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2:40 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
Discussion: TigerHawk
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Sputnik and Spudnuts: WTF Was Sarah Palin Talking About?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PERRspectives
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin: WTF was a perfect theme for the SOTU
Discussion: Nice Deb
Alvin Felzenberg / US News:
Obama's State of the Union Was Tantamount to Plagiarism
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 …
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?
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Facebook
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
TIR Exclusive: Sen. Jim DeMint is Iowa Bound
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
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
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Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
Reid, McConnell Reach Deal on Committee Ratios
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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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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Ben White / The Politico:
Panel spreads blame for meltdown
Discussion: The Note
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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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
50% Now Oppose President's New Spending Proposals  —  The president's Tuesday night State of the Union speech had little impact on support for his new spending proposals in areas like education, transportation and technological innovation.  —  Rasmussen Reports asked voters the same three questions …
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SURPRISED BY THE DEGREE OF SURPRISE.... The day of President Obama's inauguration, the federal budget deficit left by the Republican administration was $1.3 trillion.  After some additional economy-saving measures were added to the mix, the 2009 deficit reached $1.4 trillion.
 
 
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Alan Levin / USA Today:
Homeland Security to replace color-coded terror alerts
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Adam Sorensen / The Page:
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CNN:
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Newsweek:
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Buy euros - the single currency is finished
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CNN:
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
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Reuters:
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