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11:00 AM ET, January 24, 2007

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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.
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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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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
speaker.gov:
Pelosi and Reid: We Should Work Together to Take America in a New Direction
Discussion: The RBC
Drudge Report:
Democratic Response of Senator Jim Webb To the President's State …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
New York Times:
Bush Insists U.S. Must Not Fail in Iraq
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 …
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John Holusha / New York Times:
Petraeus Calls Iraq Situation 'Dire'  —  "The situation in Iraq is dire," Lt. Gen. David Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.  But he said the planned increase in troop levels and new tactics should enable American and Iraqi forces to provide security in Baghdad.
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
General Says New Strategy in Iraq Can Work Over Time
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
New Face on a Tough War
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Bipartisan Cooperation on Health Care Is Dead on Arrival
Discussion: Cato Unbound and EconLog
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Knee-Jerk Opposition  —  If George W. Bush proposes something, it must be bad.
Discussion: Political Animal
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.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Libby Defense Portrays Client as a Scapegoat  —  I. Lewis Libby Jr., the vice president's former chief of staff, was made a scapegoat by White House officials to protect the president's longtime political adviser, Karl Rove, Mr. Libby's lawyer asserted in his opening statement on Tuesday.
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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.
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Smears for Fears  —  Wes Clark just got caught up in the rigged rules for discussing Israel-related issues in America.  —  Retired General Wesley Clark is, like me, concerned that the Bush administration is going to launch a war with Iran.  Arianna Huffington spoke to him in early January …
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?
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TPMmuckraker
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 …
Kelly McCormack / The Hill:
Obama beats Clinton — in website traffic  —  If website hits were votes for the 2008 presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) would be the clear winner.  —  Twelve percent of Internet surfers who visit www.senate.gov click to the freshman senator's homepage, according to rankings on Alexa.com, which tracks website traffic.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Sticking to his guns  —  President Bush defiantly defends his Iraq stance
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TBogg
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The toxicity of Joe Lieberman's treason accusations
Doug Gross / Associated Press:
White Atlanta suburbs push for secession
Joel Barkin / Baltimore Sun:
Lobbyists turn their attention to states
Billings Gazette:
Guest Opinion: Payday lending affects our security here at home
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
He Still Doesn't Understand the War
BBC:
Watergate plotter Hunt dies at 88
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Associated Press:
U.S. diplomat tells Iran to back off in Gulf
Benny Morris / New York Sun:
The Second Holocaust