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9:00 AM ET, January 29, 2014


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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 …
Ron Fournier /
Good Speech, Modest Agenda, Diminished Leader  —  Americans may have already tuned out Barack Obama.  —  Is that all there is?  —  In what may be his last, best chance to revive a presidency that has fallen far short of its promise, Barack Obama unveiled his 2014 agenda Tuesday night …
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 …
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, American Power and Althouse
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.
The Hill:
Obama flexes executive power in measured State of Union address  —  In a State of the Union address less partisan and pointed than many expected, President Obama on Tuesday said he was eager to work with Congress but willing to go it alone.  —  Obama promised to unleash a torrent …
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The State of the Union: Make it stop  —  Blame Woodrow Wilson, who broke a century-old presidential tradition of delivering the State of the Union message only in writing.  Blame Harry Truman, the first chief executive to make the address on television, or Lyndon Johnson, the first to do so in prime time.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Three quick State of the Union observations
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
In the State of the Union, opportunities to work together
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action’
Associated Press:
Excerpts of Obama's State of the Union Address
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Burgess Everett / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama to hand Senate tough wage battle
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and Daily Kos
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's SOTU Could Be A Big Deal For Immigration Reform — Really
Discussion: Vox Popoli and
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Prepares for the Grueling State of the Union
Discussion: Hot Air, The Fix and Politico
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Great Caesar's Ghost
Discussion: American Spectator
Rep. Grimm Threatens NY1 Reporter Following State of the Union … Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm physically threatened NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto at the conclusion of an interview in the Capitol Rotunda following Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
New York congressman threatens to throw reporter off balcony  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, defended his actions late Tuesday night after he physically threatened a NY1 News reporter at the Capitol.  —  “I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Rep. Grimm Threatens Journalist After SOTU
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story
Discussion: Politico and
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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