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11:30 AM 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
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.
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:
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.
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Epic Fail, SOTU Rebuttal Version
Andrew Sullivan / The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Or Kenneth From 30 Rock?
Discussion: The Swamp
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Matthews Not Tingly for Jindal
Discussion: TVNewser and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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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.
The Politico:   What Obama really meant  —  President Obama's maiden speech …
The Huffington Post:
Polls: Obama Won The Night
The White House:
Remarks of President Barack Obama — Address to Joint Session of Congress  —  Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery  —  Address to Joint Session of Congress  —  Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States:
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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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA'S NOT-STATE OF THE UNION.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Law Blog
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber
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: TIME.com
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.
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why a war crimes fact-finding Commissions could uniquely enable prosecutions  —  When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy announced a couple of weeks ago that he intends to introduce legislation to create a “Truth Commission” to investigate Bush war crimes, it seemed to be the type …
Discussion: The Raw Story, PoliGazette and NION
Michael Silence / Associated Press:
Lawmakers looking to muzzle gun records  —  Well, as predicted, here it is.  It's a shame the story doesn't mention the incredible blogger traffic this issue has generated.  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are ready again to try to muzzle state records that list who has a permit …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Washington Post:
Obama Expected to Set Date for Iraq Pullout  —  August 2010 Is Likely Decision, Three Months Later Than Pledged in Campaign  —  President Obama is expected to announce as early as Friday that he will remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August 2010, three months later than promised during his campaign, U.S. officials said.
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.
 
 
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Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
15 Things We Learned About Barack Obama in His Speech
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TIME.com
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tale of 140 Characters, Plus the Ones in Congress
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Alexandra Shimo / Macleans.ca:
Tough critique or hate speech?
Discussion: The Corner and five feet of fury
Theodore Bromund / The Foundry:
Live Blog: No Love for Our Allies
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: Prairie Weather
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ex-Atlanta cops get prison for drug raid killing
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Stress Test for Banks Exposes Rift on Wall St.
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Democrats arrive early, cheer loudly for president
Discussion: Political Machine
BBC:
Japan exports drop 46% in January
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and TIME.com
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
A little something for the Teaparty
Richard Fernandez / Pajamas Media:
Avoiding the End of The World
Discussion: The RBC and Riehl World View
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival:
Political Carnival Exclusive VIDEO: Sarah Palin filmmaker John Ziegler …
Tim Grieve / The Politico:
A bitter-Tweet night for the GOP