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Alvin Felzenberg / US News:
Obama's State of the Union Was Tantamount to Plagiarism  —  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can be said of plagiarism?  President Obama's second State of the Union address contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince.
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NPR:
The State Of The Union, In Your Words  —  Right after President Barack Obama finished his State of the Union address, we asked our listeners to describe his speech in three words.  We received responses from more than 4,000 of you.  We've run them through a word cloud generator and this is what all of you said:
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin on Barack Obama speech: ‘WTF’  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama's call for “winning the future” during his State of the Union address is best framed by the acronym it shares with a much different phrase — “wtf.”
Discussion: FrumForum, Taylor Marsh and The Hill
Nielsen Wire:
43 Million Watch President Obama's State of the Union Address  —  On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 President Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  The address was carried live from approximately 9:00 PM- 10:15 PM on 11 networks.  The sum of the average audience for those networks …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Whoa!... Sarah Palin on Obama's SOTU Speech: “WTF Was Spot-On …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Wall Street Journal:
The Great Misallocators  —  What Barack Obama and General Electric have in common.
Discussion: The New Republic and The Foundry
Aleister / American Glob:
Winning The Future...  Something tells me this isn't what David Axelrod had in mind.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner: ‘I just needed a drink’ after GOP response
Discussion: TPMDC, Weasel Zippers, Althouse and Gawker
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Celebrity Journalist: I Never Spoke to Hawaii Gov About Obama Birth Certificate  —  A celebrity journalist now claims he misspoke when he said last week that Hawaii's governor told him he was unable to find President Barack Obama's original birth certificate after a search of state and hospital archives.
Associated Press:
Medicare official doubts health care law savings  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the central promises of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are unlikely to be fulfilled, Medicare's independent economic expert told Congress on Wednesday.  —  The landmark legislation probably …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rep. Paul Ryan 1, ObamaCare 0
Discussion: National Review
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich has sued a U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria for selling him a sandwich wrap that caused dental damage when he bit into an olive pit, according to a Jan. 3 lawsuit filed in Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
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Gawker:
Dennis Kucinich Sues Congressional Cafeteria Over Olive Pit  —  Congressman Dennis Kucinich bought a sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria in April 2008, and bit into it only to find an unpitted olive that cracked a tooth.  This month, he sued the cafeteria for selling “dangerous” sandwiches.
Washington Post:
A disappointing State of the Union address  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA entered office promising to be a different kind of politician - one who would speak honestly with the American people about the hard choices they face and would help make those hard calls.  Tuesday night's State of the Union Address …
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Associated Press:
Social Security to Run Permanent Yearly Deficits
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Firedoglake
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled  —  This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication.  Not really, I confessed.  The Times doesn't have encrypted phone lines, or a Cone of Silence.
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Harry Reid Says Earmarks Will Return, Despite Obama's State of the Union Vow  —  Senate Democratic Leader Concedes GOP Can Force Health Care Repeal Vote  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told ABC News that earmarks will return to Capitol Hill despite President Obama's vow …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate nears approval of filibuster changes
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Hill
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
U.S. Budget Deficit to Pass $1.5 Trillion This Year  —  “Grim” doesn't seem to be a terrifying enough word to describe the budget outlook that the CBO released today.  Oh, sure, we sort of knew this was coming—tax cuts are expensive if you don't find spending cuts to match.
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CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2021
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
After Failing to Change Senate Rules, Democrats Lose Right to Blame Mitch McConnell  —  Senate Democrats must blame themselves now, rather than Mitch McConnell.  —  Senate Democrats had an opportunity to get together and make the Senate a working, majority-rule-based chamber.
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Brian Donohue / New Jersey Online:
Slopes behind ropes: fear of lawsuits closing great New Jersey sledding hills … It's one of the simple, most wonderful pleasures of life: zooming down a snow-covered hill just fast enough for a touch of fear to quicken your pulse.  Maybe it's a solo run.  Maybe you're clinging to a loved one as you tear down the hill tandem.
W. Thomas Smith Jr / Human Events:
Bill Aimed at Protecting S.C. From Foreign Law Introduced in Legislature  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - A legislative initiative aimed at preventing “a court or other enforcement authority” from enforcing foreign law in the Palmetto State was introduced today in both the S.C. House and Senate by Rep. Wendy Nanney …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Loughner researched lethal injection before Tucson shooting, sources say  —  TUCSON — In the weeks and days before the shooting rampage in Tucson, suspect Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt …
Paul Kengor / American Thinker:
The 40-Percent President: Obama's Cruise to Reelection  —  We're at the halfway mark of Barack Obama's first term as president.  I say “first term” because I'm confident that this isn't his last.  Conservatives will not want to hear this, but I've felt all along that Obama will be a two-term president …
Discussion: Israpundit
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Border authorities arrest controversial Muslim cleric east of San Diego  —  U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents.
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
House votes to end public financing  —  The House passed a GOP-sponsored bill to end public financing for presidential campaigns Wednesday.  Ten Democrats, most of them Blue Dogs, joined Republicans in the vote.  —  The bill suspends a 35-year-old program that lets taxpayers direct $3 …
Discussion: CNN
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Pete Kasperowicz / Ballot Box:
House votes to end publicly financed presidential campaigns
Discussion: The Hill
Jason Millman / The Hill:
HHS grants 500 new healthcare waivers  —  A week after Republicans announced plans to investigate waivers granted to organizations for healthcare reform provisions, President Obama's health department made public new waivers for more than more than 500 groups.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Against Obligatory Editorials  —  He still loves his wife.  But after 25 years of marriage, he has lost his enthusiasm for sex with her.  Still.  It is Valentine's Day.  And she has been hinting.  So he takes her to a nice dinner, uncharactertistically orders an after-dinner drink …
Discussion: Hot Air
Spokesman.com:
MLK bomb laced with chemical, sources say  —  A bomb maker mixed chemicals with shrapnel in what law enforcement officials say was a weapon designed to inflict maximum injuries during last week's Martin Luther King Jr. march in downtown Spokane.  —  Tests are being conducted to determine …
Discussion: Raw Story, TPMMuckraker and Daily Kos
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
New York State Seizes Finances of Nassau County  —  UNIONDALE, N.Y. — A state oversight board on Wednesday seized control of Nassau County's finances, saying the county, one of the nation's wealthiest and most heavily taxed, had nonetheless failed to balance its $2.7 billion budget.
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Obama At His Best  —  The president's excellent, nationalistic State of the Union address.
Discussion: The Reaction and Hit & Run
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Matthews Yells At Tea Party Leader: Why Is ‘Balloon-Head’ Bachmann Speaking For You
Idaho Politics / Idaho Statesman:
Idaho attorney's general office says nullification violates state …
Derek Willis / The Caucus:
Palin's PAC Raised $279,000 in Late 2010
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Gibbs on Mubarak: “Egypt Is A Strong Ally”
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vaag.com:
Fourth Circuit court expedites hearing of Virginia's health care lawsuit
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Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
We Don't Do Big Things
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 Earlier Items: 
Russell Haythorn / TheDenverChannel.com:
Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage
Discussion: AOL News, Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Why Mike Pence should run for president
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics panel drops cases in probe of Wall St. vote, fundraising
Discussion: Politics Daily
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Why an Unexceptional Speech Got an Exceptional Response
Discussion: The Moderate Voice