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7:30 AM ET, January 21, 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 …
The White House:
Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address  —  The White House is making the full text of the State of the Union widely available on its Medium page.  The text, as prepared for delivery, is now online HERE, along with tools that allow people …
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.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Joni Ernst goes folksy in GOP response  —  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) focused on the GOP's policy priorities for the new Congress, rather than making a direct response to President Obama's proposals, in her party's official response Tuesday night.  —  Ernst, a freshman senator who just won election …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Joni Ernst's response: Congress is ‘back to work’  —  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tapped the Iowa freshman in December to deliver the GOP's rebuttal to the State of the Union.  —  Sen. Joni Ernst declared Tuesday that Congress' new Republican majority is “back to work” …
Discussion: ABC News
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Democrats put target on ‘corporate deserters’  —  Congressional Democrats said Tuesday they would seek any and all avenues to curb offshore tax deals, kicking off a new effort to punish what they call “corporate deserters.”  —  Senior Democrats on both sides of the Capitol brought …
David Espo / ABC News:
Obama Challenges Republicans in State of Union Speech
Discussion: Associated Press
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Senate Dems push Keystone amendments
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News: Paris Mayor's Anger Over Reports On Muslims ‘Misplaced’
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Report: GOP women face high hurdles to office  —  The newly-inaugurated 114th Congress may have the most women of any in history, but the vast majority of gains have been made by Democrats.  A new study from Political Parity, a non-partisan research group seeking gender parity in politics …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The most important sentence in Obama's 2015 State of the Union  —  1) The most striking sentence in President Obama's 2015 State of the Union came near the start: “Tonight, we turn the page.”  —  2) It is the seventh year of Obama's presidency.  But it's the first in which the economy is no longer in crisis.
Discussion: Advocate
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama calls for civility, then immediately taunts Republicans over his two presidential wins … President Obama spent much of Tuesday's State of the Union calling for civility in politics — then taunted Republicans over his two election victories, after many of them applauded the looming end of his political career.
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
President makes unprecedented cybersecurity pitch  —  President Obama made an historic push for cybersecurity action during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.  —  “If we don't act, we'll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable,” Obama said.  “If we do, we can continue …
Discussion: Politico and CANNONFIRE
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Rep. Steve King decries ‘deportable’ in Michelle Obama's balcony  —  Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) railed against President Obama via Twitter only hours before this Tuesday's State of the Union speech, referring to an undocumented immigrant scheduled to sit with the first lady during the speech as “a deportable.”
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Defiant Speech  —  President Obama talked about spending a lot of money tonight — on preschool care, community college, new infrastructure, and a variety of tax preferences for middle- and lower-income earners.  All financed by new taxes, primarily on the wealthy.
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’
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Fusion, Politico and Bloomberg Politics
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
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
President Obama, with two years to go, commits to cementing a liberal legacy
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
Pentagon in position to evacuate U.S. Embassy in Yemen
Discussion: Power Line and Bloomberg View
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Rules for Bearded Muslim Inmate
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Senate Race Looks Competitive
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Government health care website quietly sharing personal data
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congresswomen Withdraw Their Support For Proposed Abortion Ban
Deputy who used excessive force on inmate fired, Pinellas sheriff's office says
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Warren Rojas / Roll Call:
Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Holly Campbell / WLFI-TV:
Former Lafayette surgeon sentenced to 10 years
Discussion: Associated Press
Margaret Slattery / Politico:
The States of Our Union ? Are Not All Strong
Discussion: CBS Minnesota