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3:20 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 …
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 …
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.
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Supreme Court will hear appeal of ruling knocking Emanuel off ballot  —  The Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear the appeal of a court decision that knocked Rahm Emanuel out of the mayoral race.  —  Earlier Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
First Read /
Ill. court issues stay; Rahm back on the ballot
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Emanuel takes steps to stay in Chicago mayoral race
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and TPMDC
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Scalia: No plans to attend Obama's State of the Union address
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
Monica Davey / New York Times:   Ruling Restores Emanuel's Name to Ballot, for Now
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 …
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
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
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Pelosi not sitting with Cantor, despite his invitation
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Michele Bachmann Not Doing Republicans A Favor By Giving Tea Party SOTU Response
Benjamin H. Friedman / Cato Institute:
New Republicans, Same Old Militarism
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Eunomia and Hit & Run
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Bachmann says she's “not in competition with Paul Ryan”  —  Washington (CNN) - Representative Michele Bachmann tells CNN at the top of her post State of the Union speech she will announce that her remarks are not the official Republican response.  —  She says she's spoken with Representative Paul Ryan …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: “Tea Party has become major …
Discussion: GOP 12, The Hill and Weigel
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Bachmann: SOTU rebuttal is not a ‘competition’ with Ryan
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Paul says Bachmann response not a problem
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 …
New York Times:
Broad Protests Across Egypt Focus Fury on Mubarak
Discussion: Boing Boing
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Inspired by Tunisia, Egypt's protests appear unprecedented
New York Times:
U.S. Embassy Bomber Gets Life Sentence Without Parole  —  Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first former Guantánamo Bay camp detainee to be tried in the civilian court system, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for his role in the 1998 bombings of two United States Embassies in East Africa.
Associated Press:
Guantanamo detainee gets life for embassy bombings  —  Tanzanian was convicted on one count in 1998 al-Qaida attacks in Africa  —  Below:  —  NEW YORK — A judge on Tuesday handed down a life sentence against the first Guantanamo detainee to have a civilian trial.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
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.
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 …
Jim Miklaszewski /
NBC: U.S. can't link accused Army private to Assange
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 /
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.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Not The U.N.'s Most Helpful Employee  —  It turns out that “Palestine expert” on the UN Human Rights Council, the law professor Richard Falk, is something of a 9/11 Truther (sorry, Troofer).  Here is what Falk had to say about 9/11 on his blog: … This has brought forth a strong condemnation …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Oversight panel bickers over subpoenas  —  The House Oversight committee got off to a contentious start Tuesday morning as its organization meeting devolved into partisan sniping and accusations of hypocrisy.  —  Chairman Darell Issa (R-Calif.) has pledged to aggressively investigate …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Poll: Unpopularity of reform jumps 9 points
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Manchin looks strong
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Animal Farm Comes to Arizona
Discussion: Moonbattery
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties
 Earlier Items: 
Gustavo Valdes / CNN:
Critics slam Georgia paper for doctored photo of governor as Nazi
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans wrestle with dissent on budget cuts
Discussion: The Agonist
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Raising False Alarms