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8:55 AM ET, January 26, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Obama's Second State of the Union (Text)  —  Following is the transcript for President Obama's second State of the Union address on Tuesday, as released by the White House:  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The text of the State of the Union Address from a Democratic insider …
Discussion: alicublog
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Evasion
The Note:
Congress Pre-Acts to State of the Union Address
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
First thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union Speech
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to speak of ‘Sputnik moment’ in State of the Union
Aharding / CNN:
GOP to hit Obama hard on economy
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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 and Lez Get Real
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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.
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Bachmann: Founding fathers ‘worked tirelessly’ to end slavery  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said the United States was founded on racial and ethnic diversity and that the founding fathers were responsible for abolishing slavery.  —  Speaking at an event sponsored by Iowans For Tax Relief …
Discussion: SFGate, Firedoglake and The Wire
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Bachmann to attend March home-school event in Des Moines
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: “Tea Party has become major …
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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The Hill:
House Republicans vote to roll back spending levels
Discussion: The Politico
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Counters G.O.P. With Plan to Extend Spending Freeze
Discussion: The Politico
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
New York Times:
Violent Clashes Mark Protests Against Mubarak's Rule
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Region's Unrest Scrambles U.S. Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration confronts the spectacle of angry protesters and baton-wielding riot police officers from Tunisia to Egypt to Lebanon, it is groping for a plan to deal with an always-vexing region now suddenly spinning in dangerous directions.
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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 …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Oops! Republican Asks Scalia About Constitutionality Of Earmarks
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: The Politico and Pam's House Blend
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Vox Popoli
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) …
Ezra Klein:
Lots of vision, but few policy specifics  —  At more than 6,000 words, there was a lot in tonight's State of the Union.  The bulk of it was a vision of what American economic policy should be pointed towards in the years to come: A country that has a better educated workforce …
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Broun to Obama: ‘You believe in socialism’
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A real-life look at the Gulag
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Osama Hamdan / Guardian:
The Palestinian cause has been betrayed. But no more
Discussion: Just Journalism
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Sets Stage for Clash of Governing Ideals
Discussion: Speakeasy
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Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Giffords strong enough to watch TV for an hour
Discussion: FrumForum
Esquire:
The State of the Union Drinking Game, 2011 Edition