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4:05 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin on Barack Obama speech: ‘WTF’  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama's call for “winning the future” during his State of the Union address is best framed by the acronym it shares with a much different phrase — “wtf.”
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Was that plagiarism in Obama's State of the Union?  —  Writing a major political speech like Tuesday's Obama State of the Union Address is an extremely complex undertaking typically lasting weeks and involving contributions from dozens of people by the end of the prose assembly process …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
‘WTF?’  Sarah Palin Thinks The USSR Won The Space Race?  (VIDEO)  —  Sarah Palin thinks President Barack Obama needs a history lesson on the space race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.  —  “He needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the communist U.S.S.R …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin: WTF was a perfect theme for the SOTU
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Palin on Obama's ‘Winning the Future’: WTF Is a ‘Spot On’ Abbreviation
Discussion: TigerHawk
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Sputnik and Spudnuts: WTF Was Sarah Palin Talking About?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PERRspectives
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
‘WTF,’ says Palin of President Obama's ‘Win the Future’ State of the Union
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
SOTU not exceptionalist enough?  —  If there's one thing President Obama did go on about a bit about in the State of the Union, it was American exceptionalism — as the National Journal's Ron Fournier noted at some length.  —  Two who didn't entirely notice were Speaker John Boehner and Kathleen Parker.
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CNN:
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  ELIOT SPITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening and welcome to the show.  I'm Eliot Spitzer.  Kathleen Parker is on assignment tonight.  She's in Washington and in just a moment she'll be with us with breaking news …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Raw Story
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Saying retirement age needed to be raised was ‘mistake’
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Adam Sorensen / The Page:
O, Mark Salter!!  —  McCain wordsmith revealed as “anonymous” author of “O” the novel.  —  Confirmed by sources, but there were lots of in-plain-sight clues that led to Salter's Maine door.  —Simon and Schuster topper Jonathan Karp was Salter's editor on books he did with Senator McCain.
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Revealed: Former McCain Aide is Anonymous Author of ‘O: A Presidential Novel’
Discussion: The Fix and The Other McCain
Robert Costa / National Review:
Russo: Tea Party Express Will Not Challenge Hatch in 2012, Calls Senator an ‘Original Tea Partier’  —  The buzz in Utah is that Sen. Orrin Hatch may be vulnerable in 2012, especially if a Tea Party insurgent mounts a campaign to snag the nomination at the Utah Republican convention.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Weigel and HotAirPundit
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Ed Whelan / National Review:   Mike Lee Joins Senate Judiciary Committee
Reuters:
Goldman Sachs Got Billions From AIG For Its Own Account, Crisis Panel Finds … Goldman Sachs collected $2.9 billion from the American International Group as payout on a speculative trade it placed for the benefit of its own account, receiving the bulk of those funds after AIG received …
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Aharding / CNN:
DeMint open to 2012 presidential bid, advisers say  —  Washington (CNN) - News that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will travel to Iowa on March 26 to address a conservative forum organized by Rep. Steve King is sparking another round of chatter that DeMint might launch a dark horse bid for the White House in 2012.
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The Note:
The Note: GOP vs. Obama: Who's ‘Winning’ The Sales Job?
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sens. Paul, Vitter introduce citizenship resolution  —  Two Republican senators are introducing a resolution that would end the constitutional right to citizenship that comes with being born on U.S. soil.  —  Rand Paul (Ky.) and David Vitter (La.) are introducing a resolution this week …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Paul and Vitter Introduce Birthright Citizenship Resolution
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Salon
Los Angeles Times:
Better off bankrupt  —  States should have the option of bankruptcy protection to deal with their budget crises.  —  During the 2008 financial crisis, the federal government reacted in a frantic, ad hoc fashion, tapping taxpayers for bailouts galore, running roughshod over the rights …
Discussion: The Politico, Daily Kos and The Agonist
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich, Bush support bankruptcy for states
BBC:
Uganda gay rights activist David Kato killed  —  David Kato led condemnation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill  —  A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who last year sued a local newspaper which outed him as homosexual has been beaten to death, activists say.  —  Police have confirmed the death …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
To target Fox News over ‘Nazi’ label, rabbis make use of Murdoch's other media  —  A coalition of rabbis wants Fox News chief Roger Ailes and conservative host Glenn Beck to cut out all their talk about Nazis and the Holocaust, and it's making its views known in an unusual place.
Reuters:
Egypt unrest enters third day, ElBaradei to return  —  (Reuters) - Egyptian police fought protesters in two cities in eastern Egypt on Thursday and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei headed back to the country to join demonstrators trying to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mike Pence announcement expected today  —  Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) is expected to announce late Thursday whether he is running for president, POLITICO has learned.  —  The announcement will appear first in The Indianapolis Star, an aide said.  —  Pence has been deliberating over his political future …
Discussion: GOP 12, Cubachi and National Review
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert  —  EXCLUSIVE: A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.  —  The book, “In Memory of Our Martyrs,” was spotted Tuesday …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jon Huntsman's Inner Circle  —  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is seriously considering a run for president in 2012.  —  U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (R) appears to be leaning toward a run for president in 2012 and a team of political operatives and fundraisers have begun informal talks …
Josh White / Washington Post:
Snow gridlock traps commuters for up to 13 hours  —  Stuck.  —  On the George Washington Parkway.  On 16th Street NW.  Interstate 66, too.  —  Buses, cars, people - just plain stuck as snow, sleet and ice covered roadways and knocked down trees across the region, turning the evening commute into a seemingly endless nightmare.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell swear off changes to filibuster  —  The top Democrat and top Republican in the Senate agreed Thursday to swear off seeking major changes to rules in the chamber in this Congress — and the next one.  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced a series of rules changes …
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Daily Mail:
Airport bans toy soldier's three-inch rifle from plane... because it's a safety threat  —  Airport officials ordered a holidaymaker carrying a toy soldier onto a plane to remove its three-inch gun - because it was a safety threat.  —  Ken Lloyd was stunned when he was told he could not go on the plane …
CNN:
CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape  —  Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers.  For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer” tonight starting at 5 p.m. ET.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Raw Story and Shakesville
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
California Lawmaker Receives Racist Death Threat Warning ‘Rush Limbaugh Will Kick Your Ch-nk Ass’  —  Last week, California State Sen. Leland Yee (D) called on right-wing hate radio host Rush Limbaugh to apologize for mocking Chinese President Hu Jintao and the Chinese language by speaking gibberish …
 
 
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William Gibson / New York Times:
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Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
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Fox News:
Drug Catapult Found at U.S.-Mexico Border
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com and Moonbattery
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
CBO: Social Security to Run $45 Billion Deficit in 2011
Alan Levin / USA Today:
Homeland Security to replace color-coded terror alerts
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
50% Now Oppose President's New Spending Proposals
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Newsweek:
White House to Push Gun Control
Jeff Randall / Telegraph:
Buy euros - the single currency is finished
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Discussion: Above the Law and Althouse
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Axelrod: “No grand repositioning”; Obama is a “progressive”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
GOP Image Net-Positive for First Time Since 2005
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SURPRISED BY THE DEGREE OF SURPRISE.... The day of President …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Chrysler makes U-turn after bailout
Discussion: Wonk Room and Booman Tribune