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1:20 AM ET, January 25, 2012


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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
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.
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.
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 …
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
White House SOTU talking points
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
State Of The Union Address Obsolete
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's State of the Union will include new push for tax reform
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Gingrich won't ‘allow’ moderators to silence crowd at future debates
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.”
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
We Don't Need More Foreign Oil and Gas  —  America is poised to be the world's clean energy leader.  —  In the hubbub around the president's decision not to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the United States, Americans missed the big picture.
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 …
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Highest Quarterly Revenue and Earnings Ever All-Time Record iPhone, iPad and Mac Sales  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter which spanned 14 weeks and ended December 31, 2011.
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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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Oil industry group says SEC must pull back transparency rule
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Gingrich to Evangelicals: My Past Weaknesses Make Me ‘More Normal’
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