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2:55 AM ET, January 29, 2014


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Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Obama to put women's issues ‘front and center’ in address  —  (CNN) - Working women and their struggles will form a major part of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, CNN has learned, underscoring the important role women play both in Obama's domestic agenda …
New York Times:
Text and Video of Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Following is the transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address, as transcribed by the Federal News Service.  —  MR. OBAMA: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.
Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama  —  In the nation's history, there is simply no precedent for an American president so wantonly ignoring federal law.  —  Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness …
Boehner warns Obama headed for ‘brick wall’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner warned President Barack Obama that he will “run into a brick wall” by using his executive power and bypassing Congress, as the White House has signaled the President intends to do.
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
In State of the Union 2014, President Obama Pushes for Year of Action on Economic Opportunity … Facing a still sharply divided Congress, President Obama pledged to charge forward on his own to push a second-term agenda focused on rising worries about economic inequality and opportunity in his State of the Union address tonight.
State of the Union 2014: Rand Paul to stress jobs in Obama rebuttal  —  Sen. Rand Paul plans to offer up Republican red meat by calling for lower taxes and blasting the president's jobs record as he delivers one of several GOP responses to the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action’  —  President Barack Obama plans to make 2014 a year of action by using his executive authorities wherever possible, while still striving to work with Congress on big pieces of his agenda, he will say Tuesday night in his State of the Union address.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mike Lee tea party response: Barack Obama at fault for inequality  —  Sen. Mike Lee tried to challenge the Democrats on their own turf by discussing an “inequality crisis” in his official tea party rebuttal to the State of the Union on Tuesday, while fellow tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul struck …
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's SOTU Could Be A Big Deal For Immigration Reform — Really
Discussion: and Vox Popoli
Burgess Everett / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama to hand Senate tough wage battle
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and The Hill
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Prepares for the Grueling State of the Union
Discussion: Hot Air, The Fix and Politico
The Hill:
Obama flexes executive power in measured State of Union address
Discussion: American Spectator and Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Three quick State of the Union observations
Discussion: National Review
Associated Press:
Excerpts of Obama's State of the Union Address
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story
Discussion: Politico
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Great Caesar's Ghost
Discussion: American Spectator
John B. Judis / The New Republic:   The Political State of the Union Is Not Good
Ashley Killough / CNN:
‘Duck Dynasty’ to represent at State of the Union
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Banter
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama to lay out go-it-alone approach in State of Union speech
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obamacare: Tom Coburn loses cancer doctor  —  Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn't cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care.  —  “I'm doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC's …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The End of the Beginning on Obamacare Repeal
Washington Free Beacon:
Tennesseans Losing Their Doctors Because of Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
City Journal:
America's Most Successful Communist  —  It was no surprise last year when rock stars, led by Bruce Springsteen, barnstormed battleground states for John Kerry, and no surprise that, save for a handful of country singers, George W. Bush could count on no similar support from pop performers.
State of the Union GOP response: Cathy McMorris Rodgers (text, video)  —  Following is the full text of the Republican Address to the Nation by House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), as prepared for delivery:  —  What an honor it is for me to be with you after the President's State of the Union.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Christine Whitman recalls her 1995 GOP State of the Union response
CBS News:
Obama's 2014 State of the Union address: Full text  —  Shares - … Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:  —  Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America's graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.
Shoebat Foundation / Walid Shoebat:
Obama's Brother joins Hamas, says ‘Jerusalem is ours; We are Coming’  —  By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack  —  While in Sanaa, Yemein in 2010, President Barack Obama's brother Malik Obama was at an event billed as the Orphans Development Fund (ODF) Conference.
Ted Hesson / Fusion:
Wendy Davis Rebuffs Bristol Palin's Motherhood Critique  —  Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator and Democratic candidate for governor, rejects the idea that she's a bad mother and “downright pathetic” — just a few of the barbs thrown her way in a recent column and tweet by reality TV personality Bristol Palin.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Wendy Davis hits back at Bristol Palin
USA Today:
Obama should have talked about marriage: Column  —  The State of the Union address could have shed light on the divided state of our unions.  —  In his State of the Union Address tonight, President Barack Obama hit a number of high notes — e.g., expanded apprenticeship programs …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul: Hillary off hook for Bill's past  —  Sen. Rand Paul doubled down Tuesday on his recent criticism of Bill Clinton, even as he stressed that the fallout from the former president's philandering in the 1990s wouldn't “apply” to Hillary Clinton, should she decide to run for the White House.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Hillary Clinton's Enemies Can't See Straight
Discussion: The Fix
Why These Undocumented Immigrants Will Join President Obama At The State Of The Union  —  When Cristian Avila was rejected for a college scholarship a few years ago, his mother “fell to her knees” crying and profusely apologized.  That was the moment Avila found out that he was undocumented.
The White House:
White House Announces Additional Guests in the First Lady's Box — State of the Union Address  —  WASHINGTON, DC - In addition to the 17 individuals previously announced, today the White House announced additional guests will be seated in the box with the First Lady, Dr. Biden and Valerie Jarrett …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Rep. Grimm Threatens Journalist After SOTU
Discussion: The Raw Story
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Jill Biden Breaks Wrist in Fall, in Cast for Weeks
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
FLOTUS guests: Gay athlete, woman CEO
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
‘King Kong’ Will Stomp Onto Broadway in December, Producer Says
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
One-Third of Americans Who Were Middle Class in 2008 Now Consider Themselves Lower or Lower Middle Class
Discussion: Paul Krugman and EconLog
 Earlier Items: 
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Medium, Evan Williams's Post-Twitter Media Startup, Raises $25 Million Round
Jim Lindgren / Washington Post:
If we want more income equality, should we return to the economy of George W. Bush?
David Plotz / Slate:
The California Supreme Court's cruel, self-righteous decision to reject the disgraced journalist's bar application.