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4:50 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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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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Rahm back on ballot  —  The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered a stay of yesterday's appellate court decision that struck Rahm Emanuel's name from the mayoral ballot — and not a moment too soon, as the NBC affiliate in Chicago explains.  The city will print ballots today …
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Court Will Hear Rahm's Case
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Supreme Court will hear appeal of ruling knocking Emanuel off ballot
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
David Kidwell / Chicago Tribune:
Judges who ruled against Emanuel once slated by pol backing Chico
Discussion: Reuters, Mediaite and Guardian
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Six on Supreme Court to Attend State of the Union
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Hit & Run
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Illinois Supreme Court will hear Emanuel's case
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Emanuel narcissistic, opponents tell court
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
First Read / msnbc.com:
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
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
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 …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Pelosi not sitting with Cantor, despite his invitation
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: “Tea Party has become major force in American politics”  —  CNN, which is taking some criticism from both sides for agreeing to air Michele Bachmann's response to Obama's speech tonight, sends over a statement justifying the move:
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Michele Bachmann Not Doing Republicans A Favor By Giving Tea Party SOTU Response
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Bachmann says she's “not in competition with Paul Ryan”
Discussion: HotAirPundit
New York Times:
Broad Protests Across Egypt Focus Fury on Mubarak  —  CAIRO — Thousands of people calling for the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak clashed with riot police in this Egyptian capital on Tuesday, on a day of some of the most serious civil unrest in recent memory here.
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Alex Wagner / Politics Daily:
House Approves Spending Cuts in Largely Symbolic Vote … In a highly partisan vote, the House passed 256 to 165 a nonbinding measure to block additional government spending and reduce the federal budget to pre-stimulus 2008 levels.  —  The bill also would give Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Barack Obama vs. Paul Ryan: Two Visions of America's Future
Discussion: The Hill, The Hill and AmSpecBlog
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans wrestle with dissent on budget cuts
Discussion: The Agonist
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Gingrich attacks “big city” critics of ethanol  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today dismissed the “big city” critics of corn-based ethanol and suggested the biofuels industry will be able to “stand on its own” without federal subsidies once all autos are “flexible-fuel” vehicles.
Discussion: The Page
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Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Gingrich, Pence and Bachmann could beat history
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.
Matt Yglesias / Yglesias:
Breaking the News  —  The basic phenomenon is nothing new, but the only thing preventing me from saying that the ratio of articles about Rahm Emannuel's mayoral bid to information about Emannuel's views on urban policy is almost infinite is my strong suspicion that the denominator is actually zero.
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 …
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Poll: Unpopularity of reform jumps 9 points  —  Public opposition to the health care reform law spiked to a record high in a new poll out today — but Americans don't necessarily want Republicans to spend time trying to dismantle it.  —  Fifty percent of Americans have unfavorable views of the law …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
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 …
New York Times:
'98 Embassy Bomber Is Sentenced to Life 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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Post-State of Union Obama Approval Uptick Would Be Atypical  —  Approval rating for Obama in past week was highest since May  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. presidents rarely see a spike in public support after their delivery of State of the Union addresses.  Since 1978, Gallup has measured …
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Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
State of the Union 2011: A One-Click Guide
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and CNN
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Talent Magnet  —  President Obama will be talking …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Manchin looks strong
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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Animal Farm Comes to Arizona
Discussion: Moonbattery
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Not The U.N.'s Most Helpful Employee
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Peter King: '80 Percent Of Mosques In This Country Are Controlled …
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Oversight panel bickers over subpoenas
Discussion: The Politico
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Critics slam Georgia paper for doctored photo of governor as Nazi
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews Ties Tea Partiers to ‘Nazi Stuff’ …
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012 siren: Barbour to South Carolina
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Ross McGuinness / Metro.co.uk:
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