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* House Republicans say corruption is a perceived-reality: "We must realize that the Majority we have all worked so hard for is in jeopardy." Leadership race will likely become a "referendum on how seriously the party is taking" the scandal. [WP, NYT]


* Republican lawmakers call for White House to disclose records about Jack Abramoff; Abramoff met with Bush during at least six "social occasions." Anonymous source: "The White House is making too much of a mystery out of this and needs to release the dates, times, details and photos of the visits. It's not like [Abramoff and Mr. Bush] were plotting to overthrow Iraq." [LAT, WT]

* Bush will use State of the Union to preview midterm campaign themes and paint optimistic portrait; speech avoids "ambitious" proposals. Senior administration official: "America ought to be leading the way, working to shape events. We're always better when we're out there shaping events, rather than being shaped by them." [LAT, WT]

* Challenge of Bush's State of the Union falls on William McGurn, the director of White House speechwriting. McGurn: "He seems in a good mood. Part of his good mood, we hope, is that we give him something good to read that reflects what he wants to do." [NYT, USAT]

* Interior Department offered emergency services and personnel to FEMA in the "immediate aftermath" of Katrina but received a delayed response. [WP, NYT]

* Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.): "I think that the Democrats have to do a much better job in making their case on these issues. These last-minute efforts, using procedural maneuvers inside the Beltway, I think, has been the wrong way of going about it." [WT]

* Republicans reject criticisms of K Street Project. [WT]

* The "institution" of Alan Greenspan ends tomorrow, but a book and consulting firm are in the works. [NYT]

* Confirmation of Samuel Alito is viewed as a "triumph 25 years in the making" for conservatives. [NYT]

* Sandra Day O'Connor expected the unexpected. [USAT]

* New studies show "emotions and implicit assumptions often influence why people choose their political affiliations, and that partisans stubbornly discount any information that challenges their preexisting beliefs." [WP]

* Hugo Chavez may join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford to protest the war. [AP]

* National Journal will partner with PBS for revamped "Washington Week." [NYT]

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