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10:50 AM ET, January 29, 2014


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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 …
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.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Bush speechwriter: Obama plagiarized Bush  —  President George W. Bush's former speech writer said that President Barack Obama plagiarized his former boss in Tuesday's State of the Union address.  —  Speaking to Fox News's Megyn Kelly, Marc Thiessen, the lead writer on Bush's 2007 State …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
State Of The Union Poll Gives Obama Positive Marks  —  WASHINGTON — CNN's instant polling among Americans who watched Tuesday's State of the Union found an overwhelming majority reacting positively to President Barack Obama's address, as it has four times previously during his presidency.
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Three quick State of the Union observations
Discussion: National Review
Brett M. Decker / USA Today:
Less speech, more competence: Column
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:   Obama's Big-Time Small Ball
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama prepared to avoid Congress, go it alone on carrying out modest initiatives
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Great Caesar's Ghost
Washington Post:
In the State of the Union, opportunities to work together
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's SOTU Could Be A Big Deal For Immigration Reform — Really
Discussion: Vox Popoli and
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Rep. Grimm Threatens Journalist After SOTU
Discussion: The Raw Story
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, Scared Monkeys and American Power
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.
Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Obama to put women's issues ‘front and center’ in address
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action’
Josh Kraushaar /
The GOP Presidential Contender Everyone's Overlooking  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich is serious about running for president, and he'd be a formidable candidate.  —  For a party that's accustomed to nominating the next-in-line presidential candidate, 2016 promises to be a very unusual year for the Republican Party.
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Graham Says World ‘Literally About to Blow Up’  —  After praising President Barack Obama on immigration, South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted the foreign policy portion of the State of the Union speech.  —  “The world is literally about to blow up,” Graham said, saying he completely disagrees with Obama on Iran policy.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“Whatever, Guys ...”  —  I mentioned during the speech that the President seemed to have a bit more jump in his step than I expected, perhaps more than the dented poll numbers and sense of malaise hanging over the White House would suggest.  The mere words of the speech are here.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
GOP ready to surrender on debt ceiling  —  House Republicans are getting ready to surrender: There will be no serious fight over the debt limit.  —  The most senior figures in the House Republican Conference are privately acknowledging that they will almost certainly have to pass what's called …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Not as Many U.S. States Lean Democratic in 2013  —  Parties now about equal in state party leanings, 17 to 14  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Blue states outnumbered red states in the U.S. last year, 17 to 14, according to Gallup Daily tracking of party preferences.  That three-state advantage …
Discussion: Politico
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story  —  (CNN) - The two daughters of Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis penned their support of their mother, as well as her personal history, in open letters released Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico and
Ted Hesson / Fusion:
Wendy Davis Rebuffs Bristol Palin's Motherhood Critique
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Ukraine government resigns, parliament scraps anti-protest laws amid crisis  —  Are you there?  Send us your images and experiences, but please stay safe.  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government Tuesday …
Will Englund / Washington Post:
In concession to opposition, Ukraine repeals anti-protest laws; prime minister resigns
Discussion: Hot Air
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USA Today:
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Discussion: National Review
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
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