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12:40 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
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 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:
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response
Think Progress:
Fox Panel's Verdict On Jindal's Speech: ‘Childish,’ …
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Epic Fail, SOTU Rebuttal Version
Chris / TVNewser:
“Oh God” Heard From MSNBC Set As Gov. Jindal Appears for GOP Response
Andrew Sullivan / The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Or Kenneth From 30 Rock?
Discussion: The Swamp and FiveThirtyEight.com
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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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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Polls: Obama Won The Night
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
68% give Obama speech a thumbs-up
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: TIME.com and AmSpecBlog
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: theheretik.us, Hot Air and Commentary
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
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
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
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. Earnings Decline 77 Percent  —  The Washington Post Co. earnings fell 77 percent in the fourth quarter of last year compared with the same period in 2007, as a large impairment charge drove down net income.  —  The Post Co. reported fourth-quarter net income of $18.8 million …
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 …
Marcus Stern / ProPublica:
Corruption Touched CIA's Covert Operations  —  Paramilitary agents for the CIA's super-secret Special Activities Division, or SAD, perform raids, ambushes, abductions and other difficult chores overseas, including infiltrating countries to “light up” targets from the ground for air-to-ground missile strikes.
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
15 Things We Learned About Barack Obama in His Speech  —  1. He smartly plans to ignore the media's fetishistic obsession with how he balances optimism and realism.  —  2. Michelle Obama (and her popularity) will not go unused by the administration as a valuable asset.
Chas Sisk / Tennessean.com:
Tennessee may reject stimulus aid for jobless  —  Bredesen balks at conditions tied to federal package, long-term costs  —  Tennessee could reject a portion of the $787 billion economic stimulus package out of concerns that it would force the state to raise taxes on businesses in the future.
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
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
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
GM, Ford Meet With White House
Discussion: Anderson Cooper 360
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
INSTA-POLL: So the Tea Party Movement is well underway.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Flake targets earmarks amidst PMA controversy
Discussion: RedState
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Another Star in Chicago
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Open Left
Lane Hudson / The Huffington Post:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Weekly Standard and Danger Room
Washington Post:
Voucher Subterfuge  —  CONGRESSIONAL Democrats want to mandate …
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Discussion: PoliGazette, The Raw Story and NION
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tale of 140 Characters, Plus the Ones in Congress
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alexandra Shimo / Macleans.ca:
Tough critique or hate speech?
Discussion: The Corner and five feet of fury
Michael Silence / Associated Press:
Lawmakers looking to muzzle gun records
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
BBC:
Japan exports drop 46% in January
Discussion: TIME.com and Newshoggers.com
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Like Having Medicare? Then Taxes Must Rise
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
A little something for the Teaparty