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11:05 PM ET, January 20, 2015


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The White House / Medium:
President Obama's State of the Union Address—Remarks As Prepared for Delivery  —  There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington.  A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President's speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech …
Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News  —  Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday she intends to sue Fox News in the wake of the channel's coverage of supposed “no-go zones” for non-Muslims.  —  Hidalgo said the channel had “insulted” her city.  —  “When we're insulted …
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Fox News Becomes the Unwilling Star of a French TV Satire  —  PARIS — Mockery is a national weapon in France, so when an American cable news channel raised false alarms about rampant lawlessness in some Paris neighborhoods — proclaiming them “no-go zones” for non-Muslims, avoided even by the police …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News: Paris Mayor's Anger Over Reports On Muslims ‘Misplaced’  —  After the Paris mayor threatened to sue Fox News on Tuesday over the network's recent bogus reports on Muslim “no-go zones” in the city, the network responded that the mayor's comments were “misplaced.”
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
CNN Correspondent Confronts Bobby Jindal Over False Comments About Muslims
France 24:
Paris mayor to sue Fox News over ‘no-go zones’ slur
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
RON FOURNIER IN EXCELSIS: ADVICE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND TONIGHT'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS … Sometimes the curveball doesn't curve, or the slider hangs, or the fastball isn't fast.  This is one of those days.  Ron Fournier's advice on what the president should say tonight in his State …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Full Text of Republican Response to State of the Union  —  The office of House speaker John Boehner has posted the full text of the Republican response to the State of the Union (breaking its own self-imposed embargo), to be delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa:  —  “Good evening.  —  “I'm Joni Ernst.
Discussion: FreakOutNation and Mediaite
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
The Real Target of Obama's Speech on Tuesday?  Hillary Clinton  —  There's a subtext to President Obama's slew of domestic policy proposals since the November elections: President Obama does not trust Hillary Clinton very much.  —  None of the president's domestic-policy brainwaves …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:   Rep. Steve King decries ‘deportable’ in Michelle Obama's balcony
Michael Waldman / The Daily Beast:
The State of the Union Ain't What It Used to Be, But Obama Can Still Command a Bully Pulpit
Discussion: Liberaland
Alex Pareene / Gawker:
The State of the Union Is Dumb Hacks Writing Garbage Speeches  —  Six years into the Obama presidency, I thought we'd finally run out of hotshot administration bros the political press could glowingly profile in exchange for future access to meaningless scooplets.  I was wrong.
Daily Mail:
Gun-toting Christian mother-of-three who made ‘liberal heads explode’ admits cheating on her military vet husband with Tea Party member  — Holly Fisher wrote in a statement on Sunday: ‘For a very short period... I actually believed my marriage was over and found someone else’
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
More fallout from Eric Holder's changes to civil asset forfeiture law  —  On Friday, I posted some analysis of Attorney General Eric Holder's changes to the equitable-sharing program, which allows local police agencies to circumvent state restrictions on civil asset forfeiture …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Dish and Hit & Run
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Senate Dems push Keystone amendments  —  Senate Democrats are pressing amendments to legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing their proposals would “actually make it an American jobs bill.”  —  “We have some suggestions on how to make the bill better and actually make it an American jobs bill.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama in a Word: ‘Good,’ ‘Incompetent’  —  Fewer See This Year's State of the Union as More Important  —  As public perceptions of Barack Obama have changed over the course of his presidency, so too have the words used to describe him.  —  The national survey by the Pew Research Center …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Mike Huckabee Is Your Candidate Of Cultural Resentment  —  I'm going to confess an unpopular opinion (among liberals at least) and say that as much as I enjoy The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is usually not that good an interviewer when it comes to political figures.
Brad Heath / USA Today:
New police radars can ‘see’ inside homes  —  At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public.  —  WASHINGTON — At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped …
Warren Rojas / Roll Call:
Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia  —  A giant thank-you card to Young collects dust on a shelf in a storage facility at St. Petersburg College.  SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office?  There is no standard set procedure …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Senate Race Looks Competitive  —  PPP's first poll of the 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race finds it picking up pretty much where the 2010 Senate race left off- with Pat Toomey holding a narrow edge over Joe Sestak.  Toomey leads Sestak 40/36, similar to his 2 point margin of victory the first time the duo faced off.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
State of the Union 2015: It's Baaaaack!  White House Teases Possible Return of Obama's Tan Suit … White House staffers wanted to spice up their official Twitter feed—and the President's wardrobe—by sending out a teasing tweet ahead of tonight's big State of the Union speech.
Shane Ferro / Business Insider:
Embracing Our Robot Overlords Won't Save Us From Secular Stagnation  —  It's time to welcome our robot overlords, says University of Manchester economist Diane Coyle in the Financial Times.  —  While there's a lot of fear out there about how machines will replace human jobs in the future …
News Feed FYI: Showing Fewer Hoaxes  —  The goal of News Feed is to catch up with your friends and find the things that matter to you.  We're always looking to people on Facebook to tell us how we can improve this experience.  We've heard from people that they want to see fewer stories that are hoaxes, or misleading news.
Holly Campbell / WLFI-TV:
Former Lafayette surgeon sentenced to 10 years  —  Related Coverage  —  Attempted murder charge dropped for former Lafayette surgeon  —  Konrath's attempts to contact his ex include hiring PI  —  Konrath rearrested, faces additional charges  —  Former surgeon accused in murder plot bonds out of jail
Discussion: Associated Press
Margaret Slattery / Politico:
The States of Our Union ?  Are Not All Strong  —  Our second annual ranking.  —  Last year, Politico Magazine heralded President Barack Obama's State of the Union address with an appraisal of the state of the states of the union, which we found, contra that favorite presidential declaration, were not all “strong.”
Discussion: CBS Minnesota
Associated Press:
Government health care website quietly sharing personal data  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Deputy who used excessive force on inmate fired, Pinellas sheriff's office says  —  A detention deputy for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office was fired Tuesday for using excessive force on an inmate, according to a release.  —  Deputy Raymond Ferrio, 47, had been with the Department of Detention and Corrections since July 2000.
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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