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7:55 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
Drudge Report:
EXCLUSIVE: FULL STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH  —  Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:  —  This rite of custom brings us together at a defining hour - when decisions are hard and courage is tested.
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 …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Webb's Democratic Response to the SoTU: The war's costs to our nation have been staggering  —  Jim Webb of Virginia was selected to give the Democratic response to Bush's SoTU, and boy, did they make the right choice.  Webb hit all the right notes, his points impressive and unassailable.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Atrios / Eschaton:
State of the Union  —  Jay Carney is all agog about the Jim Webb response.
Discussion: Swampland and DownWithTyranny!
Dale Franks / QandO:
SOTU LIVEBLOG 2007  —  And, we're off for another SOTU Liveblog!
Discussion: Drumwaster's Rants
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Dan / Riehl World View:
Webb's Disappointing Rebuttal
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:   A Powerful Response  —  Jim Webb tore up his party's playbook …
Christy McConville / Democratic National Committee:   The Democratic Response to the State of the Union
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, The RBC and Firedoglake
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Libby Trial: Openings And On To Witnesses
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.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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 …
Iran: Israel, US will soon die  —  Ahmadinejad: Be assured that the US and Israel will soon end lives  —  Israel and the United States will soon be destroyed, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday during a meeting with Syria's foreign minister, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website said in a report.
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 …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
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 …
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Smears for Fears  —  Wes Clark just got caught up in the rigged rules …
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