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10:10 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 …
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Sen. Rand Paul / BREITBART.COM:
Rand Paul's Response to Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address  —  Good Evening.  I wish I had better news for you, but... All is not well in America.  America is adrift.  Something is clearly wrong.  —  America needs many things, but what America desperately needs is new leadership.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
A fantasy for tweens: Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union.  —  “We turn the page,” said President Obama last night in citing all the good news he could about the current state of the union.  “The shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong.”
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Barack Obama's disconnected, out-of-touch, in-denial State of the Union  —  Perhaps the most striking thing about the 2015 State of the Union address was not the president at the podium but the audience in the seats.  The joint session of Congress listening to President Obama Tuesday night …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and Bloomberg Politics
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.
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.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Joni Ernst goes folksy in GOP response
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Joni Ernst's response: Congress is ‘back to work’
Discussion: New York Magazine and 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 …
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David Espo / ABC News:
Obama Challenges Republicans in State of Union Speech
Discussion: The Hill and abc7.com
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Senate Dems push Keystone amendments
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Chris Mortensen / ESPN:
11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated  —  The NFL has found that 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 game balls were inflated significantly below the NFL's requirements, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC Championship Game told ESPN.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The Megyn Kelly Moment  —  On a gray Wednesday in November, the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and four producers gathered around a conference table on the 17th floor of the News Corporation building in Manhattan.  They were there to plan the 281st episode of “The Kelly File,” …
Discussion: Mediaite, Political Wire and Jezebel
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The remarkable confidence of Barack Obama  —  Seventy seven days ago, Barack Obama's party lost control of Congress — largely due to his unpopularity nationwide.  You'd have never known it watching the president deliver his sixth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.
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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.
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.
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
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.
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Agenda Gap Between Leaders, American People  —  The poll conducted from Jan. 14-17 found that two of the major issues congressional Republicans and the White House have identified as candidates for bipartisan action-trade and simplification of the tax code-didn't even make the top five issues …
Discussion: Political Wire
Haaretz:
12 Israelis wounded in stabbing attack on Tel Aviv bus  —  Three in serious condition; assailant, West Bank male who entered Israel illegally, was shot in the leg; Hamas official hails ‘bold, heroic act’; Netanyahu blames PA for attack, Lieberman blames Palestinian and Israeli Arab leadership.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Obama Is Finally Having the Reagan Moment He Dreamed About for Years  —  These are lines President Barack Obama hoped to deliver years ago.  —  “The verdict is clear,” he said in Tuesday night's State of the Union address.  “Middle-class economics works.  Expanding opportunity works.
Washington Post:
Shiite insurgents control Yemen's presidential palace and residence … SANAA, Yemen — Shiite insurgents tightened their grip on Yemen's capital Wednesday, seizing control of a missile base and keeping the president as a virtual hostage in a showdown threatening a key American ally in the fight against al-Qaeda.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Joe Biden Reveals ‘There Is A Chance’ He Would Challenge Hillary Clinton … With the 2016 presidential election season heating up and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton considered the presumptive front-runner for the Democratic nomination if she decides to jump into the race …
 
 
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