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10:40 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.
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 …
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
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
National Journal leaks SOTU early
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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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 …
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: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod mocks Tea Party response: ‘Am I looking at the right camera?’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
Bachmann's Response to State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico and Pam's House Blend
Political Correction RSS:
Fact Checking Rep. Ryan's State Of The Union Response
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Bachmann: Founding fathers ‘worked tirelessly’ to end slavery
Discussion: SFGate, Firedoglake and The Wire
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
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.
Osama Hamdan / Guardian:
The Palestinian cause has been betrayed.  But no more  —  These stooge negotiators have acted as tools for the repression of their people.  We in Hamas must seize back the initiative  —  The revelations about the conduct of the Middle East peace process made by al-Jazeera and the Guardian …
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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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC's Sarah Palin Sickness … The following article appears in this week's issue of The Hollywood Reporter on newsstands Thursday.  —  Now that Keith Olbermann has left MSNBC, perhaps cable news can begin weaning itself from its addiction to Sarah Palin.
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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.
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.
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:
RNC chairman: Obama can't win in 2012 without ‘battleground’ Wisconsin
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama and his imbalanced ledger
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New York Times:
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
State of the Union: Ken Salazar to serve as ‘designated survivor’
Discussion: Politics Daily, The Hill and The Note
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