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1:45 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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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Whoa!... Sarah Palin on Obama's SOTU Speech: “WTF Was Spot-On... There Were a Lot of WTF Moments In That Speech” (Video)  —  Sarah Palin on Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech.  —  “His theme of WTF was spot-on.”  —  Sarah Palin on Barack Obama's State of the Union Address:
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 …
Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Palin on Obama's ‘Winning the Future’: WTF Is a ‘Spot On’ Abbreviation … Sarah Palin says watching President Obama's State of the Union address was a “WTF” moment, in more ways than one.  —  “His theme last night was WTF — ‘winning the future,’ ” she told Greta Van Susteren Wednesday on Fox News Channel's “On the Record.”
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’  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he “made a mistake” when he suggested raising the retirement age to 70 last year.  —  The Speaker indicated he was premature in suggesting raising the legal age at which retirees …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner Backs Off On Call To Raise Social Security Retirement Age To 70 (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Ezra Klein
The Politico:
Michele Bachmann posing challenge for GOP
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney shouldn't skip Iowa
Discussion: GOP 12
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
TIR Exclusive: Sen. Jim DeMint is Iowa Bound
The Note:
The Note: GOP vs. Obama: Who's ‘Winning’ The Sales Job?
Reid Wilson / NationalJournal.com:
Where's Mitt Romney?
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 …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Harry Reid keeps up earmark clash with President Obama
Discussion: CNN
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
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.
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 and Daily Kos
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich, Bush support bankruptcy for states
New York Times:
Thousands in Yemen Protest Against the Government  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Yemen, one of the Middle East's most impoverished countries and a haven for Al Qaeda militants, became the latest Arab state to see mass protests, as thousands of Yemenis took to the streets in the capital and other regions demand a change in government.
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Wall Street Journal:
What Caused the Financial Crisis?  —  Congress's inquiry commission is offering a simplistic narrative that could lead to the wrong policy reforms.  —  Today, six members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission—created by the last Congress to investigate the causes of the financial crisis—are releasing their final report.
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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 …
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 …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled  —  This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication.  Not really, I confessed.  The Times doesn't have encrypted phone lines, or a Cone of Silence.
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape
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Newsweek:
White House to Push Gun Control
Jeff Randall / Telegraph:
Buy euros - the single currency is finished
Tiffanie Dismore / WLFI-TV:
Governor misses State of the Union, cheers on Purdue
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Obama's Message to America: The Era of Big Government is Back …
Discussion: Cubachi and Hot Air
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: Commentary, TPMDC and The Hill
CNN:
Governors put state jobs on the chopping block
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Chrysler makes U-turn after bailout
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Michelle Malkin:
The real snow job in D.C.: Obamacare waivers skyrocket to 729 + 4 …
Discussion: Hot Air and HillBuzz.org
Reuters:
Goldman Sachs Got Billions From AIG For Its Own Account, Crisis Panel Finds
Discussion: naked capitalism
Jason Millman / The Hill:
HHS grants 500 new healthcare waivers