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1:25 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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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 …
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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Jindal's Response...  Awful.  He walked out like an earnest dork and has a weird inflection, trying to sound upbeat and sunny when it's clearly not his natural metier.  It sounds false, and he looks false.  —  I don't care how much of a star Jindal is, America doesn't elect somewhat-off dorks as president.
Discussion: TBogg, Hot Air and Alarming News
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jindal's response: Panned, seared  —  Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) hoped to step into the national spotlight Tuesday night to sound a hopeful yet defiant note in countering President Barack Obama as the GOP's fresh and exciting face.  —  Instead, he got panned.
Ian Schwartz / Video:
MSNBCer Says “Oh God” Before Jindal Response  —  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.
Think Progress:
Fox Panel's Verdict On Jindal's Speech: ‘Childish,’ …
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Epic Fail, SOTU Rebuttal Version
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response
Chris / TVNewser:
“Oh God” Heard From MSNBC Set As Gov. Jindal Appears for GOP Response
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: HOPE MAKES A COMEBACK
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Andrew Sullivan / The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Or Kenneth From 30 Rock?
Discussion: The Swamp
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Positive Reception For Obama Address  —  UPDATED WITH FINAL RESULTS CBS News and Knowledge Networks held a nationally representative poll of 534 people who watched President Obama give his address to Congress to gauge their reaction in the minutes after the president's speech.
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CNN:
Poll: Obama's speech scored with viewers
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Byrd: Obama in power grab  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama's appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, TIME.com and AmSpecBlog
Spectator:
The Age Of Obama  —  WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 24: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress February 24, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.  —  And so it begins.  The contrast between Barack Obama last night and George W Bush was striking.
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Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Michelle Obama: White House Dog Coming Soon!  —  Michelle and Barack Obama with daughters Malia, left, and Sasha  —  The whole world, it seems, wants to know: What kind of dog are the Obamas getting and, for goodness sake, when?  —  Speaking to PEOPLE at the White House recently …
Discussion: The Swamp and Top of the Ticket
Reuters:
Wall St. drops after data, banks fall  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks added to losses on Wednesday after data showed the pace of existing home sales unexpectedly fell in January, while bank shares slid on continuing worries over the fate of the sector.  —  The tone was set early …
Lane Hudson / The Huffington Post:
United Pilot Insults Sully  —  I just flew on United Airlines Flight 918 from Dulles to Heathrow.  Once we reached cruising altitude, the pilot interrupted the display of airspeed, altitude, and temperature on the backs of the seat in front of passengers.  What I expected to be the usual welcome …
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
America invented everything  —  Two of Obama's claims from the SOTU: … and … After a period of prolonged study and meditation (ie, I consulted Wikipedia for 45 minutes after the speech), I have concluded that these claims are questionable at best and false at worst.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Setbacks for Coleman grow at Senate recount trial  —  Attorneys for Norm Coleman conferred Tuesday during the recount trial in St. Paul.  Tony Trimble is at left, Ben Ginsberg is at right and Joe Friedberg has his back to the camera.  —  Judges allowed marks to be removed and heard other ballots were properly rejected.
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington and TIME.com
Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Group of Rich Americans Sues UBS to Keep Names Secret in Tax Case  —  UBS was sued on Tuesday in a Swiss federal court by wealthy American clients seeking to prevent the disclosure of their identities as part of a tax-evasion investigation by the United States Justice Department.
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Intelligence Choice  —  The president picks a China apologist and Israel basher to write his intelligence summaries.  —  During the presidential campaign, a constant refrain of Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates was that the Bush administration had severely politicized intelligence …
Marianne Lavelle / The Center for Public Integrity:
The Climate Change Lobby Explosion  —  WILL THOUSANDS OF LOBBYISTS IMPERIL ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMING?  —  In his address to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama pledged nothing less than a transformation in the way America uses energy in order to “save our planet from the ravages …
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Will's “final thought” on Obama speech: “I don't know when men started to hug each other, but hug they do, and look at that”
Discussion: Congress Matters
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Like Having Medicare?  Then Taxes Must Rise  —  Toward the end of Monday's meetings on fiscal responsibility at the White House, Senator Kent Conrad stood up and produced a little bolt of honesty.  “Revenue is the thing almost nobody wants to talk about,” said Mr. Conrad, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Reporter Loses Job Over Altered Video Of Fox's Gibson  —  A Baltimore television reporter has lost his job after acknowledging that he doctored a video to make it appear that Fox News Radio host John Gibson had made a racial slur.  —  In the bogus video, which was picked up across the Internet …
Discussion: Hot Air
The Politico:
What Obama really meant  —  President Obama's maiden speech to Congress was loaded with durable lines, many aimed with precision at specific audiences or political objectives.  As is often the case, the most memorable lines were often written with subtlety and delicacy to keep the speech above petty politics and blame-casting.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Some Dems balk at controversial budget maneuver  —  A growing group of Senate Democrats said they would oppose the use of budget process rules to ram climate change legislation and other hot-button items past Republican filibusters.  —  The group, which includes Sens. Robert Byrd (W.Va.) …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
“A Major Doctrinal Shift for Republicans”  —  Chief Political Correspondent  —  I just got off the phone with a very plugged-in Republican strategist who told me that Republican reaction to President Obama's speech, which the party will roll out in the next few days, will mark the beginning …
Wall Street Journal:
Citigroup Chafes Under U.S. Overseers  —  In a recent phone call with a senior government official, Citigroup Inc. Chief Executive Vikram Pandit revealed who's on top in the new world of American finance.  —  “Don't give up on us,” Mr. Pandit said, pleading with the official not to push out top management.
 
 
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
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Associated Press:
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INSTA-POLL: So the Tea Party Movement is well underway.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Another Star in Chicago
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Alexandra Shimo / Macleans.ca:
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Michael Silence / Associated Press:
Lawmakers looking to muzzle gun records
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BBC:
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Discussion: TIME.com and Newshoggers.com
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
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