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10:20 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.
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
Pelosi and Reid: We Should Work Together to Take America in a New Direction
Discussion: The RBC
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President's Portrayal of 'The Enemy' Often Flawed
New York Times:
Bush Insists U.S. Must Not Fail in Iraq
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
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 …
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
IRAN'S PLANS: STICKS & CARROTS  —  CONFRONTATION or accommodation?  As the U.N. Security Council's latest deadline for the Islamic Republic draws closer, that perennial question of Iranian politics is back at the center of debate in Tehran.  —  The confrontationists, led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
New Face on a Tough War
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
John Holusha / New York Times:
Petraeus Calls Iraq Situation 'Dire'
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and Washington Post
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.
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.
Watergate plotter Hunt dies at 88  —  Howard Hunt, the CIA officer who helped to plan the Watergate break-in that led to the downfall of US President Richard Nixon has died, aged 88.  —  Mr Hunt, who was jailed over the incident, had died after a lengthy bout of pneumonia in Miami, his son said.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Howard Hunt Dies At 88
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
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 …
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 click to the freshman senator's homepage, according to rankings on, which tracks website traffic.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
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Yale Daily News:
Letter to the editor  —  Univ. can and should honor those who serve in military
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Al Gore 'Thrilled' by Oscar Nominations
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Robert Haddick / TCS Daily:
A Scorecard for the American "Surge" in Iraq
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Smears for Fears  —  Wes Clark just got caught up in the rigged rules …