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12:45 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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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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod mocks Tea Party response: ‘Am I looking at the right camera?’
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Bachmann Speech
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Why does the GOP hide its agenda?
Alessandra Stanley / The Caucus:
TV Watch: Michele Bachmann's Rogue Rebuttal Defies Unity Theme
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Chris Matthews Yells At Tea Partier: Why Is ‘Balloon-Head’ …
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 …
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
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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New York Times:
Obama's Second State of the Union (Text)
Myglesias / Yglesias:   Paul Ryan's Evasion
Paul Krugman:
SOTU  —  So, I've read the text, and find it hard to extract any theme.
Discussion: Grist and The Daily Dish
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama and his imbalanced ledger  —  WASHINGTON - The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.  —  Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Deficit widened to $1.5 trillion this year
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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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.
The Note:
The Note: Obama's Speech Puts GOP In A Corner
Discussion: Politics Daily and Gallup
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
SOTU, the Middle East and the end of the audacity of hope?  —  The Arab world is in flames.  The Palestinian Papers have created a sensation in the Middle East.  And what has President Obama got to say about it?  “And tonight, let us be clear: The United States of America stands with the people of Tunisia …
Discussion: The Politico
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New York Times:
Good News From the Middle East (Really)
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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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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Political Correction RSS:   Fact Checking Rep. Ryan's State Of The Union Response
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.
Bill Friskics-Warren / New York Times:
Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies at 83  —  Charlie Louvin, a member of one of the pre-eminent brother acts in country music and an inspiration to several generations of rock musicians, died Wednesday at his home in Wartrace, Tenn. He was 83.  —  The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer …
Discussion: The Awl and AOL News
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Get A Better Metaphor  —  A reader writes: … The problem here is imagining that war analogies map onto public discourse.  In a war, the object is to kill the people on the other side.  So bringing a knife to a bazooka fight isn't very effective.  But in politics, the object is to persuade …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
Gov. Rick Scott stalls new voter-approved redistricting standards  —  TALLAHASSEE — Two voter-approved constitutional amendments requiring the Legislature to draw political districts along nonpartisan standards could be jeopardized by one of Gov. Rick Scott's first acts.
 
 
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