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7:05 PM ET, January 25, 2011

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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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Reid brushes back Obama earmark ban
New York Times:
Obama to Seek Partial Freeze in Spending as Deficit Move
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Supreme Court will hear appeal of ruling knocking Emanuel off ballot
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Rahm back on ballot
Matt Yglesias / Yglesias:   Breaking the News  —  The basic phenomenon is nothing new …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Six on Supreme Court to Attend State of the Union
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
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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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
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
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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 …
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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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The state of our terrorist detention policy
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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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
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 …
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
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Poll: Unpopularity of reform jumps 9 points  —  Public opposition to the health care reform law spiked to a record high in a new poll out today — but Americans don't necessarily want Republicans to spend time trying to dismantle it.  —  Fifty percent of Americans have unfavorable views of the law …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Teri Buhl / The Atlantic Online:
E-mails Show Bear Stearns Cheated Clients Out of Billions  —  Lawsuit alleges the bank took extreme measures to defraud investors, and now JPMorgan may be on the hook Former Bear Stearns mortgage executives who now run mortgage divisions of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Preview of Obama's Speech  —  The White House sends over excerpts of President Obama's State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery.  —  Excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union Address  —  With their votes, the American people determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties.
Discussion: Commentary
Tom Junod / Esquire:
Roger Ailes on Roger Ailes: The Interview Transcripts, Part 1  —  TALENT SCOUT /// “I thought Glenn at Headline News was not doing what he could do.  I thought Bill O'Reilly at Inside Edition was not doing what he could do.  I thought Sean Hannity on radio — good-looking guy, why not put him on television?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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ProPublica:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
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