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9:25 AM ET, January 27, 2011

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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.”
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Whoa!... Sarah Palin on Obama's SOTU Speech: “WTF Was Spot-On... There Were a Lot of WTF Moments In That Speech” (Video)  —  Sarah Palin on Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech.  —  “His theme of WTF was spot-on.”  —  Sarah Palin on Barack Obama's State of the Union Address:
Discussion: Hot Air and iOwnTheWorld.com
Aleister / American Glob:   Winning The Future...  Something tells me this isn't what David Axelrod had in mind.
Wall Street Journal:
The Great Misallocators  —  What Barack Obama and General Electric have in common.
Discussion: The New Republic and The Foundry
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:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Saying retirement age needed to be raised was ‘mistake’  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he “made a mistake” when he suggested raising the retirement age to 70 last year.  —  The Speaker indicated he was premature in suggesting raising the legal age at which retirees …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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CNN:
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Dan Perry / Canadian Press:
Confidentiality versus transparency: Davos experts examine …
Wall Street Journal:
What Caused the Financial Crisis?  —  Congress's inquiry commission is offering a simplistic narrative that could lead to the wrong policy reforms.  —  Today, six members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission—created by the last Congress to investigate the causes of the financial crisis—are releasing their final report.
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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.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Splits Over Plans to Cut Defense Budget  —  WASHINGTON — To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table.  But a closer look shows that even as Speaker John A. Boehner and Representative Eric Cantor …
Discussion: The Page
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senate Tea Party: Members wanted
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Matthews Yells At Tea Party Leader: Why Is ‘Balloon-Head’ Bachmann Speaking For You
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rep. Paul Ryan 1, ObamaCare 0  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) held an important hearing on ObamaCare, showing just how important is the process for educating the public, and thereby setting defenders of ObamaCare back on their heels.  —  As he did last night …
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BBC:
Uganda gay rights activist David Kato killed  —  David Kato led condemnation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill  —  A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who last year sued a local newspaper which outed him as homosexual has been beaten to death, activists say.  —  Police have confirmed the death …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SURPRISED BY THE DEGREE OF SURPRISE.... The day of President Obama's inauguration, the federal budget deficit left by the Republican administration was $1.3 trillion.  After some additional economy-saving measures were added to the mix, the 2009 deficit reached $1.4 trillion.
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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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Governors put state jobs on the chopping block  —  New York (CNNMoney) - There will be lots more state workers joining the unemployment line this year.  —  Public employees are getting hit hard in the latest round of spending cuts as state officials look to close billion-dollar deficits.
Discussion: FrumForum
Reuters:
Goldman Sachs Got Billions From AIG For Its Own Account, Crisis Panel Finds … Goldman Sachs collected $2.9 billion from the American International Group as payout on a speculative trade it placed for the benefit of its own account, receiving the bulk of those funds after AIG received …
Discussion: naked capitalism
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.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Chrysler makes U-turn after bailout  —  Republicans introduced legislation this week that would amend the Constitution to prevent the government from owning stock in a private company.  —  The bill, introduced by Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), is aimed at preventing a repeat of the bailouts …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Reid Forgrave / Des Moines Register:
Angle comes to Iowa, doesn't rule out presidential bid  —  Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle of Nevada descended upon the movie premiere of a conservative Christian movie in Johnston tonight, and she wouldn't say that she was running for president.  —  But she wouldn't say that she wasn't.
Bloomberg:
Obama Poised to Intensify U.S. Criticism of Egypt's Mubarak  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — The White House is prepared to step up its criticism of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a key Middle East ally, if his government intensifies its crackdown on protesters, said an administration official.
 
 
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Tim Huber / Associated Press:
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Michelle Malkin:
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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
New York State Seizes Finances of Nassau County
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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
Paul Kengor / American Thinker:
The 40-Percent President: Obama's Cruise to Reelection
Discussion: Israpundit
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
After Failing to Change Senate Rules, Democrats Lose Right to Blame Mitch McConnell
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Spokesman.com:
MLK bomb laced with chemical, sources say
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