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11:55 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Gallup and Taylor Marsh
State of the Union 2014 fact check
First Read /
First Thoughts: On the road again
Brett M. Decker / USA Today:
Less speech, more competence: Column
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:   Obama's Big-Time Small Ball
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Three quick State of the Union observations
Discussion: National Review
Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Obama to put women's issues ‘front and center’ in address
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama prepared to avoid Congress, go it alone on carrying out modest initiatives
Washington Post:
In the State of the Union, opportunities to work together
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Great Caesar's Ghost
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.
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
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
ANALYSIS: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers comes through for GOP in SOTU response
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Hot Air and WFPL
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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Lindsey Graham Says ‘The World Is Literally About To Blow Up’
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 …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Opportunity for All - Rewarding Hard Work  —  Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers & Calling on Congress to Finish the Job for All Workers by Passing the Harkin-Miller Bill  —  Year of Action: Making Progress Through Executive Action
Governor Christie's brother invested in houses near new PATH station in Harrison  —  Governor Christie's brother, Todd Christie, and two business partners have bought and sold a handful of properties within walking distance of the PATH station in Harrison, slated for a $256 million renovation funded …
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
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
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.
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
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Steve Stockman Says He Walked Out Of SOTU
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New York Times:
For Christie, Politics Team Kept a Focus on Two Races
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
Huge swath of GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal, says top lawyer
Discussion: Techdirt and Lawfare
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone:
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Andrew Black / BBC:
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Discussion: Spectator
USA Today:
Obama should have talked about marriage: Column
Discussion: National Review
CBS News:
Obama's 2014 State of the Union address: Full text
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Jill Biden Breaks Wrist in Fall, in Cast for Weeks
Discussion: Politico