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12:15 PM ET, January 25, 2012


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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 …
Republicans: State Of The Union Sounds Familiar  —  The Republican National Committee points out that Obama has been saying the stuff from year to year.  Not sure it's exactly an attack, but it's a pretty compelling video.  —  BuzzFeed Politics  —  BuzzFeed  —  More from BuzzFeed Pol... ›
Byron Tau / The Politico:
State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level
Discussion: Blog
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's State of the Union speech: Confrontation wrapped in Kumbaya
Washington Post:
In State of the Union, Obama expected to warn that middle class threatened by economic unfairness
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Pelosi On A Gingrich Presidency: “That Will Never Happen”  —  John King, CNN: “You make your case there passionately for President Obama.  But also understand that this is a tough reelection climate for any president, Democrat or Republican in this economy.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney blasts Gingrich over attacks on debate moderators, news media  —  Mitt Romney attacked his GOP presidential rival Newt Gingrich over what has to date been one Gingrich's most effective debate methods - going after the moderators and the media for questions he deems inappropriate.
Discussion: Reuters and National Review
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich says Pelosi is living in a fantasy world  —  Newt Gingrich said Nancy Pelosi is living in a fantasy world if she thinks she has dirt on him.  —  Newt Gingrich said Nancy Pelosi is living in a fantasy world if she thinks she has dirt on him.  —  “She lives in a San Francisco environment …
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.
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 …
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Rubio scolds Gingrich camp, says ad bashing ‘anti-immigrant’ Romney is ‘inaccurate, inflammatory’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant”  —  “This kind of language is more than just unfortunate.
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 …
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  —  KHARTOUM, Sudan — American commandos raced into Somalia early Wednesday and rescued two aid workers, an American woman and a Danish man, after a shootout with Somali pirates who had been holding them captive for months.
Discussion: Guardian, News Desk and Global Spin
Navy SEALs Rescue Two Aid Workers in Somalia in Daring Raid
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
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: Latinos, Blacks Don't Understand ‘Key To Future Wealth,’ But Asians Do
Discussion: THEROOT.COM, ThinkProgress and CNN
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Schneiderman Gambit: Financial Fraud Unit Appears Designed to Fail, Grease Skids for Foreclosure Fraud Settlement  —  I'll pepper in my thoughts on the State of the Union Address throughout the day, but I would be remiss if I didn't start with the announcement of a Unit on Mortgage Origination …
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt slams Romney's ‘world of Swiss bank accounts’  —  Via Ginger Gibson in Miami — if you thought the tax return issue was over and done with, think again:
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Michele Bachmann says to seek 4th term in Congress after failed presidential bid  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House following her failed presidential bid.  —  Bachmann declared her plans in an interview with The Associated Press.
Eric Trager / The New Republic:
Happy Birthday to Egypt's Doomed Revolution  —  Exactly one year ago today, I stood in front of the Lawyers Syndicate in downtown Cairo and watched as a few thousand protesters suddenly streamed into the area from the north, overwhelmed Egypt's notoriously violent riot police, and pushed onward towards Tahrir Square.
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 …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Profited From Mortgage Lenders Foreclosing On Thousands Of Floridians  —  A ThinkProgress examination of Mitt Romney's presidential personal financial disclosures from May 2011 reveal that the former Massachusetts governor and his wife own or owned millions of dollars worth …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Associated Press
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Why Republicans might soften their stance on Senate appointments
Mariam Karouny / Reuters:
Gulf monitors leave Syria, League seeks U.N. support
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Two Sides Far Apart on Payroll Tax Cut
Discussion: Speaker, The Hill, ABCNEWS and The Page
Baldwins /
SOTU- Too Long, Too Partisan, Too Barren of Policy
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Cantor says debate over Warren Buffett's secretary will ‘play out this election’
Discussion: The Politico
Ronen Bergman / New York Times:
Will Israel Attack Iran?
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Herman Cain: 'Mr. President, some of us aren't stupid'
Discussion: The Politico
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Healthcare swing vote Kennedy attends Obama speech
Discussion: The Politico
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
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