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9:40 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  —  If President Obama's planned “call to unity” and pledge to work on centrist initiatives in his second State of the Union speech don't have you itching to tune in Tuesday night, don't feel too bad.  Not many of your fellow citizens will watch …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to speak of ‘Sputnik moment’ in State of the Union
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The text of the State of the Union Address from a Democratic insider …
Discussion: alicublog
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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
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
Bachmann's Response to State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico and Pam's House Blend
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Tea party to Bachmann: You don't speak for the tea party
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, msnbc.com and CNN
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: “Tea Party has become major …
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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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.
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
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
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) …
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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Fact Checking Rep. Bachmann's “Tea Party Response” To The State Of The Union
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Osama Hamdan / Guardian:
The Palestinian cause has been betrayed. But no more
Discussion: Just Journalism and Harry's Place
Ezra Klein:
Lots of vision, but few policy specifics
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Sets Stage for Clash of Governing Ideals
Discussion: Speakeasy
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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