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1:15 PM ET, January 24, 2007

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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President's Portrayal of 'The Enemy' Often Flawed  —  In his State of the Union address last night, President Bush presented an arguably misleading and often flawed description of "the enemy" that the United States faces overseas, lumping together disparate groups with opposing ideologies …
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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 …
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
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
Former Duke Prosecutor Faces New Ethics Charges  —  Nifong Accused of Withholding DNA Evidence From Defense, Making Misrepresentations to Judge  —  ABC Law & Justice Unit  —  Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong has been charged with new ethics violations for his conduct on the Duke lacrosse sex assault case.
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Associated Press:   New Ethics Charges for Duke Prosecutor
Fox News:
FORMER DUKE LACROSSE 'RAPE' DA CHARGED WITH WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE, MISLEADING COURT
Discussion: A Blog For All
Raleigh News & Observer:
Ethics of Nifong's detective at issue
Discussion: Right Voices
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
A Powerful Response  —  Jim Webb tore up his party's playbook—and helped point the Democrats in a new direction.  —  Something unprecedented happened tonight, beyond the doorkeeper announcing, "Madame Speaker."  For the first time ever, the response to the State of the Union Message overshadowed the president's big speech.
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Webb's Democratic Response to the SoTU: The war's costs …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE NEW YORK MONEY PEOPLE:  —  I've admired Wes Clark for a long time.  But his comments to Ariana Huffington about wealthy Jews pushing the country toward war with Iran strike me as nutty and disturbing.  Either I seriously misjudged the man, or his comments were misquoted or taken wildly out of context.
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Knee-Jerk Opposition  —  If George W. Bush proposes something, it must be bad.  Such is the knee-jerk state of partisan suspiciousness that when the president actually endorses a tax increase — a tax increase that would primarily hit the well-off, no less — Democrats still howl.
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Iraq Parliament Finds a Quorum Hard to Come By  —  Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, the speaker of Parliament, read a roll call of the 275 elected members with a goal of shaming the no-shows.  —  Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister?  Absent, living in Amman and London.  Adnan Pachachi, the octogenarian statesman?
Forbes:
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.
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.
KSTP-TV:
MN congresswoman can't keep her hand off President  —  Newly-elected Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann got quite a bit of face time with President Bush after his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night.  —  While the President was signing autographs for members of Congress after the speech …
Discussion: Wonkette
dailynews.com:
Officials net 761 illegal immigrants  —  About 450 caught in sweep have already been deported  —  Federal officials fanned out across Southern California over the past week in one of the biggest sweeps of its kind, arresting 761 illegal immigrants ranging from murder suspects to visa violators.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and PoliPundit.com
Doug Gross / Associated Press:
White Atlanta suburbs push for secession  —  ATLANTA - A potentially explosive dispute in the City Too Busy to Hate is taking shape over a proposal to break Fulton County in two and split off Atlanta's predominantly white, affluent suburbs to the north from some of the metropolitan area's poorest, black neighborhoods.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Getting a Read On the Speech Makes for Quite A Snapshot  —  George W. Bush flirted with eloquence only at the end of his so-so, nuts-and-bolts State of the Union speech last night: "The state of our union is strong," he said, "our cause in the world is right, and tonight that cause goes on."
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The toxicity of Joe Lieberman's treason accusations  —  (updated below)  —  Joe Lieberman has probably become the single most poisonous Beltway voice when it comes to the war in Iraq.  The Bush administration's principal rhetorical tactic for the last five years, of course …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Hardball / Hardblogger:
SOTU: MCCAIN — LACK OF SELF-CONTROL?  AN EXPRESSION OF CONTEMPT?  EMBARRASSING IN ANY CASE.  —  By Tucker Carlson  —  "We advance our own interests by helping reformers and advocates for democracy"?  That was Bush's position on the Middle East immediately after 9-11 and, remarkably, it remains his position.
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
PJM / Pajamas Media:
TO ARMS: Still the President of the United States  —  "On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power  —  to shape the outcome of this battle.  —  Let us find our resolve,  —  and turn events toward victory.  Jules Crittenden follows up on his essay, "The State of the Union is a Disaster …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Rivals CNN and Fox News Spar Over Obama Report  —  A disputed report on the Web site of a conservative magazine about Senator Barack Obama's childhood schooling kicked off a pointed exchange this week between the rival cable news networks CNN and Fox News, when CNN seemed to make an overt effort …
Discussion: TVNewser and Media Blog
 
 
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