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10:50 PM ET, January 25, 2011

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National Journal:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama to Declare ‘The Rules Have Changed’  —  Full text of speech draft obtained by National Journal  —  President Obama speaks to both houses of Congress during his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on January 27, 2010.  —  Insisting bipartisanship …
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Washington Wire:
Text of Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Here is the text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address as prepared for delivery at 9 p.m. ET.  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Discussion: Doug Ross and Guardian
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
National Journal leaks SOTU early  —  So much for all of the White House's efforts to keep the details of President Barack Obama's second State of the Union address under wraps until delivery.  —  At 7:14 p.m. - almost two hours before Obama was scheduled to speak in the House chamber …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The text of the State of the Union Address from a Democratic insider …
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.
Washington Post:
Obama: 'our generation's Sputnik moment'  —  President Obama will seek to rally the nation to a new era of competitiveness in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, calling on Americans to rise to “our generation's Sputnik moment.”  —  “Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us …
The Note:
Congress Pre-Acts to State of the Union Address
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
What the speech has done already
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Matthews Yells At Tea Party Leader: Why Is ‘Balloon-Head’ Bachmann Speaking For You  —  Chris Matthews was nearly apoplectic in his questioning of Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo on the topic of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her controversial re-imagining of history …
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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Tea party to Bachmann: You don't speak for the tea party
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, CNN and msnbc.com
Aharding / CNN:
GOP to hit Obama hard on economy  —  New York (CNNMoney) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's resident budget wonk, is expected to take the Obama administration to task Tuesday night for its handling of the economy and budget.  —  Ryan, a 40-year-old Wisconsin native …
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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Budget Committee:
Remarks of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) - As Prepared for Delivery
Discussion: Hot Air
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union address
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to speak of ‘Sputnik moment’ in State of the Union
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
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.
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 …
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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 …
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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.
Newsweek:
Why No One Will Watch the State of the Union  —  If President Obama's planned “call to unity” and pledge to work on centrist initiatives in his second State of the Union speech don't have you itching to tune in Tuesday night, don't feel too bad.  Not many of your fellow citizens will watch …
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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Susan E. Rice / US Department of State:
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Richard Falk  —  U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations  —  I am appalled by the recent personal blog written by Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Not The U.N.'s Most Helpful Employee
New York Times:
3 Reported Dead as Egyptians Protest to End Mubarak's Rule  —  CAIRO — Thousands of people calling for the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak clashed with riot police officers here in the capital and in other Egyptian cities on Tuesday, on a day of some of the most serious civil unrest in recent memory.
The Politico:
Rep. Rivera facing ethics issues  —  Just three weeks into his congressional career, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) has earned the dubious distinction of being the first member of the historic class of House GOP freshmen to find himself at the center of an ethics scandal.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Ex-Detainee Sentenced in 1998 Blasts  —  Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first former detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 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.
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Loretta Sanchez sparks outrage from fellow Democrats with proposal to boot Giffords from Armed Services Committee  —  Behind closed doors, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez has proposed removing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) …
 
 
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
SOTU Live Stream and Commentary
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Giffords strong enough to watch TV for an hour
Discussion: FrumForum
Kai Wright / Colorlines:
The State of Our Union Is Weak, But the 2012 Campaign Begins Now
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds
Discussion: The Big Picture and DealBook
Newt Gingrich / Newt.org:
Newt Direct  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …
Wall Street Journal:
Why I'll Miss Keith Olbermann
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Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Six on Supreme Court to Attend State of the Union
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Poll: Unpopularity of reform jumps 9 points
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Peter King: '80 Percent Of Mosques In This Country Are Controlled …
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