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4:05 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  —  President Obama put Republicans in something of a box last night.  He oozed optimism, telling Americans in the last moments of his speech that, “From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream.
New York Times:
Obama's Second State of the Union (Text)
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama wins SOTU insta-polls …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: More than half of speech watchers have very positive reaction
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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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Deficit widened to $1.5 trillion this year
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Why does the GOP hide its agenda?
Associated Press:
CBO: this year's budget deficit to hit $1.5T
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
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Graham: We Need to Act Like U.S. Troops And Raise The Social Security Retirement Age  —  In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama called on lawmakers to “find a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for future generations” without cutting much-needed benefits or privatizing the program.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor jabs at Reid on Social Security reform
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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Davis says Tea Party's effect on GOP remains unclear
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Discussion: CNN, Wonkette and FishbowlDC
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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 …
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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
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?
Ezra Klein:
We won't always be the biggest  —  This bugged me last night, and it's worth talking about today: One of the first big applause lines of the speech came when Barack Obama said, “For all the hits we've taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest …
Discussion: Yglesias
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Myglesias / Yglesias:   When America Is Number 2  —  I don't begrudge a president making …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
 
 
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