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Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Obama to put women's issues ‘front and center’ in address  —  (CNN) - Working women and their struggles will form a major part of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, CNN has learned, underscoring the important role women play both in Obama's domestic agenda …
Boehner warns Obama headed for ‘brick wall’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner warned President Barack Obama that he will “run into a brick wall” by using his executive power and bypassing Congress, as the White House has signaled the President intends to do.
State of the Union 2014: Rand Paul to stress jobs in Obama rebuttal  —  Sen. Rand Paul plans to offer up Republican red meat by calling for lower taxes and blasting the president's jobs record as he delivers one of several GOP responses to the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action’  —  President Barack Obama plans to make 2014 a year of action by using his executive authorities wherever possible, while still striving to work with Congress on big pieces of his agenda, he will say Tuesday night in his State of the Union address.
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Prepares for the Grueling State of the Union  —  The president puts in back-to-back 2 a.m. nights rewriting his speech to make it “sing” and hopefully sway Congress.  A former speechwriter shares what it's like inside the White House.  —  There are plenty of reasons to think that the State …
Discussion: The Fix, Hot Air and News Desk
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's SOTU Could Be A Big Deal For Immigration Reform — Really  —  Democrats expect President Barack Obama to strike a conciliatory tone on immigration reform Tuesday night when he delivers his State of the Union address, as a sign of good faith after Republican leadership has cracked open the door for a compromise on the issue.
Discussion: and Vox Popoli
Burgess Everett / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: Obama to hand Senate tough wage battle
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
In State of the Union 2014, President Obama Pushes for Year of Action on Economic Opportunity
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Yahoo! News
The Hill:
Obama flexes executive power in measured State of Union address
Associated Press:
Excerpts of Obama's State of the Union Address
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story
Discussion: Politico
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Great Caesar's Ghost
Discussion: American Spectator
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows Solo Action on the Economy
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama to lay out go-it-alone approach in State of Union speech
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ashley Killough / CNN:
‘Duck Dynasty’ to represent at State of the Union
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Banter
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obamacare: Tom Coburn loses cancer doctor  —  Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn't cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care.  —  “I'm doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC's …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The End of the Beginning on Obamacare Repeal
Washington Free Beacon:
Tennesseans Losing Their Doctors Because of Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
City Journal:
America's Most Successful Communist  —  It was no surprise last year when rock stars, led by Bruce Springsteen, barnstormed battleground states for John Kerry, and no surprise that, save for a handful of country singers, George W. Bush could count on no similar support from pop performers.
CBS News:
Obama's 2014 State of the Union address: Full text  —  Shares - … Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:  —  Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America's graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Dot and Hot Air
New York Times:
Text and Video of Obama's State of the Union Address  —  Following is the transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address, as transcribed by the Federal News Service.  —  MR. OBAMA: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Ted Hesson / Fusion:
Wendy Davis Rebuffs Bristol Palin's Motherhood Critique  —  Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator and Democratic candidate for governor, rejects the idea that she's a bad mother and “downright pathetic” — just a few of the barbs thrown her way in a recent column and tweet by reality TV personality Bristol Palin.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Wendy Davis hits back at Bristol Palin
Shoebat Foundation / Walid Shoebat:
Obama's Brother joins Hamas, says ‘Jerusalem is ours; We are Coming’  —  By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack  —  While in Sanaa, Yemein in 2010, President Barack Obama's brother Malik Obama was at an event billed as the Orphans Development Fund (ODF) Conference.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul: Hillary off hook for Bill's past  —  Sen. Rand Paul doubled down Tuesday on his recent criticism of Bill Clinton, even as he stressed that the fallout from the former president's philandering in the 1990s wouldn't “apply” to Hillary Clinton, should she decide to run for the White House.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Hillary Clinton's Enemies Can't See Straight
Discussion: The Fix
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Rep. Grimm Threatens Journalist After SOTU  —  Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) “physically” threatened a reporter for NY1 News after the reporter began to question the congressman about a federal investigation into his campaign contributions, according to the station.  —  “I'm not talking about anything that's off topic.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Jill Biden Breaks Wrist in Fall, in Cast for Weeks  —  Viewers watching on television as politicians and guests arrived for the State of the Union address may have been wondering: What happened to Jill Biden's arm?  —  The wife of Vice President Joe Biden arrived in the House chamber Tuesday night sporting …
Discussion: Politico
The White House:
White House Announces Additional Guests in the First Lady's Box — State of the Union Address  —  WASHINGTON, DC - In addition to the 17 individuals previously announced, today the White House announced additional guests will be seated in the box with the First Lady, Dr. Biden and Valerie Jarrett …
Jim Lindgren / Washington Post:
If we want more income equality, should we return to the economy of George W. Bush?  —  Other things being equal, income equality is better than inequality.  But other things are NOT equal.  The easiest way to make incomes more equal in the short run is to have a recession.
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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Christine Whitman recalls her 1995 GOP State of the Union response
Associated Press:
FLOTUS guests: Gay athlete, woman CEO
Discussion: USA Today
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
‘King Kong’ Will Stomp Onto Broadway in December, Producer Says
Discussion: PopWatch and
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Medium, Evan Williams's Post-Twitter Media Startup, Raises $25 Million Round
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