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10:45 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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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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama wins SOTU insta-polls - Sabato unveils ‘Pendulum Swing’ - Toner: Republicans must raise half-billion - Iowa GOP leader touts Newt - Romney dines with Christie - Florida Dems circle Rivera seat  —  THE REVIEWS ARE IN - SNAP POLL FROM CBS: “An overwhelming majority of Americans approved …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
First thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union Speech
Discussion: The New Republic and Guardian
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
A Content Analysis of Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address
Discussion: Swampland and Hot Air
Newsweek:
Why No One Will Watch the State of the Union
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
National Journal leaks SOTU early
Political Correction RSS:
Fact Checking Rep. Bachmann's “Tea Party Response” To The State Of The Union  —  Insisting that she was not upstaging the official GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) offered a combative and highly misleading speech of her own following the president's address.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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CNN:
Bachmann calls for full repeal of ‘Obamacare’  —  Washington (CNN) — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, responded to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night from the Tea Party Express headquarters.  Here is a transcript of Bachmann's speech.  —  Bachmann: Good evening.
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's turn  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann may fall into that media-savvy cadre of politicians who, as the saying goes, has never met a camera she didn't like, but Tuesday night many Americans got the impression she was talking into the wrong camera.  —  Bachmann delivered …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Why does the GOP hide its agenda?  —  Ryan stays mum about his budget-busting “Roadmap” while Bachmann peddles debunked myths in rebutting Obama's SOTU  —  Prepared for President Obama to give a “centrist” State of the Union address to prove he can work with intransigent Republicans, I was pleasantly surprised.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod mocks Tea Party response: ‘Am I looking at the right camera?’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Political Correction RSS:
Fact Checking Rep. Ryan's State Of The Union Response
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
Bachmann's Response to State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico and Pam's House Blend
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Bachmann: Founding fathers ‘worked tirelessly’ to end slavery
Discussion: SFGate, Firedoglake and The Wire
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Evasion  —  If you were a visitor from Mars, watching tonight's State of the Union address and Paul Ryan's Republican response, you would have no reason to think that the looming insolvency of our entitlement system lies at the heart of the economic challenges facing the United States over the next two decades.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:   Paul Ryan's Evasion
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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The Note:
The Note: Obama's Speech Puts GOP In A Corner
Discussion: Ballot Box and msnbc.com
New York Times:
Good News From the Middle East (Really)  —  IT has lately become the accepted wisdom that the Middle East peace process is dead, finished, kaput.  This belief has been reinforced by Al Jazeera's release this week of some 1,600 documents that are said to describe the inside workings of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2008.
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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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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.
Agence France Presse:
Blair sister-in-law wants him tried for Iraq crimes  —  KUALA LUMPUR — Former prime minister Tony Blair's sister-in-law Lauren Booth, a rights campaigner and Muslim convert, said on Wednesday that he should be tried for war crimes over the invasion of Iraq.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dear commenters, Steve Doocy is reading  —  One of the themes of the Esquire profile of Roger Ailes, with which Ailes cooperated, is that Ailes reads ever word written about him.  —  You might think that was an exaggeration.  But apparently he does, or someone over on Sixth Avenue does.
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Hot Air
New York Times:
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
State of the Union: Ken Salazar to serve as ‘designated survivor’
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