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1:35 PM ET, January 25, 2011

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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Exclusive: President Obama to Propose 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 an overall budget freeze, ABC News has learned.
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 …
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David Kidwell / Chicago Tribune:
Judges who ruled against Emanuel once slated by pol backing Chico  —  Supporters of 2 on Appellate Court deny politics played any role  —  The two Appellate Court judges responsible for tossing Rahm Emanuel from the ballot in February's mayoral race both won their jobs after being anointed …
Discussion: Guardian
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Emanuel takes steps to stay in Chicago mayoral race  —  Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's legal team has begun an eleventh-hour blitz to keep the candidate on the mayoral ballot in Chicago after an appellate court ruled he is ineligible.  —  Lawyers for Emanuel filed a motion …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and TPMDC
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:   Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot
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 …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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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 …
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans wrestle with dissent on budget cuts
Discussion: The Agonist
Ezra Klein:
What the speech has done already
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans In A Fix On Infrastructure Spending
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 …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Post-State of Union Obama Approval Uptick Would Be Atypical
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Thomas Cites Failure to Disclose Wife's Job
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: The Plum Line and Pajamas Media
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Paul says Bachmann response not a problem
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Inspired by Tunisia, Egypt's protests appear unprecedented  —  Egypt's protests today appear to be the largest public call for democratic reform and an end to the Mubarak regime for years.  —  The scope of Egypt's protests today, calling for greater freedom and downfall of strongman President Hosni Mubarak, is unprecedented.
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Jim Miklaszewski / msnbc.com:
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Various matters  —  (updated below)  —  The combination of a mild (I'm hoping) flu and the all-consuming fixation by many on Obama's speech tonight makes this a good time to raise several discrete matters worth noting:  —  (1) Last month, The New York Times' Charlie Savage reported that the DOJ …
Shira Toeplitz / Reuters:
Mitch McConnell: I get more Obama ear time  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joked Tuesday morning that he's now on President Barack Obama's “speed dial,” a marked change since Democrats endured a shellacking from Republicans this fall.  —  “I think I'm on speed dial right …
Discussion: The Note
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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 …
Ross McGuinness / Metro.co.uk:
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.
Reuters:
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 …
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
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 …
Gustavo Valdes / CNN:
Paper: Governor pictured 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 said the picture was meant to call attention …
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012 siren: Barbour to South Carolina  —  Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour will visit the Republican-heavy Upstate of South Carolina Wednesday for two private events with local GOP officials to discuss a potential presidential run, POLITICO has learned.  —  Barbour will meet with Republicans first in Greenville and then in Spartanburg.
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Barbour huddling again with South Carolina GOP insiders
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org 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
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