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8:20 AM ET, February 25, 2009


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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response  —  Here is the full text of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress tonight:  —  Americans Can Do Anything  —  Good evening.  I'm Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana.
Think Progress:
Fox Panel's Verdict On Jindal's Speech: ‘Childish,’ ‘Amateurish,’ ‘Not Exactly Terrific’  —  Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) response to President Obama's speech tonight received a universal thumbs down from the Fox News panelists, who are traditionally conservatives' most gentle critics:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JINDAL BLOGGING  —  “Pre-existing condition”?  Is it just me or is this absolutely cringeworthy?  I mean, I really don't like Jindal.  But this is awful.  —  10:26 PM ... Is he going to talk about his work as an exorcist?  —  10:28 PM ... Katrina as metaphor for opposing the Stimulus Bill.
Discussion: The Note
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Jindal Phenomenon  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — selected to deliver the Republicans' Fat Tuesday response to President Obama — might also be voted the man least likely to let the good times roll.  Slight, earnest, deeply religious and supremely wonkish, Jindal resembles neither …
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
On Bobby Jindal
Discussion: The Corner and
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Obama's speech to Congress and the nation  —  Here is the text of President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, as released by the White House moments ago:  —  Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States:
The Huffington Post:
Obama Speech Tonight: Video, Text  —  The full text of President Obama's address:
Discussion: Think Progress and Hullabaloo
The Politico:
Obama: ‘Day of reckoning has arrived’
Discussion: Reason
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Matthews Not Tingly for Jindal  —  Listen closely as Jindal approaches the mic and Matthews let's out an exasperated “oh God” before he even opens his mouth.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ian Schwartz / Video:
MSNBCer Says “Oh God” Before Jindal Reponse  —  As Gov. Jindal prepares to give the Republican response to Obama's address, an MSNBC host or producer was heard off camera muttering “Oh God.”  —  The remark came after host Keith Olbermann paused the panel's discussion as Gov. Jindal was walking to the camera.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
MSNBC welcomes Jindal: ‘Oh God’
Discussion: Fox News and
Tim Grieve / The Politico:
A bitter-Tweet night for the GOP  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  As President Barack Obama delivered his unofficial State of the Union address Tuesday night, some Republicans at the Capitol and elsewhere provided harsh reviews by Twitter - at least until they did a 180 to adopt a more respectful tone.
Discussion: Rough Sketch and Whiskey Fire
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Not a War President  —  What can we learn from the few sentences President Obama devoted to foreign policy in his speech to Congress tonight?  —  The main lesson is how very few the sentences were.  Yes, this was a speech focused on the economy.  But it was also Obama's first address to Congress …
Discussion: Commentary and The Reaction
Associated Press:
Troubled San Francisco paper in danger of closing  —  San Francisco Chronicle to be sold or closed if owner can't lower expenses dramatically  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Chronicle joined the lengthening list of imperiled newspapers Tuesday as its owner set out to purge …
Discussion: Power Line
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Analysis: Obama takes ‘morning in America’ mantle  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama addressed Congress shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, but a casual viewer might have believed it was actually morning in America.  —  “Morning in America” was the theme of Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign …
Discussion: and Telegraph
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Senate To Weigh D.C. Vote Measure  —  Such a Bill Last Heard In '78; House Panel's Decision Likely Today  —  For the first time since the 1970s, the U.S. Senate decided yesterday to take up a D.C. voting rights bill, fueling hopes that the District is finally nearing its longtime goal …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
The Huffington Post:
Polls: Obama Won The Night  —  Instant public surveys on Barack Obama's address before Congress showed, by in large, that the public was incredibly receptive to his speech, regardless of political party.  But that did not hold true for every single study.  —  A CBS News poll …
Paul Krugman:
Mysterious plans  —  I'm trying to be sympathetic to the various plans, or rumors of plans, for bank aid; but I keep not being able to understand either what the plans are, or why they're supposed to work.  And I don't think it's me.  —  So the latest is that we're going to convert preferred stock held …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Cali's partisan primaries up for vote  —  Looking for a recession-proof job?  You could hardly do better than a House seat in California.  —  Thanks to neatly gerrymandered districts, the state has one of the most stable congressional delegations in the nation — only two incumbents have lost since 2002.
Richard Fernandez / Pajamas Media:
Avoiding the End of The World  —  If possible.  —  David Brooks hopes to find comfort in Barack Obama's premise that “we cannot successfully address any of our problems without addressing all of them,” but can't.  The reason is that Brooks long ago learned to distrust people who thought they had all the answers.
Discussion: The RBC, Riehl World View and Wonkette
Nate Silver /
A Starry-Eyed Look at the 2012 Republican Field  —  A long time ago in a galaxy not too far away, I introduced something called the “Planetary Model of Primary Politics”.  It is basically just a fancy way of noting that there are generally two dimensions by which candidates position themselves in Presidential primaries.
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Senate will advance torture commission  —  Is there a lot America doesn't know about Bush torture policies?  There is, says Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.  “This is going to be big.”  —  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Capitol Hill in September.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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