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2:20 PM ET, January 25, 2011

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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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Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Rahm Back on the Ballot  —  To view this video you must to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed.  Click to download the most recent version of Flash.  —  The Illinois Supreme Court has granted Rahm Emanuel partial stay.  Which means he's back on the ballot for now.
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
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, TPMDC and Election Law
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Emanuel takes steps to stay in Chicago mayoral race
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN 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
Discussion: The Politico
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Emanuel narcissistic, opponents tell court
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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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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
Shira Toeplitz / Reuters:
Mitch McConnell: I get more Obama ear time
Discussion: The Note
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
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Thomas Cites Failure to Disclose Wife's Job
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Post-State of Union Obama Approval Uptick Would Be Atypical
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Huffington Post
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
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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
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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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
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asked reporters covering Tuesday's State of the Union address not to spend too much time focusing on prom-like questions about where Republicans and Democrats are sitting, but instead to concentrate on the content of President Obama's speech.
 
 
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Peter King: '80 Percent Of Mosques In This Country Are Controlled …
Discussion: Raw Story and Ben Smith's Blog
Surapan Boonthanom / Reuters:
Bomb kills 9 civilians in restive Thai south
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Oversight panel bickers over subpoenas
Discussion: The Politico
Gustavo Valdes / CNN:
Critics slam Georgia paper for doctored photo of governor as Nazi
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews Ties Tea Partiers to ‘Nazi Stuff’ …
Discussion: Fox Nation
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans wrestle with dissent on budget cuts
Discussion: The Agonist
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
SOTU Address: The Real Story of Obama and Corporate America
Discussion: Hit & Run
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Politics Insider: Nevada Republican to attend film release
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012 siren: Barbour to South Carolina
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Raising False Alarms
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post