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10:10 AM ET, January 25, 2012


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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Gov. Daniels: Obama is ‘pro-poverty’  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) castigated President Obama's policies as “pro-poverty” and extreme in his response to the State of the Union address.  —  The Indiana governor, who considered a run for the White House before deciding last year against a campaign …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's State of the Union speech: Confrontation wrapped in Kumbaya  —  At first listen, President Obama's State of the Union address had all the hallmarks of the sort of bipartisan, let's-do-the-right-thing-for- America tone that characterized his 2008 presidential campaign.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, Gawker and HousingWire
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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Speech Makes Pitch for Economic Fairness
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
White House SOTU talking points
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
State Of The Union Address Obsolete
Discussion: Washington Post and The Daily Dish
Jim Miklaszewski /
American hostage in Somalia rescued by US Navy SEALs in overnight raid  —  WASHINGTON — In a daring nighttime raid Tuesday, U.S. Navy SEALs rescued two hostages, including one American, who were being held by kidnappers in Somalia, U.S. officials tell NBC News.
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
U.S. Military Frees 2 Western Hostages From Somali Pirates
Discussion: Global Spin
The White House:
Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:  —  Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Spreading The Message Of Democracy?  Not Exactly  —  Wow - a Democratic President of the United States opens his State of the Union address by offering well-deserved praise to US troops and then urging the rest of our citizens to embrace their values:  —  THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker …
Read Obama's State Of The Union
Washington Examiner:
What really happened in the Gingrich ethics case?  —  The Romney campaign has been hitting Newt Gingrich hard over the 1990s ethics case that resulted in the former Speaker being reprimanded and paying a $300,000 penalty.  Before the Iowa caucuses, Romney and his supporting super PAC …
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: Latinos, Blacks Don't Understand ‘Key To Future Wealth,’ But Asians Do
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and ThinkProgress
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich plays the Charlie Crist card  —  LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Once the Republican presidential campaign came to Florida, it was only a matter of time until someone played the Charlie Crist card.  —  In an attempt to tarnish Mitt Romney's conservative credentials …
Is Florida Still in Play for Republicans?  —  Only nine months from Election Day, Latino voters — the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc — favor President Obama over all the Republican candidates by a wide margin, according to a new poll conducted by Latino Decisions for Univision News and ABC News …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Saint Petersblog
The Official Google Blog:
Updating our privacy policies and terms of service  —  In just over a month we will make some changes to our privacy policies and Google Terms of Service.  This stuff matters, so we wanted to explain what's changing, why and what these changes mean for users.  —  First, our privacy policies.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Reagan Count: Gingrich 55, Romney 6  —  In Monday night's debate in Tampa, Fla., Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, mentioned Ronald Reagan just four words into his first answer of the night.  It was the first of five times that Mr. Gingrich would mention Reagan; no other candidate did so even once.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
State Department slams GOP bill to force Keystone approval  —  The State Department is bashing House GOP legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.  —  The legislation, which Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) is pushing, “imposes narrow time constraints and creates automatic mandates …
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:   Joint panel at crossroads on tax holiday, Keystone
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
“My Message is Simple”: Obama's SOTU Written at 8th Grade Level for Third Straight Year  —  Obama's SOTU addresses have the lowest average Flesch-Kincaid score of any modern president; Obama owns three of the six lowest-scoring addresses since FDR  —  For the third consecutive State of the Union Address …
Discussion: Hot Air and Saint Petersblog
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Bingaman preps ‘clean’ power plan after SOTU shout-out  —  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is getting close to unveiling a proposed “clean” electric power standard - a plan President Obama admitted Tuesday night has not gained the traction that Obama had hoped.
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.
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 Earlier Items: 
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Best Since May
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Why Democrats Think the GOP Race Might Last Until June
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Hello, I must be going  —  I have some news to share …