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1:00 PM ET, January 25, 2012


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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Pelosi's office says she has no new dirt on Newt Gingrich  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office on Wednesday said the minority leader doesn't have any dirt on Newt Gingrich.  —  Pelosi has suggested in two interviews that she knows something that could prevent Gingrich from becoming president …
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
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich says Pelosi is living in a fantasy world
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Slams Romney Over Immigration
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: High Marks for Obama's State of the Union Speech  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of the overall message in President Obama's State of the Union speech …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Toward A Fairer America
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
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
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
Ronen Bergman / New York Times:
Will Israel Attack Iran?  —  As the Sabbath evening approached on Jan. 13, Ehud Barak paced the wide living-room floor of his home high above a street in north Tel Aviv, its walls lined with thousands of books on subjects ranging from philosophy and poetry to military strategy.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House bids farewell to Giffords  —  The House of Representatives said farewell to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday morning with a moving tribute on her last day as a member of Congress.  —  “None of us on this floor are talented enough to summon the rhetoric that all of us feel in our hearts …
Discussion: The Politico and Ballot Box
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.
Robinson /
WHO'S GREEDY?  Obama Gave 1% to Charity, Romney Gave 15%  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave $10,772 of the $1.2 million they earned from 2000 through 2004 to charities, or less than 1 percent, according to tax returns for those years released today by his campaign.
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Democracy Corps:
President Obama Scores With Middle Class Message
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Kos
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
SOHUM: I just finished reading Obama's State of the Union.  Didn't see it.
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and CBS News
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
About Peter R Orszag  —  To Shop Smart, Patients Need to Know Price of Care: Peter Orszag
Discussion: Political Mojo
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Profited From Mortgage Lenders Foreclosing On Thousands Of Floridians
Discussion: The Raw Story and Associated Press
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
Why Republicans might soften their stance on Senate appointments
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Two Sides Far Apart on Payroll Tax Cut
Discussion: Speaker, The Hill, ABCNEWS and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Trager / The New Republic:
Happy Birthday to Egypt's Doomed Revolution
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
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
State Department slams GOP bill to force Keystone approval
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Black Women Lead Shift To A Post-Blue World
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Healthcare swing vote Kennedy attends Obama speech
Discussion: The Politico