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9:45 AM ET, January 24, 2007


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Think Progress:
Embargoed: State of the Union Text  —  We'll start respecting White House embargoes when they start telling the truth.  —  Embargoed Until Delivery of the State of the Union Address at 9:01 PM EST  —  January 23, 2007  —  STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS  —  As Prepared For Delivery
White House:
President Bush Delivers State of the Union Address  —  Washington, D.C.  —  State of the Union 2007  —  State of the Union 2007 Policy Initiatives  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  And tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own — as the first President to begin …
Pelosi and Reid: We Should Work Together to Take America in a New Direction
Discussion: The RBC
Washington Post:
Bush Urges Congress, Nation To Give His Iraq Plan a Chance  —  Domestically, He Makes Overtures To Democrats  —  President Bush implored lawmakers and the nation last night to give him one more chance to win the war in Iraq and avoid the "nightmare scenario" of defeat while presenting …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Webb Offers Blunt Challenge to Bush  —  Va. Senator Urges Change in Direction for Economy, Iraq War  —  Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) delivered a blistering eight-minute response to President Bush's State of the Union address last night, promising an aggressive challenge to Bush's Iraq …
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:   A Powerful Response  —  Jim Webb tore up his party's playbook …
New York Times:
The State of the Union  —  The White House spin ahead of George W. Bush's seventh State of the Union address was that the president would make a bipartisan call to revive his domestic agenda with "bold and innovative concepts."  The problem with that was obvious last night — in six years …
New York Times:
President Bush's State of the Union Address  —  Following is a transcript of President Bush's State of the Union address as recorded by The New York Times, with audio excerpts and analysis by The Times's David E. Sanger, plus links to related articles and Web sites.  —  The New Congress
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President's Portrayal of 'The Enemy' Often Flawed
New York Times:
Bush Insists U.S. Must Not Fail in Iraq
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
'Scapegoat:' Scooter's Stunning Defense  —  A bombshell detonates on day one of the Libby perjury trial, as Cheney's longtime aide points the finger at Karl Rove  —  Libby leaving the courthouse Tuesday afternoon.  —  A WEB EXCLUSIVE  —  It was the last thing the White House needed …
Joel Topcik / Broadcasting & Cable:
Watching the SOTU Speech on ABC  —  Did they really need to drag World News anchor Charles Gibson all the way down from New York just to do a stand-up intro with the Capitol dome over his shoulder?  George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz were in separate locations, so it wasn't as though he was joining them in the studio.
Opinion Journal:
Health and Taxes  —  The Bush proposal opens a debate for 2008.  —  Now we're getting somewhere.  The U.S. has long needed a debate over health care and tax subsidies, and President Bush got ready to rumble last night with his proposal to make insurance more affordable for most Americans.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Bipartisan Cooperation on Health Care Is Dead on Arrival
Discussion: Cato Unbound and EconLog
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
General Says New Strategy in Iraq Can Work Over Time  —  Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, President Bush's new choice as the top commander in Iraq, told senators on Tuesday that the new military strategy to secure Baghdad can work, and that he had asked that the additional troops the administration promised …
John Holusha / New York Times:
Petraeus Calls Iraq Situation 'Dire'
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and Washington Post
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing  —  North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year.  —  Under the terms of a new understanding between the two countries, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data …
Washington Wire:
From the President, a Two-Letter Jab at the Democrats  —  President Bush departed from the prepared text of his State of the Union address to graciously congratulate Nancy Pelosi on her history-making selection as the first female Speaker of the House.  Then he departed from the prepared text …
The Web Celeb 25  —  THE FACE OF FAME IS CHANGING.  The ranks of the world's celebrities used to be dominated by millionaire actors, athletes and musicians, but the Internet has leveled the playing field.  A kid with a video camera has access to as large an audience as the biggest Hollywood star.
Eugene Volokh / Opinion Journal:
The Lonely Optician  —  Does your love life comply with state regulations?  You may be surprised.  —  Say you live in Washington state, and you find yourself getting to know and becoming attracted to your dental hygienist—or for that matter your optician (that's the person who fits your eyeglasses …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Yale Daily News:
Letter to the editor  —  Univ. can and should honor those who serve in military  —  To the Editor:  —  What is Yale doing to recognize those from Yale — graduates, staff, faculty — who have served in combat in the Persian Gulf or in Afghanistan or the other troubled areas of the world …
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