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12:30 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
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.
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Daniels: Obama is pro-poverty
Discussion: The Politico
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
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Herman Cain: 'Mr. President, some of us aren't stupid'  —  Herman Cain delivered a critical response to President Obama's State of the Union address on behalf of the Tea Party.  —  “With all due respect Mr. President, some of us aren't stupid,” Cain, the one-time Republican presidential candidate …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Healthcare swing vote Kennedy attends Obama speech  —  Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy was one of four Supreme Court justices to attend Tuesday night's State of the Union address.  —  Kennedy, a possible swing vote when the court considers Obama's healthcare law, sat along side …
Discussion: The Politico
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
SEIU, Obama super-PAC team up to hit Romney in Spanish
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ex-Giffords challenger to run for her seat
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Why Democrats Think the GOP Race Might Last Until June
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Brody / The Brody File:
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