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Posted at 4:42 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Afternoon Fix: Illinois Supreme Court to hear Rahm Emanuel ballot appeal; Jim Talent expected to pass on Missouri Senate bid

By Chris Cillizza

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's appeal to stay on the ballot; former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) is expected to announce that he won't run for his old seat; and Obama's State of the Union is tonight!

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* The Illinois Supreme Court will hear former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's appeal to stay on the ballot in the Chicago mayoral race. Earlier Tuesday, the court also ruled that no ballots may be printed without Emanuel's name - at least not until the court has dealt with his appeal.

* Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) will announce his 2012 plans by the end of the week, according to GOP sources. Politico reports that Talent will not be running for his old Senate seat.

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted President Obama on the issue of earmarks ahead of tonight's State of the Union address, calling Obama's expected proposal to ban pork barrel spending as unhelpful and "a lot of pretty talk."

* A new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows the American public at its most optimistic since 2007, with 43 percent believing things are going very or fairly well and 56 percent thinking they're going very or pretty badly.


* President Obama delivers his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is slated to pre-but the speech on Fox News at 6:15 p.m. Eastern. The Fix will be live-blogging the night's proceedings starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. Be there!

* Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan gives tonight's Republican response to the State of the Union. How will he fare, especially in light of the response from the leader of the House Tea Party Caucus, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)?

* Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has said he will back former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) for president should Gingrich decide to run, becoming one of the first high-profile backers of a potential White House 2012 contender.

* Former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) is heading to Iowa tomorrow to attend a film screening hosted by the Iowa Christian Alliance Education Fund.


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By Chris Cillizza  | January 25, 2011; 4:42 PM ET
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