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4:25 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 …
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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich says Pelosi is living in a fantasy world
Discussion: The Politico and Wake up America
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  —  Doral, Florida (CNN) - At a Latino forum Wednesday Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talked about character and perceived hypocrisy related to his personal history.  —  Univision anchor Jorge Ramos asked the former House speaker …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney was ‘distinguished panelist’ at Fannie Mae conference
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Politics:   Republicans: State Of The Union Sounds Familiar
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.
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:
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Slams Romney Over Immigration
Discussion: Hot Air
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Right blogs credit Obama on ‘insider’ bill  —  Conservatives in the blogosphere found one small aspect of the president's State of the Union address that they could praise: a bill banning insider trading by members of Congress.  —  “Send me a bill that bans insider trading by members …
The White House:
Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Toward A Fairer America
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.
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
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 …
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?
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
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
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
When Gingrich Tried, and Failed, to Intimidate Tom Coburn  —  On Twitter today, I've noted that Romney's seeming squeamishness might make him less likely to sell out conservatives as president than Newt Gingrich.  It's far from the most inspiring rallying cry, but I conclude …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Daniels Response  —  It was that rare event when the GOP response surpassed the actual State of the Union.  It was what a sane Republican critique of this presidency would be.  It began with a grace note on Obama's courageous assault on bin Laden and the quiet dignity of his family life …
Discussion: Eunomia and Balloon Juice
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State of the Republicans  —  Gail Collins: David, I have to apologize.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
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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: Washington Post and JustOneMinute
 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
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WHO'S GREEDY? Obama Gave 1% to Charity, Romney Gave 15%
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