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10:10 AM ET, January 26, 2011

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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: High Marks for Obama's State of the Union Speech  —  An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of President Obama's overall message in his State of the Union on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News Poll of speech watchers.  —  According to the poll, which was conducted online …
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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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: More than half of speech watchers have very positive reaction  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans who watched President Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a poll of people who viewed Tuesday night's address.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Where was Obama the centrist in his State of the Union?  —  If you were expecting a moderate Obama or a bold Obama, you were disappointed, most likely, by Tuesday's State of the Union Address.  In a nutshell: Obama proposed a ton of new domestic spending, promised to freeze discretionary spending …
The White House:
Remarks by the President in State of Union Address United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:  —  Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
First thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union Speech  —  Photo credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo  —  President Obama's second State of the Union address is in the books.  Let the analysis begin!  —  Our first — but surely not last — thoughts on the speech are below.
Discussion: The New Republic and Guardian
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
National Journal leaks SOTU early
Newsweek:
Why No One Will Watch the State of the Union
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The text of the State of the Union Address from a Democratic insider …
Discussion: alicublog
Budget Committee:
Remarks of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) - As Prepared for Delivery  —  Good evening.  I'm Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin - and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.  —  President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces.
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Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Evasion  —  If you were a visitor from Mars, watching tonight's State of the Union address and Paul Ryan's Republican response, you would have no reason to think that the looming insolvency of our entitlement system lies at the heart of the economic challenges facing the United States over the next two decades.
The Note:
The Note: Obama's Speech Puts GOP In A Corner  —  President Obama put Republicans in something of a box last night.  He oozed optimism, telling Americans in the last moments of his speech that, “From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Why does the GOP hide its agenda?
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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod mocks Tea Party response: ‘Am I looking at the right camera?’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pharyngula
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
Bachmann's Response to State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico and Pam's House Blend
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Bachmann: Founding fathers ‘worked tirelessly’ to end slavery
Discussion: SFGate, Firedoglake and The Wire
Times of India:
Egypt president's son, family flee to Britain  —  CAIRO: Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's son, who is considered as his successor, has fled to Britain along with his family, a US-based Arabic website reported.  —  The plane with Gamal Mubarak, his wife and daughter on board left …
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Eric Trager / The Atlantic Online:
Scenes From Egypt's Would-Be Revolution
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Blocked in Egypt in Response to Massive Protests (UPDATED)
Bob Unruh / WorldNetDaily:
Game-changer!  Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law  —  Obama will have to produce birth certificate to run again  —  It could be a game-changer.  —  A plan in Arizona to require presidential candidates to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office is approaching critical mass, even though it has just been introduced.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Broun to Obama: ‘You believe in socialism’  —  GOP Rep. Paul Broun (Ga.) rebuked President Obama using perhaps the sharpest language among his Republican colleagues following the State of the Union address Tuesday night.  —  Broun took to Twitter during the address, accusing the president of believing in socialism.
Osama Hamdan / Guardian:
The Palestinian cause has been betrayed.  But no more  —  These stooge negotiators have acted as tools for the repression of their people.  We in Hamas must seize back the initiative  —  The revelations about the conduct of the Middle East peace process made by al-Jazeera and the Guardian …
Discussion: Just Journalism and Harry's Place
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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.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds  —  WASHINGTON — The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a federal inquiry.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC chairman: Obama can't win in 2012 without ‘battleground’ Wisconsin  —  President Obama needs Wisconsin to secure reelection in 2012, and he might struggle at winning the state, the RNC's new chairman said Wednesday.  —  Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus …
Discussion: CNN
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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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama and his imbalanced ledger
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Hot Air
New York Times:
States' Lawmakers Turn Attention to the Dangers of Distracted Pedestrians
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
State of the Union: Ken Salazar to serve as ‘designated survivor’
Discussion: Politics Daily, The Hill and The Note
Political Correction RSS:
Fact Checking Rep. Bachmann's “Tea Party Response” To The State Of The Union
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A real-life look at the Gulag
Discussion: Power Line and Babalú Blog
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Bachmann to attend March home-school event in Des Moines
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Lots of vision, but few policy specifics
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Giffords strong enough to watch TV for an hour
Discussion: FrumForum
Esquire:
The State of the Union Drinking Game, 2011 Edition
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Scalia Slaps Down GOP's Tentherism