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2:05 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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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 and Weasel Zippers
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
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Pelosi not sitting with Cantor, despite his invitation
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans In A Fix On Infrastructure Spending
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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First Read / msnbc.com:
Ill. court issues stay; Rahm back on the ballot  —  From NBC's John Yang  —  The Illinois Supreme Court has just issued a stay of the appeals court's order knocking Rahm Emanuel off the ballot and directing the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to restore his name to the ballot.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
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: CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
David Kidwell / Chicago Tribune:
Judges who ruled against Emanuel once slated by pol backing Chico
Discussion: Guardian
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:   Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Emanuel narcissistic, opponents tell court
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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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Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
State of the Union 2011: A One-Click Guide
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Post-State of Union Obama Approval Uptick Would Be Atypical
Discussion: Ezra Klein and 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.
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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.
BBC:
Cairo protest: Clashes on Egypt's ‘day of revolt’  —  The BBC's Jon Leyne describes “remarkable scenes” in the Egyptian capital  —  Police in Cairo have been using tear gas and water cannon to try to quell rare anti-government protests.  —  Thousands have joined the protests …
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Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Inspired by Tunisia, Egypt's protests appear unprecedented
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties  —  (CNN) - It's been said Congress is like high school all over again.  —  Well, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is making clear she is embracing the idea of sitting next to a Democrat during Tuesday's State of the Union address, saying members of the opposing party do not have “cooties.”
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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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
SOTU Address: The Real Story of Obama and Corporate America
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Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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