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5:30 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: alicublog
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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, 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 …
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, 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.
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: “Tea Party has become major …
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.
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The Note:
Congress Pre-Acts to State of the Union Address
Discussion: The Politico
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Propose Partial Budget Freeze and Earmark Ban Tonight*
Ezra Klein:
What the speech has done already
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Counters G.O.P. With Plan to Extend Spending Freeze
Discussion: The Politico
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The Hill:
House Republicans vote to roll back spending levels
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.
Eric Trager / The Atlantic Online:
Scenes From Egypt's Would-Be Revolution  —  Mubarak's notorious police stood down, but only for a few hours  —  CAIRO, Egypt — It is too soon to know whether the stunning demonstrations that have rocked Egypt today, with tens of thousands of protesters descending on cities throughout …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Region's Unrest Scrambles U.S. Foreign Policy
New York Times:
Violent Clashes Mark Protests Against Mubarak's Rule
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
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
MSNBC Ratings Rise on First Night Without Olbermann  —  MSNBC received some gratifying ratings news from the first night of its new prime-time lineup as it showed increases in the 8 and 9 p.m. hours, even in the absence of its previous leading man, Keith Olbermann.
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
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Wall Street Journal:   Why I'll Miss Keith Olbermann
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Piven Responds To Beck: “It Only Takes One Person Who Is A Little Deranged”  —  The racket Frances Fox Piven heard in the middle of the night last weekend sounded like someone pounding on the front door of the small, isolated house she calls home in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Big Journalism
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“History tells us” something that history doesn't tell us …
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) …
 
 
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Lots of vision, but few policy specifics
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Sets Stage for Clash of Governing Ideals
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The Politico:
Rep. Rivera facing ethics issues
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SOTU Live Stream and Commentary
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Giffords strong enough to watch TV for an hour
Discussion: FrumForum
Esquire:
The State of the Union Drinking Game, 2011 Edition
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