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8:20 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 …
The White House:
Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address | January 20, 2015
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.”
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 …
New York Times:   At the State of the Union, a President Outgunned in Congress Is Still Combative
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The most important sentence in Obama's 2015 State of the Union
Discussion: Advocate
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’
Discussion: ABC News and New York Magazine
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Obama Is Finally Having the Reagan Moment He Dreamed About for Years
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
The Real Target of Obama's Speech on Tuesday? Hillary Clinton
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
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.”
Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox 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.
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.
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 …
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:
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
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.
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.
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James Oliphant / National Journal:
New Page. Same Obama.
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:
Surveillance cameras at Biden house provide no clues about gunman
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Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Rep. Steve King decries ‘deportable’ in Michelle Obama's balcony
Discussion: ABC News
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
State of the Union 2015: It's Baaaaack! White House Teases Possible Return of Obama's Tan Suit
Discussion: Fusion, Politico and Bloomberg Politics
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Pentagon in position to evacuate U.S. Embassy in Yemen
Discussion: Power Line and Bloomberg View
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Rules for Bearded Muslim Inmate
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Radley Balko / Washington Post:
More fallout from Eric Holder's changes to civil asset forfeiture law
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Daily Mail:
Gun-toting Christian mother-of-three who made ‘liberal heads explode’ …
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Raw Story
Warren Rojas / Roll Call:
Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo