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12:25 AM ET, January 25, 2012


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Greg Hengler /
Andrea Mitchell: “Top Romney Advisor” Said “Party Elites” Will Find Alternative If Mitt Loses Florida … Dude!?  —  ANDREA MITCHELL: “I talked to a top Romney adviser tonight who said, 'Look, if Mitt Romney can not win here in Florida then we're going to have to try to reinvent …
Florida Surprise  —  We have a motto at We Ask America Polls: The Numbers are the Numbers.  That means that if the audience we dial meets our standards, we don't second-guess the results-even if the numbers buck conventional wisdom.  —  That's the situation we face with our first Florida poll …
Discussion: Saint Petersblog and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Gingrich won't ‘allow’ moderators to silence crowd at future debates
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Newt-Mitt Electability Gap Shrinks
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What the battle over Romney's wealth is really about, in one poll finding
Washington Post:
In State of the Union, Obama expected to warn that middle class threatened by economic unfairness  —  President Obama will warn the nation Tuesday evening that the decades-old promise of a secure and rising middle class is threatened by economic unfairness as he delivers an election-year State …
Wallacegw / CNN:
Boehner: Politics President Obama is running on ‘almost un-American’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday forcefully denounced the Democrats' campaign theme that they are for the middle class and Republicans are for the wealthy - saying the politics the president is running on are “almost un-American.”
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's State of the Union will include new push for tax reform
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
State Of The Union Address Obsolete
Discussion: Washington Post
Read Obama's State Of The Union  —  Feisty, and full of veiled shots at Mitt Romney.  “I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.”  —  The speech begins and ends …
Washington Wire:
Text of President Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Here is the transcript of President Obama's State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, as released by the White House:  —  January 24, 2012  —  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
Discussion: Total Buzz
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   President Obama's State of the Union Address
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
CHART: What Romney would pay under his own tax plan  —  Now that Mitt Romney has released his tax returns for 2010, we can have a stab at answering another key question.  What would Romney himself pay in taxes if his tax policies become law?  —  In 2010, Romney enjoyed an income of $21.7 million.
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Gingrich Threatens to Skip Debates if Audiences Can't Participate  —  Newt Gingrich insists his fans will not be silenced.  —  Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker, on Tuesday morning threatened not participate in any future debates with audiences that have been instructed to be silent.
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Deserves to Lose  —  That's what happens when you run with losers.  —  Let's just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose.  —  It doesn't matter that Mr. Obama can't get the economy out of second gear.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Google announces privacy changes across products; users can't opt out  —  View Photo Gallery —  Google announced a new privacy policy and terms of service on Jan. 24.  Here's a look at some of the Google products that will be affected by the policy change.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama To Announce Mortgage Crisis Unit Chaired By New York Attorney General Schneiderman … Barack Obama , Obama State Of The Union , State Of The Union , State Of The Union Address , Obama , Obama Speech , President Obama , Video , Eric Schneiderman , Obama Address …
Discussion: Politics, Firedoglake, Daily Kos and
Andrew Kaczynski / Politics:
Photo Exclusive: When George Romney Met Saul Alinsky  —  In the wake of the devastating Detroit riots of the summer of 1967, Michigan Gov. George Romney — a liberal Republican — met the radical organizer Saul Alinsky to discuss the grievances of the urban black poor.
Discussion: Washington Wire
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Grassley: Author of legal opinion on recess appointments may have seen her last Senate confirmation  —  Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday evening that he doubts that the Senate will ever confirm again the Obama administration Justice Department official …
Discussion: The Politico and ThinkProgress
Popular Mechanics:
Supreme Court Privacy Ruling Is About More Than GPS Tracking: Analysis  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that attaching a GPS tracker to your car amounts to a search, and therefore law-enforcement officers must get a warrant before they can do it.  Read deeper, though …
Discussion: ACS Blog
Excerpts from Governor Mitch Daniels' Republican Address to the Nation  —  Tonight, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will deliver the Republican address following President Obama's State of the Union.  A two-term governor with a successful record of reining in spending, reforming government …
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
The first Occupy candidate: Nate Kleinman  —  Nathan Kleinman, a 29-year-old member of the Occupy Philadelphia movement, intends to run for congress in Pennsylvania's 13th district against Democratic incumbent Allyson Schwartz.  —  “The petition gathering period starts today and lasts for three weeks …
Discussion: Politics
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Best Since May  —  Current index score is similar to that of one year ago  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. economic confidence is at -25 in the week ending Jan. 22, improved from -29 the prior week and the best since the week ending May 22, 2011.
Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed:
The Most Badass Excerpt From Barney Frank's Interview With The NY Times  —  Barney Frank was interviewed about a variety of subjects by the NY Times recently.  Here's how he answered a question about his views on marijuana.  —  Interviewer: You've long argued for the decriminalization of marijuana.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Hello, I must be going  —  I have some news to share: after three-and-a-half years at the Washington Monthly, I'm moving on.  My last post will be tomorrow and I'll start my new career at MSNBC on Monday morning.  —  Working for the Monthly has been an amazing experience …
Kevin Paul Dupont / Boston Globe:
On a day for team, Thomas left them shorthanded  —  Tim Thomas separated himself from his Bruins' teammates yesterday afternoon when he refused to join them at the White House, a day meant to celebrate their 2011 Stanley Cup championship.  —  The two-time Vezina Trophy winner later …
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ex-Giffords challenger to run for her seat
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
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