers under the Constitution.  During that gathering, Scalia was asked to embrace one of the Tea Party's pet constitutional theories …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“History tells us” something that history doesn't tell us, say sociologists stumbling to protect Frances Fox Piven.  —  Here's the expression of “outrage” by the officers of the American Sociological Association: … So vigorous debate about Piven's ideas is really important …
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Washington Wire:
Excerpts of Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Here are excerpts of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET:  —  THE WHITE HOUSE  —  Office of the Press Secretary  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union Address
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Commentary
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O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Gingrich attacks “big city” critics of ethanol (Audio)  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today dismissed the “big city” critics of corn-based ethanol and suggested the biofuels industry will be able to “stand on its own” without federal subsidies once all autos are “flexible-fuel” vehicles.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Page
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Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Gingrich, Pence and Bachmann could beat history
Discussion: The New Republic
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi spurns Cantor on seating  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) invited Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to sit next to him at the State of the Union address — but the former House Speaker says she's already committed.  —  “I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Not The U.N.'s Most Helpful Employee  —  It turns out that “Palestine expert” on the UN Human Rights Council, the law professor Richard Falk, is something of a 9/11 Truther (sorry, Troofer).  Here is what Falk had to say about 9/11 on his blog: … This has brought forth a strong condemnation …
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Alex Wagner / Politics Daily:
House Approves Spending Cuts in Largely Symbolic Vote … In a highly partisan vote, the House passed 256 to 165 a nonbinding measure to block additional government spending and reduce the federal budget to pre-stimulus 2008 levels.  —  The bill also would give Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem, GOP leaders reach tentative deal to drop “Constitutional option”  —  Filibuster reform update.  —  Multiple Senate aides on both sides say that Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Lamar Alexander have reached a tentative deal to push forward with a less ambitious …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Various matters  —  (updated below)  —  The combination of a mild (I'm hoping) flu and the all-consuming fixation by many on Obama's speech tonight makes this a good time to raise several discrete matters worth noting:  —  (1) Last month, The New York Times' Charlie Savage reported that the DOJ …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Talent won't run for Senate in Missouri  —  Former Sen. Jim Talent is expected to announce in the coming days that he won't mount a comeback bid for Senate in Missouri, multiple Republicans tell POLITICO.  —  Talent's decision against a 2012 campaign was telegraphed in recent weeks with his lack …
Discussion: TPMDC
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Peter King: ‘80 Percent Of Mosques In This Country Are Controlled By Radical Imams’  —  Next month, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King (R-NY) will hold hearings on the domestic threat posed by Muslim Americans.  Echoing McCarthyist rhetoric of the 1950s …
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Raw Story
New York Times:
'98 Embassy Bomber Is Given Life Without Parole  —  Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first former Guantánamo Bay camp detainee to be tried in the civilian court system, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for his role in the 1998 bombings of two United States Embassies in East Africa.
 
 
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Aharding / CNN:
GOP to hit Obama hard on economy
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Satisfaction With Gov't, Morality, Economy Down Since '08
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Loretta Sanchez sparks outrage from fellow Democrats …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Financial Crisis Was ‘Avoidable,’ Inquiry Concludes
Discussion: The Big Picture and DealBook
Newt Gingrich / Newt.org:
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Wall Street Journal:
Why I'll Miss Keith Olbermann
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Discussion: protein wisdom and American Power
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Poll: Unpopularity of reform jumps 9 points
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Animal Farm Comes to Arizona
Discussion: Moonbattery
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Oversight panel bickers over subpoenas
Discussion: The Politico
Teri Buhl / The Atlantic Online:
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