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3:45 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 …
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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.
Politics:
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
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 …
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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.
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.
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ABCNEWS:
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 / msnbc.com:
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.
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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
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?
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptians Gather on First Anniversary of Revolt  —  CAIRO — Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square, the crucible of their revolution, on Wednesday in a mixture of celebration and agitation to mark the first anniversary of the protests that forced out Hosni Mubarak, the former president.
Discussion: The Lede and Algemeiner.com
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Eric Trager / The New Republic:
Happy Birthday to Egypt's Doomed Revolution
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:
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
BuzzFeed:
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.
 
 
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Hartford Courant:
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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
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 / nation.foxnews.com:
WHO'S GREEDY? Obama Gave 1% to Charity, Romney Gave 15%
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