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3:30 PM ET, January 25, 2012


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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 …
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.
Byron Tau / The Politico:
State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level  —  President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934.
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... ›
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Toward A Fairer America
New York Times:
The State of the Union in 2012  —  A year ago, after the last State …
Discussion: ad astra and The Loyal Opposition
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney wants to know Pelosi's secret
Discussion: Daily Kos and Saint Petersblog
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.
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 …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich on Clinton impeachment, telling the truth
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Slams Romney Over Immigration
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
Tina Dupuy / Crooks and Liars:
Awkward Family Photos: Mitt Laundry  —  Mitt Romney's hurdle in winning the love/respect/admiration/fear of his party can be summed up in one photo: It was taken by his son, Tagg (doesn't Sarah Palin have a kid with that name?) and put on Twitter this week.  It's of Romney and his wife Ann …
Discussion: Political Mojo and AlterNet
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
Female driver who defied Saudi motoring ban dies in fatal road accident  —  A woman who defied a driving ban on female motorists in Saudi Arabia has died in a car crash.  —  Another was hurt in the crash in the only country in the world where females are banned from getting behind the wheel.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
When Fact Checkers Go Bad...Very Bad  —  OMG...this is beyond preposterous.  —  Politifact—the self-anointed fact checkers—grade this statement from the President speech tonight as “half-true:” … This is not half true or two-thirds true.  It is just true.  —  So why, I ask you, why do they go where they go?
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House Democrats spell Keystone ‘K-O-C-H’  —  House Democrats are using the billionaire Koch brothers to score political points in their fight against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) suggested at a hearing Wednesday that Koch Industries …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mediaite
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 Biggest Newspaper In The World Is ... The Daily Mail!?  —  The British tabloid's zaftig website has unseated the New York Times for the top slot, per a comScore total.  “The Daily Mail is not in our competitive set,” sniffs the Times's Murphy, who disputes the count.
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.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
When Gingrich Tried, and Failed, to Intimidate Tom Coburn
Hartford Courant:
East Haven Mayor: ‘I Might Have Tacos’ For Dinner
Tim Makand Mj Lee / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: I care about Warren Buffett's secretary
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama pushes plans that flopped before
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Daniels Response  —  It was that rare event when the GOP …
Discussion: Eunomia and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Robinson /
WHO'S GREEDY? Obama Gave 1% to Charity, Romney Gave 15%
Eric Trager / The New Republic:
Happy Birthday to Egypt's Doomed Revolution