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5:00 PM ET, January 26, 2011

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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Weiner: ‘I just needed a drink’ after GOP response  —  One Democratic congressman says he was ready to hit the bottle after hearing the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Tuesday night.  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.), who is known for his outspokenness …
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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.
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 …
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 …
The Note:
The Note: Obama's Speech Puts GOP In A Corner
Gallup:
Americans Oppose Cuts in Education, Social Security, Defense  —  Large plurality call for Congress to agree on deficit reduction before raising debt limit  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Prior to the State of the Union address, a majority of Americans said they favor cutting U.S. foreign aid …
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Graham: We Need to Act Like U.S. Troops And Raise The Social …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor jabs at Reid on Social Security reform
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Analysis: President, GOP lawmakers agree on austerity, but will it create jobs?
Gawker:
Dennis Kucinich Sues Congressional Cafeteria Over Olive Pit  —  Congressman Dennis Kucinich bought a sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria in April 2008, and bit into it only to find an unpitted olive that cracked a tooth.  This month, he sued the cafeteria for selling “dangerous” sandwiches.
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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.
USA Today:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich files lawsuit over olive pit  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich has filed a lawsuit over a sandwich he bought at a congressional cafeteria.  —  Kucinich, D-Ohio, bit into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap in April 2008, which he said led to “serious and permanent dental and oral injuries …
Ryan Abbott / Courthouse News Service:
Dennis Kucinich Sues House Cafeteria
Discussion: The Hill and The Note
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2021  —  Text-only.  —  The United States faces daunting economic and budgetary challenges.  The economy has struggled to recover from the recent recession, which was triggered by a large decline in house prices and a financial crisis …
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Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Budget Deficit Is Expected to Hit $1.48 Trillion
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and FrumForum
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Why does the GOP hide its agenda?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Against Obligatory Editorials  —  He still loves his wife.  But after 25 years of marriage, he has lost his enthusiasm for sex with her.  Still.  It is Valentine's Day.  And she has been hinting.  So he takes her to a nice dinner, uncharactertistically orders an after-dinner drink …
Discussion: USA Today
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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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Loughner researched lethal injection before Tucson shooting, sources say  —  TUCSON — In the weeks and days before the shooting rampage in Tucson, suspect Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt …
Paul Krugman:
The Ryan Response  —  ... was as bad as you might expect.  Lots of breast-beating about deficits; you'd never know that no leading Republican, Ryan very much included, has offered a serious proposal to cut the deficit.  Some cooked statistics about federal spending.  And then there was this curious assertion:
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Paul Krugman:
Shiny Lazy People
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Harry Reid Says Earmarks Will Return, Despite Obama's State of the Union Vow  —  Senate Democratic Leader Concedes GOP Can Force Health Care Repeal Vote  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told ABC News that earmarks will return to Capitol Hill despite President Obama's vow …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rep. Issa: Obama ‘feigns perfection’ without achieving it on lobbying rules
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod mocks Tea Party response: ‘Am I looking at the right camera?’  —  A top White House adviser gently mocked the Tea Party response to the State of the Union delivered by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Tuesday night.  —  White House senior adviser David Axelrod joked …
Discussion: CNN, TPMDC and Weasel Zippers
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Bachmann Speech
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE MISSING DEPTH OF THOUGHT.... I've long considered Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) the Republican version of John Edwards.  After one largely underwhelming term, in which he didn't tackle any noteworthy policy initiatives and failed to distinguished himself as an expert in an area …
Discussion: TPMDC
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The Note:
Thune's “Big Opportunity” - Will He Run?
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Why an Unexceptional Speech Got an Exceptional Response  —  The early returns are in, and it's a landslide.  —  Snap polls (surveys with a small sample size taken immediately after a speech or event) almost always show a positive reaction to the State of the Union address.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Cubachi:
Marco Rubio announces he's co-sponsoring DeMint's Obamacare repeal bill  —  I don't know how anyone can label Senator Marco Rubio an establishment guy, just because he is not willing to join a Tea Party Caucus.  —  Anyway, would an establishment figure co-sponsor any bill with Senator Jim DeMint …
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.
Telegraph:
Moscow airport bomb: suicide bombers were part of squad trained in Pakistan  —  The two suicide bombers who carried out the Moscow attack were thought to be part of a suicide squad trained in Pakistan's al-Qaeda strongholds sent to the capital to target the city's transport system.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
The Note:
Feisty Issa Spars with Committee Members over Procedures in First Oversight Hearing  —  ABC News' Arlette Saenz reports: After last night's show of civility across party lines at the State of the Union, Rep. Darrell Issa's first Oversight Committee hearing on bailouts and the foreclosure crisis started with a bout over procedure.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Ben Smith's Blog
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The President as Micromanager  —  While watching the speech, I tweeted that “Obama sounds remarkably similar to the CEOs I used to listen to on earnings calls: the ones with mediocre EPS and a failing business model.”  This wasn't a crack at Obama, or Democrats; it was a reaction to the content.
Discussion: CNN
Pete Kasperowicz / Ballot Box:
House votes to end publicly financed presidential campaigns  —  The House today approved legislation that would end public financing of presidential campaigns by eliminating the option taxpayers have to donate $3 of their tax payments to a presidential campaign fund.
Discussion: The Politico
Barbara Ehrenreich / Los Angeles Times:
A call to protest ignites a call to arms  —  The reaction to Frances Fox Piven's essay urging the unemployed to protest for change shows that we are no longer a democracy but a tyranny of the heavily armed.  —  Why are Americans such wusses?  Threaten the Greeks with job losses and benefit cuts …
 
 
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