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4:40 PM 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 …
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Barack Obama's disconnected, out-of-touch, in-denial State of the Union
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Woman Showcased by Obama in SOTU is a Former Democratic Campaign Staffer
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   A fantasy for tweens: Obama's State of the Union Address
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On terrorism, the State of the Union is strangely quiet
Washington Post:
Transcript: Obama's State of the Union address 2015
Discussion: Power Line and Informed Comment
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Post Doctored Version Of State Of The Union, Censor Facts On Climate Change  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File  —  The official website for House Republicans has posted on YouTube a version of President Obama's State of the Union address …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner's Bibi invite sets up showdown with White House  —  The speaker didn't consult with the administration before inviting Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran.  —  House Speaker John Boehner is setting up his most dramatic foreign policy confrontation with President Barack Obama to date …
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Rebuffing President Barack Obama on Iran, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he had invited Israel's prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress next month about the threats from Tehran and radical Islam.  —  The Republican leader released a letter extending the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu for Feb. 11.
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,” …
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.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN to Produce Political Game Show  —  First on TVNewser: CNN is producing a political game show, TVNewser has learned.  The blocking and testing of the show is happening this week at CNN's New York studios.  —  Insiders tell us the show will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will air on Presidents' Day, Feb. 16.
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Solved: Nathan Deal's mysterious overseas adventure  —  Gov. Nathan Deal skipped town over the weekend for an economic development trip.  Just where he went is being treated like a state secret.  —  Gov. Nathan Deal/AJC file  —  His office won't disclose where the state's top elected official journeyed or whom he visited.
The Huffington Post:
GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA  —  WASHINGTON — The new GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee intends to give back to the CIA an explosive, secret document that has been at the center of a years-long struggle between Congress and the executive branch.
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:   C.I.A. Report Found Value of Brutal Interrogation Was Inflated
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum: The Pope Is ‘Difficult To Listen To’ Sometimes  —  Ex-senator and onetime GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum has nearly reached his wits end after yet another statement by Pope Francis that has rankled conservatives.  —  In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday …
“Putting 'em in a coffin” prank causes outrage in Hampton Roads … Chesapeake, Va. - “Putting 'em in a coffin.”  —  It's a phrase describing a prank in which kids jump back-first onto cars, trying to emulate a coffin.  —  A viewer emailed NewsChannel 3, telling us it happened to him on Monday night.
Discussion: WTVR-TV and
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Irked By Obama Zinger In State Of The Union Address  —  Republicans were irked by President Barack Obama's caustic reminder in his State of the Union speech that he defeated them twice.  —  “I've run my last campaign,” Obama said toward the end of the nationally televised address.
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Snubs Calls for Campaign Finance Curbs  —  In the State of the Union on Tuesday, President Barack Obama snubbed activists who had been pushing him to take bold new action to curb the influence of big money and big donors in politics.  —  The Obama administration had been under mounting pressure …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Rep. Steve King decries ‘deportable’ in Michelle Obama's balcony
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 …
Rex Hall Jr /
Puppy killed when used as weapon by man in beating of girlfriend in Kalamazoo  —  KALAMAZOO, MI - In November, Timothy Tucker punched his girlfriend in the face and then pummeled her with the couple's two-week-old puppy to the point that the small animal defecated on the woman and died.
Discussion: KTLA, Raw Story and Addicting Info
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
Photograph of Germany's Pegida leader styled as Adolf Hitler goes viral  —  Lutz Bachmann, said by German intelligence services to be a target for Islamist terrorists, posted the picture on Facebook  —  A photograph of the leader of a growing “anti-Islamisation” movement in Germany styled …
Mark Walsh / SCOTUSblog:
View from the Courtroom: Disruption from the gallery on 5th anniversary of Citizens United (Updated: 4:00 p.m.)  —  UPDATE (4:00): Kathleen L. Arberg, the Court's public information officer, said eight individuals were arrested in Wednesday's disturbance.  Seven have been charged with violating …
Discussion: Politico and Right Now
Emily DeVoe / WECT-TV:
Veteran slammed with nasty note for parking in reserved spot  —  When Mary Claire Caine walked outside after finishing her routine grocery trip to Harris Teeter Friday, she couldn't believe what she found plastered to the front window of her car.  —  As a veteran of the Air Force who served …
Discussion: Telegraph, Raw Story and Addicting Info
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Another SOTU, another nap for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to buy colleagues Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy some drinks — or maybe a cup of coffee, spiked with Red Bull.  —  The pair sat flanking the 81-year-old justice during President Obama's State …
Patrick Caldwell / Mother Jones:
GOP Speech Pushes Immigration Reform—in Spanish Version Only  —  What was the party's official response to Obama's State of the Union address?  Depends on the audience.  —  On Tuesday night, freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida delivered the Republicans' Spanish-language response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Tale of Two Pegs  —  I'm still in Hong Kong, and there's a curious discussion here about the upward collapse of Switzerland's peg to the euro.  You see, by the numbers Switzerland's monetary situation pre-collapse and Hong Kong's now look remarkably similar.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Obama trolls the GOP: How a not-so-lame-duck president left them bumbling  —  With his modest tax proposals Obama is neither Piketty nor Robin Hood — but here's why his SOTU riled up the right  —  President Obama delivered his second to last State of the Union address with an epic combination …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CNN, Slate and Politico
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
House Republicans Encounter Divisions Over Abortion Bill
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Meghan McCain / Washington Post:
Dear Mitt, For your family's sake, don't run
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Mediaite
New York Times:
Republicans Have One Word for President's Proposals and Veto Threats: ‘No’
Madeleine Morgenstern /
Exclusive: Potential Alibi Witness for Convicted Murderer in ‘Serial’ Breaks Silence With New Affidavit
Mitt Romney / Facebook:
True to form, the President in his State of the Union speech …
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics and Shakesville
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The remarkable confidence of Barack Obama
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Agenda Gap Between Leaders, American People
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Joni Ernst goes folksy in GOP response