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12:05 AM ET, January 26, 2011

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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 …
Discussion: Power Line and GayPatriot
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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 …
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 …
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Counters G.O.P. Attacks on Spending With Plan to Extend Freeze
Discussion: The Politico
The Note:
Congress Pre-Acts to State of the Union Address
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
Sessions Rejects Obama's Spending Freeze As Insufficient
Discussion: Guardian
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Obama: Freeze Spending
Discussion: Open Left
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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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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The text of the State of the Union Address from a Democratic insider who has violated the White House embargo.  —  Via the National Journal.  —  UPDATE 1: … But the challenges were “bigger than party, and bigger than politics” before, when you “move[d] forward” on your own, with only your party.
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 …
Discussion: Big Journalism, Lez Get Real and TPMDC
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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Tea party to Bachmann: You don't speak for the tea party  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann has been steeped in tea party politics for the last two years, but she may be overstepping her bounds as she increasingly attaches herself to a movement that insists it has no party and no leader.
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:
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Bachmann: Founding fathers ‘worked tirelessly’ to end slavery
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Wire and SFGate
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 …
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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, a slight rise from last year's speech, according to a poll of people who viewed Tuesday night's address.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
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
Aharding / CNN:
GOP to hit Obama hard on economy
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
John R. Parkinson / ABCNEWS:   State of the Union: Reps Weigh In on What They Want to Hear …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to speak of ‘Sputnik moment’ in State of the Union
Discussion: CNN, This Just In 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.
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
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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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
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:
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.
Esquire:
The State of the Union Drinking Game, 2011 Edition  —  If you're anything like us, you spent Sunday only half-watching the NFL conference championship games, attending to them out of some shapeless feeling of duty and the ever-present impulse to call Jay Cutler a pansy.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
News Analysis: Setting Stage for Clash of Ideals Over Government  —  WASHINGTON — At a moment when the momentum in Washington is driving toward slashing budgets and shrinking government, President Obama argued on Tuesday evening that the politics of austerity, mindlessly applied …
Discussion: Speakeasy
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
Bachmann's Response to State of the Union  —  As prepared for delivery:  —  Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota's 6th District.  —  Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Ex-Detainee Gets Life Sentence in Embassy 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.
 
 
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Region's Unrest Scrambles U.S. Foreign Policy
The Politico:
Rep. Rivera facing ethics issues
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
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Loretta Sanchez sparks outrage from fellow Democrats …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds
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Poll: Unpopularity of reform jumps 9 points
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Supreme Court: Emanuel stays on ballot while his case is considered
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“History tells us” something that history doesn't tell us …