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12:35 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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Emanuel takes steps to stay in Chicago mayoral race  —  Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's legal team has begun an eleventh-hour blitz to keep the candidate on the mayoral ballot in Chicago after an appellate court ruled he is ineligible.  —  Lawyers for Emanuel filed a motion …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and TPMDC
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:   Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot
David Kidwell / Chicago Tribune:
Judges who ruled against Emanuel once slated by pol backing Chico
Discussion: Guardian
The Note:
The Note: Your Guide To The State Of The Union
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Exclusive: President Obama to Propose 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 an overall budget freeze, ABC News has learned.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rep. Eric Cantor: ‘No bailout of the states’  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) issued a new threat against a federal bailout for ailing state governments Monday as GOP leaders girded for a confrontation with President Obama over spending.  —  Heading into Tuesday's State of the Union address …
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans wrestle with dissent on budget cuts
Discussion: The Agonist
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama won't endorse raising retirement age or reducing Social Security benefits
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Scalia: No plans to attend Obama's State of the Union address  —  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told The Hill on Monday evening that he does not plan on attending the State of the Union address on Tuesday.  —  The conservative-leaning jurist said that he hasn't “gone to the State …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Post-State of Union Obama Approval Uptick Would Be Atypical
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Thomas Cites Failure to Disclose Wife's Job
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Bachmann: SOTU rebuttal is not a ‘competition’ with Ryan  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said her rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address tomorrow isn't a “competition” with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who's delivering the official Republican response.  —  “This is not a competition,” Bachmann said.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Pajamas Media
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Paul says Bachmann response not a problem
Discussion: Washington Post
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Says Chinese Folk Song Played During State Dinner Was Not An Insult; Experts Divided  —  Ivories that were tickled last Wednesday night at the White House are, to some conservative media, no laughing matter.  —  At the White House State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao …
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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
White House Lawyer Tapped for Solicitor General
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Fix
The Hill:
GOP to push for D.C. gay marriage ban  —  House conservatives say they will pursue legislation that would ban gay marriage in the nation's capital.  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), told The Hill that he will push for a vote on the controversial issue in the 112th Congress.
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Inspired by Tunisia, Egypt's protests appear unprecedented  —  Egypt's protests today appear to be the largest public call for democratic reform and an end to the Mubarak regime for years.  —  The scope of Egypt's protests today, calling for greater freedom and downfall of strongman President Hosni Mubarak, is unprecedented.
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Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Amid Protests, Ex-Lebanon Leader Assails New Premier
National Archives and Records Administration:
National Archives Discovers Date Change on Lincoln Record  —  Thomas Lowry Confesses to Altering Lincoln Pardon to April 14, 1865  —  Washington, DC...Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that Thomas Lowry, a long-time Lincoln researcher from Woodbridge, VA …
Ross McGuinness / Metro.co.uk:
Dentist uses sexy dresses to distract patients  —  Advanced drugs can cure many ills, new technology can revolutionise surgery but sometimes a low-cut, sorry lo-tech, solution is all you need - one dentist has bought herself and her ten nurses tight-fitting, cleavage-maximising dresses to distract worried patients while they work.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Report: George W. Bush aides violated Hatch Act  —  During the 2006 midterm elections, White House political aides to President George W. Bush engaged in widespread violations of a federal law which limits partisan political activity by government employees, a long-running federal investigation has found.
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Barbour huddling again with South Carolina GOP insiders  —  Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will return to South Carolina on Wednesday for a pair of closed-door meetings with influential Republicans, another sign that he is leaning toward seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012 siren: Barbour to South Carolina
Discussion: GOP 12
Jim Miklaszewski / msnbc.com:
NBC: U.S. can't link accused Army private to Assange  —  Military also denies allegations that Bradley Manning is being mistreated  —  Below:  —  U.S. military officials tell NBC News that investigators have been unable to make any direct connection between a jailed army private suspected …
Reuters:
Financial Crisis Commission Finds Cause For Prosecution Of Wall Street  —  The bipartisan panel appointed by Congress to investigate the financial crisis has concluded that several financial industry figures appear to have broken the law and has referred multiple cases to state or federal authorities …
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 …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Gustavo Valdes / CNN:
Critics slam Georgia paper for doctored photo of governor as Nazi  —  Atlanta (CNN) — A Spanish-language newspaper in Georgia has drawn bipartisan criticism for publishing a doctored photograph depicting the state's new governor as a Nazi.  —  El Nuevo Georgia Editor Rafael Navarro …
Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Ventura sues over body scans, pat-downs  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, alleging full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Discussion: Mediaite and Pirate's Cove
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans more optimistic on state of nation  —  Washington (CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before Congress, a new national poll indicates a surge in optimism about the state of the nation.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research …
Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
Foley already is eyeing a 2014 rematch with Malloy  —  Tom Foley, the Republican businessman who narrowly lost a bitterly contested race for governor last fall, is positioning himself for a rematch with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2014, not a run for Connecticut's open U.S. Senate seat in 2012.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Raising False Alarms  —  If there's a better government program than Social Security, I'd like to know what it is.  —  It has gone a long way toward eliminating poverty among the elderly.  Great numbers of them used to live and die in ghastly, Dickensian conditions of extreme want.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Washington Post:
The stories behind the visitors in the State of the Union galleries
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews Ties Tea Partiers to ‘Nazi Stuff’ …
Discussion: Fox Nation
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
SOTU Address: The Real Story of Obama and Corporate America
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
A Hefty Price for Entry to Davos
Discussion: Big Peace and driftglass
Robert M. Danin / Foreign Policy:
NastyLeaks  —  Far from a triumph for transparency …
Discussion: PostPartisan, Guardian and Firedoglake