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11:05 AM ET, January 25, 2011


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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: CNN, USA Today and Pajamas Media
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama won't endorse raising retirement age or reducing Social Security benefits  —  President Obama has decided not to endorse his deficit commission's recommendation to raise the retirement age, and otherwise reduce Social Security benefits, in Tuesday's State of the Union address …
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 …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Raising False Alarms
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DUELING SOTU RESPONSES, CONT'D.... Late last week, after New Jersey …
Discussion: The Fix and Prairie Weather
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans wrestle with dissent on budget cuts
Discussion: The Agonist
Kos / Daily Kos:
Poll: Cut Social Security benefits or raise payroll cap?  Not even close
Discussion: Open Left, Wonk Room and ThinkProgress
Pawlenty embraces underdog mantle in New Hampshire
Discussion: GOP 12
Top Senate Budget Republican not ruling out government shutdown
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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Thomas Cites Failure to Disclose Wife's Job  —  WASHINGTON — Under pressure from liberal critics, Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court acknowledged in filings released on Monday that he erred by not disclosing his wife's past employment as required by federal law.
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
White House Lawyer Tapped for Solicitor General
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Fix
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 …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Pre-State of the Union, Democratic Talking Heads Briefed at White House
Discussion: American Thinker and Daily Kos
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot  —  President Barack Obama wants former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to stay on the Chicago mayoral ballot, a top presidential confidante said Tuesday.  —  “I think that [Obama] believes that [Emanuel] is eligible …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
The Note:
The Note: Your Guide To The State Of The Union
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune:
Judicial arrogance  —  With startling arrogance and audaciously …
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.
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.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Bush White House Broke Elections Law, Report Says
Jim Miklaszewski /
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 …
Ross McGuinness /
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.
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
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Politics Insider: Nevada Republican to attend film release  —  Sharron Angle, the tea party-backed candidate who mounted a hard-fought campaign against U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last fall, will attend the national premiere in Johnston of a film that highlights the intersection of faith and science.
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 …
South Dakota legislators set State of the Union expectations … Tuesday night President Obama will address the country in his State of the Union address.  Action News asked South Dakota members of congress what they want to hear from the President.  —  The White House says the President will talk a lot about jobs and the economy.
Discussion: GOP 12
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: Pirate's Cove
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 …
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Noel Sheppard / 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
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Pitch for Rebuilding Infrastructure Carries Political Challenges
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP House stands ‘unapologetically for life,’ says Cantor
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
A Hefty Price for Entry to Davos
Discussion: driftglass and Big Peace
Syracuse Post-Standard:
Two states, including New York, take aim at distracted walkers, runners
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012 siren: Barbour to South Carolina
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Tom Parfitt / Guardian:
Moscow bomb: a massive boom, and then a wave of heat
Discussion: RIA Novosti, AOL News and Big Peace
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Obama approval at highest level since 2009
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune