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2:45 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  —  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 …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   A fantasy for tweens: Obama's State of the Union Address
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 doctored version of President Obama's State …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner invites Netanyahu to speak to Congress  —  The speaker says he didn't consult with the White House.  —  Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress about Iran next month, a move sure to inflame the Obama administration …
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.
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.”
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Snubs Calls for Campaign Finance Curbs
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On terrorism, the State of the Union is strangely quiet
Discussion: Gallup, Reuters and New York Times
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: Raw Story, KTLA and Addicting Info
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
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.
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and The Dish
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story, Telegraph and Addicting Info
Mark Walsh / SCOTUSblog:
View from the Courtroom: Disruption from the gallery on 5th anniversary of Citizens United  —  A handful of spectators disrupted the opening of Wednesday morning's Supreme Court session by rising one by one from their seats to shout protests over the Citizens United decision and other populist themes …
Discussion: Right Now
Sharon Cotliar /
Chelsea Clinton Shares Her Mommy Routines with Baby Charlotte (VIDEO)  —  New mom Chelsea Clinton talks about bonding with her baby Charlotte - “I'm so happy being a mom” - and shares why she's so passionate about talking, reading and singing to her baby, in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Report Found Value of Brutal Interrogation Was Inflated
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Obama trolls the GOP: How a not-so-lame-duck president left them bumbling
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
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Mike Huckabee On 2016, The Supreme Court And Same Sex Marriage, And The War Against Radical Islam
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Obama turns many, many pages
Paul De Grauwe / Free exchange:
The sad consequences of the fear of QE
Discussion: Washington Center …
Washington Post:
Shiite insurgents control Yemen's presidential palace and residence
Sen. Rand Paul / BREITBART.COM:
Rand Paul's Response to Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Agenda Gap Between Leaders, American People
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Democrats put target on ‘corporate deserters’