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9:35 AM ET, January 26, 2011

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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: High Marks for Obama's State of the Union Speech  —  An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of President Obama's overall message in his State of the Union on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News Poll of speech watchers.  —  According to the poll, which was conducted online …
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National Journal:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama to Declare ‘The Rules Have Changed’  —  Full text of speech draft obtained by National Journal  —  President Obama speaks to both houses of Congress during his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on January 27, 2010.  —  Insisting bipartisanship …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: More than half of speech watchers have very positive reaction  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans who watched President Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a poll of people who viewed Tuesday night's address.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Where was Obama the centrist in his State of the Union?  —  If you were expecting a moderate Obama or a bold Obama, you were disappointed, most likely, by Tuesday's State of the Union Address.  In a nutshell: Obama proposed a ton of new domestic spending, promised to freeze discretionary spending …
The White House:
Remarks of President Barack Obama in State of the Union Address — As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address, Washington, DC  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:  —  Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
First thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union Speech  —  Photo credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo  —  President Obama's second State of the Union address is in the books.  Let the analysis begin!  —  Our first — but surely not last — thoughts on the speech are below.
Discussion: The New Republic and Guardian
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
National Journal leaks SOTU early  —  So much for all of the White House's efforts to keep the details of President Barack Obama's second State of the Union address under wraps until delivery.  —  At 7:14 p.m. - almost two hours before Obama was scheduled to speak in the House chamber …
Newsweek:
Why No One Will Watch the State of the Union
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The text of the State of the Union Address from a Democratic insider …
Discussion: alicublog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to speak of ‘Sputnik moment’ in State of the Union
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Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Matthews Yells At Tea Party Leader: Why Is ‘Balloon-Head’ Bachmann Speaking For You  —  Chris Matthews was nearly apoplectic in his questioning of Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo on the topic of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her controversial re-imagining of history …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Lez Get Real
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Tea party to Bachmann: You don't speak for the tea party
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
Bachmann's Response to State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico and Pam's House Blend
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Bachmann to attend March home-school event in Des Moines
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Bachmann: Founding fathers ‘worked tirelessly’ to end slavery
Discussion: SFGate, Firedoglake and The Wire
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's turn
Budget Committee:
Remarks of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) - As Prepared for Delivery  —  Good evening.  I'm Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin - and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.  —  President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces.
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Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Evasion
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Counters G.O.P. With Plan to Extend Spending Freeze
Discussion: The Politico
Times of India:
Egypt president's son, family flee to Britain  —  CAIRO: Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's son, who is considered as his successor, has fled to Britain along with his family, a US-based Arabic website reported.  —  The plane with Gamal Mubarak, his wife and daughter on board left …
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Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Blocked in Egypt in Response to Massive Protests (UPDATED)
Eric Trager / The Atlantic Online:
Scenes From Egypt's Would-Be Revolution
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Bob Unruh / WorldNetDaily:
Game-changer!  Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law  —  Obama will have to produce birth certificate to run again  —  It could be a game-changer.  —  A plan in Arizona to require presidential candidates to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office is approaching critical mass, even though it has just been introduced.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Broun to Obama: ‘You believe in socialism’  —  GOP Rep. Paul Broun (Ga.) rebuked President Obama using perhaps the sharpest language among his Republican colleagues following the State of the Union address Tuesday night.  —  Broun took to Twitter during the address, accusing the president of believing in socialism.
Tom Jacobs / Smart Journalism. Real Solutions …:
Sexy News Anchors Distract Male Viewers  —  New research finds when a female news anchor's sexual attractiveness is played up, male viewers retain less information.  —  SHARE AND ENJOY:  —  Scholars, critics and viewers have noted that some TV newscasts can be momentarily mistaken for Victoria's Secret specials.
Elliott Abrams / Pressure Points:
The “Resistance” in Lebanon  —  Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Nasrallah speaks in Beirut suburbs (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters)  —  The influence of the United States in the Middle East is declining while that of Iran is rising.  That's the meaning of events in Lebanon, where Hizballah …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Region's Unrest Scrambles U.S. Foreign Policy
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A real-life look at the Gulag  —  “It's based on a true story.”  Or “It's truth, but stranger than fiction.”  Or even: “You couldn't make it up.”  When Peter Weir gets sent film scripts these days, most of them advertise themselves as “true.”  That wasn't always the case: Weir (who made …
Discussion: Power Line and Babalú Blog
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Loretta Sanchez sparks outrage from fellow Democrats with proposal to boot Giffords from Armed Services Committee  —  Behind closed doors, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez has proposed removing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) …
Ezra Klein:
Lots of vision, but few policy specifics  —  At more than 6,000 words, there was a lot in tonight's State of the Union.  The bulk of it was a vision of what American economic policy should be pointed towards in the years to come: A country that has a better educated workforce …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds  —  WASHINGTON — The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a federal inquiry.
 
 
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Osama Hamdan / Guardian:
The Palestinian cause has been betrayed. But no more
Discussion: Just Journalism and Harry's Place
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Sets Stage for Clash of Governing Ideals
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Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Giffords strong enough to watch TV for an hour
Discussion: FrumForum
Esquire:
The State of the Union Drinking Game, 2011 Edition
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Scalia Slaps Down GOP's Tentherism