Good morning! Here are some of the stories we’re reading at Moyers & Company HQ this AM…
The president gave a speech:
- Here’s text and video of Obama’s State of the Union address.
- The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson takes a look at what it portends for the next year.
- At The Daily Beast, Michelle Cottle rounds up the multiple GOP responses.
- Slate’s Dave Weigel reports that Republicans are calling Obama’s use of executive orders “tyranny.”
- Newly elected Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, a socialist, responds to SOTU from the left.
- And Rep. Michael Grimm, a tea party Republican from New York, was caught on tape threatening to murder a reporter for asking a tough question during his SOTU response.
Doesn’t look good for Christie –> Shawn Boburg and Jean Rimbach report for the Bergen Record that Chris Christie’s brother Todd bought a bunch of property near a train station that was scheduled for a quarter-billion dollar renovation that the governor had championed.
Falling down –> One third of Americans who saw themselves as middle class in 2008 no longer do, reports Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum.
Busted –> Bitcoin pioneer arrested for laundering drug money. Antonio Regalado has the story for Tech Review.
Not lovin’ thy neighbor –> At The Monkey Cage, Lilliana Mason writes that political polarization is making us more prejudiced against our opponents.
Nobody would cross that picket line –> A group of Northwestern University football players is trying to form a union, according to ThinkProgress’ Travis Waldron.
Rise of the robots –> At Policy Shop, Sean McElwee says the story of automation taking our jobs is a bit more complicated than many people believe.
They know best –> Fox News had a panel of four men to discuss the GOP’s “war on women.”
Getting hot –> BBC: “Ex-president warns Ukraine ‘on brink of civil war.'”
Frankenfoods –> MoJo’s Tom Philpott wonders whether Monsanto is quietly getting out of the GMO business.
Breaking down the wall –> At the School of Doubt, Tori Parker looks at an Ohio bill that would offer credits to public school students for getting off-campus religious instruction.
And you thought your dog was bad –> This Reuters headline says it all: “Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm.”