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5:05 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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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 …
Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Palin on Obama's ‘Winning the Future’: WTF Is a ‘Spot On’ Abbreviation
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin: WTF was a perfect theme for the SOTU
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Sputnik and Spudnuts: WTF Was Sarah Palin Talking About?
Discussion: PERRspectives
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 …
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Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
Mike Pence's Mom Says He'll Announce Tomorrow  —  Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is trying to decide whether to run for president or governor of his home state.  —  Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is set to announce a decision on his political future on Friday, according to his mother …
Aharding / CNN:
Pence rules out bid for president  —  (CNN) - Three sources close to Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana tell CNN they are told he will announce he is not running for president in 2012 and will instead begin exploring a run for governor.  —  These sources say he has been flattered …
Discussion: GOP 12 and National Review
Tricia Miller / Roll Call:
Pence to Announce He's Not Running for President
Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Henry in the House: Obama expected to name Carney next press secretary  —  Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's communications director Jay Carney is expected to be named the new White House Press Secretary, likely on Friday when a series of other big staff moves will be announced by President Obama …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Taps Jay Carney for Press Secretary, DeParle and Mastromonaco as Deputy Chiefs of Staff  —  President Obama has selected Jay Carney, current communications director for the Vice President, as Robert Gibbs' replacement as White House press secretary, sources tell ABC News.
The Fix:
White House picks Jay Carney as new press secretary  —  President Obama has chosen Jay Carney to serve as his new press secretary, replacing longtime loyalist Robert Gibbs who is leaving his post in mid February, according to a senior Administration official.
Newsweek:
White House to Push Gun Control
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. …
Discussion: Raw Story and TalkLeft
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
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
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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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
4th senator joins Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: CNN and The Note
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 Politico and The Note
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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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Bloomberg:
Obama Poised to Intensify U.S. Criticism of Egypt's Mubarak  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — The White House is prepared to step up its criticism of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a key Middle East ally, if his government intensifies its crackdown on protesters, said an administration official.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Mitch Daniels Gets 2012 Plug — From Students  —  Gov. Mitch Daniels is about to hit the airwaves in Iowa, New Hampshire and his home state of Indiana, months before any other potential 2012 candidate.  —  Except the Republican governor isn't behind the TV spots, and is still a long …
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Will Bunch / Media Matters for America:
When the politically fueled murder of a 9-year-old girl in Arizona is NOT national news  —  All of America continues to mourn the unbelievably tragic loss of Christina Green, the 9-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies' manager Dallas Green who was killed, along with five adults …
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
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, Hot Air and HotAirPundit
 
 
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