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1:45 PM ET, February 8, 2023

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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Biden, in State of the Union, mixes bipartisanship with defiance  —  Speech is marked by unusual back-and-forth between president and Republican lawmakers  —  By Toluse Olorunnipa and Yasmeen Abutaleb  —  President Biden, facing a vocal and divided Congress, used his second State …
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Republicans Turn Themselves Into Props for Biden  —  For four decades, since Ronald Reagan re-invented the modern State of the Union address, television audiences have become accustomed — arguably to the point of tedium — to presidents putting the spotlight on ordinary Americans invited …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Takeaways from Biden's State of the Union address  —  When President Joe Biden took to the House Chamber on Tuesday for his annual State of the Union address, his message was one of unadulterated optimism - even in the face of open hostility.  —  The spectacle of Biden smiling and offering …
Rex Huppke / USA Today:
Dark Brandon shows up at State of the Union, mops the floor with lost Republicans  —  Biden went off script regularly, parrying GOP lawmakers who heckled him, at one point backing the party into a corner and getting them to swear to protect Medicare and Social Security benefits.  —  View Comments
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Lays Down Economic Challenge to House Republicans in State of the Union Address  —  President Biden was heckled during the State of the Union address when he spoke about fentanyl and when he accused Republicans of threatening Social Security and Medicare.
Wall Street Journal:
The State of the Union Contradiction  —  If Biden is such a success, why aren't Americans pleased?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Biden was set to devote much of his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to celebrating what he says is a long list of legislative and economic achievements …
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Jeffries suggests Republicans who heckled Biden are unfit to serve in Congress
New York Post:
Biden's State of the Union set new records for dishonesty and emptiness
The Hill:
Biden, GOP battle at raucous State of the Union
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacks ‘left-wing culture war’ in SOTU response
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
Biden's State of the Union Vows 2 More Years of Misery
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Shouts ‘Liar’ At Joe Biden During State Of The Union
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Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Former Twitter Executives to Face GOP Scrutiny on Hunter Biden Laptop Decisions  —  House Oversight panel hearing kicks off broader inquiry into social-media content moderation  —  WASHINGTON—House Republicans are set Wednesday to launch hearings into what they describe …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Estimate of misspent Covid unemployment payments leaps to $191B  —  The Labor Department's internal watchdog identified nearly $30 billion more in pandemic unemployment benefits that were wrongfully sent out than previously estimated, according to testimony submitted Wednesday to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Half in U.S. Say They Are Worse Off, Highest Since 2009  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reflecting on their personal financial situations, 35% of Americans say they are better off now than they were a year ago, while 50% are worse off.  Since Gallup first asked this question in 1976 …
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Putin implicated by Dutch prosecutors in downing of Malaysia passenger jet  —  Dutch prosecutors said Wednesday that it was likely Russian President Vladimir Putin personally signed off on a decision to supply long-range antiaircraft missiles systems to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
NBC, MSNBC employees plan walkout in protest of layoffs  —  It's the latest major labor action to strike a national news organization in recent months as the media industry faces headwinds and cut-backs  —  More than 200 employees of NBC represented by the NewsGuild of New York plan to walk off …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
What it's Like When Ron DeSantis Takes Over Your College  —  Students at Florida's tiny New College are alarmed by Gov. Ron DeSantis' hostile takeover—and worry who his next targets will be.  —  Cameron Joseph  —  WASHINGTON, US  —  PB  —  Ron DeSantis has made a tiny liberal arts college …
Michelle Marchante / Miami Herald:
Doctors raise concerns over Florida possibly requiring student athletes' menstrual info  —  While a change in diet, medication, exercise and stress can all affect a girl's menstrual flow, doctors say cycle irregularities don't affect their ability to play sports and are raising privacy concerns …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court backs N.C. attorney general in battle to avoid criminal libel prosecution  —  A federal appeals court has sided with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein in his bid to avoid prosecution under a state law criminalizing “derogatory” statements related to political candidates.
Discussion: Washington Post and Reason
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Notorious Russian nationalist Igor Mangushev shot dead in Ukraine  —  Notorious Russian army captain and mercenary Igor Mangushev has died in hospital, days after he was shot in the head at close range in occupied Ukraine, his friends have said.  —  Mangushev's wife Tatyana described his killing as an execution.
Adam Smeltz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pa. Democrats sweep 3 Allegheny County special elections and win the state House  —  Democrats cruised to victory in three special elections for the state House on Tuesday, giving the party control of the lower chamber of the legislature for the first time since 2010.
Kate McGee / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott tells state agencies to stop considering diversity in hiring  —  In a memo written Monday and obtained by The Texas Tribune, Abbott's chief of staff Gardner Pate told agency leaders that using diversity, equity and inclusion policies in hiring violates federal and state employment laws …
 
 
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