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8:45 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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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
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
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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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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Rahm back on ballot
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Court Will Hear Rahm's Case
Matt Yglesias / Yglesias:   Breaking the News  —  The basic phenomenon is nothing new …
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Six on Supreme Court to Attend State of the Union
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General
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:
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Michele Bachmann Not Doing Republicans A Favor By Giving Tea Party SOTU Response
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
Discussion: Guardian
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: AmSpecBlog and Commentary
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Obama to speak of ‘Sputnik moment’ in State of the Union
Washington Post:
Obama: 'our generation's Sputnik moment'
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union address
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Budget Committee:
Excerpts from Chairman Paul Ryan's Republican Address to the Nation  —  WASHINGTON - Tonight, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver the Republican Address following the President's State of the Union message.  Chairman Ryan will address the nation …
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Paul Ryan / Facebook:
Preview of Chairman Paul Ryan's Republican Address to the Nation
Discussion: msnbc.com
Aharding / CNN:
GOP to hit Obama hard on economy
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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  —  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 …
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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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
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
'98 Bomber Gets Life Without Parole  —  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) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
 
 
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